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1 Samuel 25 - AMP

2 A very rich man was in Maon, whose possessions and business were in Carmel. He had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 The man's name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail; she was a woman of good understanding, and beautiful. But the man was rough and evil in his doings; he was a Calebite. 4 David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. 5 And David sent out ten young men and said to , Go up to Carmel to Nabal and greet him in my name; 6 And salute him thus: Peace be to you and to your house and to all that you have. 7 I have heard that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel. 8 Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your sight, for we come at an opportune time. I pray you, give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David. 9 And when David's young men came, they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then paused. 10 And Nabal answered David's servants and said, Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who are each breaking away from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they belong? 12 So David's young men turned away, and came and told him all that was said. 13 And David said to his men, Every man gird on his sword. And they did so, and David also girded on his sword; and there went up after David about 400 men, and 200 remained with the baggage. 14 But one of Nabal's young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master, and he railed at them. 15 But David's men were very good to us, and we were not harmed, nor did we miss anything as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields. 16 They were a wall to us night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 So know this and consider what you will do, for evil is determined against our master and all his house. For he is such a wicked man that one cannot speak to him. 18 Then Abigail made haste and took 200 loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five measures of parched grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. 19 And she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 As she rode on her donkey, she came down hidden by the mountain, and behold, David and his men came down opposite her, and she met them. 21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has repaid me evil for good. 22 May God do so, and more also, to David The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) so reads. The Hebrew reads ``David's enemies."if I leave of all who belong to him one male alive by morning. 23 When Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the donkey, and fell before David on her face and did obeisance. 24 Kneeling at his feet she said, Upon me alone let this guilt be, my lord. And let your handmaid, I pray you, speak in your presence, and hear the words of your handmaid. 25 Let not my lord, I pray you, regard this foolish and wicked fellow Nabal, for as his name is, so is he--Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. But I, your handmaid, did not see my lord's young men whom you sent. 26 So now, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, seeing that the Lord has prevented you from bloodguiltiness and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. 27 And now this gift, which your handmaid has brought my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 Forgive, I pray you, the trespass of your handmaid, for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the Lord's battles, and evil has not been found in you all your days. 29 Though man is risen up to pursue you and to seek your life, yet the life of my lord shall be bound in the living bundle with the Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies--them shall He sling out as out of the center of a sling. 30 And when the Lord has done to my lord according to all the good that He has promised concerning you and has made you ruler over Israel, 31 This shall be no staggering grief to you or cause for pangs of conscience to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause or that my lord has avenged himself. And when the Lord has dealt well with my lord, then remember," one is certain to miss something if he does not stop, look, and really listen to what the Holy Spirit is wanting to tell him--or her. `` remember" Abigail, the woman whom God has specifically held up as a pattern of right behavior in an unfortunate marriage. Here a dozen vital questions are answered through Abigail's example. She could not have known that thousands of years later people in similar circumstances would become ``more than conquerors" because of her, but God knew. Study her until you know her God-given secrets of success; then pass them on to the people who are letting an unfortunate marriage wreck them rather than sanctify them for service. F.B. Meyer (Through the Bible Day by Day) said, ``Never let the evil disposition of one mate hinder the devotion and grace of the other. Never let the difficulties of your home lead you to abdicate your throne. Do not step down to the level of your circumstances, but lift them to your own high calling in Christ. `Be not conformed... but be ye transformed' (Rom. 12:1, 2 KJV)."earnestly+] remember your handmaid. 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who sent you this day to meet me. 33 And blessed be your discretion and advice, and blessed be you who have kept me today from bloodguiltiness and from avenging myself with my own hand. 34 For as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, Who has prevented me from hurting you, if you had not hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning there would not have been left so much as one male to Nabal. 35 So David accepted what she had brought him and said to her, Go up in peace to your house. See, I have hearkened to your voice and have granted your petition. 36 And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house like the feast of a king. And heart was merry, for he was very drunk; so she told him nothing at all until the morning light. 37 But in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife told him these things, his heart died within him and he became a stone. 38 And about ten days after that, the Lord smote Nabal and he died. 39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, Who has pleaded the cause of my reproach at the hand of Nabal, and kept His servant from evil. For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him as his wife. 40 And when the servants of David had come to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, David sent us to you to take you to him to be his wife. 41 And she arose and bowed herself to the earth and said, Behold, let your handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord. 42 And Abigail hastened and arose and rode on a donkey, with five of her maids who followed her, and she went after the messengers of David and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives. 44 Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti son of Laish, who was of Gallim.

