scripture reflection

Submitted by Keith Yoder, Founder and Minister, TTWM


As a good will gesture David and his men protected Nabal’s sheep herders during the shearing time. Nabal, a rich and arrogant flock owner, unappreciatively rejected David’s request for foodstuffs for his six hundred followers. Now David was on his way to administer justice—to execute all of the men in the city.

When Abagail, Nabal’s wife, learned of the situation, she gathered a generous array of foods. When she met David and interceded as if Nabal’s offense were her own, David recognized the wisdom of her appeal:

Then David said to Abigail, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.’
— I Samuel 25:32-33 NASB

This godly woman risked her own well-being to restore order in a volatile situation. Through her reverence for God, respect for David, and recognition of justice she merited David’s blessing of her discernment.

Before it was written as a proverb, Abagail demonstrated that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10 NASB