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If you have ever stood between two males engaged in an escalating power struggle, you can begin to understand the position that Abigail found herself in. With a husband far short on the social intelligence scorecard, I’m sure it was not the first time this sort of thing had happened. I can’t begin to imagine how many times Abigail must have suffered embarrassment over Nabal’s foolish or drunken behavior. How many times had she been called on to smooth over a conflict that could have been avoided? How many friendships had been lost? How many times had she herself borne his wounding words? This time, it was about more than embarrassment or annoyance. This time, there would likely be bloodshed, and there was no doubt who the loser would be. How could Nabal be so stupid? Couldn’t he see how costly his rash and arrogant words would be?

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