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The biblical account of David's first escape from Saul in 1 Sam 19 mentions that his wife Michal camouflaged his escape by hiding an "image" (KJV) or a "household idol" (NASB) in his bed.

Is that to mean that David allowed idols in his own home?

{ asked by lindelof }

ANSWER

Idols were commonplace in David's time, perhaps his wife Michal went out and purchased one to help cover up his escape.

Another possibility is that other residents in his household worshiped the idols and David never expressly forbade idols from his household, thus Michal may have borrowed or moved an idol from elsewhere in the house.

{ answered by studiohack }
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