David Did NOT Dance Naked Before the Lord!
In 2 Samuel chapter 6, David brings the ark of the covenant into the City of David, going before the ark with singing, music, and dancing. His wife Michal does not join the procession, however, but aloofly watches from her window. In 2 Samuel 6:20b, she condescendingly says “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” This statement has been twisted by some to claim that David was dancing naked, but that position is simply untenable. Back up just a few verses and read the description of when David was dancing:
2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NKJV) “Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.”
There’s another mention of the event in 1st Chronicles, which clearly states that David wore not only a linen ephod (which was a priestly garment), but a robe underneath that as well:
1 Chronicles 15:27 (NKJV) “David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.“
Clearly, David was “uncovered” in Michal’s eyes because he had removed his kingly garments and replaced them with plain simple clothing – not because he was naked.