And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul's
When Abner's messengers returned to him, and acquainted him with the condition of David's entering into a league with him, it is highly probable that Abner sent them or others to David, to let him know that he could not do this of himself; that it was advisable for him to write to Ishbosheth, whose sister she was, and demand her of him; and that then he would use his interest with Ishbosheth to grant it, and this method David took:
saying, deliver [me] my wife Michal, which I espoused to me
hundred foreskins of the Philistines;
two arguments he made use of to enforce his demand; one is, that it was his wife he required, to whom he had a right, and no other man; and the other is, that he had purchased her at a great expense, at the risk of his life, in slaying an hundred Philistines, whose foreskins he paid in for her at the instance of Saul; he mentions but one hundred, though he gave two hundred as her dowry, no more being required than one hundred; see ( 1 Samuel 18:25 1 Samuel 18:27 ) . Josephus very wrongly says six hundred F2; the Syriac and Arabic have here two hundred.