“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.