David said to his men1, "Put on your swords!" So they put on their swords, and David put on his. About four hundred men went2 up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.314
One of the servants told Nabal's wife Abigail: "David sent messengers from the desert to give our master his greetings,4 but he hurled insults at them.
Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat5 us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing.616
Night and day they were a wall7 around us all the time we were herding our sheep near them.
Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked8 man that no one can talk to him."
Abigail lost no time. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahsa of roasted grain,9 a hundred cakes of raisins10 and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.1119
Then she told her servants, "Go on ahead;12 I'll follow you." But she did not tell13 her husband Nabal.
As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.
David had just said, "It's been useless--all my watching over this fellow's property in the desert so that nothing of his was missing.14 He has paid15 me back evil16 for good.
May God deal with David,b be it ever so severely,17 if by morning I leave alive one male18 of all who belong to him!"
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.19