1 Samuel 19:14
New International Version
When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, “He is ill.”

New Living Translation
When the troops came to arrest David, she told them he was sick and couldn’t get out of bed.

English Standard Version
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Berean Study Bible
When Saul sent the messengers to seize David, Michal said, “He is ill.”

King James Bible
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

New King James Version
So when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

New American Standard Bible
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

NASB 1995
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

NASB 1977
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Amplified Bible
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Christian Standard Bible
When Saul sent agents to seize David, Michal said, “He’s sick.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Saul sent agents to seize David, Michal said, “He’s sick.”

American Standard Version
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Shaul sent Messengers to take David, and she said: “He is sick”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul sent messengers to take David; and they say that he is sick.

Contemporary English Version
The next morning, Saul sent guards to arrest David. But Michal told them, "David is sick."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul sent officers to seize David: and it was answered that he was sick.

English Revised Version
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

Good News Translation
When Saul's men came to get David, Michal told them that he was sick.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Saul sent messengers to get David, Michal said, "He's sick."

International Standard Version
When Saul sent the messengers to take David, Michal said, "He's sick."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said: 'He is sick.'

Literal Standard Version
And Saul sends messengers to take David, and she says, “He [is] sick.”

NET Bible
When Saul sent messengers to arrest David, she said, "He's sick."

New Heart English Bible
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He is sick."

World English Bible
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He is sick."

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul sendeth messengers to take David, and she saith, 'He is sick.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Michal Saves David
13Then Michal took a household idol and laid it in the bed, placed some goat hair on its head, and covered it with a garment. 14When Saul sent the messengers to seize David, Michal said, “He is ill.” 15But Saul sent the messengers back to see David and told them, “Bring him up to me in his bed so I can kill him.”…

Cross References
Joshua 2:5
At dusk, when the gate was about to close, the men went out, and I do not know which way they went. Pursue them quickly, and you may catch them!"

1 Samuel 19:15
But Saul sent the messengers back to see David and told them, "Bring him up to me in his bed so I can kill him."

1 Samuel 19:20
he sent messengers to capture him. But when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel leading them, the Spirit of God came upon them, and Saul's messengers also began to prophesy.


Treasury of Scripture

And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

she said

Joshua 2:5
And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.

2 Samuel 16:17-19
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend? …

2 Samuel 17:20
And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.









Verses 14-17. - When, after waiting till the usual hour for David's appearance, he came not, the watchers send and inform Saul, who now orders his open arrest. But Michal despatches a messenger to tell her father that he is sick. Upon this Saul orders bed and all to be brought, that he may slay him. As an Oriental bed is usually a mere strip of carpet, this would be easy enough. But when the messengers force their way through, in spite of every obstruction which Michal can devise to waste time, and come up close to the sleeping figure, "Lo, teraphim in the bed, and a goatskin at its head." They carry the news to Saul, who sends for Michal, and reproaches her for letting his enemy go. And she, afraid of bringing her father's anger upon herself, answers with a falsehood, such as we find David also too readily having resort to; for she tells Saul that his flight was David's own doing, and that she had taken part in it only to save her life. Why should I kill thee? She pretends that David had told her not to force him to kill her by refusing to give her aid in his escape. Saul, no doubt, saw that she had been a willing agent; but as she professed to have been driven to do what she had done by David's threats, he could say no more. DAVID'S FLIGHT TO SAMUEL AT RAMAH (vers. 18-24).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When Saul
שָׁא֛וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

sent
וַיִּשְׁלַ֥ח (way·yiš·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

the messengers
מַלְאָכִ֖ים (mal·’ā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

to seize
לָקַ֣חַת (lā·qa·ḥaṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3947: To take

David,
דָּוִ֑ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

Michal said,
וַתֹּ֖אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“He
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

[is] ill.”
חֹלֶ֥ה (ḥō·leh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2470: To be weak or sick


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