But one of the young men told Ab'igail, Nabal's wife, "Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed at them.
Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them;
they were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
Now therefore know this and consider what you should do; for evil is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is so ill-natured that one cannot speak to him."
Then Ab'igail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two skins of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched grain, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
And she said to her young men, "Go on before me; behold, I come after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
And as she rode on the ass, and came down under cover of the mountain, behold, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them.
Now David had said, "Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has returned me evil for good.
God do so to David and more also, if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him."
When Ab'igail saw David, she made haste, and alighted from the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed to the ground.
She fell at his feet and said, "Upon me alone, my lord, be the guilt; pray let your handmaid speak in your ears, and hear the words of your handmaid.