July 9, 2023

Preservation through truth

Passage: 1 Samuel 25
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Theme: The LORD’s true King is perfect; trust him to keep you strong in temptation

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. - Exodus 23:7

You shall not oppress your neighbour or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning. - Leviticus 19:13

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. - Proverbs 9:8
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. - Proverbs 17:13
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. - Proverbs 20:22

Nabal the Calebite Fool
It is very unlikely that Nabal's parents would've given him a name that means fool. Most likely, his name has another meaning depending on pronunciation. The fact that he is a “Calebite” may indicate a descendance from Caleb, one of the faithful spies (Numbers 13–14) whose inheritance was in the area of Hebron (Joshua 14:13–14; 15:13). It could also be a slur, implying that he is rough, stubborn and thoughtless like a dog (the Hebrew word for dog, keleb is very similar to Caleb).