1 Samuel 19:16
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English Standard Version
And when the messengers came in, behold, the image was in the bed, with the pillow of goats’ hair at its head.

King James Bible
And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.

American Standard Version
And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats hair at the head thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the messengers were come in, they found an image upon the bed, and a goat's skin at its head.

English Revised Version
And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats' hair at the head thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the messengers had come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goat's hair for his bolster.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Another great defeat which David had inflicted upon the Philistines excited Saul to such an extent, that in a fit of insanity he endeavoured to pierce David with his javelin as he was playing before him. The words Ruach Jehovah describe the attack of madness in which Saul threw the javelin at David according to its higher cause, and that, as implied in the words Ruach Jehovah in contrast with Ruach Elohim (1 Samuel 18:10; 1 Samuel 16:15), as inflicted upon him by Jehovah. The thought expressed is, that the growth of Saul's melancholy was a sign of the hardness of heart to which Jehovah had given him up on account of his impenitence. David happily escaped this javelin also. He slipped away from Saul, so that he hurled the javelin into the wall; whereupon David fled and escaped the same night, i.e., the night after this occurrence. This remark somewhat anticipates the course of the events, as the author, according to the custom of Hebrew historians, gives the result at once, and then proceeds to describe in detail the more exact order of the events.

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And when It is highly probable that David, when supposed to be sick, was thought to be hid in the harem or chamber of Michal. `The harems,' says De La Motraye, `are sanctuaries, as sacred and inviolable, for persons pursed by justice for any crime, debt, etc. as the Roman Catholic churches in Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc.' Thus we find, that to effect his purpose, Saul sent messengers to Michal, but they treated her harem with too much respect to enter it at first; but being authorised by Saul, they entered even into her chamber; and during the delay occasioned by respect for the privacy of Michal, David escaped.

Cross References
1 Samuel 19:13
Michal took an image and laid it on the bed and put a pillow of goats' hair at its head and covered it with the clothes.

1 Samuel 19:15
Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, "Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him."

1 Samuel 19:17
Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?" And Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, 'Let me go. Why should I kill you?'"

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