We can learn much from reading about Abigail's wisdom, self-sacrificing nature,
humility, courage and her appeal to David's better nature.
1 Samuel 25:14-39 (Amplified Bible) But one of Nabal's
young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, "behold, David sent messengers out
of the wilderness to salute our master, and he railed at them. But David's
men were very good to us, and we were not harmed, nor did we miss anything
as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall
to us night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep. So
know this and consider what you will do, for evil is determined against our
master and all his house. For he is such a wicked man that one cannot speak
Then Abigail made haste and took 200 loaves, two skins
of wine, five sheep already dressed, five measures of parched grain, 100
clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. And
she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But
she did not tell her husband Nabal. As she rode on her donkey, she came down
hidden by the mountain, and behold, David and his men came down opposite
her, and she met them.
Now David had said, "surely in vain have I protected all
that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all
that belonged to him; and he has repaid me evil for good. May God do so,
and more also, to David if I leave of all who belong to him one male alive
When Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the
donkey, and fell before David on her face and did obeisance. Kneeling at
his feet she said, "upon me alone let this guilt be, my lord. And let your
handmaid, I pray you, speak in your presence, and hear the words of your
handmaid. Let not my lord, I pray you, regard this foolish and wicked fellow
Nabal, for as his name is, so is he--Nabal [foolish, wicked] is his name,
and folly is with him. But I, your handmaid, did not see my lord's young
men whom you sent.
"So now, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives,
seeing that the Lord has prevented you from bloodguiltiness and from avenging
yourself with your own hand, now let your enemies and those who seek to do
evil to my lord be as Nabal. And now this gift, which your handmaid has brought
my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. Forgive, I
pray you, the trespass of your handmaid, for the Lord will certainly make
my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the Lord's battles, and
evil has not been found in you all your days.
"Though man is risen up to pursue you and to seek your
life, yet the life of my lord shall be bound in the living bundle with the
Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies--them shall He sling out as
out of the center of a sling. And when the Lord has done to my lord according
to all the good that He has promised concerning you and has made you ruler
over Israel, this shall be no staggering grief to you or cause for pangs
of conscience to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause or
that my lord has avenged himself. And when the Lord has dealt well with my
lord, then [earnestly] remember your handmaid."
And David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord, the God
of Israel, Who sent you this day to meet me. And blessed be your discretion
and advice, and blessed be you who have kept me today from bloodguiltiness
and from avenging myself with my own hand.
"For as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, Who has prevented
me from hurting you, if you had not hurried and come to meet me, surely by
morning there would not have been left so much as one male to Nabal." So
David accepted what she had brought him and said to her, "go up in peace
to your house. See, I have hearkened to your voice and have granted your
And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding
a feast in his house like the feast of a king. And [his] heart was merry,
for he was very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until the morning light.
But in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife told
him these things, his heart died within him and he became [paralyzed, helpless
as] a stone. And about ten days after that, the Lord smote Nabal and he
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "blessed
be the Lord, Who has pleaded the cause of my reproach at the hand of Nabal,
and kept His servant from evil. For the Lord has returned the wickedness
of Nabal upon his own head." And David sent and communed with Abigail, to
take her to him as his wife.