1 Samuel 16


So here are a few verses from 1 Samuel 16 that I have a few questions about.

14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil[a] spirit from the LORD tormented him.
15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”

I was wondering if you could explain the "evil spirt from the Lord?" It seems a bit weird to have an evil spirt coming from the Lord. Was it that He (God) was allowing an evil spirt from Satan to torment Saul? Or was it like an Angle or something?

God Bless
Hi Richard,

Good to hear from you. I hope this answer helps clear up the verse for you.

I Sam. 16:14 “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubles thee.” (16: 23; 18:10; 19:9)

The evil spirit was evidently a fallen angel that the Bible identifies as demons. God doesn’t send them but he does allow them to bother us.

God does not tempt us to sin, but all temptations are permitted by God. When evil spirits tempt us, they do so by permission (Job 1:12; 2:6; Luke 22:31, etc.).

James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:”

Below is an example of David’s sin in numbering the people.

II Samuel 24:1 “And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” This was a sinful act.

Compare that with

I Chronicles 21:1“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”

When Satan therefore provoked David to number the people, God allowed him to do it.

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