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

King James Bible
And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.

Darby Bible Translation
And the messengers came in, and behold, the image was in the bed, and the net of goats' [hair] at its head.

World English Bible
When the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats' hair at its head.

Young's Literal Translation
And the messengers come in, and lo, the teraphim are on the bed, and the mattress of goats' hair, for his pillows.

1 Samuel 19:16 Parallel
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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when It is highly probable that David, when supposed to be sick, was thought to be hid in the harem or chamber of Michal. `The harems,' says De La Motraye, `are sanctuaries, as sacred and inviolable, for persons pursed by justice for any crime, debt, etc. as the Roman Catholic churches in Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc.' Thus we find, that to effect his purpose, Saul sent messengers to Michal, but they treated her harem with too much respect to enter it at first; but being authorised by Saul, they entered even into her chamber; and during the delay occasioned by respect for the privacy of Michal, David escaped.

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

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 19:17
Saul said to Michal, "Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?" Michal told him, "He said to me, 'Let me get away. Why should I kill you?'"

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