1 Samuel 19:13
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New International Version
Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head.

King James Bible
And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.

Darby Bible Translation
And Michal took the image, and laid it in the bed, and put the net of goats' [hair] at its head, and covered it with the coverlet.

World English Bible
Michal took the teraphim, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' [hair] at its head, and covered it with the clothes.

Young's Literal Translation
and Michal taketh the teraphim, and layeth on the bed, and the mattress of goats' hair she hath put for his pillows, and covereth with a garment.

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Clarke'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.

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an image [heb] teraphim

Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

Judges 17:5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

Judges 18:14,17 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said to their brothers...

Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image...

a pillow. Rather, `the net-work of goat's hair at its (the Teraphim's) pillow;' for the kevir, (whence the Chaldee and Syriac kavreetho, a honey-comb, form its net-like form), seems to have been a kind of mosquito-net, which, says Dr. Shaw, is `a close curtain of gauze, used all over the East, by people of fashion, to keep out the flies.' That they had such anciently cannot be doubted. Thus when Judith had beheaded Holofernes in his bed, (ch

1 Samuel 13:9,15 And Saul said, Bring here a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering...

) `she pulled down the canopy (or the mosquito net, (), from (), a gnat, or mosquito, whence or word canopy) wherein he did lie in his drunkenness, from the pillars.

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The 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

Cross References
Genesis 31:19
When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods.

Judges 18:14
Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their fellow Danites, "Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, some household gods and an image overlaid with silver? Now you know what to do."

Judges 18:17
The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance of the gate.

1 Samuel 19:16
But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair.

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