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MICHAL

The younger daughter of King Saul (I Samuel 14:49). That deceitful monarch used his daughter in a desperate attempt to have David killed. He offered to let David marry Michal provided he would kill one hundred Philistines in battle. His plan was frustrated and the two were married (I Samuel 18:20-27). In another attempt by Saul, Michal, who truly loved David, helped him escape. This did not deter her from scolding him later when she thought he weakened the dignity of the kingship by dancing before the Ark. He was unmoved; he felt that the people respected him more for participating in a religious festival (II Samuel 6:14-23).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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