They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
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14-18. Then Abigail made haste—The prudence and address of Nabal's wife were the means of saving him and family from utter destruction. She acknowledged the demand of her formidable neighbors; but justly considering, that to atone for the insolence of her husband, a greater degree of liberality had become necessary, she collected a large amount of food, accompanying it with the most valued products of the country.
bottles—goatskins, capable of holding a great quantity.
parched corn—It was customary to eat parched corn when it was fully grown, but not ripe.A wall, i.e. a defence against wild beasts, and robbers, and enemies.
all the while we were with them keeping the sheep; all which showed how reasonable it was that Nabal should have used them well, and given them a portion of his entertainment at his sheep shearing; for had it not been for them, he would not have had so many sheep to shear as he had.They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)16. a wall unto us] A defence against the predatory tribes of the desert. See Job 1:15; Job 1:17.
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