But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
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George Leo Haydock
From the Lord. An evil spirit, by divine permission, and for his punishment, either possessed or obsessed him. (Challoner)
We no longer behold in Saul any generous sentiments. He falls a prey to melancholy, anger, suspicion, and cruelty. "He was seized with an illness, inflicted by the devil, says Josephus, ( vi. 9.) so that he seemed to be choking; nor could the physicians discover any other means of alleviating his distress, except by employing some person skilled in music. David alone could bring the king to his right senses, by singing hymns with the sound of the harp. Wherefore Jesse consented that his son should remain with the king, since he was so much delighted with his company. "(Haydock)
The Jews, and many Christians, suppose that Saul's illness was melancholy, or "madness "as St. Chrysostom calls it. It was inflicted by an evil, or even by a good angel, as the minister of God's vengeance, (Exodus xi. 4.; Calmet) who punished his former pride and rebellion, by reducing him...