1 Samuel 25

And aSamuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and blamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down cto the wilderness of Paran. 2 And there was a man fin Maon, whose possessions were in eCarmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was dshearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a gwoman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was hchurlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.

4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did ishear his sheep. 5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name: 6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, jPeace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast. 7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. 8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in ka good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David. 9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.

10 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, lWho is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. 11 mShall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be? 12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings. 13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred nabode by the stuff.

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 oa 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 ptook 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, qGo 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 of 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 rrequited me evil for good. 22 sSo 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 tlighted 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, uas the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath vwithholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now wlet thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 27 And now xthis 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 ythe LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and zevil 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 abound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he bsling 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, cBlessed 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, dGo up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted ethy person.

36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, ghe held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was fvery drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his hheart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that ithe LORD smote Nabal, that he died.

39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath kpleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath jreturned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let lthine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord. 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam mof Jezreel; nand they were also both of them his wives. 44 But Saul had given oMichal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of pGallim.

1 Samuel 26

Cross Ref
1 a 1 Sam 28:3
Isa 57:1-2
 b Gen 50:11
Deu 34:8
Act 8:2
 c Gen 14:6
Num 12:16
Psa 120:5
2 d 2 Sam 13:23
Gen 38:13
 e Jos 15:55
 f 1 Sam 23:24
3 g Rth 4:11
Pro 14:1
Pro 24:3-4
 h Isa 32:5,7
4 i Gen 38:13
6 j 2 Sam 18:28
1 Chr 12:18
Psa 122:7
Mat 10:12-13
Luk 10:5
8 k Est 9:19
Neh 8:10
10 l Jdg 9:28
Psa 73:7-8
11 m Jdg 8:6
13 n 1 Sam 30:24
16 o Exo 14:22
Job 1:10
Zec 2:5
18 p Gen 32:13
2 Sam 17:28-29
Pro 18:16
19 q Gen 32:16
21 r 1 Pet 2:20
Pro 17:13
Psa 35:12
Gen 44:4
22 s Rth 1:17
1 Sam 3:17
1 Sam 20:13
1 Sam 20:16
23 t Jos 15:18
26 u 2 Kin 2:2
 v Gen 20:6
 w 2 Sam 18:32
27 x Gen 33:11
28 y 2 Sam 7:11
1 Kin 9:5
1 Chr 17:16
 z 1 Sam 24:11
29 a Deu 33:29
Psa 66:9
Mat 10:29-30
Act 17:28
 b Jer 10:18
32 c Luk 1:68
Psa 72:18
Psa 41:12-13
Ezr 7:27
Exo 18:10
Gen 24:27
35 d 1 Sam 20:42
2 Sam 15:9
Luk 7:50
 e Gen 19:21
36 f Eph 5:18
Luk 21:34
Hos 4:11
Isa 5:11
Pro 20:1
 g 2 Sam 13:23
37 h Deu 28:28
Job 15:21
38 i Exo 12:29
2 Sam 6:7
Job 12:10
Psa 104:29
Act 12:23
39 j Psa 7:16
Est 7:10
2 Sam 3:28-29
 k Pro 22:23
41 l Rth 2:10
Rth 2:13
Pro 15:33
43 m Jos 15:56
2 Sam 3:2
 n Gen 2:24
1 Sam 27:3
Mat 19:5
Mat 19:8
44 o 2 Sam 3:14
 p Isa 10:30