1 SAMUEL 25:1-15
25:1 Then Samuel died, and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him; and they buried him at his house in Ramah.
And David rose up and went down into the wilderness of Paran.
25:2 Now there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel. And the man was very wealthy: He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And at that time he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
25:3 And the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman had good discernment and was beautiful in appearance. But the man was hard, and he was evil in his doings; and he was a Calebite.
25:4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
25:5 So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name.
25:6 And thus shall you say, Live long; and peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.
25:7 Now therefore I hear that you have shearers; your shepherds have now been with us, and we have not harmed them, nor has there been anything missing from them, all the time they were in Carmel.
25:8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let these young men find favor in your sight, for we come in a good time. Give whatever you may have on hand to your servants and to your son David.
25:9 So David’s young men went and spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of David; then they waited.
25:10 But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, Who is David, or who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who break away from their masters.
25:11 Shall I then take my food and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men who come from I do not know where?
25:12 Then David’s young men turned back on their way. And they returned and came and told him all these things.
25:13 And David said to his men, Each man gird on his sword. And each man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And they went up after David, about four hundred men. And two hundred remained with the baggage.
25:14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, David has just sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, but he shouted insultingly at them.
25:15 But the men were very good to us; and we were not harmed, nor did we miss anything all the time we went with them when we were in the fields.