A godly wife is a blessing from the Lord. Here Abigail steps in and pleads on behalf of her boorish husband, also keeping David from bloodshed.

A godly wife is a blessing from the Lord. Here Abigail steps in and pleads on behalf of her boorish husband, also keeping David from bloodshed.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 25:14-35

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 25:14-35

1 Samuel 25:14–35 (Listen)

14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. 15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them. 16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.”

18 Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs1 of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. 19 And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I come after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 And as she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain, behold, David and his men came down toward her, and she met them. 21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him, and he has returned me evil for good. 22 God do so to the enemies of David2 and more also, if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him.”

23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant. 25 Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal3 is his name, and folly is with him. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. 26 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. 27 And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live. 29 If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the LORD your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling. 30 And when the LORD has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince4 over Israel, 31 my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord working salvation himself. And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant.”

32 And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! 34 For as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.” 35 Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.”

Footnotes

[1] 25:18 A seah was about 7 quarts or 7.3 liters

[2] 25:22 Septuagint to David

[3] 25:25 Nabal means fool

[4] 25:30 Or leader

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:9 and ends at about 6:13

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14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them. 15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields: 16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

     18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. 19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal. 20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert on the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them. 21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good. 22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall. 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days. 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; 31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.

     32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall. 35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 621 :
O Father, All Creating

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1. O Father, all creating, 
Whose wisdom, love, and power 
First bound two lives together 
In Eden’s primal hour, 
Today to these Thy children 
Thine earliest gifts renew,– 
A home by Thee made happy, 
A love by Thee kept true. 

2. O Savior, Guest most bounteous 
Of old in Galilee, 
Voucesafe today Thy presence 
With these who call on Thee. 
Their store of earthly gladness 
Transform to heavenly wine 
And teach them, in the testing, 
To know the gift is Thine. 

3. O Spirit of the Father, 
Breathe on them from above, 
So mighty in Thy pureness, 
So tender in Thy love, 
That, guarded by Thy presence, 
From sin and strife kept free, 
Their lives may own Thy guidance, 
Their hearts be ruled by Thee. 

4. Except Thou build it, Father, 
The house is built in vain; 
Except Thou, Savior, bless it, 
The joy will turn to pain. 
But naught can break the marriage 
Of hearts in Thee made one, 
And love Thy Spirit hallows 
Is endless love begun. Amen. 


Hymn: LSB 858 :
O Father, All Creating

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1. O Father, all creating, 
Whose wisdom, love, and pow’r 
First bound two lives together 
In Eden’s primal hour, 
Today to these Your children 
Your earliest gifts renew: 
A home by You made happy, 
A love by You kept true. 

2. With good wine, Lord, at Cana 
The wedding feast You blessed. 
Grant also these Your presence, 
And be their dearest guest. 
Their store of earthly gladness 
Transform to heav’nly wine, 
And teach them, in the testing, 
To know the gift divine. 

3. O Spirit of the Father, 
Breathe on them from above, 
So searching in Your pureness, 
So tender in Your love 
That, guarded by Your presence 
And kept from strife and sin, 
Their hearts may heed Your guidance 
And know You dwell within. 

4. Unless You build it, Father, 
The house is built in vain; 
Unless You, Saviour, bless it, 
The joy will turn to pain. 
But nothing breaks the union 
Of hearts in You made one; 
The love Your Spirit hallows 
Is endless love begun. 


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