Sermons on 1 Samuel 25 More sermons: 1 Samuel 25

Michael Stark avatar
The High Cost of Arrogance
Shared by: Michael Stark on Feb, 2017
Summary: Arrogance kills. Should anyone question that statement, they need but study an incident when a king whom God anointed requested consideration from a wealthy farmer. What happened next is a warming against becoming arrogant.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:36-38
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 18
Christian Cheong avatar
Be A Peacemaker
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jun, 2016
Summary: Seek to be a peacemaker, and speak to build others up.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-35
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,621
Rev. Clarence Eisberg avatar
The Game of Thrones- Israel’s Experience with Human Kings”
Shared by: Rev. Clarence Eisberg on Oct, 2015
Summary: David and Nabal I Samuel 25:4-13 Hospitality This Middle Eastern cultural practice of “hospitality” is what saved the life of Marcus Lattrell. Jesus challenges Simon with a failure to keep a well-known Middle Eastern cultural practice. Luke 7:44-48
Daniel Habben avatar
Agents of Grace: Abigail
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Oct, 2015
Summary: God used Abigal to turn David away from a senseless sin.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-40
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 779
Paul Clemente avatar
God Is Always Involved
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2015
Summary: Even when we think God is not involved or we don’t get God involved, God is always involved in our lives!!
Series: 1 Samuel
David Rigg avatar
The Value Of A Godly Woman
Shared by: David Rigg on Jul, 2014
Summary: This sermon in our series deals with the great impact the godly woman Abigail had on David's life.
David Rigg avatar
The Difference A Godly Woman Can Make
Shared by: David Rigg on Jun, 2014
Summary: Here we find the story of Abigail and how she prevented David from making a horrible mistake.
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
A Good Wife and a Mean-spirited Husband
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Apr, 2014
Summary: I used to work as a tour guide in a Scottish castle, so I was used to telling this kind of anecdote. See if you can recognise this one. It is not about Scottish clans and lands. It comes from the Bible.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:2-42
Views: 1,645
James D. Thornber avatar
A Tale Of Two Kings -- 1 Samuel 25
Shared by: James D. Thornber on Mar, 2014
Summary: King David shows two sides to himself: the compassionate side shown to Saul and the petulant attitude shown to Nabal. It shows that we can all be saints one day and sinners the next!
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 686
patricia Tuaweri avatar
Shared by: patricia Tuaweri on Feb, 2014
Summary: What we sometimes consider or call challenges may be God's way of moving us away from our present predicament to a higher place
Scripture: 1 Samuel 9:1-25:27
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,065
Dave McFadden avatar
“A Crisis Averted”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Aug, 2013
Summary: A crisis, created by two men who behaved badly, was averted by a woman who behaved wisely.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,706
William R. Nabaza avatar
Ignorance Of Grace Will Lead To Death
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2012
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you enjoying GOD's Grace or ignoring it? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that grace can be ignored but still shows his goodness to us. IV. TEXT: 1 Samuel 25:10 (New Living Translation, Second
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:10
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 737
Craig Stevenson avatar
Who is Wise and Understanding
Shared by: Craig Stevenson on Mar, 2012
Summary: Who is wise and understanding? Don't be found to be foolish!
