Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day December 17, 2012

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.”

Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: David and Abigail (1 Samuel 25:39-42).

When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord who has judged the case of Nabal’s insult to me, and has kept back his servant from evil; the Lord has returned the evildoing of Nabal upon his own head.” Then David sent and wooed Abigail, to make her his wife.

When David’s servants came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.”

She rose and bowed down, with her face to the ground, and said, “Your servant is a slave to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” Abigail got up hurriedly and rode away on a donkey; her five maids attended her. She went after the messengers of David and became his wife.

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  • Sthall57

    And if she hadn’t bowed down and acted like a slave, what would have happened? Think they would have just said, “OK, go and live your own life.”

  • Well, at least I know the origin of the name “Abigail”.

    It is probably not a bad idea to grovel before the king.

  • Guest

    Getting up hurriedly is no use if the next thing you do is mount a donkey.

  • Abigail Nussbaum

    I feel that I must step up to defend my namesake, who is described as “clever and beautiful.”  In the Biblical marriage market, Abigail is one of the more proactive female players.  She has a husband she doesn’t care for (Nabal, whose name literally means “villain,” is described as “surly and mean”) who has just insulted the king, which may bring calamity down on her house.  Instead of waiting patiently for death, she chases after David, separates herself from her husband’s actions, and saves her household.  Along the way she catches the king’s eye, manages to get rid of her pesky husband, and does some serious social climbing.  That she plays sweet and innocent to seal the deal is by no means a point against her as far as I’m concerned.

  • phranckeaufile

    David wasn’t the king when this incident occurred. He was a thug running a protection racket, and Nabal foolishly refused to play along. 

  • Amaryllis

     I know, the story that precedes this verse is interesting, isn’t it? There’s such a contrast between Abigail’s humble words and the way she acts– like a woman of authority. She’s perfectly comfortable with ordering her husband’s servants around, and with disposing of the household resources as she thinks best even in direct contradiction of her husband’s orders. And with getting on that donkey and going where she pleases and speaking to whom she pleases, as she pleases.

    I believe that in some Jewish traditions she’s regarded as one of the prophets, because of her predictions to David? Anyway, she averts a massacre at her home, and keeps David from committing a war crime out of injured manly pride. A smart woman.

    And then she marries David, and we hear no more of her.  You can’t even call it a great love story, considering that David married another woman at the same time, in the very next line. Also at the same time, his first wife left him/was reclaimed by her father and given to someone else, in the old game of “let’s play politics with women’s bodies.” Good old Biblical family values, again.

    All day long, all through the night,
    all affairs– yours, ours, theirs—
    are political affairs.

    Whether you like it or not,
    your genes have a political past,
    your skin, a political cast,
    your eyes, a political slant.

    Whatever you say reverberates,
    whatever you don’t say speaks for itself.
    So either way you’re talking politics.

    Even when you take to the woods
    you’re talking political steps
    on political grounds.

    – Wislawa Szymborska, from “Children of Our Age”
    (tr. Stanislaw Baraczak and Clare Cavanagh)

  • Abigail Nussbaum

    There is a brief mention of Abigail bearing David a son (called either Daniel (according to Samuel II) or Chileab (according to Chronicles I), but that’s all that’s said of him.