26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed(A) and from avenging(B) yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.(C) 27 And let this gift,(D) which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.

28 “Please forgive(E) your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting(F) dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles,(G) and no wrongdoing(H) will be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life,(I) the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl(J) away as from the pocket of a sling.(K) 30 When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler(L) over Israel, 31 my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember(M) your servant.”(N)

32 David said to Abigail, “Praise(O) be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed(P) this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.

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