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Death of Samuel

25:1 AND Samuel died; and all the Israel was gathered together, and mourned him, and they buried him in his house at Ramahרָמָה
and also called Ramatha and Ramathaim-Zophim (Hebrew:רמתיים־צופים) in the Douay–Rheims Bible translation (Ramathaimsophim in the Vulgate), is a city from the Hebrew Bible, the home town and resting place of prophet Samuel. The name of the town means “the heights of the views.”
. And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
rose up, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

25:2 And there was a man in Maon, and his work was in Carmel. And the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
25:3 The man’s name was Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
; and his wife’s name was Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
. And she was a woman of good understanding, and a beautiful face: but the man was rude and evil in his dealings. And he was of the house of Caleb.

25:4 ¶ And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
heard in the wilderness that Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
was shearing his sheep.

25:5 And David sent out ten young men, and Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
said to the young men, Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
, and greet him in my name:

25:6 And say this, Long life and peace be both to you, and peace to your house, and peace be to all that you have.
25:7 And now I have heard that you have shearers. And your shepherds were with us, we hurt them not, or was there anything missing to them all the while they were in Carmel.
25:8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you. May the young men find favor in your eyes, because we come at a good day. Please give, whatever comes to your hand to your servants, and to your son, to Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
.

25:9 And when Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
’s young men came, they spoke to Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
according to all those words in the name of Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
, and rested.

25:10 Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
answered Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
’s servants, and said, Who is Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
? and who is the son of Jesse? The servants who have broken away from his masters have multiplied today.

25:11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men, whom I don’t know where they are from?
25:12 So Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
’s young men turned to away, and returned, and came and told him everything that was said.

25:13 And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
said to his men, Every man put on his sword. And they put on their swords; and Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
also put on his sword: and there went up after Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
about four hundred men; and two hundred stayed by the baggage.

Abigail pacifies David

25:14 ¶ But one of the young men told Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
, Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
’s wife, saying, Look, Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
sent messengers out of the wilderness to bless our master; and he screamed at them.

25:15 The men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we have gone with them, when we were in the fields:
25:16 They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them feeding the sheep.
25:17 Now know and consider what you should do; because evil has been determined against our master, and against all his household: He is such a son of Belialבְּלִיַּעַל‎
Bəlīyyaʿal is a term occurring in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament which later became personified as the devil in Christian texts of the New Testament. Alternate spellings include Baalial, Balial, Belhor, Beliall, Beliar, Berial, Bylyl and Beliya’al. A Hebrew word “used to characterize the wicked or worthless”.
, no one can speak to him.

25:18 ¶ Then Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
hurried, and took two hundred loaves, and two skins of wine, and five cooked sheep, and five measures of roasted grain, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and two hundred bunches of figs, and set them on the asses.

25:19 And she said to her young men, Go on before me; see, I am coming after you. But she didn’t tell her husband Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
.

25:20 And it so happened, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the mountain. And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
and his men were coming down to meet her; and she met them.

25:21 Now Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
had said, Surely, in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missing of all that was his. And he has returned to me evil for good.

25:22 So may also Elohim (Hebrew: אֱלֹהִים, romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
do to the enemies of Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
, and may He do more so, if I leave anything that belongs to him by the morning light, of anyone that pisses against the wall.

25:23 And when Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
saw David, she hurried, and she jumped off the ass, and fell before Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

25:24 And she fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord,  let this iniquity be on me. And I beg you let your handmaid, , speak in your audience, and hear the words of your handmaid.
25:25 I beg you don’t let my lord set his heart toward this man of Belial (Hebrew: בְּלִיַּעַל‎, Bəlīyyaʿal) is a term occurring in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament which later became personified as the devil in Christian texts of the New Testament. Alternate spellings include Baalial, Balial, Belhor, Beliall, Beliar, Berial, Bylyl and Beliya’al. A Hebrew word “used to characterize the wicked or worthless”., on Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
. As his name is, so is he; Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
is his name, and foolishness is with him. And I your handmaid didn’t the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

25:26 Now my lord, as YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
lives, and as your soul lives, seeing YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
has with held you from coming to shed blood, and from avenging yourself with your own hand, even now let your enemies, be as Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
even those seeking evil for my lord.

25:27 And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord, even let it be given to the young men that follow my lord.
25:28 I beg you, forgive the transgression of your handmaid: for YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fought the battles of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, and evil has not been found in you all your days.

25:29 And if a man is rises up to pursue you, and to seek your life: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
your God; and the souls of your enemies, he shall sling them from the hollow of the sling.

25:30 And it shall be, when YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
does to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and shall have commanded you to be leader over Israel;

25:31 That this shall be no grief to you, or offense of heart to my lord, either to have blood shed for nothing, or that my lord has avenged himself: And may YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
do good to my lord, and remember your handmaid.

25:32 ¶ And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
said to Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
, Blessed is YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today .

25:33 And blessed be your advice, and blessed are you, in that you have kept me from coming to shed blood today, and from avenging myself with my own hand.
25:34 And, indeed, as YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
God of Israel lives, which has kept me back from hurting you, except you had hurried and come to meet me, surely there had not been left to Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
by the morning light any that pisses against the wall.

25:35 So Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
received from her what she had brought him, and said to her, Go up in peace to your house; see, I have heard to your voice, and have accepted your face.

25:36 ¶ And Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
came to Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
; and, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
’s heart felt good within him, for he was drunk to excess. And she told him nothing, not one word, until the morning light.

25:37 But it happened in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
, his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone.

25:38 And it happened about ten days later, YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
struck Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
, and he died.

David marries Abilgail

25:39 ¶ When Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
heard that Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
was dead, he said, Blessed be YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
, and has kept his servant from evil: for YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
has caused the wickedness of Nabalנָבָל
Nāḇāl “fool”)
to return on his head. And Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
sent and spoke with Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
, to take her to himself for a wife.

25:40 And the Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
‘s servants came to Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
sent us to you, to take you to him for a wife.

25:41 And she rose up, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, See, let your handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
25:42 And Abigailאֲבִיגַיִל‎
Modern: ʾAvīgayīl, Tiberian: ʾAḇīḡayīl) 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”
hurried, and arose, and rode on an ass, with five of her young women following her; and she went after Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
‘s messengers. And became his wife.

25:43 Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives.

25:44 ¶ But Saulשָׁאוּל
(/sɔːl/;, Šāʾūl; Greek: Σαούλ, Saoúl; transl. ”asked/prayed for”) For more info click here
had given Michal his daughter, Davidדָּוִד
/ˈdeɪvɪd/; romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”) Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. For more info click here
’s wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.

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