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.
It will be the duty of the prince to provide the burnt offerings, the grain offering, and the drink offering at festivals, on the new moons and Sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he will provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel.
But he urged 1 them persistently, so they turned aside with him and entered his house. He prepared a feast for them, including bread baked without yeast, and they ate.
You are to rejoice in your festival, you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows who are in your villages. 1
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival for seven days. This great assembly included people from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt in the south. 1
On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had dedicated the altar for seven days and celebrated the festival for seven more days.
They discovered written in the law that the LORD had commanded through 1 Moses that the Israelites should live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month,
I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies; they are a burden that I am tired of carrying.
When their appetites are all stirred up, 1 I will set out a banquet for them. I will make them drunk so that they will pass out, 2 they will fall asleep forever, they will never wake up,” 3 says the Lord. 4
So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. 1
“You must keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days 1 you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you; do this 2 at the appointed time of the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out of Egypt.
Solomon then woke up and realized it was a dream. 1 He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant, offered up burnt sacrifices, presented peace offerings, 2 and held a feast for all his servants.
The Israelites who were in Jerusalem observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. The Levites and priests were praising the Lord every day with all their might. 1
They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had given them joy and had changed the opinion 1 of the king of Assyria 2 toward them, so that he assisted 3 them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.