Michal

Michal (Mi´kuhl; short form of Heb. Michael, “who is like God?”)

Saul’s younger daughter (1Sam 14:49), who became David’s wife. Her love for David was exploited by Saul, who hoped to dispose of David by asking an unusual and difficult bridal price (1Sam 18:20-29). Like her brother Jonathan, she saved David from Saul’s attempt to kill him, cleverly covering up his escape (1Sam 19:11-17). Saul later gave Michal to Palti (1Sam 25:44), but she was returned to David as part of a political bargain (2Sam 3:12-16). Michal and David quarreled over his behavior before the Ark (2Sam 6:12-23; 1Chr 15:29), with tragic consequences for Michal: she died childless.

1Sam 14:49

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1Sam 18:20-29

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1Sam 19:11-17

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1Sam 25:44

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2Sam 3:12-16

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2Sam 6:12-23

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1Chr 15:29

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