1 Mortuus est autem Samuel; et congregatus est universus Israel, et planxerunt eum et sepelierunt eum in domo sua in Rama. Consurgensque David descendit in desertum Maon.
2 Erat autem vir quispiam in solitudine Maon, et possessio eius in Carmel; et homo ille magnus nimis; erantque ei oves tria milia et mille caprae. Et accidit ut tonderet gregem suum in Carmel.
3 Nomen autem viri illius erat Nabal et nomen uxoris eius Abigail. Eratque mulier illa prudentissima et speciosa; porro vir eius durus et moribus malis; erat autem de genere Chaleb.
4 Cum ergo audisset David in deserto quod tonderet Nabal gregem suum,
5 misit decem iuvenes et dixit eis: "Ascendite in Carmel et venietis ad Nabal et salutabitis eum ex nomine meo pacifice
6 et dicetis fratri meo: "Et tibi pax et domui tuae pax et omnibus, quaecumque habes, sit pax!
7 Et nunc audivi quod tonsores essent apud te. Pastores autem tui erant nobiscum in deserto; numquam eis molesti fuimus, nec aliquando defuit eis quidquam de grege omni tempore, quo fuerunt nobiscum in Carmel.
8 Interroga pueros tuos, et indicabunt tibi. Nunc ergo inveniant pueri isti gratiam in oculis tuis, in die enim bona venimus; quodcumque invenerit manus tua, da servis tuis et filio tuo David" ".
9 Cumque venissent pueri David, locuti sunt ad Nabal omnia verba haec ex nomine David et siluerunt.
10 Respondens autem Nabal pueris David ait: "Quis est David, et quis est filius Isai? Hodie increverunt servi, qui fugiunt dominos suos.
11 Tollam ergo panes meos et aquas meas et carnes pecorum, quae occidi, tonsoribus meis et dabo viris, quos nescio unde sint?".
12 Regressi sunt itaque pueri David per viam suam et reversi venerunt et nuntiaverunt ei omnia verba haec.
13 Tunc David ait viris suis: "Accingatur unusquisque gladio suo!". Et accincti sunt singuli gladio suo, accinctusque est et David ense suo, et secuti sunt David quasi quadringenti viri; porro ducenti remanserunt ad sarcinas.
14 Abigail autem uxori Nabal nuntiavit unus de pueris suis dicens: "Ecce misit David nuntios de deserto, ut benedicerent domino nostro, sed aversatus est eos.
15 Homines isti boni satis fuerunt nobis et non molesti; nec quidquam aliquando periit omni tempore, quo sumus conversati cum eis in deserto.
16 Pro muro erant nobis tam in nocte quam in die omnibus diebus, quibus pavimus apud eos greges.
17 Quam ob rem considera et recogita quid facias, quoniam malum decretum est adversus dominum nostrum et adversus domum eius universam. Et ipse filius Belial est, ita ut nemo ei possit loqui".
18 Festinavit igitur Abigail et tulit ducentos panes et duos utres vini et quinque arietes coctos et quinque sata frumenti tosti et centum ligaturas uvae passae et ducentas massas caricarum et imposuit super asinos.
19 Dixitque pueris suis: "Praecedite me, ecce ego post tergum sequar vos". Viro autem suo Nabal non indicavit.
20 Cum ergo ascendisset asinum et descenderet in tegmine montis, David et viri eius descendebant in occursum eius; quibus et illa occurrit.
21 Et aiebat David: "Vere frustra servavi omnia, quae huius erant in deserto, et non periit quidquam de cunctis, quae ad eum pertinebant; et reddidit mihi malum pro bono.
22 Haec faciat Deus inimicis David et haec addat, si reliquero de omnibus, quae ad eum pertinent, usque mane quidquid masculini sexus".
23 Cum autem vidisset Abigail David, festinavit et descendit de asino et procidit coram David super faciem suam et adoravit super terram.
24 Et cecidit ad pedes eius et dixit: "In me sit, domine mi, haec iniquitas; loquatur, obsecro, ancilla tua in auribus tuis, et audi verba famulae tuae.
