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37 In the morning, when Nabal was sober,[a] his wife told him about these matters. He had a stroke and was paralyzed.[b]

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  1. 1 Samuel 25:37 tn Heb “when the wine had gone out from Nabal.”
  2. 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.