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1 Samuel 25 :: New International Version (NIV)

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David, Nabal and Abigail

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:1 - Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:2 - A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:3 - His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:4 - While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:5 - So he sent ten young men and said to them, “Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:6 - Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:7 - “ ‘Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:8 - Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.’ ”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:9 - When David’s men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David’s name. Then they waited.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:10 - Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:11 - Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:12 - David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:13 - David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:14 - One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:15 - Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:16 - Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:17 - Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:18 - Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs[fn] of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:19 - Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:20 - As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:21 - David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:22 - May God deal with David,[fn] be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:23 - When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:24 - She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:25 - Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:26 - And now, my lord, as surely as the LORD your God lives and as you live, since the LORD has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:27 - And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:28 - “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The LORD your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the LORD’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:29 - Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:30 - When the LORD has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:31 - my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:32 - David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:33 - May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:34 - Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:35 - Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:36 - When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:37 - Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:38 - About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:39 - When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:40 - His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:41 - She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:42 - Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:43 - David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:44 - But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel[fn] son of Laish, who was from Gallim.
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew and some Septuagint manuscripts; other Septuagint manuscripts Maon
That is, probably about 60 pounds or about 27 kilograms
Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew with David’s enemies
Hebrew Palti, a variant of Paltiel

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