"Father (i.e., leader) of the dance." The wife of the churlish Nabal, who dwelt in the district of Carmel.1 She showed great prudence and delicate management at a critical period of her husband's life. She was "a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance." After Nabal's death she became the wife of David,2 and was his companion in all his future fortunes.3 By her David had a son called Chileab,5 elsewhere called Daniel.6



  1. 1 Sam. 25:3.
  2. 25:14-42.
  3. 27:3; 30:5; 2 Sam. 2:2.
  4. 2 Sam. 3:3.
  5. 1 Chr. 3:1.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.