14 Now the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. 15And Sauls servants said to him, See now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16Let our lord now command the servants who attend you to look for someone who is skilful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will feel better. 17So Saul said to his servants, Provide for me someone who can play well, and bring him to me. 18One of the young men answered, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is skilful in playing, a man of valour, a warrior, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence; and the Lord is with him. 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me your son David who is with the sheep. 20Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a kid, and sent them by his son David to Saul. 21And David came to Saul, and entered his service. Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armour-bearer. 22Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David remain in my service, for he has found favour in my sight. 23And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
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10 February 2011