2 Now there was a man in aMaon whose business was in bCarmel; and the man was very 1rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while che was shearing his sheep in Carmel
5 So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, 1visit Nabal and greet him in my name;
8 ‘Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on aa 1festive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.’ ”
10 But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “aWho is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.
13 David said to his men, “Each of you gird on his sword.” So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about afour hundred men went up behind David while two hundred bstayed with the baggage.
16 “aThey were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.
18 Then Abigail hurried and atook two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
19 She said to her young men, “aGo on before me; behold, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has areturned me evil for good.
23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David aand bowed herself to the ground.
25 “Please do not let my lord 1pay attention to this 2worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. 3Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.
26 “Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, since the Lord has restrained you from 1shedding blood, and afrom 2avenging yourself by your own hand, now then blet your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal.
28 “Please forgive athe transgression of your maidservant; for bthe Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is cfighting the battles of the Lord, and devil will not be found in you all your days.
29 “Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your 1life, then the 1life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; but the 1lives of your enemies aHe will sling out 2as from the hollow of a sling.
30 “And when the Lord does for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and aappoints you ruler over Israel,
31 this will not 1cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having 2avenged himself. aWhen the Lord deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”
32 Then David said to Abigail, “aBlessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me,
34 “Nevertheless, as the Lord God of Israel lives, awho has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one 1male.”
36 Then Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding aa feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, bfor he was very drunk; so cshe did not tell him anything 1at all until the morning light.
38 About ten days later, athe Lord struck Nabal and he died.
39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has apleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal and bhas kept back His servant from evil. The Lord has also returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head.” Then David sent 1ca proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
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