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Go to Commentary on 1 Sam 19
David Delivered from Saul

1Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David.
  2So Jonathan told David, saying, “Saul my father is seeking to kill you. So now, be on your guard in the morning and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.
  3I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will talk with my father about you, and whatever I find out I will tell you.”

4So Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Do not let the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you and because his deeds have been very beneficial to you,
  5for he took his life in his hand and struck down the Philistine, and Yahweh worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. So why would you sin against innocent blood to kill David without a cause?”

6Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan and Saul swore, “As Yahweh lives, he will not be put to death.”
  7So Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all those words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

8And there was war again. So David went out and fought with the Philistines and struck them down with a great slaughter, and they fled from before him.

9But an evil spirit from Yahweh came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand.
  10And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he escaped from the presence of Saul so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled and got away that night.
  11And Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.”
  12So Michal let David down through the window. And he went, fled, and got away.
  13Michal took the teraphima and laid it in the bed, and put a tangle of goats’ hair at its head and covered it with clothes.
  14When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

15Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, so that I can put him to death.”
  16But when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed with the tangle of goats’ hair at its head.

17Then Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go, so that he got away?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I kill you?’”

18And David fled and escaped and came to Samuel to Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

19And it was told to Saul, saying, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.”
  20Then Saul sent messengers to take David, and they saw the company of the prophets prophesying and Samuel standing there, stationed over them. And the spirit of God came on the messengers of Saul and they prophesied—they too.
  21When it was told to Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.
  22Then he also went to Ramah, and came to the large cistern that is in Secu, and he asked and said, “Where are Samuel and David?” And someone said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”

23And he went there, to Naioth in Ramah, and the spirit of God came on him also, and he went, going along and prophesying until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
  24And he also stripped off his clothes and he also prophesied before Samuel, and he lay down naked all that day and all that night. That is why they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Teraphim were household gods

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