1 Samuel 25

VIN(i) 1 Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him. They buried him at his house at Ramah. Then David got up and went down to the wilderness of Paran. 2 There was a man in Maon who had property in Carmel, and the man was very wealthy. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats, and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 His name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but the man was harsh and mean; he belonged to the family of Caleb. 4 While David was in the desert he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep. 5 David sent ten young men and said to them, Go up to Carmel and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. 6 Say to him, 'Long life to you! Peace to you and to your house and to all that you have. 7 Now I have heard that you have shearers. Now while your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and nothing of theirs was missing, all the days they were in Carmel. 8 Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find grace in your eyes, for we come at a good time. Please give whatever you can to your servants and to your son David'. 9 David's young men came to Nabal and told him all this in David's name, and then they waited. 10 Nabal answered David's servants, Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants who break away from their masters these days. 11 Should I take my food, my water, and my meat that I've slaughtered for my shearers and give it to men who came from who knows where?" 12 David's men turned and went on their way. They came back and told David everything. 13 David said to his men, "Put on your swords." They put on their swords, and David put on his sword. Then about 400 men followed David, while 200 stayed with the supplies. 14 Now, one of the young men told Nabal's wife Abigail: "Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our lord, but he screamed insults at them. 15 And the men were very good to us; they did not hinder us, neither did they demand from us any thing all the days that we were with them. 16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day all the time that we were feeding the sheep with them. 17 Now, therefore, know and consider what thou must do, for evil is determined against our master and against all his household, for he is such a son of Belial that no one can speak to him. 18 Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread, two containers of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five seahs of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. 19 She said to her young men, Go on before me; I am following you. But she didn't tell her husband, Nabal. 20 As she rode on her donkey and came down in a valley, and there were David and his men coming down towards her, and she met them. 21 Now David had said, Surely for nothing I have kept all this fellow's possessions in the wilderness, so that nothing was missing. He has returned me evil for good. 22 God deal with David severely, if I leave alive one man of his by the morning. 23 When Abigail saw David she hurried and alighted from her donkey; she bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet, and said, “On me, my lord, on me be the blame! Please let your servant speak in your ears. Hear the words of your servant. 25 Let my lord give no attention to Nabal, that good-for-nothing: for as his name is, so is he, a man without sense: but I, your servant, did not see the young men whom my lord sent. 26 »the LORD kept you from spilling innocent blood and from getting a victory by your own efforts. As the LORD lives and you live, may your enemies and those who are trying to harm you end up like Nabal. 27 Let this gift which your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 Please forgive the offense of your servant. For the LORD will certainly make a strong dynasty for your majesty, for your majesty is fighting the LORD's battles. May evil not be found in you for all of your life. 29 And though men have risen up to pursue you and to seek your soul, yet the soul of my lord will be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD your God. And the souls of your enemies, them he will sling out as from the hollow of a sling. 30 When the LORD does for your majesty all the good that he promised concerning you and appoints you commander-in-chief over Israel, 31 then this will not be on your conscience, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. When the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your handmaid. 32 David said to Abigail: "Blessed is the LORD the God of Israel, who sent you today to meet me. 33 and your discretion is blessed and you are blessed, who have kept me this day from blood guiltiness and from avenging myself with my own hand. 34 For as surely as the LORD God of Israel lives, the one who restrained me from harming you indeed, had you not quickly come to meet me, by dawn there wouldn't be a single male left to Nabal." 35 Then David accepted what she brought him. He said: "Go home in peace. I have listened to what you said and I grant your request." 36 When Abigail came to Nabal, he was holding a banquet in his home. It was like a king's banquet. He was in a good mood and very drunk, so she did not tell him anything until dawn. 37 In the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him what had happened; and his heart failed and he became like a stone. 38 About ten days later the LORD struck Nabal, and he died. 39 When David heard that Nabal was dead he said, Blessed is the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal, and has kept back His servant from doing wrong. the LORD has returned the wrongdoing of Nabal on his own head. David sent and asked Abigail to become his wife. 40 David's servants went to Abigail at Carmel and said to her, "David sent us to you to take you to him as his wife." 41 She got up and bowed down with her face to the ground and said, "Here is your female servant, as a slave to wash the feet of my lord's servants." 42 Abigail quickly got up and rode on a donkey with five of her female servants following her. So she went with David's messengers and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they both became his wives. 44 (Now Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.)
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