2 Samuel 6:20
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English Standard Version
And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

King James Bible
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

American Standard Version
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to-day, who uncovered himself to-day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the daughter of Saul coming out to meet David, said: How glorious was the king of Israel to day, uncovering himself before the handmaids of his servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons should be naked.

English Revised Version
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

Webster's Bible Translation
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to-day, who uncovered himself to-day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

2 Samuel 6:20 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"And David danced with all his might before the Lord (i.e., before the ark), and was girded with a white ephod (shoulder-dress)." Dancing, as an expression of holy enthusiasm, was a customary thing from time immemorial: we meet with it as early as at the festival of thanksgiving at the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20); but there, and also at subsequent celebrations of the different victories gained by the Israelites, none but women are described as taking part in it (Judges 11:34; Judges 21:19; 1 Samuel 18:6). The white ephod was, strictly speaking, a priestly costume, although in the law it is not prescribed as the dress to be worn by them when performing their official duties, but rather as the dress which denoted the priestly character of the wearer (see at 1 Samuel 22:18); and for this reason it was worn by David in connection with these festivities in honour of the Lord, as the head of the priestly nation of Israel (see at 1 Samuel 2:18). In 2 Samuel 6:15 it is still further related, that David and all the house (nation) of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with jubilee and trumpet-blast. תּרוּעה is used here to signify the song of jubilee and the joyous shouting of the people. In the Chronicles (1 Chronicles 15:28) the musical instruments played on the occasion are also severally mentioned.

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bless

2 Samuel 6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings...

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD...

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

1 Chronicles 16:43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

Psalm 30:1 I will extol you, O LORD; for you have lifted me up, and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Michal

2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window...

Psalm 69:7-9 Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face...

Mark 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

glorious

Nehemiah 4:3,4 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall...

Isaiah 53:2,3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness...

John 13:6 Then comes he to Simon Peter: and Peter said to him, Lord, do you wash my feet?

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised...

Philippians 2:7,8 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men...

uncovered We are only to understand by this expression that David had divested himself of his royal robes, in order to appear humble {before the Lord}, by assimilating himself to the condition of one of the priests or Levites: for we find that he was `girded with a linen ephod;' and consequently no part of his body was exposed, having only put off his outer garments. The terms uncovered or naked frequently mean no more that this in Scripture.

2 Samuel 6:14,16 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod...

1 Samuel 19:23,24 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was on him also, and he went on, and prophesied...

vain fellows

Judges 9:4 And they gave him three score and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light persons...

Job 30:8 They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

shamelessly. or, openly

Cross References
Mark 14:66
And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came,

Judges 9:4
And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him.

1 Samuel 14:49
Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchi-shua. And the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn was Merab, and the name of the younger Michal.

1 Samuel 19:24
And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

2 Samuel 6:14
And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.

2 Samuel 6:16
As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, and she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:19
and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

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