Friday, June 17
23When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.
24She 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.
25Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.
26Now 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.
27And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord.
28Please 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.
29If 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.
30And when the LORD has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince over Israel,
31my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord taking vengeance himself. And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant."
32And David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!
33Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!
34For 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."
35Then 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."
36And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until the morning light.
37In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
38And about ten days later the LORD struck Nabal, and he died.
39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed be the LORD who has avenged the insult I received at the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from wrongdoing. The LORD has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head." Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
40When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, "David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife."
41And she rose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, "Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord."
42And Abigail hurried and rose and mounted a donkey, and her five young women attended her. She followed the messengers of David and became his wife.
43David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and both of them became his wives.
44Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.
[Numbers 35] Fair Statutes, Fair Judgement
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[Numbers 35] Cities and Refuge for the Levites
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[Numbers 33-34] The Borders of the Promised Land
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[Numbers 31] The Distribution of Plunder
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[Numbers 31] Judgement and Purity
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[Numbers 30] Pledges and Vows
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[Numbers 29] The Feast of Booths
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[Numbers 26] The Start of a New Generation
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[Numbers 26] A Second Census
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[Numbers 22] Balaam and the Donkey
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[Numbers 22] Balak and Balaam
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[Numbers 21] On God’s Side
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[Numbers 19] From Unclean to Clean
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[Numbers 19] Ashes of a Heifer
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[Numbers 18] The Levites' Inheritance
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