Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wifeAbigail: and she was a woman of goodunderstanding, and of a beautifulcountenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
Ask thy young men, and theywillshewthee. Wherefore let the young men findfavour in thineeyes: for we come in a good day: give, I praythee, whatsoevercometh to thinehandunto thy servants, and to thy son David.
And Davidsaidunto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And theygirded on every man his sword; and Davidalsogirded on his sword: and therewent up afterDavidaboutfourhundred men; and two hundredabode by the stuff.
ThenAbigailmadehaste, and took two hundredloaves, and two bottles of wine, and fivesheepreadydressed, and fivemeasures of parchedcorn, and an hundredclusters of raisins, and two hundredcakes of figs, and laidthem on asses.
Let not my lord, I praythee, regardthis man of Belial, evenNabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thinehandmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whomthoudidstsend.
Now therefore, my lord, as the LORDliveth, and as thy soulliveth, seeing the LORDhathwithholdentheefromcoming to shedblood, and fromavengingthyselfwiththine own hand, now let thineenemies, and theythatseekevil to my lord, be as Nabal.
Yet a man is risen to pursuethee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lordshall be bound in the bundle of lifewith the LORD thy God; and the souls of thineenemies, themshall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
Thatthisshall be no griefuntothee, nor offence of heartunto my lord, eitherthatthouhastshedbloodcauseless, or that my lordhathavengedhimself: but when the LORDshallhavedealtwellwith my lord, thenrememberthinehandmaid.
For in verydeed, as the LORD God of Israelliveth, whichhathkept me backfromhurtingthee, exceptthouhadsthasted and come to meet me, surelythere had not beenleftuntoNabal by the morninglight any thatpissethagainst the wall.
And Abigailcame to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal’sheart was merrywithin him, for he was verydrunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morninglight.
And whenDavidheardthatNabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, thathathpleaded the cause of my reproachfrom the hand of Nabal, and hathkept his servantfromevil: for the LORDhathreturned the wickedness of Nabalupon his own head. And Davidsent and communedwithAbigail, to take her to him to wife.