Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Online Bible | Biblica - The International Bible Society

Online Bible | Biblica - The International Bible Society

The Death of Samuel

Samuel died, and all Israel gathered together and mourned him; And they buried him where he had lived in Ramah.

David and Abigail

And David went into the wilderness of Maon. A certain man of Maon, who had his goods in the city of Carmel, was very rich. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which were being sheared in Carmel. His name was Nabal, and his wife's name was Abigail, a wise and beautiful woman; But her husband, a descendant of Caleb, was rude and evil.

In the wilderness, David learned that Nabal was shearing the sheep. So he sent ten young men, saying, "Take my message to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name. Say to him: Long live to the Lord! Much peace for you and your family! And much prosperity for all that is yours!

"I know you are shearing your sheep. When their shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and all the time they were in Carmel, nothing was lost from them. Ask them, and they will tell you. So be kind, as we are coming in a holiday season. Please give us your servants and your son David what you can. "

The boys went and gave Nabal this message in the name of David. And they waited for him.

Nabal said to the servants of David, "Who is David? Who is this son of Jesse? Nowadays many servants are fleeing from their masters. Why should I take my bread and my water and the cattle that slaughter my shearers, and give them to men who come, it is unknown where? "

Then the messengers of David returned And told him every one of these words. David commanded his men, "Put your swords on your waist!" So they did, and also David. About four hundred men followed David, while two hundred remained with their luggage.

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Immediately Abigail took two hundred loaves of bread, two leather vessels filled with wine, five prepared sheep, five measures of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins, and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and carried them on donkeys. And he said to his servants, "You go ahead; I will follow you. " But she said nothing to Nabal, her husband.

While she was riding on a donkey, concealed by the mountain, David and his soldiers were descending toward him, and she found them. David had said, "It was no use protecting the man's goods in the wilderness, lest anything should be lost. He paid me good for evil. May God punish David, and do it very severely, if at any time in the morning I will leave one male of all those who belong to Nabal alive! "When Abigail saw David, she hurried down from the donkey and prostrated Before David, face to face. She fell at his feet and said, "My lord, it is all my fault. Please, let your maid speak to you; Listen to what she has to say. My lord, pay no attention to that wicked man, Nabal. He is foolish according to the meaning of his name; And foolishness is with him. Yet I, your handmaid, have not seen the young men whom my lord hath sent.

David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you today to meet me. Be blessed by your good sense and to prevent me from shedding blood today and avenge myself with my own hands. Otherwise, I swear by the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, who prevented me from doing you harm, that if you had not come quickly to meet me, not a single male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive upon breaking Of the day. "

Then David accepted what Abigail had brought him and said," Go home in peace. I heard what you said and I will respond to your request. "

When Abigail returned to Nabal, he was giving a banquet at home, like a king's feast. He was cheerful and rather drunk, and she told him nothing until dawn. In the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him everything; He suffered an attack and was paralyzed like a stone. When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed be the Lord who defended my cause against Nabal, because he treated me with Nabal, and he died. With contempt. The Lord prevented his servant from doing evil and caused Nabal's wickedness to fall upon his own head. "Then David sent a message to Abigail, asking him to become his wife. His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, "David has sent for you to be his wife." She rose and bowed her face to the ground and said, "Here is the His maidservant, ready to serve them and wash the feet of my master's servants. " Abigail soon rode on a donkey and, accompanied by her five maids, went with the messengers of David and became his wife. David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel; The two were his women. But Saul had given his daughter Michal the wife of David to Paltiel the son of Laish of Galim.

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