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25 My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish![a] But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent.[b]

26 “Now, my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as surely as you live, it is the Lord who has kept you from shedding blood and taking matters into your own hands. Now may your enemies and those who seek to harm my lord be like Nabal. 27 Now let this present[c] that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the servants who follow[d] my lord.

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  1. 1 Samuel 25:25 tn Heb “and foolishness is with him.”
  2. 1 Samuel 25:25 tn Heb “my lord’s servants, whom you sent.”
  3. 1 Samuel 25:27 tn Heb “blessing.”
  4. 1 Samuel 25:27 tn Heb “are walking at the feet of.”