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FIRST SAMUEL XXV-ABIGAIL SEEKS MERCY
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 male.
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
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
Nabal means "fool.” ?The Revised Version reads, “And though man be risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul, yet the soul of my lord,” etc.
FIRST SAMUEL XXV-DAVID WEDS ABIGAIL
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 male.
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.
Chapter 26 1 Saul, by the discovery of the Ziphites, cometh to Hachilah against David. 5 Darid coming into the trench stayeth Abishai from killing Saul, but taketh his spear and cruse. 13 David reproveth Abner, is and exhorteth Saul. 21 Saul acknowledgeth his sin.
ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not
Jeshimon? 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph,
Boaz Protects Ruth
IN PARIS 1874.
“And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves.”—Ruth, 2, 15.
OAZ was a man of noble character. He is pictured for us as he goes forth among the reapers to over
see their work. His salutation to his men is one of kindness, “The Lord be with you;" and their answer is of welcome, “The Lord bless thee.”
The keen-eyed master at once noticed the strange woman in the field and questioned his head servant about her. When he heard that she was Ruth, the Moabite woman who had devoted herself to Naomi, his heart pitied her, and he addressed her in words of praise for her self-sacrifice.
The humble Ruth, surprised that this great lord should take such kindly notice of her, answered with deep gratitude; and Boaz, approving her gentleness and modesty, directed his servants to show her special favor. At the simple noon-tide meal in the field, he gave her bread and let her dip it in the liquid that he drank. Also he handed her parched corn from his own meal. He bade the reapers leave plenty of grain behind for her gleaning; and at the close of the day he extended his protection over her, saying, “Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest."