Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life,1 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 hurl2 away as from the pocket of a sling.330
When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader4 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, remember5 your servant."632
David said to Abigail, "Praise7 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 bloodshed8 this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.
Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal9 would have been left alive by daybreak."
Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, "Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted10 your request."
When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high11 spirits and very drunk.12 So she told13 him nothing until daybreak.
Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.1438
About ten days later, the LORD struck15 Nabal and he died.
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal's wrongdoing down on his own head." Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.