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,130
Rick Boyne avatar
Wisdom Prevails
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Oct, 2011
Summary: We must not allow our emotions to carry us away to sin; we must allow God to be in control.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:14-38
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 921
Rick Boyne avatar
Rich, Rude & Foolish
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Sep, 2011
Summary: We should always treat others with kindness and respect.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,675
Larry Wilson avatar
PAUSE Before You Act (Part 2)
Shared by: Larry Wilson on Aug, 2011
Summary: Behaving wisely is seeking God's will before we act. Rash behavior may do damage in moments that cannot be undone in years. This is segment two of the series. For those wishing to teach and preach this series, you may contact me for formatted handouts and
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 883
Donnie De loney avatar
Where do you turn when the bottom falls out?
Shared by: Donnie De loney on Jan, 2010
Summary: What do you do when the bottom drops out? When you are facing failure and nobody seems to care.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-25
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,403
Donnie De loney avatar
“Abigail: A Hidden Hero”
Shared by: Donnie De loney on Jan, 2010
Summary: Abigail is a woman of great wisdom. She is used of God to head off a coming conflict between her husband, Nabal, and David.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-42
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,267
Jerry Watts avatar
#5 - Arteriosclerosis
Shared by: Jerry Watts on Aug, 2009
Summary: The fifth in the Wednesday night teaching series. Based on Dr. Caner & Dr. Brunson’s Book -- "Why Churches Die."
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-39
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 808
David Owens avatar
Abigail Saves The Day
Shared by: David Owens on Feb, 2009
Summary: David, our hero, is about to make the biggest mistake of his life, but Abigail saves the day.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-39
Views: 8,265
Ben  Mandrell avatar
A Wise Woman Saves The Day
Shared by: Ben Mandrell on Jan, 2009
Summary: A wise man learns to control his temper.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-39
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,396
Victor Yap avatar
How Rude
Shared by: Victor Yap on Jun, 2008
Summary: David, Pt. 6
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-35
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 2,427
Neil Partington avatar
Abigail- A woman of strength and courage
Shared by: Neil Partington on Jun, 2007
Summary: Men do dumb things from time to time. Nabal was drunk and refused to help David out. Thanks to Abigail, Nabal’s life was spared. Abigail acted is a model that we all need to follow.
based on 58 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:12-31
Views: 25,686
Kyle Blanton avatar
Makings of a Mother
Shared by: Kyle Blanton on May, 2007
Summary: This message looks at the character of Abigal as she dealt with David and saved her home. Such character on behalf of a no good husband would certainly be stronger toward her future son with David
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-36
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 929
Mike Huss avatar
Your Heart Condition
Shared by: Mike Huss on Dec, 2006
Summary: What is the condition of your heart.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:37-39
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,121
Jerry DePoy avatar
"Beauty and the Beast"
Shared by: Jerry DePoy on Oct, 2006
Summary: You can be beautiful or you can be a beast. What made Abigal beautiful? What made Nabal a fool?
based on 15 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,348
Richard Tow avatar
Surviving Unhealthy Relationships
Shared by: Richard Tow on Apr, 2006
Summary: Dealing with difficult people requires special skills. Sermon uses biblical examples to discuss how to deal with (1)Aggressive Controllers (2) Indirect Manipulators (3)Emotional Leaches.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:14-25
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 4,763
Brian Atwood avatar
Male Role Models - Good & Bad
Shared by: Brian Atwood on Jun, 2005
Summary: Beneficial versus detrimental models of manhood juxtaposed in the lives of David and Nabal.
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,847
Victor Yap avatar
How Rude
Shared by: Victor Yap on Jun, 2004
Summary: David, Pt. 6 of 15
Series: "David"
based on 42 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-35
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 973
Jerry DePoy avatar
"Mr. Worng meets Mr. Right"
Shared by: Jerry DePoy on Sep, 2003
Summary: Before a person comes to Christ, we are under the dictates of the Old Testament Law. When we came to Christ, we became "married to another." Abigail pictures this same truth in 1 Samuel 25.
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-39
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,111