Leviticus 18:17, David Steals King Saul’s Wife (part II of II)
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter.
//Yesterday, I quoted the story of how David stole Saul’s wife Ahinoam to be his own. I know this sounds hard to believe, yet another scripture hints that not only is it true, but that it was done with God’s favor. Read the following statement, made by the prophet Nathan about God’s gifts to David:
And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom–2 Samuel 12:8
Clearly, the “master” whose house God gave to David is King Saul. So, David was given Saul’s wives as well.
Earlier, Saul had given his daughter Michal to David to be his wife. This, in effect, was grafting David into the line of succession for the kingdom. When later Saul took Michal away and gave her to another man, he was purposefully breaking the line of succession. So the enmity had begun between the two of them. What started as a simple jealousy on Saul’s part escalated to something much more serious. Saul gives David’s wife Michal to another man; so David steals Saul’s wife Ahinoam; so Saul tries to murder David. David is forced to flee and live in the wilderness until King Saul dies in battle.
But here is where the story gets even more sordid. Michal, it turns out, was the daughter of Ahinoam. So David apparently married first the daughter, and when he couldn’t have her, he took her mother. Which brings us to today’s verse, forbidding this very thing. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter.
Does this explain why Michal was childless? Perhaps she and David never shared the bed, before Michal was taken away? Surely, David would not have ignored the law of Leviticus, right?