David Marries Michael - Saul’s Sister

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When Saul realized that he could not destroy David personally, he was determined to let the Philistines kill him. His scheme was that he would give his oldest daughter to marry David (v. 17). However, before he was able to pull this off, she married another man (vv. 18-19). Then Saul found out that his second daughter, Michal, loved David (vv. 20-22). This pleased him; not from any favor to David, but he saw that it would be turned to the advancement of his malicious purposes (vv. 23-24). So Saul said David could have her for 100 Philistine foreskins (v. 25).  He thought that in the process he would be killed. However, instead David killed 200 and brought back their foreskins (vv. 26-27). The number was doubled, partly to show his respect and attachment to the princess, and partly to oblige Saul to the fulfilment of his pledge.

David marries Michal and becomes Saul’s son-in-law (v. 28). David perhaps hoped that by becoming the king’s son-in-law their former relationship would be restored. He had hoped his marriage to Michal would heal the breach, but instead Saul became David’s enemy continually (v. 29). The commanders of the Philistines came out to battle; and as often as they came out, David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his fame became very great (v. 30). Through all these experiences, the scripture says that David behaved himself wisely. David continues to protect and comfort Saul in spite of the way Saul treats him. Although he was the object of the king’s unmerited hatred, the victim of his unrelenting plots, and the one on whom the king projected his unbridled fears and ungoverned fury, David continued to remain steadfast in allegiance to the king. He exerted every effort to demonstrate his faithfulness to Saul.


Have I ever been in a situation where people have been jealous of my accomplishments and have attacked me? If so, what was my reaction?  It is so easy to strike back, but a better way to respond is to befriend those who speak evil against me (Matt. 5:43,44).

I Samuel 18:17-30 (English Standard Version)

Then Saul said to David, "Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him." And David said to Saul, "Who am I, and who are my relatives, my father's clan in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?" But at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife. Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. Saul thought, "Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall now be my son-in- law." And Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in private and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now then become the king's son-in-law.'" And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, "Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man and have no reputation?" And the servants of Saul told him, "Thus and so did David speak." Then Saul said, "Thus shall you say to David, 'The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king's enemies.'" Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law. Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in- law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a wife. But when Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him, Saul was even more afraid of David. So Saul was David's enemy continually. Then the princes of the Philistines came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly esteemed.

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