1 Samuel 16:23

“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe, when the euill spirit from God was vpon Saul, that Dauid tooke an harpe, and played with his hand: So Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the euill spirit departed from him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So it came about whenever the {evil} spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play {it} with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, when the `evil' spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And whenever the evil spirit from God came on Saul, David took his instrument and made music: so new life came to Saul, and he got well, and the evil spirit went away from him.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass, when the [evil] spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand; and Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
- Webster's Bible

It happened, when the [evil] spirit from God was on Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
- World English Bible

And it hath come to pass, in the spirit of [sadness from] God being on Saul, that David hath taken the harp, and played with his hand, and Saul hath refreshment and gladness, and the spirit of sadness hath turned aside from off him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand; so Saul found relief, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:23


16:23 Departed - Namely, for a season. And the reason of this success, may be, partly natural, and partly, supernatural, respecting David; whom God designed by this means to bring into favour with the king, and so to smooth the way for his advancement.


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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