David had been anointed king by Samuel but King Saul was still on the throne and pursuing David to kill him. God protected David through the help of Jonathan, Michal, Samuel, Ahimilech, and Achish. On the other hand, though David has done nothing wrong, he was threatened and betrayed by Saul, the Philistines, Doeg, the people of Keilah (who David had just rescued from the Philistine’s), and the Ziphites. When Samuel died. David and 600 of his men settled in the wilderness of Paran.
Read I Samuel 25:1-13
How are Nabal and Abigail described in verses 2,3?
What was the request of David’s men (5-9)? How did Nabal respond (10-11)?
What was David’s reaction to the young men’s report? Verses 13,21-22. What does scripture say about seeking our own revenge? Romans 12:17,19
Read verses 14-38
One of Nabal’s young workers reported to Abigail what had taken place. (14-17) How did Abigail respond? (18) How did this action show courage? When she encountered David, what did she do and say? Go verse by verse noting her words and the wisdom in them.
How did David respond to her pleas and what did he admit? (32-35)
What happened when Abigail returned to Nabal? (36-38) How did she show wisdom and courage in this encounter? What was Nabal’s response? (37) What happened to Nabel? (38)
How did the story end? (39-44) and I Chronicles 3:1