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Go to Bible: 1 Samuel 25
 
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1Sa 25:3

“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.

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“sons of Belial.” This is a designation of sons of the Devil. [For more on sons of Belial, see commentary on 1 Sam. 2:12. For more on the unforgivable sin and children of the Devil, see commentary on Matt. 12:31].

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1Sa 25:22

“who pisses against a wall.” A crass idiom and cultural way of referring to the men.

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1Sa 25:25

“sons of Belial.” This is a designation of sons of the Devil. [For more on sons of Belial, see commentary on 1 Sam. 2:12. For more on the unforgivable sin and children of the Devil, see commentary on Matt. 12:31].

“Nabal.” The word “Nabal” means “fool,” but there are several different words for “fool” in Hebrew. “Nabal” refers to a committed, unrepentant fool.

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1Sa 25:34

“who pisses against a wall.” A crass idiom and cultural way of referring to the men.

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1Sa 25:36

“banquet.” The Hebrew is mishteh (#04960 מִשְׁתֶּה). It is a banquet with lots of wine. Everett Fox (The Schocken Bible) translates it “drinkfest.”

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1Sa 25:37

“he became like a stone.” Nabal likely had a stroke.

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1Sa 25:44

“Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Palti.” This is just one more indication that by this time in his life Saul had turned away from God in his heart. Saul may have considered David his enemy, but he was still legally married to Michal and so Saul had no right under the Mosaic Law to give her away. It is clear that by this time in his life Saul had, and/or was influenced by, demons, and demons and demonic people are lawbreakers and defy God. We certainly see that in Saul.

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