1 Samuel 25

Great(i) 1 And Samuel dyed, and all the Israelites geathered togeather and lamented hym, and buryed hym in his owne house at Rama. And Dauid arose, and gat hym to the wildernesse of Pharan. 2 And there was a man in Maon whose possession was in Carmel, and the man was excedyng myghtie, and had thre thousand shepe & a thousand gootes. And he was sheryng his shepe in Carmell. 3 The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wyfe was Abigail, and she was a woman of a singuler wisdome and bewtifull. But the man was churlyshe, and of shrewde condicions, and was of the kynred of Caleb. 4 And Dauid heard in the wildernesse, that Nabal dyd shere hys shepe. 5 And Dauid sent out ten young men, and sayde vnto them: get you vp to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and grete hym in my name. 6 And thus shal ye saye: peace be to the, peace be to thyne house, & peace be vnto all that thou hast. 7 Beholde, I haue heard saye, that thou hast sherers. Now, thy sheperdes were with vs and we dyd them no spyte, nether was there ought myssing vnto them, all the whyle they were in Carmel: 8 aske thy laddes, & they will shew the. Wherfore let these young men fynde fauore in thine eyes (for we come in a good ceason) and geue I praye the whatsoeuer commeth to thyne hande, vnto thy seruauntes, and to thy sonne Dauid. 9 And whan Dauids youngmen came, they tolde Nabal all those wordes in the name of Dauid, & then helde theyr peace. 10 And Nabal answered Dauids seruauntes, & sayde: what is Dauid? & what is the sonne of Isai? there is plentye of seruauntes now a dayes, that breake awaye euery man from his master. 11 Shal I then take my breed, my water & my flesshe, that I haue kylled for my sherers, & geue it vnto men whom I wote not whence they be? 12 And so Dauids seruauntes turned their waye, and went agayne, and came and told him all those sayinges. 13 And Dauid sayd vnto hys men: gyrde euery man hys swerde aboute him. And they gyrded euery man his swerde aboute him, & Dauid was gyrded with his swerde. And there folowed Dauid vpon a foure hundred men, and two hundred abode by the stuffe. 14 But one of the laddes tolde Abigail Nabals wyfe, saying: Beholde, Dauid sent messengers vnto oure master out of the wildernesse to salute him & he rayled on them. 15 And yet the men are very good vnto vs, & dyd vs no displeasure, nether missed we any thing, as long as we were conuersant with them, when we were in the feldes. 16 They were a wall of defence vnto vs both by nyght & daye, all the whyle we were with them keping shepe. 17 Now therfore, take hede, and se what thou hast to do, for there is an occasion of euell geuen agaynst oure master and all his housholde, seyng: he is as a sonne of beliall vngracious to speake to. 18 Then Abigail made hast, & toke two hundred loues, & two bottelles of wine, and fyue shepe readye dressed, and fyue measures of parched corne, and an hundred frayles of reasyngs, and two hundred topnettes of fygges, and laded them on asses, 19 & sayde vnto her young men: go ye before me. Beholde, I come after you. But she tolde her husband Naball nothing therof. 20 And as she rode on her asse she came preuely downe the syde of the hyll, & beholde, Dauid and hys men came downe agaynst her, & she met them. 21 And Dauid sayde: in vayne haue I kept all that this felow hath in the wildernesse: so that nought was myssed of all that pertayned vnto hym. And he hath quite me euell for good. 22 So and so do God vnto the enemyes of dauid, yf I leaue of all that pertayne to him, by the dawnyng of the daye, any thing that pisseth agaynst the walle. 23 And when Abigail saw Dauid, she hasted & lyghted of her asse, and fell before Dauid on her face, and bowed her self to the ground 24 and fell at his fete, and sayde: Let this vnhappie deade be counted myne, my Lorde, & let thine handmayde speake in thine audience, and heare the wordes of thy handemayde. 25 Let not my Lorde regard this vnthriftye man Naball: for as his name is, so is he Nabal is his name, & follie is wt him. But I thine handmayd saw not the young men of my Lorde whom thou sendedst. 26 Now therfore my Lorde, as sure as the lord lyueth, & as thy soule lyueth, the Lorde hath withholden the from comming to shede bloud, & withdraw thou thine hand from bloude sheade Now, I praye God, that thine enemyes & they that entende to do my Lorde euel, may be as Nabal. 27 And now this is the blessyng which thyne hand mayde hath brought vnto my Lord: & lett it be geuen vnto the young men, that folow my Lorde. 28 Forgeue the trespace of thine handmayde, for the Lord will make my Lorde a sure house, because my Lord fyghteth the batayles of the Lorde, and there coulde none euel be founde in the in all thy dayes. 29 And yf any man ryse to persecute the, & to seke thy soule, the soule of my Lorde shall be bound as in the bondell of the lyuing wt the Lord thy God. And the soules of thy enemyes shal God cast out, euen as out of the mydle of a slyng. 30 And when the Lord shall haue done to my Lord all the good that he hath promised the, & shall haue made the ruler ouer Israel: 31 then shall it be no decaye vnto the, ner discourage of herte vnto my Lorde, that thou hast not shedde bloud causelesse, ner aduenged thy selfe. But when the Lord shall haue dealt well with my Lorde, then thynck on thyne handmayde. 32 And Dauid sayd to Abigail: blessed be the Lorde God of Israel, which sent the this daye to mete me. 33 Blessed is thy sayeng, & blessed art thou, which hast kept me thys daye from coming to shede bloud, and from aduengyng my self with myne awne hand. 34 For in very deade, as sure as the Lord God of Israel lyueth, which hath kept me backe from hurtyng the, excepte thou haddest hasted and met me, thinkest thou, there had bene left vnto Nabal by the dawnyng of the daye, a pisser agaynst the wall? 35 And so Dauid receaued of her hand, that which she had brought him & sayd to her: go vp in peace to thyne house. Beholde, I haue herde thy voyce, and haue accepted thy persone. 36 And Abigail came to Nabal: and behold, he held a feast in his house, lyke the feest of a kyng, & Nabals herte was mery within him, for he was very droncke. Wherfore she tolde him nothing, nether lytle nor moare, vntill the morow daye. 37 But in the mornyng, when the wine was gone out of Naball, hys wife tolde him these wordes, and his herte dyed within him, and he became as a stone 38 & vpon a ten dayes after, the Lorde smote Nabal, that he dyed. 39 And when Dauid heard that Nabal was deed, he sayde: Blessed be the Lorde that hath iudged the cause of my rebuke of the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his seruaunt from euell, and hath recompensed the wickednesse of Nabal vpon his awne heed. And Dauid sent to comen wt Abigail: to thyn tent to take her to his wife. 40 And when the seruauntes of Dauid were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake vnto her saying: Dauid sent vs vnto the, to take the to his wife. 41 And she arose, & bowed her self on her face to the erth, and sayde: Beholde let thy handmayde be a seruaunt, to washe the fete of the seruauntes of my Lord. 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and gat her vp vpon an Asse, wt fyue damoselles of hers that went at her fete, and she went after the messengers of Dauid, and became hys wife. 43 Dauid also toke Ahinoam of Iezrahel, & they were both his wiues. 44 But Saul gaue Michol hys daughter Dauids wyfe to phalti the sonne of Lais which was of Gallim.
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