Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel (25:2).
Nabal apparently lived in Maon, but his sheep were located in the vicinity of Carmel. Carmel is located one mile (1.6 km) north of Maon, and both cities are visible in this south-facing photo. Carmel has been mentioned previously in Samuel as the place where Saul erected a victory stele after defeating the Amalekites (1 Sam 15:12). Saul’s victories, and the presence of this monument, may have affected the opinion of Nabal who worked in Carmel. This photograph was taken by David Dorsey in the 1970s.