Samuel’s Death
1Then Samuel died; and all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him at his house in Ramah. And David set out and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
Nabal and Abigail
2Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; and the man was very Lit greatrich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while he was shearing his sheep in Carmel
3(now the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman was Lit of good understandingintelligent and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his dealings, and he was a Calebite),
4that David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
5So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel and Lit come tovisit Nabal, and greet him in my name;
6and this is what you shall say: ‘Lit To lifeHave a long life, peace to you, and peace to your house, and peace to all that you have!
7Now then, I have heard that you have shearers. Now, your shepherds have been with us; we have not harmed them, nor has anything of theirs gone missing all the days they were in Carmel.
8Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on a Lit goodfestive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.’ ”
9When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal in accordance with all these words in David’s name; then they waited.
10But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.
11Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men Lit from where they arewhose origin I do not know?”
12So David’s young men made their way back and returned; and they came and informed him in accordance with all these words.
13Then David said to his men, “Each of you strap on his sword.” So each man strapped on his sword. And David also strapped on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David, while two hundred stayed with the baggage.
14Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to Lit blessgreet our master, and he spoke to them in anger.
15Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not harmed, nor did anything go missing Lit all the daysas long as we went with them, while we were in the fields.
16They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.
17Now then, be aware and Lit seeconsider what you should do, because harm is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a Lit son of Belialworthless man that no one can speak to him.”
Abigail Intercedes
18Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine, and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain, and a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and she loaded them on donkeys.
19Then she said to her young men, “Go on ahead of me; behold, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
20And it happened as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.
21Now David had said, “It is certainly for nothing that I have guarded everything that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing has gone missing of all that belonged to him! For he has returned me evil for good.
22May God do so to the enemies of David, and more so, if by morning I leave alive as much as one Lit who urinates against the wallmale of any who belong to him.”
23When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face in front of David and bowed herself to the ground.
24She fell at his feet and said, “On me Lit myselfalone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your slave speak Lit in your earsto you, and listen to the words of your slave.
25Please do not let my lord Lit set his heart topay attention to this Lit man of Belialworthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. I.e., foolNabal is his name, and stupidity is with him; but I your slave did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.
26“Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, since the Lord has restrained you from Lit coming in with bloodshedding blood, and from Lit helpingavenging yourself by your own hand, now then, may your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be like Nabal.
27And now let this Lit blessinggift which your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who Lit walk at the feet ofaccompany my lord.
28Please forgive the offense of your slave; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an Or permanentenduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil will not be found in you all your days.
29Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your Lit soullife, then the Lit soullife of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; but the Lit soullives of your enemies He will sling out Lit in the midst ofas from the hollow of a sling.
30And when the Lord does for my lord in accordance with all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and appoints you ruler over Israel,
31this will not become an obstacle to you, or a Lit stumbling of hearttroubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord’s having Lit helpedavenged himself. When the Lord deals well with my lord, then remember your slave.”
32Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me,
33and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from Lit coming into bloodbloodshed and from Lit helpingavenging myself by my own hand.
34Nevertheless, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, there certainly would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one Lit who urinates against the wallmale.”
35So David accepted from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, “Go up to your house in peace. See, I have listened to Lit your voiceyou and Lit lifted up your facegranted your request.”
36Then Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was having a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was cheerful within him, for he was very drunk; so she did not tell him anything Lit small or largeat all until the morning light.
37But in the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him so that he became like a stone.
38About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.
David Marries Abigail
39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has pleaded the cause of the shame inflicted on me by the hand of Nabal, and has kept back His servant from evil. The Lord has also returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head.” Then David sent Lit and spokea proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
40When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, “David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.”
41And she got up and bowed with her face to the ground, and said, “Behold, your slave is a servant to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”
42Then Abigail got up quickly, and rode on a donkey, with her five female attendants who Lit walked at her feetaccompanied her; and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife.
43David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives.
44But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.