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And the spirit of Yahweh had departed from Saul and an evil spirit from Yahweh terrorized him. Bible

“terrorized​ him.” The Hebrew is baath (#01204 בָּעַת), and in this context it means “to startle, to cause sudden terror.” It is not as if Saul was in constant terror, but the demon would come upon him and cause him sudden terror. This might be diagnosed as panic attacks today, and no doubt some panic attacks are caused by demons.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 16:14