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1 Samuel 25:1-42

And Samuel
<08050>
died
<04191> (8799)_;
and all the Israelites
<03478>
were gathered together
<06908> (8735)_,
and lamented
<05594> (8799)
him, and buried
<06912> (8799)
him in his house
<01004>
at Ramah
<07414>_.
And David
<01732>
arose
<06965> (8799)_,
and went down
<03381> (8799)
to the wilderness
<04057>
of Paran
<06290>_.
And [there was] a man
<0376>
in Maon
<04584>_,
whose possessions
<04639>
[were] in Carmel
<03760>_;
and the man
<0376>
[was] very
<03966>
great
<01419>_,
and he had three
<07969>
thousand
<0505>
sheep
<06629>_,
and a thousand
<0505>
goats
<05795>_:
and he was shearing
<01494> (8800)
his sheep
<06629>
in Carmel
<03760>_.
{possessions: or, business}
Now the name
<08034>
of the man
<0376>
[was] Nabal
<05037>_;
and the name
<08034>
of his wife
<0802>
Abigail
<026>_:
and [she was] a woman
<0802>
of good
<02896>
understanding
<07922>_,
and of a beautiful
<03303>
countenance
<08389>_:
but the man
<0376>
[was] churlish
<07186>
and evil
<07451>
in his doings
<04611>_;
and he [was] of the house of Caleb
<03614>_.
And David
<01732>
heard
<08085> (8799)
in the wilderness
<04057>
that Nabal
<05037>
did shear
<01494> (8802)
his sheep
<06629>_.
And David
<01732>
sent out
<07971> (8799)
ten
<06235>
young men
<05288>_,
and David
<01732>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto the young men
<05288>_,
Get you up
<05927> (8798)
to Carmel
<03760>_,
and go
<0935> (8804)
to Nabal
<05037>_,
and greet
<07592> (8804) <07965>
him in my name
<08034>_:
{greet...: Heb. ask him in my name of peace}
And thus shall ye say
<0559> (8804)
to him that liveth
<02416>
[in prosperity], Peace
<07965>
[be] both to thee, and peace
<07965>
[be] to thine house
<01004>_,
and peace
<07965>
[be] unto all that thou hast.
And now I have heard
<08085> (8804)
that thou hast shearers
<01494> (8802)_:
now thy shepherds
<07462> (8802)
which were with us, we hurt
<03637> (8689)
them not, neither was there ought
<03972>
missing
<06485> (8738)
unto them, all the while
<03117>
they were in Carmel
<03760>_.
{hurt: Heb. shamed}
Ask
<07592> (8798)
thy young men
<05288>_,
and they will shew
<05046> (8686)
thee. Wherefore let the young men
<05288>
find
<04672> (8799)
favour
<02580>
in thine eyes
<05869>_:
for we come
<0935> (8804)
in a good
<02896>
day
<03117>_:
give
<05414> (8798)_,
I pray thee, whatsoever cometh
<04672> (8799)
to thine hand
<03027>
unto thy servants
<05650>_,
and to thy son
<01121>
David
<01732>_.
And when David's
<01732>
young men
<05288>
came
<0935> (8799)_,
they spake
<01696> (8762)
to Nabal
<05037>
according to all those words
<01697>
in the name
<08034>
of David
<01732>_,
and ceased
<05117> (8799)_.
{ceased: Heb. rested}
And Nabal
<05037>
answered
<06030> (8799)
David's
<01732>
servants
<05650>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Who [is] David
<01732>_?
and who [is] the son
<01121>
of Jesse
<03448>_?
there be many
<07231> (8804)
servants
<05650>
now a days
<03117>
that break away
<06555> (8693)
every man
<0376>
from
<06440>
his master
<0113>_.
Shall I then take
<03947> (8804)
my bread
<03899>_,
and my water
<04325>_,
and my flesh
<02878>
that I have killed
<02873> (8804)
for my shearers
<01494> (8802)_,
and give
<05414> (8804)
[it] unto men
<0582>_,
whom I know
<03045> (8804)
not whence they [be]? {flesh: Heb. slaughter}
So David's
<01732>
young men
<05288>
turned
<02015> (8799)
their way
<01870>_,
and went again
<07725> (8799)_,
and came
<0935> (8799)
and told
<05046> (8686)
him all those sayings
<01697>_.
