The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 19:11–17

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11  And Saul sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning; and Michal David's wife told him, saying: 'If thou save not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain.'

11  And it came to pass in that night, that Saul sent messengers to the house of David to watch him, in order to slay him in the morning; and Melchol David’s wife told him, saying, Unless thou save thy life this night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain.

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12  So Michal let David down through the window; and he went, and fled, and escaped.

12  she lowered him down through a window. Then he fled and went away, and he was saved.

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13  And Michal took the teraphim, and laid it in the bed, and put a quilt of goats' hair at the head thereof, and covered it with a cloth.

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14  And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said: 'He is sick.'

14  And Saul sent messengers to take David; and they say that he is sick.

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15  And Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying: 'Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.'

15  And he sends to David, saying, Bring him to me on the bed, that I may slay him.

15  And again, Saul sent messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him to me on the bed, so that he may be killed.”

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16  And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the quilt of goats' hair at the head thereof.

16  And the messengers come, and, behold, the images were on the bed, and the goat’s liver at his head.

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17  And Saul said unto Michal: 'Why hast thou deceived me thus, and let mine enemy go, that he is escaped?' And Michal answered Saul: 'He said unto me: Let me go; why should I kill thee?'

17  And Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me in this way, and released my enemy, so that he may flee?” And Michal responded to Saul, “Because he said to me, ‘Release me, otherwise I will kill you.’ ”

17  And they told Saul, and Saul said to Malchel, Why have you deceived me so, and let my enemy depart, so that he has escaped? And Malchel said to Saul, He said to me, Let me go; or else I will kill you.