And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son-in-law. Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a wife. But when Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, Saul was even more afraid of David. So Saul was David’s enemy continually.
Then the commanders of the Philistines came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly esteemed.
Comment: Well David did take a few helpers along with him to collect the required bride price. But while collecting the 100 foreskins he decided to give Saul a few extras! Saul’s plans all turned back on him – David wasn’t killed and Michal, his daughter loved her husband and wasn’t a pawn in her father’s hand to get even with David. David is the champion of the army and Saul grows to hate him more and more.
Prayer: I hate war, Father. But help me to see its place in life because there seem to be some things which are only settled by conflict. But teach me to be a peacemaker wherever possible.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. The old adage, “The plans of mice and men are bound to go astray” seems to be applicable here. King Saul plans for David’s death, but the opposite happens. David becomes more esteemed among the people because of the strength and the victory he is given by God. And so everything good comes to David, along with a bride who desires him. Sadly this sours King Saul even further. God bless you.