The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 16:14–23

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14  Now the spirit of YHWH had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the YHWH terrified him.

14  And the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

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15  And Saul's servants said unto him: 'Behold now, an evil spirit from God terrifieth thee.

15  And the servants of Saul said to him: “Behold, an evil spirit from God disturbs you.

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16  Let our lord now command thy servants, that are before thee, to seek out a man who is a skilful player on the harp; and it shall be, when the evil spirit from God cometh upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.'

16  May our lord order, and your servants, who are before you, will seek a man skillful in playing a stringed instrument, so that when the evil spirit from the Lord assails you, he may play with his hand, and you may bear it more easily.”

16  Let them seek out a man who can play well on the harp; and when the evil spirit is upon you, he will play with his hands, and you shall be well.

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17  And Saul said unto his servants: 'Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.'

17  And Saul said to his servants, Look now out for me a skillful player, and bring him to me.

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18  Then answered one of the young men, and said: 'Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is skilful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and prudent in affairs, and a comely person, and YHWH is with him.'

18  And one of his servants answered and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jessae the Bethleemite, and he understands playing on the harp, and the man is prudent, and a warrior, and wise in speech, and the man is handsome, and the Lord is with him.

18  And one of the servants, responding, said: “Behold, I have seen the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, a skillful player, and very strong and robust, a man fit for war, and prudent in words, a handsome man. And the Lord is with him.”

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19  Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said: 'Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.'

19  And Saul sent messengers to Jessae, saying, Send to me thy son David who is with thy flock.

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20  And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.

20  And Jessae took a homer of bread, and a bottle of wine, and one kid of the goats, and sent them by the hand of his son David to Saul.

20  And so, Jesse took a donkey laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid from one of the goats, and he sent them, by the hand of his son David, to Saul.

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21  And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.

22  And Saul sent to Jesse, saying: 'Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.'

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23  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.

23  And so, whenever the evil spirit from the Lord assailed Saul, David took up his stringed instrument, and he struck it with his hand, and Saul was refreshed and uplifted. For the evil spirit withdrew from him.

23  And whenever the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, David took a harp, and played on it; so Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.