Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying,
“Look, David sent messengers from the desert to bless our master, but Nabal turned away from them.”
Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed,
five ephahs of roasted grain, a gomer of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs and loaded them on donkeys.
And it came to pass that she was riding on her donkey and going down under the protection of the mountain;
and look, David and his men were coming down toward her, and she met them.
Now when Abigail saw David, she jumped from her donkey, fell on her face before David, and prostrated herself on the ground about his feet and said
“O my lord, let this unrighteousness be on me! Let your handmaiden speak in your ears, and hear the words of your handmaiden.
Please, let not my lord set his heart against this man of pestilence.
For as his name is, so is he. His name is Nabal, and folly is with him.
But I, your handmaiden, did not see the young men whom you sent.
Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, since the Lord held you back from coming to innocent bloodshed and from sparing your hand,
now then, let your enemies and those who seek malice against my lord become like Nabal.
And now, take this token of goodwill your handmaiden brought to my lord and give it to the servants who follow my lord.
I pray you will remove the trespass of your handmaiden.
For the Lord will certainly make a faithful house for my lord,
because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, so no evil will be found in you at any time.
If a man should rise up and pursue you, to seek your life, nevertheless, the life of my lord shall be so tightly bound with the Lord God,
that you will sling your enemies like a stone from a sling.
And when the Lord has done for my lord all the good things He said concerning you, and He has appointed you ruler over Israel,
will this not be an abomination to my lord and an offense to my lord, to have shed innocent blood without cause, for my lord to have avenged himself?
May the Lord do good to my lord, and you shall remember to do good to your handmaiden.”
Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you to meet me this very day!
And blessed is your conduct and blessed are you, because today you kept me from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself.”
(1 Sam 25:14, 18, 20, 23-33, Septuagint)