Abigails Story (Women of the Bible #4) by Ann BurtonThey were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day.
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This is the story of Abigail...
To settle her brothers gambling debt, Abigail of Carmel convinces her boorish lord to marry her. Then exiled by him to the life of a shepherdess, she grows to love David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face with her husband in a senseless war-and destroy her hopes of peace.
Used with permission of the artist. All rights reserved. Abigail is an interesting woman who we meet in 1 Samuel chapter Like several women in the Old Testament, Abigail is described as beautiful. Nabal had not taken due notice of David and his men who had been protecting his shepherds. When his camp started to run out of food, David sent ten messengers to Nabal.
Reflect on Scripture and learn a Hebrew word each day for the next two-weeks with this free devotional, Holy Land Moments! Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite. Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.
The story of Abigail and David ranks almost as exciting and deceitful as that of David and his most famous wife , Bathsheba.
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Derived from the Hebrew word ab, "father", and the Hebrew root g-y-l , "to rejoice," the name Abigail has a variety of possible meanings including "my father's joy" and "source of joy". In 1 Samuel 25, Nabal demonstrates ingratitude towards David, and Abigail attempts to placate David in order to stop the future King from taking revenge. She gives him food, and speaks to him, urging him not to "have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed" verse 31, NIV and reminding him that God will make him a " lasting dynasty " verse Jon Levenson calls this an "undeniable adumbration " of Nathan 's prophecy in 2 Samuel 7. After Abigail reveals to Nabal what she has done, "God struck Nabal and he died," v.