1 Samuel 25:1-9 NIV

David, Nabal and Abigail

1 Now Samuel died,1 and all Israel assembled and mourned2 for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah.3 Then David moved down into the Desert of Maon.a

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    • a 25:1 - Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew "Paran"
      2 A certain man in Maon,4 who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy.5 He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing6 in Carmel.

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      3 His name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail.7 She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite,8 was surly and mean in his dealings.

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      4 While David was in the desert, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.
      5 So he sent ten young men and said to them, "Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.
      6 Say to him: 'Long life to you! Good health9 to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!10

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      7 " 'Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat11 them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.

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          8 Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my young men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever12 you can find for them.' "

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          9 When David's men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David's name. Then they waited.