1 Samuel 16:14

David in Saul’s Service

14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evila spirit from the LORD tormented him.

Read 1 Samuel 16:14 Using Other Translations

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him.
Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

What does 1 Samuel 16:14 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 16:14

But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul
As a spirit of prophecy as at first, as a spirit of wisdom and prudence in civil government, and as a spirit of fortitude and courage, as the Targum:

and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him;
the reverse of the former, which by the permission of God, and as a punishment to him for his sins, came upon him; he seemed to be a demoniac, as Josephus represents F9 him, as if possessed with the devil; by whom he was almost suffocated and strangled, as well as was distracted in his counsels, and became weak and foolish; lost all courage and greatness of mind, was timorous and fearful, and alarmed by everything, and was full of envy, suspicion, rage, and despair.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 Antiqu. l. 6. c. 8. sect. 2.
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