1 Samuel 25:23
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New International Version
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.

New Living Translation
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him.

English Standard Version
When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground.

King James Bible
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

Christian Standard Bible
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and knelt down with her face to the ground and paid homage to David.

Contemporary English Version
Abigail quickly got off her donkey and bowed down in front of David.

Good News Translation
When Abigail saw David, she quickly dismounted and threw herself on the ground

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and fell with her face to the ground in front of David.

International Standard Version
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got down from the donkey and fell on her face before David, prostrating herself on the ground.

NET Bible
When Abigail saw David, she got down quickly from the donkey, threw herself down before David, and bowed to the ground.

New Heart English Bible
When Abigail saw David, she hurried, and got off from her donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got down from her donkey. She immediately bowed down in front of David with her face touching the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Abigail saw David, she made haste, and alighted from her ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed down to the ground.

New American Standard 1977
When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David, and bowed herself to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the ass and fell before David on her face and bowed herself to the ground

King James 2000 Bible
And when Abigail saw David, she hastened, and got off the donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

American King James Version
And when Abigail saw David, she hurried, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

American Standard Version
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and alighted from her ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Abigail saw David she made haste and lighted off the ass, and fell before David, on her face, and adored upon the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

English Revised Version
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off her ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.

World English Bible
When Abigail saw David, she hurried, and alighted from her donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abigail seeth David, and hasteth and cometh down from off the ass, and falleth before David on her face, and boweth herself to the earth,
Study Bible
Abigail Intercedes for Nabal
22"May God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if by morning I leave as much as one male of any who belong to him." 23When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. 24She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.…
Cross References
Ruth 2:10
Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?"

1 Samuel 20:41
When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more.

1 Samuel 24:8
Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.

1 Samuel 25:24
She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.

1 Samuel 25:41
She arose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, "Behold, your maidservant is a maid to wash the feet of my lord's servants."

2 Samuel 1:2
On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.

2 Samuel 9:6
Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he said, "Here is your servant!"

2 Samuel 14:4
Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, "Help, O king."

2 Samuel 18:28
Ahimaaz called and said to the king, "All is well." And he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, "Blessed is the LORD your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king."
Treasury of Scripture

And when Abigail saw David, she hurried, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

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Joshua 15:18 And it came to pass, as she came to him, that she moved him to ask …

Judges 1:14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to …

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1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward …

1 Samuel 24:8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after …

(23) Fell before David.--This act of obeisance, and, in fact, the whole tone of the wise wife of Nabal in her address to David, seems to betoken her consciousness that she was addressing the anointed of Jehovah, the future king--at no distant date--of Israel. Her worst fears she found realised when she met David, probably at no great distance from the principal residence of Nabal, accompanied by so large an armed force, evidently bent on some deed of violence. She deprecated his wrath by representing her husband not merely as a bad man, but as one scarcely responsible for his actions. Had she only known of the mission of David's followers to Nabal, she implies, very different indeed had been their reception; they would not, at least, have returned to David empty-handed.

Verses 23-25. - Abigail... fell before David on her face. This very abject obeisance may have been grounded on her belief in David's future kingship, or it may simply mark the inferior position held by women in those days (see ver. 41). Her whole address is couched in very humble terms. David (1 Samuel 24:8) only stooped with his face to the ground before Saul. Upon me. Abigail represents herself as the person really guilty, on whom the iniquity, i.e. the punishment of the offence, must fall. Nabal is a mere son of Belial, a worthless, bad man, whose name Nabal, i.e. fool, is a sign that folly is with him, and accompanies all his acts. As a fool he is scarcely accountable for his doings, and Abigail, whose wont and business it was to set things to rights, saw not the young men, and so was unable to save them from her husband's rudeness. And when Abigail saw David,.... Whom she either knew personally, or rather supposed who he was by the number of men that followed him:

she hasted, and alighted off the ass; on which she rode:

and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground; in respect to, and reverence of, so great a person as David was. 23. she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face—Dismounting in presence of a superior is the highest token of respect that can be given; and it is still an essential act of homage to the great. Accompanying this act of courtesy with the lowest form of prostration, she not only by her attitude, but her language, made the fullest amends for the disrespect shown by her husband, as well as paid the fullest tribute of respect to the character and claims of David.25:18-31 By a present Abigail atoned for Nabal's denial of David's request. Her behaviour was very submissive. Yielding pacifies great offences. She puts herself in the place of a penitent, and of a petitioner. She could not excuse her husband's conduct. She depends not upon her own reasonings, but on God's grace, to soften David, and expects that grace would work powerfully. She says that it was below him to take vengeance on so weak and despicable an enemy as Nabal, who, as he would do him no kindness, so he could do him no hurt. She foretells the glorious end of David's present troubles. God will preserve thy life; therefore it becomes not thee unjustly and unnecessarily to take away the lives of any, especially of the people of thy God and Saviour. Abigail keeps this argument for the last, as very powerful with so good a man; that the less he indulged his passion, the more he consulted his peace and the repose of his own conscience. Many have done that in a heat, which they have a thousand times wished undone again. The sweetness of revenge is soon turned into bitterness. When tempted to sin, we should consider how it will appear when we think upon it afterwards.
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