Women in the Bible: Abigail

Abigail is an intelligent and beautiful woman. In contrast, her husband, Nabal, is surly and mean; his servants call him wicked and Abigail confirms his name means fool. Nabal is wealthy, with thousands of livestock.

David and his men protect Nabel’s herdsmen and flocks, anticipating he will appreciate their efforts and one day reward them, but Nabal disrespects David’s messengers, sending them back empty-handed. Roiling with anger, David desires vengeance and prepares to kill Nabal and his men.

When wise Abigail hears what happened, she takes immediate action. She prepares food for David’s army. She assumes responsibility (while professing innocence), wins David over, and stops the massacre.

Nabal is incensed when he learns what Abigail did, has a stroke, and dies. David receives this news with glee, seeing it as God’s vengeance on his behalf. David asks Abigail to marry him and sends for her, but if their union is for love, affection is not mentioned.

Abigail becomes David’s wife. She and David have one son together, named Daniel . There is no other mentions of Abigail in the Bible.

[Read about Abigail, David, and Nabel in 1 Samuel 25.]

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