1 Sam 25
Okay so maybe her surname is a bit funny. But I bet you Mrs. Abigail Nabal is as resourceful as they come. Abigail means “Father’s joy/Father rejoiced”, while her husband a descendant of Caleb named Nabal means “Fool”.
She saved her husband and all the men in his household from sure death at the hands of David. Nabal had refused to help David with foodstuff during sheep shearing time. This was after David actively protected the shepherds (from animals and whatnot) while they were in the field. He also kept his boys from taking any animal.
Let’s view her core strengths:
Foresight and Intelligence: Verse 18, immediately she heard her husband’s foolishness, she packed enough food to feed a small army and went in search of David to placate him. She knew he’d make good on his promise to kill all the males in the house, after having seen and heard about Goliath and the Philistines, she wasn’t about to doubt.
After getting the provisions, her intelligence shows here. She didn’t lead the provisions at the front but followed behind through a hidden mountain pass (v20). From her vantage view, she could see David and know whether it was safe or not to approach him.
Diplomacy: Imagine someone tried to kill you, twice, three close times and you escaped. And you had an opportunity to kill him but didn’t. Half starved and extremely angered you found someone who you swore to kill just after narrowly escaping death a few hours before.
How many people do you think can stop you? Not many right? Well, you’ve not met Abigail yet. David was in this same position but after Abigail spoke with him, he saw reason and said,
“Praise to LORD God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today! Your discernment is blessed, and you are blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself” (32-33)
See why I said she’s no fool? Well, Nabal did die but not by David’s hands. He had a seizure the next day, became paralyzed and died 10 days later (v37, 38).
David later married the wise Abigail.