1 Samuel Chapter 25

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

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

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

4: And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep. edit

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 greet him in my name: edit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to edit

18: Then Abigail made 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 clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. edit

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

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

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

22: So and 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. edit

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

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

25: Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: 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. edit

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

27: And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. edit

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

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

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; edit

31: That this shall be no 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 remember thine handmaid. edit

32: And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: edit

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

34: For in very deed, as 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. edit

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

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

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

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

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

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. edit

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

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

43: David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives. edit

44: But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim. edit

Paraphrase of 1 Samuel 25

It became known to all that their beloved prophet Samuel had died and the whole nation mourned for him. Samuel had been with them a long time. He had seen the nation through thick and thin. He had anointed both of Israel's first two kings. David could not stand still, he had to keep running. He had to fear for his life, for the King wanted him dead. David ran to the Suburb of Carmel called the Maon desert. There was a rumor of a very wealthy and lucky man,Nabel. For not only was he rich, he had a beautiful and smart wife, Abigail. Nabel was a stupid man, he did not know what he had. He was fat man who sat in his chair who screamed orders at people like he was a king. He was going through a celebratory time.He was shearing his sheep but Nabel was greedy. David had been helping look after his sheep and all he knew was that his stomach was growling.

David decided to send a message to Nabel asking for food. He was expecting massive amounts of food. He was expecting enough to fill the arms of ten men. He was expecting the food that he needed to say alive and strong in his fight. The servants waited. The room was getting quiet because they knew Nabel. Nabel had other plans. Nabel said that he had no idea who David was. He pointed his nose up at David and refused him food. Everyone knew that Nabel had enough food to feed a small army but yet he was too greedy to help someone who had helped him.

David’s servants were nervous as they walked back empty handed. David saw red when he heard his servants say that they did not have the food. David told two thirds of his servants to “gear up” they were going to get revenge on Nabel.

It is always said that the servants of the house know everything. Abigail was smart and had alliances with the servants. The servants told her about how Nabel had rejected David even after he helped Nabel. The servants also told her that David was coming for blood.

Abigail ran as fast as she could. She gathered most of the food that had been prepared and shipped it out to David. She followed the food herself to make sure that he received the food before he lifted a sword against anyone in Nabel’s house. Nabel was ignorant to the plan to get to David was in motion. When she met up with David she fell to her knees and groveled for him to forgive Nabel. Abigail was a christian as well. She understood that God had plans for David. David was thankful that Abigail helped him not to make a bad decision by spilling the blood of others.

Abigail returned home a hero, to bad no one knew it. When she arrived home Nabel was too drunk to notice that the food or his wife was missing. Abigail decided it best to wait until morning to tell Nabel of all that transpired.

Morning was not a pretty sight in their house hold. Nabel was very upset and his heart had become numb. He did not worry about anything nor did he care about anyone. Ten days later Nabel was struck down by the Lord.

David heard this and was thankful. He knew what a catch Abigail was. He sent for her to become his third wife. She agreed and they were married.

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