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The Levites purify themselves then David moves the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem with an open show of worship, which Michal despises: 2 Samuel 6:12–23; 1 Chronicles 15 (with passages sorted into chronological order – see Note); Psalm 132

If you’ve been in church long enough, you’ll have heard someone talk about King David dancing in the streets in celebration of moving the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. You’ll also have heard about how is wife, Michal, despised him for it:

2 Samuel 6:16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.

It’s worth stepping back and thinking about how she got there.

Was she happy about being returned to David? There’s good evidence that her second husband, Palti, really did love her; she probably loved him back for all we know.

The contempt might already have been there long before any dancing.

2 Samuel 6:20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, ‘How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!’



Here’s the scriptures covered in this section, broken up and recast into chronological order:

2 Samuel 6:12; 1 Chronicles 15:1–28; 2 Samuel 6:12–16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2 Samuel 6:17–19; 1 Chronicles 16:1–43; 2 Samuel 6:19–23