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1 Samuel 25: Secure in the Lord

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 1-Samuel.

In the TV series The Honeymooners Ralph Cramden used to threaten to knock his wife clear to the moon. "One of these days, Alice, bang. . . zoom!" We all give similar threats at one time or another: "I'll get you for this!" "You'll be sorry you ever treated me like that!" "You'll wish you had never been born!" When people mistreat us, we instinctively want revenge. We want to get even, to show them how it feels. In 1 Samuel 25 David is insulted by a man named Nabal. David's response gives us both a positive and negative example of how we should respond to those who mistreat us.

Warming Up to God

How have you felt mistreated by others this week?

Read 1 Samuel 25

Discovering the Word

  • What does the author tell us about the two new characters in this drama (vv. 2-3)?
  • Why is David so offended by Nabal's response to his request (vv. 4-13, 21-22)?
  • Even if David's offense is justified, how would you evaluate his plan to get even with Nabal (vv. 13, 34)?
  • What impresses you about Abigail's response when she finds out what has happened (vv. 14-32)?
  • The events in this chapter are deliberately sandwiched between two accounts of David sparing Saul's life. How is David's relationship with Nabal similar to his relationship with Saul?

Applying the Word

  • What methods do we sometimes use to "get even" with those who mistreat us?
  • Think of someone who has recently mistreated you. How can this study affect your attitude and actions toward that person?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for your enemies.

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