1 Samuel 30

1And it came to pass when David and his men had entered Ziklag on the third day, that Amalek had made an incursion upon the south, and upon Ziklag, and attacked Ziklag, and burned it with fire. 2And as to the women and all things that were in it, great and small, they killed neither man nor woman, but carried them away captive, and went on their way. 3And David and his men came into the city, and behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters were carried away captive. 4And David and his men lifted up their voice, and wept till there was no longer any power within them to weep. 5And both the wives of David were carried captive, Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6And David was greatly distressed, because the people spoke of stoning him, because the souls of all the people were grieved, each for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 7And David said to Abiathar the priest the son of Ahimelech, Bring the ephod here to me. 8And David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He said to him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them, and you shall surely rescue the captives. 9So David went, he and the six hundred men with him, and they came as far as the brook Besor, and the superfluous ones stopped . 10And he pursued them with four hundred men; and two hundred men remained behind, who tarried on the other side of the brook Besor. 11And they found an Egyptian in the field, and they took him, and brought him to David. And they gave him bread and he ate, and they caused him to drink water. 12And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and he ate, and his spirit was restored in him; for he had not eaten bread, and had not drunk water three days and three nights. 13And David said to him, to whom do you belong? And where are you from? And the young man the Egyptian said, I am the servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me, because I was taken ill three days ago. 14And we made an incursion on the south of the Cherethites, and on the parts of Judea, and on the south of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire. 15And David said to him, Will you bring me down to this troop? And he said, Swear now to me by God, that you will not kill me, and that you will not deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down upon this troop. 16So he brought him down there, and behold, they were scattered abroad upon the surface of the whole land, eating and drinking, and feasting by reason of all the great spoils which they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 17And David came upon them, and attacked them from the morning till the evening, and on the next day; and not one of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who were mounted on camels, and fled. 18And David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued both his wives. 19And nothing was lacking to them, great or small; either of the spoils, or the sons and daughters, or anything that they had taken of theirs. And David recovered all. 20And he took all the flocks, and the herds, and led them away before the spoils. And it was said of these spoils, These are the spoils of David. 21And David came to the two hundred men who were left behind, that they should not follow after David, and he had caused them to remain by the brook of Besor. And they came forth to meet David, and to meet his people with him. And David drew near to the people, and they asked him how he did it. 22Then every ill-disposed and bad man of the soldiers who had gone with David, answered and said, Because they did not pursue together with us, we will not give them of the spoils which we have recovered, only let each one lead away with him his wife and his children, and let them return. 23And David said, You shall not do so, after the Lord has delivered the enemy to us, and guarded us, and the Lord has delivered into our hands the troop that came against you. 24And who will hearken to these your words? For they are not inferior to us; for according to the portion of him that went down to the battle, so shall be the portion of him that abides with the baggage; they shall share alike. 25And it came to pass from that day forward, that it became an ordinance and a custom in Israel until this day. 26And David came to Ziklag, and sent of the spoils to the elders of Judah, and to his friends, saying, Behold, some of the spoils of the enemies of the Lord; 27to those in Bethel, and to those in Ramoth of the south, and to those in Jattir. 28And to those in Aroer, and to those in Siphmoth, and to those in Saphi, and to those in Eshtemoa, (30:29) and to those in Gath, and to those in Cimath, and to those in Saphec, and to those in Themath, 29and to those in Carmel, and to those in the cities of Jeremeel, and to those in the cities of the Kenite; 30and to those in Jerimuth, and to those in Beersheba, and to those in Nombe, 31and to those in Hebron, and to all the places which David and his men had passed through.
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