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Michal was David’s wife. Michal’s story reads like something from an ancient soap opera: romance, intrigue, feuding families, and a politically motivated lover’s triangle.

Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul. She fell in love with David at a time her father was looking for a way to have him killed. Sensing his opportunity, Saul promised Michal to David in exchange for killing one hundred Philistines. Surely it was a suicide mission—except that David managed to kill two hundred Philistines. Not only had Saul’s plan failed, but he was forced to watch his youngest daughter marry his enemy.

Saul schemed once more to take David’s life, but Michal uncovered the plot and helped her husband escape. While David climbed out a window, Michal used a household idol to make it look like David was asleep in bed, underneath a garment

….Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats’ hair at the head. When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, “He is ill.” 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 19:11–16)

After David went into hiding, Saul gave Michal to a man named Paltiel—a deliberate insult, perhaps designed to weaken David’s claim to the throne. After Saul died, David demanded that Michal be returned to him—much to Paltiel’s chagrin. Michal, too, may have resented being treated like a pawn in other people’s plans. Or perhaps she simply did not share David’s devotion to God. For whatever reason, the love between them seemed to grow cold after David became king. Michal even mocked David’s exuberant display as the ark of the covenant was carried to Jerusalem.

The Bible notes that Michal bore no children after her falling out with David—which may have been due to divine punishment or simply an indication that she no longer received David’s favor or affection.

Michal seemed to think that David’s manner of worship was unbefitting the dignity of a king. David’s response in 2 Samuel 6:21–22 (“I will celebrate before the LORD“) serves as a reminder that pride and self-consciousness have no place in authentic worship— only a continual awareness that it is God whose pleasure we seek.