Now Samuel died; and all Israel assembled and mourned for him. They buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David got up and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
There was a man in Maon, whose property was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was clever and beautiful, but the man was surly and mean; he was a Calebite.
David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, "Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.
Thus you shall salute him: "Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.
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