1 Samuel died and all Israel assembled to mourn for him. They buried him at his home in Ramah. David then set off and went down to the desert of Maon.
1Sam 28:3 Deut 34:8 Num 20:29 2Chr 33:20 Gen 21:21 Num 10:12 1Kgs 2:34
2 Now, there was a man in Maon whose business was at Carmel; the man was very rich: he owned three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was then at Carmel, having his sheep shorn.
1Sam 23:24 Gen 38:13 Josh 15:55 Luke 16:19-25 Ps 73:3-7 1Sam 30:5 2Sam 13:23-24
3 The man's name was Nabal and his wife's Abigail. She was a woman of intelligence and beauty, but the man was miserly and churlish. He was a Calebite.
1Sam 25:10-11 1Sam 25:17 1Sam 30:14 Isa 32:5-7 Josh 15:13 Ps 10:3 Prov 14:1
4 When David heard in the desert that Nabal was at his sheepshearing,
2Sam 13:23 Gen 38:13
5 he sent ten men off, having said to them, 'Go up to Carmel, visit Nabal and greet him from me.
1Sam 17:22 Gen 43:23
6 And this is what you are to say to my brother, "Peace to you, peace to your family, peace to all that is yours!
1Chr 12:18 Luke 10:5 1Tim 5:6 Ps 122:7 2Thess 3:16 John 14:27 Matt 10:12-13
7 I hear that you now have the shearers; your shepherds were with us recently: we did not molest them, nor did they lose anything all the while they were at Carmel.
1Sam 25:21 1Sam 25:15-16 1Sam 22:2 Isa 11:6-9 Luke 3:14 Phil 2:15 Phil 4:8
8 Ask your young men and they will tell you. I hope that you will give the men a welcome, coming as we do on a festival. Whatever you have to hand please give to your servants and to your son David." '
Esth 9:19 Neh 8:10-12 1Sam 3:6 1Sam 24:11 Eccl 11:2 Esth 9:22 Luke 11:41
9 David's men went and said all this to Nabal for David, and waited.
2Chr 14:7 2Kgs 2:15 Gen 8:4
10 Nabal retorted to the men in David's service, 'Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?
Judg 9:28 1Kgs 12:16 1Sam 20:30 1Sam 22:2 1Sam 22:7-8 2Sam 20:1 Eccl 7:10
11 There are many servants nowadays who run away from their masters. Am I to take my bread and my wine and the meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers and give it to men who come from I know not where?'
Judg 8:6 1Pet 4:9 1Sam 24:13 1Sam 25:3 1Sam 25:14-15 2Cor 6:9 Deut 8:17
12 David's men turned on their heels and went back, and on their arrival told him exactly what had been said.
2Sam 24:13 Heb 13:17 Isa 36:21-22
13 David then said to his men, 'Every man buckle on his sword!' And they buckled on their swords, and David buckled on his too; about four hundred followed David while two hundred stayed with the baggage.
1Sam 23:13 1Sam 24:5-6 1Sam 30:9-10 1Sam 30:21-24 Jas 1:19-20 Josh 9:14 Rom 12:19-21
14 Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife. He said, 'David sent messengers from the desert to greet our master, but he flared up at them.
1Sam 13:10 Mark 15:29
15 Now, these men were very good to us; they did not molest us and we lost nothing all the time we had anything to do with them while we were out in the country.
1Sam 25:7 1Sam 25:21 Phil 2:15
16 Night and day, they were like a rampart to us, all the time we were with them, minding the sheep.
Job 1:10 Exod 14:22 Jer 15:20 Zech 2:5
17 So now make up your mind what you should do, for the ruin of our master and his whole family is a certainty, and he is such a brute that no one can say a word to him.'
1Sam 20:7 Deut 13:13 1Kgs 21:10 1Kgs 21:13 1Sam 2:12 1Sam 20:9 1Sam 20:32-33
18 Abigail hastily took two hundred loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep ready prepared, five measures of roasted grain, a hundred bunches of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs and loaded them on donkeys.
2Sam 16:1 1Chr 12:40 1Sam 25:34 2Sam 17:28-29 Gen 32:13-20 Gen 43:11-14 Matt 5:25
19 She said to her servants, 'Go on ahead, I shall follow you' -- but she did not tell her husband Nabal.
Gen 32:20 Gen 32:16 Prov 31:11-12 Prov 31:27
20 As she was riding her donkey down behind a fold in the mountain, David and his men happened to be coming down in her direction; and she met them.
21 Now, David had decided, 'It was a waste of time my guarding all this man's property in the desert so that he lost nothing at all! He has repaid me bad for good.
Prov 17:13 1Pet 2:20-23 1Pet 3:9 1Pet 3:17 1Sam 25:13 1Thess 5:15 Eph 4:26
22 May God bring unnameable ills on David and worse ones, too, if by morning I leave a single manjack alive of all who belong to him!'
1Kgs 14:10 1Sam 3:17 1Sam 20:13 1Kgs 21:21 2Kgs 9:8 Ruth 1:17 1Kgs 16:11
23 As soon as Abigail saw David, she quickly dismounted from the donkey and, falling on her face in front of David, prostrated herself on the ground.
1Sam 20:41 Josh 15:18 Judg 1:14 1Sam 24:8
24 She fell at his feet and said, 'Let me take the blame, my lord. Let your servant speak in your ear; listen to what your servant has to say!