And David
<01732>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto his men
<0582>_,
Gird ye on
<02296> (8798)
every man
<0376>
his sword
<02719>_.
And they girded on
<02296> (8799)
every man
<0376>
his sword
<02719>_;
and David
<01732>
also girded on
<02296> (8799)
his sword
<02719>_:
and there went up
<05927> (8799)
after
<0310>
David
<01732>
about four
<0702>
hundred
<03967>
men
<0376>_;
and two hundred
<03967>
abode
<03427> (8804)
by the stuff
<03627>_.
But one
<0259>
of the young men
<05288>
told
<05046> (8689)
Abigail
<026>_,
Nabal's
<05037>
wife
<0802>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Behold, David
<01732>
sent
<07971> (8804)
messengers
<04397>
out of the wilderness
<04057>
to salute
<01288> (8763)
our master
<0113>_;
and he railed
<05860> (8799)
on them. {railed...: Heb. flew upon them}
But the men
<0582>
[were] very
<03966>
good
<02896>
unto us, and we were not hurt
<03637> (8717)_,
neither missed
<06485> (8804)
we any thing
<03972>_,
as long as
<03117>
we were conversant
<01980> (8694)
with them, when we were in the fields
<07704>_:
{hurt: Heb. shamed}
They were a wall
<02346>
unto us both by night
<03915>
and day
<03119>_,
all the while
<03117>
we were with them keeping
<07462> (8802)
the sheep
<06629>_.
Now therefore know
<03045> (8798)
and consider
<07200> (8798)
what thou wilt do
<06213> (8799)_;
for evil
<07451>
is determined
<03615> (8804)
against our master
<0113>_,
and against all his household
<01004>_:
for he [is such] a son
<01121>
of Belial
<01100>_,
that [a man] cannot speak
<01696> (8763)
to him.
Then Abigail
<026>
made haste
<04116> (8762)_,
and took
<03947> (8799)
two hundred
<03967>
loaves
<03899>_,
and two
<08147>
bottles
<05035>
of wine
<03196>_,
and five
<02568>
sheep
<06629>
ready dressed
<06213> (8803)_,
and five
<02568>
measures
<05429>
of parched
<07039>
[corn], and an hundred
<03967>
clusters of raisins
<06778>_,
and two hundred
<03967>
cakes
<01690>
of figs, and laid
<07760> (8799)
[them] on asses
<02543>_.
{clusters: or, lumps}
And she said
<0559> (8799)
unto her servants
<05288>_,
Go on
<05674> (8798)
before
<06440>
me; behold, I come
<0935> (8802)
after
<0310>
you. But she told
<05046> (8689)
not her husband
<0376>
Nabal
<05037>_.
And it was [so, as] she rode
<07392> (8802)
on the ass
<02543>_,
that she came down
<03381> (8802)
by the covert
<05643>
of the hill
<02022>_,
and, behold, David
<01732>
and his men
<0582>
came down
<03381> (8802)
against
<07125> (8800)
her; and she met
<06298> (8799)
them.
Now David
<01732>
had said
<0559> (8804)_,
Surely in vain
<08267>
have I kept
<08104> (8804)
all that this
<02088>
[fellow] hath in the wilderness
<04057>_,
so that nothing
<03972>
was missed
<06485> (8738)
of all that [pertained] unto him: and he hath requited
<07725> (8686)
me evil
<07451>
for good
<02896>_.
So
<03541>
and more
<03254> (8686)
also do
<06213> (8799)
God
<0430>
unto the enemies
<0341> (8802)
of David
<01732>_,
if I leave
<07604> (8686)
of all that [pertain] to him by
<05704>
the morning
<01242>
light
<0216>
any that pisseth
<08366> (8688)
against the wall
<07023>_.
