The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 25:36–44

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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.

36  Then Abigail went to Nabal. And behold, he was holding a feast for himself in his house, like the feast of a king. And the heart of Nabal was cheerful. For he was greatly inebriated. And she did not reveal a word to him, small or great, until morning.

37  And it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, that his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

37  Then, at first light, when Nabal had digested his wine, his wife revealed to him these words, and his heart died within himself, and he became like a stone.

38  And it came to pass about ten days after, that YHWH smote Nabal, so that he died.

38  And after ten days had passed, the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.

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39  And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said: 'Blessed be YHWH, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept back His servant from evil; and the evil-doing of Nabal hath the YHWH returned upon his own head.' And David sent and spoke concerning Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

39  And David heard it and said, Blessed be the Lord, who has judged the cause of my reproach at the hand of Nabal, and has delivered his servant from the power of evil; and the Lord has returned the mischief of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and spoke concerning Abigaia, to take her to himself for a wife.

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40  And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spoke unto her, saying: 'David hath sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.'

40  So the servants of David came to Abigaia to Carmel, and spoke to her, saying, David has sent us to thee, to take thee to himself for a wife.

40  And David’s servants went to Abigail at Carmel, and they spoke to her, saying, “David has sent us to you, so that he might take you to himself as wife.”

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41  And she arose, and bowed down with her face to the earth, and said: 'Behold, thy handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.'

41  And rising up, she reverenced prone on the ground, and she said, “Behold, let your servant be a handmaid, to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”

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42  And Abigail hastened, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that followed her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

42  And Abigaia arose, and mounted her ass, and five damsels followed her: and she went after the servants of David, and became his wife.

42  And Abigail rose up and hurried, and she climbed upon a donkey, and five girls went with her, her attendants. And she followed the messengers of David, and she became his wife.

43  David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they became both of them his wives.

43  And David took Achinaam out of Jezrael, and they were both his wives.

43  Moreover, David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel. And both of them were his wives.

44  Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.

44  And Saul gave Melchol his daughter, David’s wife, to Phalti the son of Amis who was of Romma.

44  Then Saul gave his daughter Michal, the wife of David, to Palti, the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.