Daily Bible Reading “Nabal Refuses David’s Request” (1 Samuel 25:10-17)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 25:10-17. David’s servants went to see Nabal as they were instructed by David. Nabal wasn’t very receptive to their visit or to David’s request. In fact, he asked them, “Who is David and who is the son of Jesse?”

Nabal told them that there were many servants who broke away from their masters in those days. He questioned them as to why he should take the meat he had killed for his servants, their water, and their bread and give it to people he didn’t know.

David’s men returned to David and told him what Nabal said. David told his men to prepare themselves for battle with their swords. He took four hundred men with him to confront Nabal and left two hundred behind to guard their belongings.

One of Nabal’s servants went to Abigail and told her that David’s men came to request food from Nabal and he refused them. He also told Abigail that David’s men were good to them when they were in Carmel sheering the sheep. The soldiers hadn’t taken anything from them and even proved to be a shield of protection for them while they were working.

He warned Abigail because of Nabal’s rebellious ways he and his whole household were in danger of being destroyed if the men of David came against them. He asked Abigail to consider what she could do about the situation.

Have you ever had to run interference for someone who was rebellious and didn’t want to cooperate with others?


Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 25:10-17

10 And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.
11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?
12 So David’s young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.
13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.
15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:
16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.


Things to think about:

  • What was Nabal’s response to David’s request?
  • How did David respond to Nabal’s belligerence?
  • One of Nabal’s servants ran interference in the situation. What did he do?


Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture in 1 Samuel we see there are all kinds of people in this world. There are those who are unruly and uncooperative. There are those who are faithful and supportive. Teach us how to deal with all types of people. Help us to be the ones who are obedient and not like those who are rebellious. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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