When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.124
She fell at his feet and said: "My lord, let the blame2 be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.
May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name--his name is Fool3,4 and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent.
"Now since the LORD has kept you, my master, from bloodshed5 and from avenging6 yourself with your own hands, as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, may your enemies and all who intend to harm my master be like Nabal.727
And let this gift,8 which your servant has brought to my master, be given to the men who follow you.
Please forgive9 your servant's offense, for the LORD will certainly make a lasting10 dynasty for my master, because he fights the LORD's battles.11 Let no wrongdoing12 be found in you as long as you live.
Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life,13 the life of my master will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God. But the lives of your enemies he will hurl14 away as from the pocket of a sling.1530
When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader16 over Israel,
my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD has brought my master success, remember17 your servant."1832
David said to Abigail, "Praise19 be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.
May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed20 this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.