1 Samuel 25:37-39
New English Translation
39 When David heard that Nabal had died, he said, “Praised be the Lord who has vindicated me and avenged the insult that I suffered from Nabal![c] The Lord has kept his servant from doing evil, and he has repaid Nabal for his evil deeds.”[d] Then David sent word to Abigail and asked her to become his wife.Read full chapter
- 1 Samuel 25:37 tn Heb “when the wine had gone out from Nabal.”
- 1 Samuel 25:37 tn Heb “and his heart died within him and he became a stone.” Cf. TEV, NLT “stroke”; CEV “heart attack.” For an alternative interpretation than that presented above, see Marjorie O’Rourke Boyle, “The Law of the Heart: The Death of a Fool (1 Samuel 25),” JBL 120 (2001): 401-27, who argues that a medical diagnosis is not necessary here. Instead, the passage makes a connection between the heart and the law; Nabal dies for his lawlessness.
- 1 Samuel 25:39 tn Heb “who has argued the case of my insult from the hand of Nabal.”
- 1 Samuel 25:39 tn Heb “his servant he has held back from evil, and the evil of Nabal the Lord has turned back on his head.”