1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 Now when David and his men were come to Siceleg on the third day, the Amalecites had made an invasion on the south side upon Siceleg, and had smitten Siceleg, and burnt it with fire, 1 Samuel 30:2 And had taken the women captives that were in it, both little and great: and they had not killed any person, but had carried them with them, and went on their way.
1 Samuel 30:3 So when David and his men came to the city, and found it burnt with fire, and that their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives,
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 David and the people that were with him, lifted up their voices, and wept till they had no more tears. 1 Samuel 30:5 For the two wives also of David were taken captives, Achinoam, the Jezrahelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel. 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly afflicted: for the people had a mind to stone him, for the soul of every man was bitterly grieved for his sons and daughters: but David took courage in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:7 And he said to Abiathar, the priest, the son of Achimelech: Bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 1 Samuel 30:8 And David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I pursue after these robbers, and shall I overtake them, or not? And the Lord said to him: Pursue after them: for thou shalt surely overtake them and recover the prey. 1 Samuel 30:9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and they came to the torrent Besor: and some, being weary, stayed there. 1 Samuel 30:10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred stayed, who, being weary, could not go over the torrent 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 David: and they gave him bread to eat, and water to drink, 1 Samuel 30:12 As also a piece of a cake of figs, and two bunches of raisins. And when he had eaten them, his spirit returned, and he was refreshed: for he had not eaten bread, nor drunk water, three days and three nights. 1 Samuel 30:13 And David said to him: To whom dost thou belong; or whence dost thou come? and whither art thou going? He said: I am a young man of Egypt, the servant of an Amalecite: and my master left me, because I began to be sick three days ago. 1 Samuel 30:14 For we made an invasion on the south side of Cerethi, and upon Juda, and upon the south of Caleb, and we burnt Siceleg with fire. 1 Samuel 30:15 And David said to him: Canst thou bring me to this company? and he said: Swear to me by God, that thou wilt not kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee to this company. And David swore to him.
1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him, behold they were lying spread abroad upon all the ground, eating and drinking, and as it were keeping a festival day, for all the prey and the spoils which they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Juda. 1 Samuel 30:17 And David slew them from the evening unto the evening of the next day, and there escaped not a man of them, but four hundred young men, who had gotten upon camels, and fled. 1 Samuel 30:18 So David recovered all that the Amalecites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. 1 Samuel 30:19 And there was nothing missing small or great, neither of their sons or their daughters, nor of the spoils, and whatsoever they had taken, David recovered all. 1 Samuel 30:20 And he took all the flocks and the herds, and made them go before him: and they said: This is the prey of David.
1 Samuel 30:21 And David came to the two hundred men, who, being weary, had stayed, and were not able to follow David, and he had ordered them to abide at the torrent Besor: and they came out to meet David, and the people that were with him. And David coming to the people, saluted them peaceably.
David's law to divide the spoil equally between them that fight and them that keep the stuff.
1 Samuel 30:22 Then all the wicked and unjust men, that had gone with David, answering, said: Because they came not with us, we will not give them any thing of the prey which we have recovered: but let every man take his wife, and his children, and be contented with them, and go his way. 1 Samuel 30:23 But David said: You shall not do so, my brethren, with these things, which the Lord hath given us, who hath kept us, and hath delivered the robbers that invaded us into our hands: 1 Samuel 30:24 And no man shall hearken to you in this matter. But equal shall be the portion of him that went down to battle, and of him that abode at the baggage, and they shall divide alike. 1 Samuel 30:25 And this hath been done from that day forward, and since was made a statute and an ordinance, and as a law in Israel.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 Then David came to Siceleg, and sent presents of the prey to the ancients of Juda, his neighbours, saying: Receive a blessing of the prey of the enemies of the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:27 To them that were in Bethel, and that were in Ramoth to the south, and to them that were in Jether. 1 Samuel 30:28 And to them that were in Aroer, and that were in Sephamoth, and that were in Esthamo, 1 Samuel 30:29 And that were in Rachal, and that were in the cities of Jerameel, and that were in the cities of Ceni, 1 Samuel 30:30 And that were in Arama, and that were in the lake Asan, and that were in Athach, 1 Samuel 30:31 And that were in Hebron, and to the rest that were in those places, in which David had abode with his men.