1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 Now whan Dauid came to Siclag on the thirde daie with his men, the Amalechites had falle in on ye south parte and at Siclag, and had smytten Siclag, and burned it with fyre, 1 Samuel 30:2 and had caried a waye the weme out of it, both small & greate. Neuertheles they had slayne no man, but dryuen the thence, and were goynge on their waye.
1 Samuel 30:3 Now whan Dauid with his men came to the cite, and sawe that it was brent wt fyre, and that their wyues, sonnes & doughters were led awaye captyue,
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 Dauid and the people that was with him lefte vp their voyce, and wepte so longe tyll they coulde wepe nomore. 1 Samuel 30:5 For Dauids two wyues also were caried awaye captyue, Ahinoam ye Iesraelitisse, and Abigail Nabals wife of Carmel. 1 Samuel 30:6 And Dauid was very soroufull, for the people wolde haue stoned him: for ye soule of all the people was in greate heuynes, euery one ouer his sonnes and doughters. Neuertheles Dauid strengthed him selfe in the LORDE his God, 1 Samuel 30:7 & sayde vnto Abiathar ye prest the sonne of Ahimelech: Bringe me hither the ouerbody cote. And whan Abiathar had broughte the ouerbody cote vnto Dauid, 1 Samuel 30:8 Dauid axed at the LORDE, and sayde: Shal I folowe vpon the men of warre, and shal I ouertake them? He sayde: Yee, folowe vpo them, thou shalt ouertake them, and shalt rescue the pray. 1 Samuel 30:9 Then wente Dauid his waye, and the sixe hudreth men that were with him. And whan they came to the ryuer of Besor, some stode styll. 1 Samuel 30:10 But Dauid and the foure hundreth men folowed after: As for the two hudreth men that stode styll, they had bene slowe to go ouer the ryuer of 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 founde a man of Egipte vpon the felde, him they broughte vnto Dauid, & gaue him bred to eate, and water to drynke, 1 Samuel 30:12 and gaue him a quantite of fygges, & two quantities of rasyns. And whan he had eaten, his sprete came to him againe: for in thre dayes and thre nightes he had eate no bred, and dronke no water. 1 Samuel 30:13 Dauid sayde vnto him: Whose art thou? & whence art thou? He sayde: I am a childe of Egipte, an Amalechites seruaunt, & my master hath forsaken me, because I was sicke thre dayes a goo. 1 Samuel 30:14 We fell her in towarde ye south syde of Chrethus, and vpon Iuda, and towarde ye south parte of Caleb, & haue burned Siclag with fyre. 1 Samuel 30:15 Dauid sayde vnto him: Wilt thou bringe me downe to these men of warre? He sayde: Sweare vnto me by God, yt thou shalt not slaye me, ner delyuer me in to my masters hade, and I wil brynge the downe to these me of warre.
1 Samuel 30:16 And he broughte the downe, and beholde, they were scatred vpon all ye grounde, eatinge and drynkynge, and kepynge holy daye, and were makinge mery chere, because of all the greate spoyles that they had taken out of the londe of the Philistynes and of Iuda. 1 Samuel 30:17 And Dauid smote them from ye morow tyll the euen, agaynst the nexte daye, so that there escaped none, excepte foure hundreth yonge men, which rode vpon camels, & fled. 1 Samuel 30:18 So Dauid rescued all that the Amalechites had taken, and his two wyues, 1 Samuel 30:19 & there myssed nothinge, nether small ner greate, nether sonnes ner doughters, ner spoyles: and what so euer they had taken, Dauid broughte all agayne. 1 Samuel 30:20 And Dauid toke the shepe and oxe, and droue ye catell before him. And they sayde: This is Dauids spoyle.
1 Samuel 30:21 And whan Dauid came to the two hundreth men, which had bene slowe to folowe after Dauid, and abode at the ryuer of Besor, they wente forth to mete Dauid, and the people yt was with him. And Dauid came to the people, and saluted them frendly.
David's law to divide the spoil equally between them that fight and them that keep the stuff.
1 Samuel 30:22 Then answered soch men as were euell & Belials men (amonge them that had gone with Dauid) and sayde: Seynge they wente not wt vs, they shal haue none of the spoyles that we haue rescued: but let euery ma take his wife & his children and be goynge. 1 Samuel 30:23 Then sayde Dauid: Ye shall not do so (my brethren) with that which ye LORDE hath geuen vs, and hath preserued vs, and delyuered these men of warre (which were come agaynst vs) in to oure hades. 1 Samuel 30:24 Who shulde cosente vnto you herin? like as the porcion is of them that wente downe to the battayll, so shal ye porcion be of them also that a bode wt the stuffe, & shalbe deuyded a lyke. 1 Samuel 30:25 From that tyme forth hath this bene an ordinaunce & lawe in Israel vnto this daye.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 And whan Dauid came to Siclag, he sent of the spoyle vnto the Elders in Iuda his neghbours, and sayde: Beholde, there haue ye the blessynge out of the spoyle of the enemies of the LORDE, 1 Samuel 30:27 namely vnto them of Bethel, vnto them at Ramath in the south, vnto them at Iathir, 1 Samuel 30:28 vnto them at Aroer, vnto them at Siphamoth, vnto them at Eschemoa, 1 Samuel 30:29 vnto them at Rachal, vnto them in the cities of the Ierahmielites, vnto them in the cities of the Kenites, 1 Samuel 30:30 vnto them at Horma, vnto the at Borasan, vnto the at Atach, 1 Samuel 30:31 vnto them at Hebron, and vnto all the places where Dauid had walked wt his men.