New International Version
When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, "He is ill."
King James Bible
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.
Darby Bible Translation
And Saul sent messengers to take David, and 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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Michal took an image - את התרפים eth hatteraphim, the teraphim. The Hebrew word appears to mean any kind of image, in any kind of form, as a representative of some reality. Here it must have been something in the human form; because it was intended to represent a man lying in bed indisposed.
A pillow of goats' hair - Perhaps she formed the appearance of a sick man's head muffled up by this pillow or bag of goats' hair. So I think the original might be understood. The goats' hair was merely accidental; unless we could suppose that it was designed to represent the hair of David's head, which is not improbable.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Exile Continued.
"So David fled, and escaped and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done unto him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth" (1 Sam. xix. 18)--or, as the word probably means, in the collection of students' dwellings, inhabited by the sons of the prophets, where possibly there may have been some kind of right of sanctuary. Driven thence by Saul's following him, and having had one last sorrowful hour of Jonathan's companionship--the last but one on earth--he fled to Nob, whither …
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David
At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them."
1 Samuel 19:15
Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, "Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him."
1 Samuel 19:20
so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul's men, and they also prophesied.
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