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Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and had a beautiful figure, but the man was harsh and evil in his dealings. And he was of the house of Caleb. Bible

“of the house of Caleb.” This could also be translated, “And he was a Calebite,” but that does not seem as clear. Nabal was a descendant of Caleb, one of the two faithful spies that Moses sent into the Promised Land, and who was given Hebron as his inheritance (Num. 13:6; 14:5-9, 26-30; Josh. 14:13-14). This would explain why Nabal lived in the desert area near Maon, a town in the hill country of Judah (Josh. 15:48, 55) about nine miles south of Hebron. Sadly, Nabal was not the good man that Caleb was.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 25:3