David called some of his men together. " I want you to go to Nabal's house. Tell him that we protected his men when they were out here with the sheep. Let him know that we shared our food and drink with them. We made sure they had everything they needed. Then ask him to send us some food."
The men traveled to Nabal's house. When they arrived, Nabal and his men were sheering the sheep. "Greetings Nabal." One of the men said. "David sends you greetings. We took care of your workers when they were watching your sheep. We gave them food and water. Then we protected them so they could sleep at night. They didn't have to be afraid of robbers or wild animals.. But Nabal, now we've run out of food. David wants to know if you can send some food out to our soldiers."
"Nabal, we took care of your men when they were watching your sheep. We are only asking you to return the favor."
"That was nice of you to take care of my men. but you shouldn't have done it expecting me to pay you back. I didn't promise you anything."
"Your men were hungry and we fed them. Now our men are hungry."
"Not my problem." Nabal said walking away from the men.
"Miss Abigail. When we were in the wilderness with the sheep, David and his men fed us and gave us drinks. They stayed up at night guarding us so we could go to sleep. Now they have come to Nabal and asked for food and he turned them down.
"Oh, Miss Abigail. David was good to us, but he is tough one. If he gets mad because Nabal wouldn't send food, he is liable to attack and maybe kill Nabal."
Luckily, Abigail saw the problem. Nabal had always opened his mouth when he should have kept it closed. She had told him time and time again to keep his smart mouth shut. She had also talked to him about sharing what God had given them, but Nabal was a stubborn and selfish man. He only thought about himself.
Abigail quickly set her women into action. Without telling Nabal, they gathered 200 loaves of bread, 2 bottles of wine, 5 ready to cook sheep, 5 measurements of corn, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of figs. She had them loaded on the donkeys and then sent them to David as gifts.
David was pleased with Abigail's gifts and forgave Nabal for Abigail's sake.