In the spirit of the season 1

In the spirit of the seasons: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, the countdown and more. Excerpts, rephrases, from the great book.

Abigail came into the house, where Nabal was holding a banquet fit for a king. Nabal’s heart was merry within him and he was drunken to excess, so she didn’t tell him anything small or great until the wine had gone out of him.
They were eating, drinking and rejoicing.
They left rejoicing, exuberant over all the good God had done.
The king, high on wine ordered … to bring in Queen Vashti, in her royal crown, to show off her beauty for she was extremely attractive.

With sorrow of heart the spirit is broken, but a joyful heart makes a face cheerful.
A miserable heart means a miserable life, but a cheerful heart is a continual feast.
A joyful heart is a good medicine, it promotes healing; a dejected spirit dries up the bones.
So go, seize life! Eat your bread with relish, and drink your wine with a merry heart.

And they will cheer; full of delight, they will send gifts to one another.
Is any happy? Let ’em sing.
Prepare some roast, we’re celebrating with a feast.
And we just had to celebrate—again.

A translation of the great book by John Nelson Darby
The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (
Holman Christian Standard Bible ( )