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Palti in Wikipedia
Palti (or Paltiel), son of Laish, who was from Gallim, was the
second husband of Michal, Saul's daughter..
Michal was originally David's wife, but Saul gave her to Palti
after she helped David escape from Saul. Later when David
became king of Judah and Ish-bosheth Saul's son (and Michal's
brother) was king of Israel, David demanded her return to him,
in return for peace between them. This Ish-bosheth did.
The account says that Palti "followed her weeping as far as
Bahurim. But Abner said to him 'Go Back!'. And he turned
back.". According to the Talmud, Palti never consummated
his marriage with Michal, but kept a sword between them while
in bed to separate them. The Talmud explains his weeping as
sorrow over the loss of a good deed, and not as weeping for
the loss of Michal herself:
Is it not written (II Samuel 3.16), He went weeping? -This was
for losing the good deed [of self-restraint]. Hence [he
followed her] to [the town called] Bahurim (literally,
youths), implying that they both had remained like unmarried
youths and not tasted the pleasure of marital relations.