2Kgs 4:37 2Sam 14:9 Esth 8:3 1Sam 25:28 2Sam 14:12 Gen 44:18 Gen 44:33-34
25 My lord, please pay no attention to this brute Nabal for his nature is like his name; "Brute" is his name and brutal he is. But I, your servant, did not see the men whom my lord sent.
1Sam 25:17 1Sam 25:26 2Sam 13:33 Isa 42:25 Mal 2:2
26 And now, my lord, as Yahweh lives and as your soul lives, by Yahweh who kept you from the crime of bloodshed and from taking vengeance with your own hand, may your enemies and all those ill-disposed towards you become like Nabal.
2Sam 18:32 Gen 20:6 Heb 10:30 Ps 44:3 1Sam 1:26 1Sam 22:3 1Sam 25:33-34
27 As for the present which your servant has brought my lord, I should like this to be given to the men in your service.
1Sam 30:26 Gen 33:11 2Kgs 5:15 1Sam 25:42 2Cor 9:5 2Sam 16:2 Judg 4:10
28 Please forgive your servant for any offence I have given you, for Yahweh will certainly assure you of a lasting dynasty, since you are fighting Yahweh's battles and no fault has been found in you throughout your life.
1Sam 18:17 2Sam 7:11 1Sam 24:11 1Chr 17:10 1Chr 17:25 1Kgs 9:5 2Sam 7:16
29 Should anyone set out to hunt you down and try to kill you, your life will be kept close in the wallet of life with Yahweh your God, while your enemies' lives he will fling out of the pouch of the sling.
Jer 10:18 John 17:21 1Pet 1:5 1Sam 2:9 Col 3:3-4 Deut 33:29 John 10:27-30
30 Once Yahweh has done for you all the good things which he has said he will do for you, and made you ruler of Israel,
1Sam 13:14 1Sam 15:28 1Sam 23:17 Ps 89:20
31 you must have no anxiety, my lord, no remorse, over having wantonly shed blood, over having taken a revenge. When Yahweh has done well by you, then remember your servant.'
Gen 40:14 1Sam 24:15 1Sam 25:33 1Sam 25:40 1Sam 26:23 2Cor 1:12 2Sam 22:48
32 David said to Abigail, 'Blessed be Yahweh, God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today!
Luke 1:68 Exod 18:10 Gen 24:27 Ps 72:18 2Cor 8:16 Ezra 7:27 Ps 41:12-13
33 Blessed be your wisdom and blessed you yourself for today having restrained me from the crime of bloodshed and from exacting revenge!
1Sam 25:26 1Sam 24:19 1Sam 25:31 1Sam 26:9-10 Ps 141:5 Prov 9:9 Prov 17:10
34 But as Yahweh, God of Israel, lives, who prevented me from harming you, had you not hurried out to meet me, I swear Nabal would not have had a single manjack left alive by morning!'
1Sam 11:11 1Sam 25:18 1Sam 25:26 Josh 10:6 Josh 10:9
35 David then accepted what she had brought him and said, 'Go home in peace; yes, I have listened to you and have pardoned you.'
1Sam 20:42 2Kgs 5:19 Gen 19:21 2Sam 15:9 Job 34:19 Luke 7:50 Luke 8:48
36 Abigail returned to Nabal. He was holding a feast, a princely feast, in his house; Nabal was in high spirits, and as he was very drunk she told him nothing at all till it was daylight.
1Sam 25:19 2Sam 13:23 2Sam 13:28 Prov 20:1 1Kgs 20:16 1Thess 5:7-8 Dan 5:1-5
37 In the morning, when Nabal's wine had left him and his wife told him everything that had happened, his heart died within him and he became like a stone.
1Sam 25:22 1Sam 25:34 Deut 28:28 Job 15:21-22 Prov 23:29-35
38 About ten days later Yahweh struck Nabal, and he died.
1Sam 26:10 1Sam 6:9 1Sam 25:33 2Chr 10:15 2Kgs 15:5 2Kgs 19:35 2Sam 6:7
39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, 'Blessed be Yahweh for having defended my cause over the insult which I received from Nabal, and for having restrained his servant from doing wrong! Yahweh has made Nabal's wickedness rebound on his own head!'
1Sam 25:26 1Sam 25:34 Prov 22:23 1Kgs 2:44 1Sam 25:32 Ps 7:16 1Sam 24:15
40 David then sent Abigail an offer of marriage. When the men in David's service came to Abigail at Carmel, they said, 'David has sent us to take you to him, to be his wife.'
Gen 24:37-38 Gen 24:51
41 She stood up, then prostrated herself on the ground. 'Consider your servant a slave', she said, 'to wash the feet of my lord's servants.'
1Tim 5:10 John 13:3-5 Ruth 2:10 Prov 15:33 Prov 18:12 Gen 18:4 Ruth 2:13
42 Quickly Abigail stood up again and mounted a donkey; followed by five of her servant-girls, she followed David's messengers and became his wife.
Gen 24:61-67 Ps 45:10-11
43 David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel and he kept them both as wives.
1Sam 27:3 1Sam 30:5 Josh 15:56 2Sam 3:2 2Sam 5:13-16 Gen 2:24 Matt 19:5
44 Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Palti son of Laish, from Gallim.
1Sam 18:27 2Sam 3:14 1Sam 18:20 Isa 10:30