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 1 Samuel 25:2 - 44
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   Book of 1 Samuel
   Chapter 25
25:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
25:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
His name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings.
 
25:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
While David was in the desert, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.
 
25:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So he sent ten young men and said to them, "Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.
 
25:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Say to him: 'Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!
 
25:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"'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.
 
25:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my young men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.'"
 
25:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When David's men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David's name. Then they waited.
 
25:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
25:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
25:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David's men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word.
 
25:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David said to his men, "Put on your swords!" So they put on their swords, and David put on his. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.
 
25:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
One of the servants told Nabal's wife Abigail: "David sent messengers from the desert to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.
 
25:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
25:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Night and day they were a wall around us all the time we were herding our sheep near them.
 
25:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
25:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Abigail lost no time. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs F81 of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
 
25:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then she told her servants, "Go on ahead; I'll follow you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
 
25:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.
 
25:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David had just said, "It's been useless - all my watching over this fellow's property in the desert so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.
 
25:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
May God deal with David, F82 be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!"
 
25:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.
 
25:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
She fell at his feet and said: "My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.
 
25:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name - his name is Fool, and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent.
 
25:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Now since the LORD has kept you, my master, from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, may your enemies and all who intend to harm my master be like Nabal.
 
25:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my master, be given to the men who follow you.
 
25:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Please forgive your servant's offense, for the LORD will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my master, because he fights the LORD's battles. Let no wrongdoing be found in you as long as you live.
 
25:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my master 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.
 
25:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel,
 
25:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD has brought my master success, remember your servant."
 
25:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David said to Abigail, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.
 
25:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.
 
25:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
25:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
25:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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 until daybreak.
 
25:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
25:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.
 
25:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
25:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, "David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife."
 
25:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, "Here is your maidservant, ready to serve you and wash the feet of my master's servants."
 
25:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five maids, went with David's messengers and became his wife.
 
25:43 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.
 
25:44 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Paltiel F83 son of Laish, who was from Gallim.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F81 That is, probably about a bushel (about 37 liters)
F82 Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew with David's enemies
F83 Hebrew Palti, a variant of Paltiel

 
 

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