And Samuel died; and all the
Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and
buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went
down to the wilderness of Paran.
And there was a man in Maon,
whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great,
and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he
was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
Now the name of the man was Nabal;
and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good
understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was
churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of
And David heard in the wilderness
that Nabal did shear his sheep.
And David sent out ten young men,
and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and
go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:
And thus shall ye say to him that
liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to
thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.
And now I have heard that thou
hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt
them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the
while they were in Carmel.
Ask thy young men, and they will
shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine
eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever
cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David.
And when David's young men came,
they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name
of David, and ceased.
And Nabal answered David's
servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse?
there be many servants now a days that break away every man
from his master.
Shall I then take my bread, and
my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and
give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?
So David's young men turned their
way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.
And David said unto his men, Gird
ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his
sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up
after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by
But one of the young men told
Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers
out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on
But the men were very good unto
us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long
as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:
They were a wall unto us both by
night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the
Now therefore know and consider
what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master,
and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial,
that a man cannot speak to him.
Then Abigail made haste, and took
two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep
ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an
hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs,
and laid them on asses.
And she said unto her servants,
Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not
her husband Nabal.
And it was so, as she rode on the
ass, that she came down by the covert on the hill, and,
behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met
Now David had said, Surely in
vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness,
so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and
he hath requited me evil for good.
So and more also do God unto the
enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the
morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
And when Abigail saw David, she
hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her
face, and bowed herself to the ground,
And fell at his feet, and said,
Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine
handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the
words of thine handmaid.
Let not my lord, I pray thee,
regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so
is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine
handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst
Now therefore, my lord, as the
LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath
withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging
thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they
that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
And now this blessing which thine
handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto
the young men that follow my lord.
I pray thee, forgive the trespass
of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a
sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD,
and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
Yet a man is risen to pursue
thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be
bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the
souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the
middle of a sling.
And it shall come to pass, when
the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good
that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed
thee ruler over Israel;
That this shall be no grief unto
thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast
shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself:
but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then
remember thine handmaid.
And David said to Abigail,
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to
And blessed be thy advice, and
blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to
shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
For in very deed, as the LORD God
of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee,
except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had
not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth
against the wall.
So David received of her hand
that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in
peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and
have accepted thy person.
And Abigail came to Nabal; and,
behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a
king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very
drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until
the morning light.
But it came to pass in the
morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had
told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he
became as a stone.
And it came to pass about ten
days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.
And when David heard that Nabal
was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the
cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his
servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness
of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with
Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
And when the servants of David
were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying,
David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.
And she arose, and bowed herself
on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid
be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
And Abigail hasted, and arose and
rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after
her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became
David also took Ahinoam of
Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.
But Saul had given Michal his
daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was
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