Week 14   Day 5 


Nabal knew how to acquire wealth

        but he did not know

              how to make friends

              how to make important alliances

Nabal was a wealthy man

         but not a generous one

He was not accustomed to sharing with strangers



Abigail was a good listener

        with an understanding

        of what was happening

She could anticipate consequences

        to one's behavior and actions

When a disaster can be averted

        make an effort to do so



Sometimes it is wise to share

Sometimes you gain more by giving things away.




                                    THE ODD COUPLE
                        One was rich and short-sighted;

                      the other was wise and generous.
                                           I Samuel 25


    1Then Samuel died; and the Israelites gathered together
buried him at his home in Ramah.     

    2Now there was a man who was very rich.  He had three

thousand sheep and a thousand goats.  He was shearing his

sheep in Carmel.  3His name was Nabal, and the name of his

wife, Abigail.  She was a woman of good understanding and

beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil.

   4When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was
his sheep, 5he sent ten young men and said, "Go up
to Nabal,
and greet him in my name.  6Say to him:  'Peace be
to you,
to your house, and to all that you have!  7Your shepherds
with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything

missing from them while they were in Carmel.  8Therefore let

my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast

day.  Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants

and to your son David.'"  9When David's young men came, they
spoke to Nabal in the name of David, and waited.

    10Then Nabal answered, "Who is David, and who is the son
of Jesse?  There are many servants nowadays
who break away
each one from his master.  11Shall I then take
my bread, water
and meat that I have killed for my shearers,
and give it to men
when I do not know where they are from?"

    12So David's young men turned on their heels and told 
all these words.  13Then David said, "Every man gird
on his
sword."  About four hundred men went with David.

    14One of Nabal's men told Abigail, "David sent messengers
greet our master; and he reviled them."  18Then Abigail
haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins
of wine,
five sheep already dressed, some roasted grain, one

hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and

loaded them on donkeys.  19She said to her servants, "Go on

before me; I am coming after you."  She did not tell her husband.

    20As she rode on the donkey, there were David and his men,

coming down toward her, and she met them.  32David said to

Abigail:  "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this

day to meet me!  33Blessed are you because you have kept me 
from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself; 34 by

morning no males would have been left to Nabal!"  35David

received what she had brought him, and said, "Go in peace."
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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