Women of 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 she 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.
Abigail, a Wise Woman
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 his wife did, has a stroke, and dies. David receives this news with glee, seeing it as God’s vengeance on his behalf. David asks her to marry him and sends for her, but if their union is for love, affection isn’t mentioned.
Abigail becomes David’s wife. She and David have one son together, named Daniel. There is no other mentions of her in the Bible.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.