Abigail was a beautiful and intelligent woman, the wife of a wealthy man named Nabal, who lived in Carmel. Despite his wealth, he was a surly individual, and one day, when David who lived nearby, sent his servants to ask Nabal for some provisions from his store, he became angry.
Nabal answered David's servants, "Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?"
(1 Samuel 25:10-11)
When David's men reported what had happened, he grew furious. He ordered 400 of his men to join him in teaching Nabal a lesson.
One of Nabal's servants heard about this and told Abigail what was about to happen and what the cause of it was. Immediately, Abigail put together "two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs", and loading them on donkeys went out to intercept David. She met him by a ravine.
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. She fell at his feet and said: "My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name - his name is Fool, and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent. (1 Samuel 25:23-25)
She told him to give the provisions she had brought to his men and to forgive Nabal's stupidity. David agreed, and retreated. Returning home, Abigail found her husband drunk. She waiting until he had sobered up before telling him about her meeting with David. Nabal fell into a deep state of shock and died ten days later.
When David came to hear of this, he felt justice had been served. He sent messengers to Abigail asking her to marry him.
Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five maids, went with David's messengers and became his wife. (1 Samuel 25:42)
She bore David a son Chileab, elsewhere called Daniel.