Abigail was an intelligent and beautiful woman who was married to Nabal, a wealthy Calebite rancher who was rude and mean in his dealings. David's men were staying nearby and had been standing guard around Nabal's shepherds, unbeknownst to Nabal, watching out for them to make sure they and their sheep remained unharmed. When David's men ran low on supplies, some of them approached Nabal respectfully, asking for his help. Nabal's response was spiteful, and he sent them away with no help. When David received word of Nabal's cruel response, he was irate and gathered 400 men to destroy Nabal and his household. Abigail learned of David's plan through one of her servants, and quickly came up with a plan to stop the attack. She gathered two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. She left with her servants without her husband knowing and went to meet David and his men in a ravine, where they were approaching to attack. She fell at David's feet, apologizing for her husband's wickedness. Abigail then spoke a prophecy to David, saying God would bless him for not taking vengeance and causing needless bloodshed. She spoke a blessing over him and went into detail about all the ways God would bless and protect David. David gave thanks to God for sending Abigail and blessed her for keeping him from avenging himself. He told her that, because of her bravery, the lives of many were saved. He accepted her peace offering. Abigail went home and confessed to her husband what she had done. A few days later the Lord struck Nabal, and he was dead. David asked Abigail to become his wife, and she did. (1 Samuel 25).
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