Bible Story - David - Saul's Mean Jealousy
by: Charles Kent &
When the Israelites and David
returned from slaying the Philistines, the women came out from all
the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet Saul with
tambourines, with cries of rejoicing, and with cymbals. The women
sang gaily to each other and said,
"Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his tens of thousands."
Saul was very angry, for their words displeased him, and he said,
"To David they give credit for ten thousands, but to me only
thousands; what more can he have but the rulership?" So Saul kept
his eye on David from that day onward. Saul feared David and did not
let him stay near him. He made him commander over a thousand men;
and David went out and came in at the head of the soldiers. In all
that he did David acted wisely and had success, for God was with
him. When Saul saw that he acted wisely, he was still more afraid of
him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came
in at their head.
Michal, Saul's daughter, also loved David, and when they told Saul,
he was pleased, for he said, "I will give her to him, that she may
lead him to destruction and that the Philistines may capture him."
So Saul commanded his servants, "Say to David secretly: 'See, the
ruler is pleased with you and all his servants love you; now
therefore become his son-in-law.'" When Saul's servants told this to
David, he said, "Do you think it easy for me to become the
son-in-law of a ruler when I am poor and have no reputation!" When
Saul's servants told him David's answer, he commanded, "Say to
David: 'Saul wishes no price for his daughter except the proof that
you have killed a hundred Philistines;'" for Saul thought that David
would be killed by them.
So David went with his men and killed a hundred Philistines; and
Saul gave him his daughter Michal as his wife. Then Saul knew that
God was with David and that all Israel loved him, so he feared David
Then Saul commanded his son Jonathan and all his servants to put
David to death. But Jonathan was very fond of David. And Jonathan
spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Do not sin
against your servant David, for he has not wronged you and his
behavior toward you has been excellent; for he risked his life and
killed the Philistine, so that God saved all Israel. You saw it and
rejoiced. Why then will you sin by shedding innocent blood in
killing David without cause?"
So Saul listened to Jonathan and gave his solemn promise: "As surely
as God lives, he shall not be put to death."
Then Jonathan called David and told him all these things. And
Jonathan brought David to Saul and he was with him as before.
But there was war again, and David went out and fought against the
Philistines and killed so many of them that they fled before him.
Then an evil spirit from God came upon Saul while he was sitting in
his house with his spear in his hand and while David was playing on
the lyre. Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear, but
David slipped away so that Saul drove the spear into the wall; and
David fled and so escaped.
That night Saul sent messengers to David's house to watch him, so as
to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David's wife, told him, "If
you do not save your life to-night, you will be killed to-morrow."
So Michal let David down through the window; and he fled away and
escaped. Then Michal took the household god and laid it in the bed,
and she put a pillow of goat's hair under its head and covered it
with a garment. And when Saul sent messengers to seize David, she
said, "He is sick."
Again Saul sent the messengers to the house of David with the
command, "Bring him up to me on the bed, that I may put him to
death." When the messengers came in, there was the household god in
the bed with the pillow of goat's hair under its head. Saul said to
Michal, "Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go?" Michal
answered Saul, "He said to me: 'Let me go; why should I kill you?'"