What does it mean that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
It sounds as if the questioner might be confusing two different passages.

The Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon Saul (1 Samuel 11:6) (as Samuel (the last of Israel's judges) had told Saul would happen when Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:6)), when Saul took successful actions as king against the Ammonites (1 Samuel 11:1-11).

The reference to God permitting an evil spirit to come upon Saul (1 Samuel 18:10-12; 1 Samuel 19:9-10) was a result of God later withdrawing His favor and protection from Saul after Saul had disobeyed God's commands on multiple occasions by offering sacrifices to God that only Samuel was allowed to make (1 Samuel 13:6-15); and by not completely destroying the Amalekites (one of the nations opposing Israel), including all their livestock (1 Samuel 15). This evil spirit also caused Saul to attempt to kill David (whom God had directed Samuel to anoint as Saul's successor), which further compounded Saul's sin and guilt.

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