1 Samuel 25

1 Samuel 25

1Samuel dieth: David goeth to Paran. 2The characters of Nabal and Abigail. 4David sendeth a message to Nabal. 10Provoked by Nabal's churlish answer, he setteth forth to destroy him. 14Abigail is informed thereof: 18she meeteth David with a present, and entreateth his pardon. 32David blesseth God and her for so timely an interposition, and dismisseth her courteously. 36Nabal, stricken with her relation of the matter, dieth. 39David again blesseth God, and marrieth Abigail and Ahinoam. 44His wife Michal is given to Phalti.

1 And 1Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at 2Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the 3wilderness of Paran.

2 And there was a man in Maon, 1whose apossessions were in 2Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was 1a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was 2churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of 3Caleb.

4 ¶ And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did 1shear his sheep.

5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and agreet him in my name:

6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, 1Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.

7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we ahurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel.

8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in 1a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David.

9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and aceased.

10 ¶ And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, 1Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there 2be many servants now a days 3that break away every man from his master.

11 Shall I then take 1my bread, and my water, and my aflesh that I have killed for my shearers, 2and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?

12 So David's young men 1turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.

13 And David said unto his men, 1Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: 2and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred 3abode by the stuff.

14 ¶ But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to 1salute our master; and he arailed on them.

15 But the men were 1very good unto us, and we were not ahurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:

16 They were 1a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such 1a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

18 ¶ Then Abigail 1made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred aclusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.

19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she 1told not her husband Nabal.

20 And it was so, as she 1rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.

21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that 1this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he 2hath requited me evil for good.

22 So 1and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, 1and lighted off the ass, and 2fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

24 And 1fell at his feet, and said, 2Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine aaudience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.

25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, aregard this 1man of Belial, even bNabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

26 Now therefore, my lord, 1as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from aavenging thyself with thine own hand, now 2let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.

27 And now this ablessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that bfollow my lord.

28 I pray thee, forgive the 1trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord 2will certainly make my lord 3a sure house; because my lord fighteth 4the battles of the Lord, and 5evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.

29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be 1bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he 2sling out, as aout of the middle of a sling.

30 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;

31 That this shall be ano grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then 1remember thine handmaid.

32 ¶ And David 1said to Abigail, 2Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:

33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast 1kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

34 For in very deed, 1as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, 1Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have 2accepted thy person.

36 ¶ And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held 1a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was 2very drunken: wherefore she 3told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.

37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him 1these things, that 2his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.

39 ¶ And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, 1Blessed be the Lord, that hath 2pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath 3kept his servant from evil: for 4the Lord hath 5returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, 6to take her to him to wife.

40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.

41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, 1let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.

42 And 1Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went aafter her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

43 David also took Ahinoam 1of Jezreel; and 2they were also 3both of them his wives.

44 ¶ But Saul had given 1Michal his daughter, David's wife, to aPhalti the son of Laish, which was of 2Gallim.

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