When David heard in the desert that Nabal was shearing his sheep,
After about ten days the Lord struck Nabal down and he died.
But one of the servants told Nabal’s wife Abigail, “David sent messengers from the desert to greet 1 our lord, but he screamed at them.
So David’s servants went and spoke all these words to Nabal in David’s name. Then they paused.
When David heard that Nabal had died, he said, “Praised be the Lord who has vindicated me and avenged the insult that I suffered from Nabal! 1 The Lord has kept his servant from doing evil, and he has repaid Nabal for his evil deeds.” 2 Then David sent word to Abigail and asked her to become his wife.
When Abigail went back to Nabal, he was holding a banquet in his house like that of the king. Nabal was having a good time 1 and was very intoxicated. She told him absolutely nothing 2 until morning’s light.
David settled with Achish in Gath, along with his men and their families. 1 David had with him his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow.
David’s two wives had been taken captive – Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow.
So David went up, along with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail, formerly the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish! 1 But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent. 2
But Nabal responded to David’s servants, “Who is David, and who is this son of Jesse? This is a time when many servants are breaking away from their masters!
and said to her servants, “Go on ahead of me. I will come after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives – he who has prevented me from harming you – if you had not come so quickly to meet me, by morning’s light not even one male belonging to Nabal would have remained alive!”
“Now, my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as surely as you live, it is the Lord who has kept you from shedding blood and taking matters into your own hands. Now may your enemies and those who seek to harm my lord be like Nabal.
So David’s servants went on their way. When they had returned, they came and told David 1 all these things.