1 Samuel 25:21
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English Standard Version
Now David had said, “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him, and he has returned me evil for good.

King James Bible
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

American Standard Version
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath returned me evil for good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said: Truly in vain have I kept all that belonged to this man in the wilderness, and nothing was lost of all that pertained unto him: and he hath returned me evil for good.

English Revised Version
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath returned me evil for good.

Webster's Bible Translation
(Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this man hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained to him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

However intelligible David's wrath may appear in the situation in which he was placed, it was not right before God, but a sudden burst of sinful passion, which was unseemly in a servant of God. By carrying out his intention, he would have sinned against the Lord and against His people. But the Lord preserved him from this sin by the fact that, just at the right time, Abigail, the intelligent and pious wife of Nabal, heard of the affair, and was able to appease the wrath of David by her immediate and kindly interposition.

1 Samuel 25:14-16

Abigail heard from one of (Nabal's) servants what had taken place (בּרך, to wish any one prosperity and health, i.e., to salute, as in 1 Samuel 13:10; and יעט, from עיט, to speak wrathfully: on the form, see at 1 Samuel 15:19 and 1 Samuel 14:32), and also what had been praiseworthy in the behaviour of David's men towards Nabal's shepherds; how they had not only done them no injury, had not robbed them of anything, but had defended them all the while. "They were a wall (i.e., a firm protection) round us by night and by day, as long as we were with them feeding the sheep," i.e., a wall of defence against attacks from the Bedouins living in the desert.

1 Samuel 25:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Surely

1 Samuel 25:13 And David said to his men, Gird you on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword...

Job 30:8 They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil.

Ephesians 4:26,31 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1 Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps...

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called...

he hath requited

Genesis 44:4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, Up, follow after the men...

Psalm 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Psalm 109:3-5 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause...

Proverbs 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before you to speak good for them...

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well...

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Cross References
1 Samuel 25:7
I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel.

1 Samuel 25:15
Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them.

1 Samuel 25:20
And as she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain, behold, David and his men came down toward her, and she met them.

Psalm 109:5
So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Proverbs 17:13
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

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