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I know of a wife who was married to a man who was rude and harsh. She tried to protect her husband from his poor decisions. Once, her husband profoundly insulted someone, which caused that person to become enraged. When she heard of it, she took some of her husband’s belongings and gave them to that man to appease his anger. She didn’t tell her husband what she did because by the time she returned, he was very drunk. She waited until he had sobered up the next day. Is she to be condemned as an unsubmissive wife? Did she violate Ephesians 5:22? Should her church leadership be notified?
Yes, I’m describing Abigail, who was married to a fool, Nabal (1 Sam. 25). Nabal risked the life of his family when he refused to offer hospitality to David. He insulted David and did not acknowledge David’s protection of his property (sheep, in this case). Abigail acted “with haste” when she heard about the situation. Bringing generous provisions, she rushed toward David and his four hundred armed men who were on their way to attack Nabal and his men. She humbled herself on the ground and took the blame for her husband’s rude behavior. David realized that his hot-headed response would have led to sin against God and relented. Abigail quietly went home and kept the news of the encounter from her husband until the next day because Nabal was too drunk to listen. In the morning, she told him what had happened. When he heard this, he promptly experienced a medical emergency, something like a heart attack or stroke. About ten days later, he was dead.
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