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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 and 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 shearing 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 were 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 David 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 to greet our master; and he reviled them." 18Then Abigail made 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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