in the Bible
The Women of Honor
Abigail was the wife of
Nabal.The following verses show that Abigail was an assertive, brave, and highly
intelligent woman who was not afraid to take responsibility, no matter the
consequences. Most importantly, Abagail had an unbreakable faith in God.
1 Sam 25:14
But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold,
David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed
But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither
missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in
They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we
were with them keeping the sheep.
Now therefore know and consider what thou
wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his
household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine,
and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred
clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But
she told not her husband Nabal.
And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that
she came down by the covert on the hill, and, behold, David and his men came
down against her; and she met them.
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I
kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of
all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.
more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to
him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
And when Abigail
saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her
face, and bowed herself to the ground,
And fell at his feet, and said, Upon
me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee,
speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.
Let not my
lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so
is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not
the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
Now therefore, my lord, as
the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee
from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now
let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be
given unto the young men that follow my lord.
I pray thee, forgive the
trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure
house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been
found in thee all thy days.29
Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my
lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls
of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to
all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee
ruler over Israel;
That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of
heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord
hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then
remember thine handmaid.
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God
of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
And blessed be thy advice,
and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and
from avenging myself with mine own hand.
Anna was the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She was the first to
acclaim Christ as the Savior. She served in the Temple at Jerusalem and served
God with fasting and prayer day and night. Anna is one of the thirteen
prophetesses in the Bible. The following verses attest to Anna's character and
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years
from her virginity;
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years,
which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers
night and day. 38
And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the
Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Chloe ("a tender shoot")
Chloe was a prominent woman of Corinth. She and her household told Paul of the
divisions in the congregation of Corinth.
1 Corinthians 1:11
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by
them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you
Wife of the Roman knight, Pudens, Claudia was a disciple in the Christian Church
in Rome. She was a close friend of Paul. She is thought to be the mother of
2 Timothy 4:21
Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee,
and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
Damarias was from Athens. Greek women lived in seclusion, so it is believed that
she was a member of the Hetairai which was an intellectual class of women that
were associates of philosophers and statesmen. They were the only free women in
Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was
Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Deborah was one of the thirteen prophetesses in the Bible. She was a judge of
Israel, a poetess, and a military leader. She was the only woman judge in Israel
in the Ephrim territory. She gave council and had more faith than most Israelite
General Barak summoned the tribes to Mt. Tabor at her direction. He refused to
go without her showing how much he valued her insight and bravery. Deborah was
instrumental in delivering her people from Jabin and Sisera. This ended 20 years
of Canaanite oppression.
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at
And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and
Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and
said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw
toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of
Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
And I will draw unto thee to the
river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his
multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.
And Barak said unto her, If
thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I
will not go.
And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that
thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into
the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand
men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
Now Heber the Kenite, which
was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself
from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by
And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to
And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of
iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto
the river of Kishon.
And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in
which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out
before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after
And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host,
with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his
chariot, and fled away on his feet.
Elisabeth/Elizabeth ("my God is my oath")
Elisabeth was the wife of Zacharias and the mother of John the Baptist. She was
descended from a family of priests. Elisabeth was barren until the angel Gabriel
appeared to her husband Zacharias and told him that God was blessing them with a
son. She was the first to greet Mary as "the Mother of our Lord".
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of
Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
and they were both righteous before God,
walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well
stricken in years.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing
on the right side of the altar of incense.12
And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy
wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong
drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old
age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste,
into a city of Juda;
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of
Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the
mother of my Lord should come to me?
A Guide to This Site
What's here and how to get there.
An easy to read black and white version.