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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:32-35

As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear, Prov. 25:12. Abigail was a wise reprover of David's passion, and he gave an obedient ear to the reproof, according to his own principle (Ps. 141:5): Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness. Never was such an admonition either better given or better taken. I. David gives God thanks for sending him this happy check to a sinful way (1 Sam. 25:32): Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:35

So David received of her hand that which she had brought him ,.... Her present, 1 Samuel 25:18 ; and which he kindly took for his own use, as well as for his men; for it was a present for a prince: and said to her, go up in peace to thine house ; in peace of mind, having her request granted, and nothing to fear from David and his men, and so might return home with the greatest safety in her own person, with those that were with her, and be under no apprehensions of danger and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:32-35

David, in his thankful acknowledgment of Abigail's remonstrance, sees in it the hand of Jehovah the God of Israel, who had sent her, i.e. stirred her up to come. He commends also her advice , literally, her "taste," i.e. wisdom, discretion. It is the word rendered behaviour in 1 Samuel 21:13 . But for this prudent conduct on her part in thus coming to meet him on the way, he solemnly assures her on oath that nothing could have saved Nabal and every male in his household from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:32-35

Restraining mercy. The facts are— 1 . David, recognising the hand of God, expresses his sense of his mercy and blesses Abigail for her advice. 2 . He perceives, in the light of her remonstrance, the terrible evil of the passion that had swayed him. 3 . Accepting her present, he dismisses her in peace. The success of Abigail's wise conduct was now assured in a good man being saved the guilt and shame of acting at variance with his professed trust in God; and while duly honouring... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Samuel 25:35-36

1 Samuel 25:35-36. I have accepted thy person That is, showed my acceptance of thy person by my grant of thy request. Behold, he held a feast As the manner was upon those solemn occasions. Sordid covetousness and vain prodigality were met together in him. Told nothing As he was then incapable of admonition, his reason and conscience being both asleep. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:1-44

David marries Abigail (25:1-44)At this point we are told that Samuel died (25:1). David, at the time, was having trouble supporting his six hundred men. It seems that his men provided protection for farmers against the raiding Philistines (see v. 16, 21), and then demanded that the farmers pay them by giving them food supplies (see v. 8, 18, 27, 35). One wealthy farmer, Nabal, refused to pay and insulted David. Furious at Nabal’s response, David set out with four hundred of his men to deal with... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Samuel 25:32-35

David’s response to Abigail’s appeal 25:32-35David heard the Lord’s voice behind Abigail’s words. Consequently he blessed the Lord, her discernment, and her. God had used David’s conscience to keep him from killing Saul (1 Samuel 24:5), and now He used Abigail’s appeal to keep him from killing Nabal. Wise David, who listened to the words of a woman who was a stranger to him, contrasts with foolish Nabal, who would not listen to the words of his wise wife or his fearful servants. Thus godly... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 25:1-44

Death of Samuel. The Incident of Nabal. David and Abigail1. Paran] That part of the desert between Sinai and Palestine which bordered on Judah.2. Possessions] rather, ’occupation,’ ’business.’ Carmel] see on 1 Samuel 15:12. Great] has frequently the meaning of ’rich’: cp. 2 Samuel 19:32.Shearing his sheep] A special occasion for festivity and entertainment: cp. 1 Samuel 25:36; 2 Samuel 13:23.Of the house of Caleb] This district of the S. of Judah had been conquered and settled by Caleb. It is... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25:1-44

CHAPTER XXXII.DAVID AND NABAL.1 Samuel 25:1-44.WE should be forming far too low an estimate of the character of the people of Israel if we did not believe that they were very profoundly moved by the death of Samuel. Even admitting that but a small proportion of them are likely to have been in warm sympathy with his ardent godliness, he was too remark- able a man, and he had been too conspicuous a figure in the history of the nation, not to be greatly missed, and much spoken of and thought of,... read more

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