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That could hold only grief in the years ahead. But what would the years ahead hold for her as the first wife in a king's household? Page 60 9 Before Ahinoam's baby was born, Abigail herself conceived. But she knew that in David's mind, wives and children were all dedicated to one goal: insuring his kingdom. She named him Amnon. David, with his usual charm, could lead his wife into thinking it was a joint decision, when most likely David knew in advance what the child's name would be. Perhaps he even had another meaning hidden in the name: he wanted the boy to remember always to be loyal to his father, and never do anything to embarrass or diminish the rightful king of Israel.
Asked David. Would Kenaz's kinsman question David's bold action? They found seats at the top of the wall to watch the proceedings. The curtains parted and Jehallelel stepped out. He glared at David, wheezing slightly. " David's voice commanded attention. Then his eyes rested on Abigail. " demanded Jehallelel, although he probably already knew. If Jehallelel failed to object, the wedding was valid. Now—if he did not object—it was legal. "You already have a wife," he muttered. She had not known this.
She had not known this. Nevertheless, he held his fury inside him. Some of David's men had already drawn their swords. The only response he could make—and live. " For several seconds more, Jehallelel glared at David. At a muffled order, the servants picked up the palanquin and marched out. ''You have made a powerful enemy, David," growled Joab. And suddenly the solemn mood was broken by laughter from the men around them, as their natural good humor returned. The only person not laughing, it seemed, was Abigail.
Abigail by James R. Shott