King David's wives
David's first wife
Saul was jealous of David and tried to have him killed. David escaped. Then Saul sent his daughter Michal to Galim to marry Palti son of Layish. 1 Samuel 25:44 says, “Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife to Palti, the son of Layish, who was from Galim.”
Years past, David married many women and wanted Michal back. 2 Samuel 3:14-16 says, “David sent messengers to Ish-boshet; Saul’s son, saying:'Deliver me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to me for a hundred foreskins of Pelishtim.' And Ish-boshet sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel, the son of Layish. And her husband went along with her weeping behind her to Behurim. Then Avner said to him, go, return and he returned.”
So, David married Michal when he was young. They were forced to separate. He married other women. She married Palti. And finally he took her back. When David brought the Ark to the city of David, Michal watched him from her window. She was displeased with his behavior. When he returned home, they argued and “Michal daughter of Saul did not have a child to the day of her death.” (2 Samuel 6:23)
But then in 2 Samuel 21:8 we are told that Michal daughter of Saul had 5 sons. Not only did she have 5 sons, she had them with Adriel the Meholati. (Many English Bibles changed Michal's name - in this verse to Merav / Merab.)
|The mother's name||The son's name|
|Ahinoam the Yizre'elite||His first born was Amnon.|
|Abigail - the wife of Naval the Karmelite||His second was Kil'av.|
|Maacah - the daughter of Talmay - King of Geshur||The third - Absalom|
|Haggith||The fourth - Adoniyya.|
|Abital||The fifth - Shefatya.|
|Eglah||The sixth Yitre'am.|
Wives and children in Jerusalem
David married more wives in Jerusalem, according to 2 Samuel 5. The number is not clear.
The biblical story of King David and his wives inspired many modern day writers. Some of these books are:
Queenmaker/ India Edghill
A Novel of King David’s Queen.
Bathsheba/ Jill Eileen Smith
Michal/ Jill Eileen Smith
Abigail/ Jill Eileen Smith
Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of "Michal", draws on Scripture, historical research, and her imagination.
David’s wives/ Haya Shraga
Hebrew: נשות דוד / חיה שרגא בן-איון
The book is written in Hebrew. It is based on the author’s doctorate in which she wrote on the biblical figures:
Michal, Avigail and Batsheva.