And when Abigail
<026>
saw
<07200> (8799)
David
<01732>_,
she hasted
<04116> (8762)_,
and lighted off
<03381> (8799)
the ass
<02543>_,
and fell
<05307> (8799)
before
<0639>
David
<01732>
on her face
<06440>_,
and bowed
<07812> (8691)
herself to the ground
<0776>_,
And fell
<05307> (8799)
at his feet
<07272>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Upon me, my lord
<0113>_,
[upon] me [let this] iniquity
<05771>
[be]: and let thine handmaid
<0519>_,
I pray thee, speak
<01696> (8762)
in thine audience
<0241>_,
and hear
<08085> (8798)
the words
<01697>
of thine handmaid
<0589>_.
{audience: Heb. ears}
Let
<07760> (8799)
not my lord
<0113>_,
I pray thee, regard
<03820>
this man
<0376>
of Belial
<01100>_,
[even] Nabal
<05037>_:
for as his name
<08034>
[is], so [is] he; Nabal
<05037>
[is] his name
<08034>_,
and folly
<05039>
[is] with him: but I thine handmaid
<0519>
saw
<07200> (8804)
not the young men
<05288>
of my lord
<0113>_,
whom thou didst send
<07971> (8804)_.
{regard: Heb. lay it to his heart} {Nabal: that is, Fool}
Now therefore, my lord
<0113>_,
[as] the LORD
<03068>
liveth
<02416>_,
and [as] thy soul
<05315>
liveth
<02416>_,
seeing the LORD
<03068>
hath withholden
<04513> (8804)
thee from coming
<0935> (8800)
to [shed] blood
<01818>_,
and from avenging
<03467> (8687)
thyself with thine own hand
<03027>_,
now let thine enemies
<0341> (8802)_,
and they that seek
<01245> (8764)
evil
<07451>
to my lord
<0113>_,
be as Nabal
<05037>_.
{avenging...: Heb. saving thyself}
And now this blessing
<01293>
which thine handmaid
<08198>
hath brought
<0935> (8689)
unto my lord
<0113>_,
let it even be given
<05414> (8738)
unto the young men
<05288>
that follow
<01980> (8693) <07272>
my lord
<0113>_.
{blessing: or, present} {follow...: Heb. walk at the feet of, etc}
I pray thee, forgive
<05375> (8798)
the trespass
<06588>
of thine handmaid
<0519>_:
for the LORD
<03068>
will certainly
<06213> (8800)
make
<06213> (8799)
my lord
<0113>
a sure
<0539> (8737)
house
<01004>_;
because my lord
<0113>
fighteth
<03898> (8737)
the battles
<04421>
of the LORD
<03068>_,
and evil
<07451>
hath not been found
<04672> (8735)
in thee [all] thy days
<03117>_.
Yet a man
<0120>
is risen
<06965> (8799)
to pursue
<07291> (8800)
thee, and to seek
<01245> (8763)
thy soul
<05315>_:
but the soul
<05315>
of my lord
<0113>
shall be bound
<06887> (8803)
in the bundle
<06872>
of life
<02416>
with the LORD
<03068>
thy God
<0430>_;
and the souls
<05315>
of thine enemies
<0341> (8802)_,
them shall he sling out
<07049> (8762)_,
[as out] of the middle
<08432> <03709>
of a sling
<07050>_.
{as out...: Heb. in the midst of the bought of a sling}
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD
<03068>
shall have done
<06213> (8799)
to my lord
<0113>
according to all the good
<02896>
that he hath spoken
<01696> (8765)
concerning thee, and shall have appointed
<06680> (8765)
thee ruler
<05057>
over Israel
<03478>_;
That this shall be no grief
<06330>
unto thee, nor offence
<04383>
of heart
<03820>
unto my lord
<0113>_,
either that thou hast shed
<08210> (8800)
blood
<01818>
causeless
<02600>_,
or that my lord
<0113>
hath avenged
<03467> (8687)
himself: but when the LORD
<03068>
shall have dealt well
<03190> (8689)
with my lord
<0113>_,
then remember
<02142> (8804)
thine handmaid
<0519>_.
{no grief: Heb. no staggering, or, stumbling}
And David
<01732>
said
<0559> (8799)
to Abigail
<026>_,
Blessed
<01288> (8803)
[be] the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of Israel
<03478>_,
which sent
<07971> (8804)
thee this day
<03117>
to meet
<07125> (8800)
me:
And blessed
<01288> (8803)
[be] thy advice
<02940>_,
and blessed
<01288> (8803)
[be] thou, which hast kept
<03607> (8804)
me this day
<03117>
from coming
<0935> (8800)
to [shed] blood
<01818>_,
and from avenging
<03467> (8687)
myself with mine own hand
<03027>_.
