A woman beautiful in appearance and bold in spirit

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.18.2017 Old Testament: 1Sa 25.18–22

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 25–26 on April 18, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Abigail’s husband treated David horribly after he had treated her husband well. Therefore, David determined to wipe out everything and everyone that belonged to her husband. Then Abigail went into action when she heard how her husband had treated David and what David had determined to do,

Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal. So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill; and there were David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them. Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belongs to him. And he has repaid me evil for good. May God do so, and more also, to the enemies of David, if I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light” (1 Samuel 25.18–22). 

She knew that she had to act quickly and with wisdom, showing kindness to David and to save her own life. She went out to a man that she knew was enraged, but she believed her gift would pacify him, and it did.

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