In the verse of 1 Samuel 18:10 is spoken of Ruach Elohim, while in 1 Samuel 19:9 in a same sort of context is spoken of Ruach HaShem, are these the same? Or is there a slight difference in use of Elohim or HaShem when refering to G'ds Ruach?

P.s. could someone explain me how having G'ds Ruach could sometimes have a good effect (as seen with Moshe for example) and sometimes a bad effect (as seen with Shaul)?

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    From commentaries in Artscroll English Tanach, HaShem reflect the attribute of mercy, while Elokim reflect the attribute of Judgement.
    – mil
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 19:23
  • How do mercy and the fact that the Ruach in 1Samuel 19:9 is linked to rah (wrong/bad/evil) go together?
    – Mike
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 20:01
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  • there would have to be some difference because the end result of the prior (which "passed") use was Saul's saying words and the later one (which "was") did not bring about any words.
    – rosends
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 22:16
  • @Mike I am not relating them together. I meant generally
    – mil
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 3:30

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As you stated in your comment, Samuel 1 19:9 describes an "evil spirit", quite different from the other spirit you referenced in your question.

Therefore it is 2 different "types" of "ruchot" you're referencing, i.e. one evil, one "normal".

As it says: I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am the LORD, that doeth all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)

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