1 Samuel 18:20

20 Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David. Saul was told, and the thing pleased him.

1 Samuel 18:20 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 18:20

And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David
His youngest daughter fell in love with him, because of the comeliness of his person, his gallant behaviour, his wise conduct, and the general esteem and reputation he was had in, as may be supposed:

and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him;
not that his daughter loved David, or that he should be his son-in-law, but that he should have an opportunity, as he hoped, of destroying David, which he had lost by giving his elder daughter to another; as also of retrieving his credit with the people, which was greatly sunk by using David in the manner he did, who had become the darling of the people.

1 Samuel 18:20 In-Context

18 David said to Saul, "Who am I and who are my kinsfolk, my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"
19 But at the time when Saul's daughter Merab should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.
20 Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David. Saul was told, and the thing pleased him.
21 Saul thought, "Let me give her to him that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall now be my son-in-law."
22 Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in private and say, "See, the king is delighted with you, and all his servants love you; now then, become the king's son-in-law.' "
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