25:2 There was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. This man was very wealthy; 1 he owned three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. At that time he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 25:3 The man’s name was Nabal, 2 and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was both wise 3 and beautiful, but the man was harsh and his deeds were evil. He was a Calebite.
1 tn Heb “great.”
2 sn The name נָבָל (Nabal) means “foolish” or “senseless” in Hebrew, and as an adjective the word is used especially of persons who have no perception of ethical or religious claims. It is an apt name for this character, who certainly typifies such behavior.
3 tn Heb “good of insight”; KJV “of good understanding”; NAB, NIV, TEV “intelligent”; NRSV “clever.”