Michal had been given to David as his wife by his father king Saul after he had said he wanted the bride price to be hundred foreskins of the philistines.

1 Samuel 16:27 NIV

27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

But later Michal is said to have married Paltiel which would have been contravening the law

2 Samuel 3:14 NIV

14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”15 So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish.

No divorce is mentioned between David and Michal but she returns to David after having been a wife to another man.

According to the law both the adultery and the adulteress were stoned to death

Leviticus 20:10 NIV

10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.

Why was Michal not stoned for committing adultery?

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    Was Michal a willing party to her being attached to Paltiel ? Did she have any choice in all of this ? Was she at fault ?
    – Nigel J
    Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 13:29
  • Very interesting question. Also notice that it was Sail who gave out michal , to show his fury towards David and to cut ties from him Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 13:32
  • Women were given in marriage. Were you to have asked how or why Saul breached his contract with David, that would have been an interesting (and reasonable) question. Instead, you chose to pose a question which makes little to no logical sense; hence the down-vote.
    – Lucian
    Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 14:01

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Michal was obeying her father the king. She didn't do anything wrong. Saul being the father and the king had the power to sever Michaels relationship with David. Similar thing happened to Samson and his first wife. It wasn't her fault either.

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