1 Samuel 16:14-23

David in Saul’s Service

14 a  Now the Spirit of the  Lord departed from Saul b  and a harmful spirit from the  Lord tormented him. 15And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. 16Let our lord now command your servants c  who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will d  play it, and you will be well.” 17So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.” 18One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing e  a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence f  and the  Lord is with him.” 19Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, g  who is with the sheep.” 20 h  And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21And David came to Saul i  and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. 22And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23And j  whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre k  and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

1 Samuel 18:10

10The next day l  a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and m  he raved within his house while David was n  playing the lyre, as he did day by day. o  Saul had his spear in his hand.

2 Samuel 16:11

11And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, p  my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the  Lord has told him to.

2 Samuel 24:1

David’s Census

1 q , r  Again the anger of the  Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying s  Go, number Israel and Judah.”

1 Kings 22:22

22And the  Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be t  a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’

1 Chronicles 21:1

David’s Census Brings Pestilence

1 u  Then v  Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.
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