1 Samuel 25:39

Overview - 1 Samuel 25
Samuel dies.
David in Paran sends to Nabal.
10 Provoked by Nabal's churlishness, he minds to destroy him.
14 Abigail understanding thereof,
18 takes a present;
23 and by her wisdom,
32 pacifies David.
36 Nabal hearing thereof, dies.
39 David takes Abigail and Ahinoam to be his wives.
44 Michal is given to Phalti.
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1 Samuel 25:39  (King James Version)
And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

32 ; Judges 5:2 ; 2 Samuel 22:47-49 ; Psalms 58:10 Psalms 58:11 ; Revelation 19:1-4

Proverbs 22:23 ; Lamentations 3:58-60 ; Micah 7:9

kept his servant
1 Samuel 25:26 1 Samuel 25:34 ; Hosea 2:6 Hosea 2:7 ; 2 Corinthians 13:7 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ; 2 Timothy 4:18

hath returned
2 Samuel 3:28 2 Samuel 3:29 ; 1 Kings 2:44 ; Esther 7:10 ; Psalms 7:16

to take her
It is probable that David had heard that Saul, to cut off his pretensions to the throne, had married Michal to Phalti; and this justified him in taking Abigail, it not being then unlawful for a man to have several wives. This conduct of David's corresponds with the manner in which the Oriental princes generally form their matrimonial alliances. "The king of Abyssinia," says Mr. Bruce, "sends an officer to the house where the lady lives, who announces to her that it is the king's pleasure she should remove instantly to the palace. She then dresses herself in the best manner, and immediately obeys. Thenceforward he assigns her an apartment in the palace, and gives her a house elsewhere in any part she chooses."
Proverbs 18:22 ; 19:14 Proverbs 31:10 Proverbs 31:30