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24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me, my lord, be the guilt! Please let your female servant speak to you personally![a] Hear the words of your female servant! 25 Please do not let my lord set his heart against this worthless man,[b] Nabal; for as his name, so is he. Nabal is his name, and stupidity is with him! But I, your female servant, did not see the young men[c] of my lord whom you sent. 26 So then, my lord, as Yahweh lives and as your soul lives,[d] since Yahweh restrained you from bloodguilt by taking matters into your own hand,[e] so then, may your enemies be like Nabal, even those who seek to do my lord harm.[f]

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  1. 1 Samuel 25:24 Literally “in your ears”
  2. 1 Samuel 25:25 Literally “this man of wickedness”
  3. 1 Samuel 25:25 Or “the servants”
  4. 1 Samuel 25:26 Literally “the life of Yahweh and the life of your soul”
  5. 1 Samuel 25:26 Literally “saving your hand for you”
  6. 1 Samuel 25:26 Literally “the seeking to my lord evil”

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