1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 And it came to passe when Dauid and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had inuaded the South and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burnt it with fire: 1 Samuel 30:2 And had taken the women captiues, that [were] therein; they slewe not any either great or smal, but caried [them] away, and went on their way.
1 Samuel 30:3 So Dauid and his men came to the citie, and beholde, it was burnt with fire, and their wiues, and their sonnes, and their daughters were taken captiues.
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 Then Dauid and the people that were with him, lift vp their voice, and wept, vntill they had no more power to weepe. 1 Samuel 30:5 And Dauids two wiues were taken captiues, Ahinoam the Iezreelitesse, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 1 Samuel 30:6 And Dauid was greatly distressed: for the people spake of stoning him, because the soule of all the people was grieued, euery man for his sonnes, and for his daughters: but Dauid encouraged himselfe in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:7 And Dauid said to Abiathar the Priest Ahimelechs sonne, I pray thee, bring mee hither the Ephod: and Abiathar brought thither the Ephod to Dauid. 1 Samuel 30:8 And Dauid enquired at the LORD, saying; Shall I pursue after this troupe? shall I ouertake them? And he answered him, Pursue, for thou shalt surely ouertake [them], and without faile recouer [all]. 1 Samuel 30:9 So Dauid went, hee, and the sixe hundred men that [were] with him, and came to the brooke Besor, where those that were left behinde, stayed. 1 Samuel 30:10 But Dauid pursued, he and foure hundred men: (for two hundred abode behinde, which were so faint that they could not goe ouer the brooke Besor.)
By the means of a revived Egyptian he is brought to the enemies, and recovereth all the spoil.
1 Samuel 30:11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to Dauid, and gaue him bread, and he did eate, and they made him drinke water. 1 Samuel 30:12 And they gaue him a piece of a cake of figges, and two clusters [of raisins]: and when hee had eaten, his spirit came againe to him: for hee had eaten no bread, nor drunke any water, three dayes and three nights. 1 Samuel 30:13 And Dauid sayde vnto him, To whome [belongest] thou? and whence [art] thou? And he said, I am a yong man of Egypt, seruant to an Amalekite, and my master left me, because three dayes agone I fell sicke. 1 Samuel 30:14 Wee made an inuasion [vpon] the South of the Cherethites, and vpon the [coast] which [belongeth] to Iudah, and vpon the South of Caleb, and wee burnt Ziklag with fire. 1 Samuel 30:15 And Dauid sayde to him, Canst thou bring me downe to this company? And he said, Sweare vnto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliuer mee into the handes of my master, and I will bring thee downe to this company.
1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him downe, behold, they [were] spread abroad vpon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dauncing, because of all the great spoile that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Iudah. 1 Samuel 30:17 And Dauid smote them from the twilight, euen vnto the euening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, saue foure hundred yong men which rode vpon camels, and fled. 1 Samuel 30:18 And Dauid recouered all that the Amalekites had caried away: and Dauid rescued his two wiues. 1 Samuel 30:19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sonnes nor daughters, neither spoile, nor any thing that they had taken to them: Dauid recouered all. 1 Samuel 30:20 And Dauid tooke all the flockes, and the herds, [which] they draue before those [other] cattell, and said, This [is] Dauids spoile.
1 Samuel 30:21 And Dauid came to the two hundred men which were so faint that they could not follow Dauid, whome they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet Dauid, and to meete the people, that [were] with him; and when Dauid came neere to the people, he saluted them.
David's law to divide the spoil equally between them that fight and them that keep the stuff.
1 Samuel 30:22 Then answered all the wicked men, and [men] of Belial, of those that went with Dauid, and said, Because they went not with vs, we wil not giue them [ought] of the spoile, that wee haue recouered, saue to euery man his wife and his children, that they may leade [them] away, and depart. 1 Samuel 30:23 Then said Dauid, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath giuen vs, who hath preserued vs, and deliuered the companie that came against vs, into our hand. 1 Samuel 30:24 For who will hearken vnto you in this matter? But as his part [is] that goeth downe to the battell, so shall his part [bee] that tarieth by the stuffe: they shall part alike. 1 Samuel 30:25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute, and an ordinance for Israel, vnto this day.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 And when Dauid came to Ziklag, hee sent of the spoile vnto the Elders of Iudah, [euen] to his friends, (saying, Behold a Present for you, of the spoile of the enemies of the LORD) 1 Samuel 30:27 To [them] which [were] in Bethel, and to [them] which [were] in South Ramoth, and to [them] which [were] in Iattir, 1 Samuel 30:28 And to [them] which [were] in Aroer, and to [them] which [were] in Siphmoth, and to [them] which [were] in Eshtemoa, 1 Samuel 30:29 And to [them] which [were] in Rachal, and [them] which [were] in the cities of the Ierahmeelites, and to [them] which [were] in the cities of the Kenites, 1 Samuel 30:30 And to [them] which [were] in Hormah, and to [them] which [were] in Chorashan, and to [them] which [were] in Athach, 1 Samuel 30:31 And to [them] which [were] in Hebron, and to all the places where Dauid himselfe and his men [were] wont to haunt.