For in very deed
<0199>_,
[as] the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of Israel
<03478>
liveth
<02416>_,
which hath kept me back
<04513> (8804)
from hurting
<07489> (8687)
thee, except
<03884>
thou hadst hasted
<04116> (8765)
and come
<0935> (8799)
to meet
<07125> (8800)
me, surely there had not been left
<03498> (8738)
unto Nabal
<05037>
by the morning
<01242>
light
<0216>
any that pisseth
<08366> (8688)
against the wall
<07023>_.
So David
<01732>
received
<03947> (8799)
of her hand
<03027>
[that] which she had brought
<0935> (8689)
him, and said
<0559> (8804)
unto her, Go up
<05927> (8798)
in peace
<07965>
to thine house
<01004>_;
see
<07200> (8798)_,
I have hearkened
<08085> (8804)
to thy voice
<06963>_,
and have accepted
<05375> (8799)
thy person
<06440>_.
And Abigail
<026>
came
<0935> (8799)
to Nabal
<05037>_;
and, behold, he held a feast
<04960>
in his house
<01004>_,
like the feast
<04960>
of a king
<04428>_;
and Nabal's
<05037>
heart
<03820>
[was] merry
<02896>
within him, for he [was] very
<03966>
drunken
<07910>_:
wherefore she told
<05046> (8689)
him nothing
<01697>_,
less
<06996>
or more
<01419>_,
until the morning
<01242>
light
<0216>_.
But it came to pass in the morning
<01242>_,
when the wine
<03196>
was gone out
<03318> (8800)
of Nabal
<05037>_,
and his wife
<0802>
had told
<05046> (8686)
him these things
<01697>_,
that his heart
<03820>
died
<04191> (8799)
within
<07130>
him, and he became [as] a stone
<068>_.
And it came to pass about ten
<06235>
days
<03117>
[after], that the LORD
<03068>
smote
<05062> (8799)
Nabal
<05037>_,
that he died
<04191> (8799)_.
And when David
<01732>
heard
<08085> (8799)
that Nabal
<05037>
was dead
<04191> (8804)_,
he said
<0559> (8799)_,
Blessed
<01288> (8803)
[be] the LORD
<03068>_,
that hath pleaded
<07378> (8804)
the cause
<07379>
of my reproach
<02781>
from the hand
<03027>
of Nabal
<05037>_,
and hath kept
<02820> (8804)
his servant
<05650>
from evil
<07451>_:
for the LORD
<03068>
hath returned
<07725> (8689)
the wickedness
<07451>
of Nabal
<05037>
upon his own head
<07218>_.
And David
<01732>
sent
<07971> (8799)
and communed
<01696> (8762)
with Abigail
<026>_,
to take
<03947> (8800)
her to him to wife
<0802>_.
And when the servants
<05650>
of David
<01732>
were come
<0935> (8799)
to Abigail
<026>
to Carmel
<03760>_,
they spake
<01696> (8762)
unto her, saying
<0559> (8800)_,
David
<01732>
sent
<07971> (8804)
us unto thee, to take
<03947> (8800)
thee to him to wife
<0802>_.
And she arose
<06965> (8799)_,
and bowed
<07812> (8691)
herself on [her] face
<0639>
to the earth
<0776>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Behold, [let] thine handmaid
<0519>
[be] a servant
<08198>
to wash
<07364> (8800)
the feet
<07272>
of the servants
<05650>
of my lord
<0113>_.
And Abigail
<026>
hasted
<04116> (8762)_,
and arose
<06965> (8799)_,
and rode
<07392> (8799)
upon an ass
<02543>_,
with five
<02568>
damsels
<05291>
of hers that went
<01980> (8802)
after
<07272>
her; and she went
<03212> (8799)
after
<0310>
the messengers
<04397>
of David
<01732>_,
and became his wife
<0802>_.
{after her: Heb. at her feet}


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