Couples in the Bible: David and Abigail

David is on the run from King Saul when he meets Abigail. She is described as discerning and beautiful. {1 Samuel 25:3}

They first meet when David asked Abigail’s husband, Nabal, to find favor in his eyes and come on a feast day. However, Nabal refused.

Abigail, upon hearing of the news, prepares a meal and goes out to meet David and his men. She fell before David’s feet and begged for mercy. She calls on the name of the Lord and ask David to remember her.

David blesses Abigail.

It is not until she returns home that she tells Nabal what she has done. Nabal’s heart became stone within him and ten days later he died.

Abigail approached David and pleaded for leniency

After his death David took Abigail as his wife.

“And she rose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”  {1 Samuel 25:41}

Abigail gave David a son, Daniel.  {2 Samuel 17:25}

Lessons from David and Abigail:

  1. It is wise to be discerning
  2. Abigail had wisdom to beg for mercy
  3. Abigail called on the name of the Lord
  4. Abigail used discernment in telling Nabal
  5. Abigail gave David the honor and respect due him

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