Saul sent men to David's house to watch1 it and to kill him in the morning.2 But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed."
So Michal let David down through a window,3 and he fled and escaped.
Then Michal took an idola4 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,5 "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."
But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair.
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?' "
When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah6 and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.
Word came to Saul: "David is in Naioth at Ramah";
so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets7 prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came upon8 Saul's men and they also prophesied.921
Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied.
Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Secu. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" "Over in Naioth at Ramah," they said.
So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying10 until he came to Naioth.
He stripped11 off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel's12 presence. He lay that way all that day and night. This is why people say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"13