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25 Please, your majesty, don’t pay attention to this worthless man Nabal, for he’s just like his name. Nabal[a] is his name and folly is his constant companion. But I, your servant,[b] didn’t see your majesty’s young men whom you sent. 26 Now, your majesty, as the Lord lives and as you live, the Lord has kept you from shedding blood[c] and from delivering yourself by your own actions. Now, may your enemies and those seeking to do evil to your majesty be like Nabal. 27 Now let this present that your servant[d] has brought to your majesty be given to the young men who follow[e] your majesty.

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  1. 1 Samuel 25:25 Nabal means fool in Heb.
  2. 1 Samuel 25:25 Lit. maidservant
  3. 1 Samuel 25:26 Lit. coming with blood
  4. 1 Samuel 25:27 Lit. maidservant
  5. 1 Samuel 25:27 Lit. who are walking at the feet of