25 Ne ponat, oro, dominus meus cor suum super virum istum iniquum Nabal, quia secundum nomen suum stultus est, et est stultitia cum eo; ego autem ancilla tua non vidi pueros domini mei, quos misisti.
26 Nunc ergo, domine mi, vivit Dominus, et vivit anima tua, quia Dominus prohibuit te, ne venires in sanguine et salvares te manu tua; et nunc fiant sicut Nabal inimici tui et qui quaerunt domino meo malum.
27 Quapropter suscipe benedictionem hanc, quam attulit ancilla tua domino meo, et da pueris, qui sequuntur dominum meum.
28 Aufer iniquitatem famulae tuae. Faciens enim faciet Dominus domino meo domum fidelem, quia proelia Domini dominus meus proeliatur; malitia ergo non inveniatur in te omnibus diebus vitae tuae.
29 Si enim surrexerit aliquando homo persequens te et quaerens animam tuam, erit anima domini mei custodita in fasciculo vitae apud Dominum Deum tuum; sed inimicorum tuorum animam ipse iaciat in impetu et circulo fundae.
30 Cum ergo fecerit Dominus domino meo omnia, quae locutus est, bona de te et constituerit te ducem super Israel,
31 non erit tibi hoc in singultum et in scrupulum cordis domino meo, quod effuderis sanguinem innoxium et ipse te ultus fueris; et cum benefecerit Dominus domino meo, recordaberis ancillae tuae".
32 Et ait David ad Abigail: "Benedictus Dominus, Deus Israel, qui misit te hodie in occursum meum. Et benedicta prudentia tua,
33 et benedicta tu, quae prohibuisti me hodie, ne irem ad sanguinem et ulciscerer me manu mea.
34 Alioquin, vivit Dominus, Deus Israel, qui prohibuit me malum facere tibi, nisi cito venisses in occursum mihi, non remansisset Nabal usque ad lucem matutinam quidquid masculini sexus".
35 Suscepit ergo David de manu eius omnia, quae attulerat ei, dixitque ei: "Vade pacifice in domum tuam. Ecce audivi vocem tuam et honoravi faciem tuam".
36 Venit autem Abigail ad Nabal; et ecce erat ei convivium in domo eius quasi convivium regis, et cor Nabal iucundum; erat enim ebrius nimis. Et non indicavit ei verbum pusillum aut grande usque in mane.
37 Diluculo autem, cum digessisset vinum Nabal, haec indicavit ei uxor sua; et emortuum est cor eius intrinsecus, et factus est quasi lapis.
38 Cumque pertransissent decem dies, percussit Dominus Nabal, et mortuus est.
39 Quod cum audisset David mortuum Nabal, ait: "Benedictus Dominus, qui iudicavit causam opprobrii mei de manu Nabal et servum suum custodivit a malo et malitiam Nabal reddidit Dominus in caput eius". Misit ergo David et locutus est ad Abigail, ut sumeret eam sibi in uxorem.
40 Et venerunt pueri David ad Abigail in Carmel et locuti sunt ad eam dicentes: "David misit nos ad te, ut accipiat te sibi in uxorem".
41 Quae consurgens adoravit prona in terram et ait: "Ecce famula tua sit in ancillam, ut lavet pedes servorum domini mei".
42 Et festinavit et surrexit Abigail et ascendit super asinum, et quinque puellae ierunt cum ea pedisequae eius; et secuta est nuntios David et facta est illi uxor.
43 Sed et Achinoam accepit David de Iezrahel, et fuit utraque uxor eius.
44 Saul autem dedit Michol filiam suam uxorem David Phalti filio Lais, qui erat de Gallim.
King James Version
1 And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
4 ¶ And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep.
5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:
6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.
7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel.
8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David.
9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.
10 ¶ And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.
11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?
12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.
13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
14 ¶ But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.
15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:
16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
18 ¶ Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.
20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.
21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.
22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.
25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord.
28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;
31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.
32 ¶ And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.
36 ¶ And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.
39 ¶ 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.
40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.
43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.
44 ¶ But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.