Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Ahinoam and Abigail

Two Bible women are named Ahinoam. The first was Saul’s wife. The second was one of David’s wives. She was from Jezreal, and David married her while he was a fugitive in the wilderness. 

Ahinoam and Abigail were in Ziklag when the Amalekites invaded the city and burned it down. The two women, along with the other women and children of David’s army, were taken captive by the Amalekites. 

In 1 Samuel 30:4, we’re told that when David and his men returned and saw what had happened, they wept until they could weep no more. Then the men grew angry at David, wanting to stone him because of their grief. But David remained strong and went to the Lord to know what to do. He asked God if they should go after the troops. God said yes, so that’s what they did. 

David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, including Ahinoam and Abigail and all that belonged to them. 

After the death of King Saul, David consulted the Lord, asking Him if he should go to the cities of Judah. The Lord told him to go to Hebron. So David, his two wives, his army, and their households, dwelt in the cities of Hebron. 

The men of Judah anointed David kind of Judah, making Ahinoam and Abigail now wives of the king. 

While in Hebron, Ahinoam bore David his first son. They called him Amnon. Then Abigail bore him another son named Chileab. 

What an adventure it must have been for these two women, following around their husband and his army, being captured by enemy forces, being rescued by their husband, and finally witnessing their husband take over as ruler of the land. 

Read about Ahinoam and Abigail in Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:43, 27:3, 30:1-20, 2 Samuel 3:2

Ahinoam and Abigail
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