The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)
25:14 - One of David's men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, that David had sent messangers out of the wilderness to salute him and Nabal shouted insults at them. (David was planning to attack on account of this insult)
25:18-44 - Abigail hurried and gathered 200 loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins and 200 cakesof figs. She loaded them on donkeys and told the young men to go ahead of her, she will follow them. She did not tell Nabal. Abigail rode and came upon David. David bemoaned that he had done much to protect Nabal's property in the wilderness and yet Nabal only returned to him insults. Abigail ran to David and fell on her face, bowing to the ground. She asked that David not take her ill natured husband seriously. She had not seen the men David had sent. The Lord restrain the blood guilt, and she offers all she brought to David and his men. Abigail blessed David and his men, that they should be victorious in whatever they face. David thanked the Lord for sending Abigail to him. David told Abigail to go back to her house.When Abigail returned home Nabal was having a huge feast, and Abigail told him nothing of what had happened. When she told Nabal the next morning Nabal's heart died within him, and about ten days later the Lord struck Nabal and he died. David praised the Lord for killing Nabal. He sent for Abigail to woo her to be his wife. Abigail accepted and went with her five maids to David and became his wife. David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel. Meanwhile Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Palti son of Laish.
1 Samuel 26 - No mention of any women.
27:3 - David stayed in Gath, he and his troops, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal's widow.
I have to admit, the Abigail story practiclly made no sense to me. I reread the speech she gave to David and was pretty confused both times. I blame it on the fact that the word lord/Lord is thrown about practically every other word. It gets really muddled. But I think I got the general gist.
Gotta love how David is like "Oh, cool. Thanks for kills Nabal, God. Now I'm gonna go take his wife." And then on top of that he grabs another random woman to take as his wife. And apparently in all this mess he totally forgets about his first wife Michal. How do you forget about your wife? I mean really, I know they tend to get new wives like they're going out of style, but that's just kind of ridiculous.
I'm going to have to cut the reading short for today. Whatever I was going through a week or so ago is still kind of kicking around which can make it really hard to stay up and read the tiny font my Bible has. So I'll finish off he rest of 1 Samuel tomorrow.
Tomorrow: 1 Samuel 28-31