1 Samuel 16:14

“But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an euil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the spirit of the Lord had gone from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord was troubling him.
- Basic English Bible

And the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.
- Darby Bible

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
- Webster's Bible

Now the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Yahweh troubled him.
- World English Bible

And the Spirit of Jehovah turned aside from Saul, and a spirit of sadness from Jehovah terrified him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now the spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrified him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:14


16:14 Departed - God took away that prudence, and courage, and alacrity, and other gifts wherewith be had qualified him for his public employment. From the Lord - That is, by God's permission, who delivered him up to be buffeted of Satan. Troubled - Stirred up in him unruly and tormenting passions; as envy, rage, fear, or despair. He grew fretful, and peevish, and discontented, timorous and suspicious, frequently starting and trembling.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 16

  • A disciple
    Nicely put, Anne! Whatever each of us has to bring to the Lord, He has put into our hearts the wisdom to use for His glory and His service. "And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work..And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted.." That which is good to the use of edifying!
  • Anne
    Prov. 18:16 - says a man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. David's gift of music brought him into the presence of the king, the position for which he was anointed to assume. King Saul did not obey God and God allowed him to be troubled by an evil spirit thereby his need for music to soothe his troubled spirit. Let us be prepared and ready to be used of God.
  • BSP
    Jehovah God looks beyond outer appearances and he sees into the heart of man as verse 7 shows.
  • April
    I think Samuel mourning was grieving not really praying,in vs1 Father asked how long will you grieve,I think Samuel is of old age and thought his people would have a king to follow that worshiped our father,and well that didn't turn out,instead of obeying,Saul did what the people wanted NOT father.On the music aspect,u are refering to SECUALR music anything not of religious uplifting and positive.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    David has been a man after God's Heart even from youth. He cherished playing instruments and singing unto the Lord. His numerous Psalms exemplify this. This shows how pleased God is if we sing His praises and adore Him through playing of musical instruments.
  • Sheba holman
    When Samuel was mourning for Saul would you call it grieving or praying

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