1 Samuel 25
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1 Samuel 25
David, Nabal, and Abigail...
And Shemu`el died, and all Yisra`el gathered and mourned for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah. And Dawid arose and went down into the Wilderness of Paran.
Now there was a man in Ma'on and his work was in Karmel, and the man was very great. And he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he came to be shearing his sheep in Karmel.
And the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigayil. And she was a woman of good understanding and good-looking. But the man was hard and evil in his doings. And he was of Kaleb.
And Dawid heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
And Dawid sent ten young men, and Dawid said to the young men, 'Go up to Karmel, and you shall come to Nabal, and greet him in my name,
and say this, 'Long life and peace to you! And peace to your house, and peace to all that you have!
'And now, I have heard that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us. We did not put them to shame, and not a speck of theirs was missing all the days they were in Karmel.
'Ask your young men, and let them inform you. So let my young men find favour in your eyes, for we come on a good day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son Dawid.''
And the young men of Dawid came and spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of Dawid, and waited.
But Nabal answered the servants of Dawid and said, 'Who is Dawid, and who is the son of Yishai? The servants who are running away from their masters, have become many nowadays.
'And shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?'
And the young men of Dawid turned around on their way and went back, and came and reported to him all these words.
And Dawid said to his men, 'Each one gird on his sword.' So they each girded on his sword, and Dawid also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with Dawid, and two hundred remained with the baggage.
And one of the young men informed Abigayil, the wife of Nabal, saying, 'See, Dawid have sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, but he scoffed at them.
'But the men were very good to us, and did not put us to shame, nor did we miss any item all the days we accompanied them, when we were in the fields.
'They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the days we were with them tending the sheep.
'And now, know and see what you should do, for evil has been resolved against our master, and against all his household, and he is too much of a son of Beliya'al to speak to.'
Then Abigayil made haste and took two hundred loaves, and two skins of wine, and five sheep made ready, five measures of roasted grain, and one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
And she said to her servants, 'Pass over before me. See, I am coming after you.' But she did not inform her husband Nabal.
And it came to be, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill, and there were Dawid and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them.
And Dawid had said, 'Only in vain have I protected all that this one has in the wilderness, so that not a speck was missing of all that belongs to him. And he has repaid me evil for good.
'Let Elohim do so, and more also, to the enemies of Dawid, if I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light.'
And Abigayil saw Dawid, and she hastened to come down from the donkey, and fell on her face before Dawid, and bowed down to the ground,
and fell at his feet and said, 'On me, my master, let this crookedness be on me! And please let your female servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your female servant.
'Please, let not my master regard this man of Beliya'al, Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. But I, your female servant, did not see the young men of my master whom you sent.
'And now my master, as YHWH lives and as your being lives, since YHWH has withheld you from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies be as Nabal, even those seeking evil against my master.
'And now this present which your female servant has brought to my master, let it be given to the young men who follow my master.
'Please forgive the transgression of your female servant. For YHWH is certainly making a steadfast house for my master, because my master fights the battles of YHWH, and evil is not found in you in all your days.
'And if a man rises to pursue you and seek your life, and the life of my master has been bound in the bundle of the living with YHWH your Elohim, then the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling.
'And it shall be, when YHWH has done for my master according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Yisra'el,
do not let this be a staggering and stumbling of heart to my master, that you have shed blood without cause, or that my master has saved himself. And when YHWH has done good to my master, then remember your female servant.'
And Dawid said to Abigayil, 'Blessed be YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, who sent you to meet me today!
'And blessed is your good taste, and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.
'Nevertheless, as YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el lives, who has kept me back from doing evil to you, if you had not hurried and come to meet me, not a male would have been left to Nabal by break of day, for certain.'
And Dawid received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, 'Go up in peace to your house. See, I have listened to your voice and have accepted your face.'
And Abigayil went to Nabal, and see, he was at a feast in his house, like the feast of a sovereign. And Nabal's heart was glad within him, and he was exceedingly drunk. So she told him not a word, little or much, until morning light.
And it came to be, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these matters, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone.
And it came to be in about ten days, that YHWH smote Nabal, and he died.
And Dawid heard that Nabal was dead, and he said, 'Blessed be YHWH, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil! For YHWH has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.' And Dawid sent and spoke to Abigayil, to take her as his wife.
And when the servants of Dawid had come to Abigayil at Karmel, they spoke to her saying, 'Dawid sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife.'
And she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said, 'Here is your female servant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my master.'
And Abigayil hurried and rose, and rode on a donkey, with five of her female attendants. And she followed the messengers of Dawid, and became his wife.
Dawid had also taken Ahino'am of Yizre'el, and so both of them were his wives.
But Sha'ul had given Mikal his daughter, Dawid's wife, to Palti son of Layish, who was from Galliym.
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