1 Samuel 19:14
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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.”

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

King James 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."

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Saul sent agents to seize David, Michal said, "He's sick."

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

King James 2000 Bible
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul sent messengers to take David, and she said, He is sick.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And 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.'
Study Bible
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

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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). And when Saul sent messengers to take David,.... Either the same who in the morning inquired for David, or those staying longer than Saul expected, and fearing they were negligent or corrupted, he sent others: to whom

she said, he is sick; and in bed, and cannot be spoke with; this lie she told through her affection to David, and to preserve his life; and this stratagem she devised to gain time, that while she was amusing the messengers with this tale of hers, before they could discover the truth of the matter David would be out of their reach; whereas, had she denied his being at home, or signified that he had made his escape, they would have immediately pursued after him, and he would have been in danger of being taken by them. 19:11-24 Michal's stratagem to gain time till David got to a distance was allowable, but her falsehood had not even the plea of necessity to excuse it, and manifests that she was not influenced by the same spirit of piety which had dictated Jonathan's language to Saul. In flying to Samuel, David made God his refuge. Samuel, as a prophet, was best able to advise him what to do in this day of distress. He met with little rest or satisfaction in Saul's court, therefore went to seek it in Samuel's church. What little pleasure is to be had in this world, those have who live a life of communion with God; to that David returned in the time of trouble. So impatient was Saul after David's blood, so restless against him, that although baffled by one providence after another, he could not see that David was under the special protection of God. And when God will take this way to protect David, even Saul prophesies. Many have great gifts, yet no grace; they may prophesy in Christ's name, yet are disowned by him. Let us daily seek for renewing grace, which shall be in us as a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Let us cleave to truth and holiness with full purpose of heart. In every danger and trouble, let us seek protection, comfort, and direction in God's ordinances.
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