1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 But whan Dauid & hys men were come to Zikleg the thirde daye, the Amaleckites had russhed in vpon the south, and vpon Zikleg, & had smytten Zikleg, & burnt it wt fyre, 1 Samuel 30:2 & had taken the wemen (þt were therin) presoners, both small & great: but slew not a man, saue caryed them wt them, & went theyr wayes.
1 Samuel 30:3 So Dauid and hys men came to the cytie: & beholde, it was burnt with fyre, & their wyues, theyr sonnes and their daughters were caryed awaye.
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 Then Dauid and the people that was wyth hym, lyfte vp their voyces & wept, vntyll they could wepe no more. 1 Samuel 30:5 And Dauids two wiues were taken presoners also: Ahinoam the Iezrahelite, and abigail the wyfe of Nabal the Carmelite. 1 Samuel 30:6 And Dauid was in a shrewde combraunce: for the people entended to stone hym, because the hertes of all the people were vexed for theyr sonnes & theyr daughters. But Dauid toke a good courage to hym in the Lorde hys God 1 Samuel 30:7 & sayde to Abiathar the preste Ahimelechs sonne: I pray þe, bring me the Ephod. And Abiathar brought the Ephod to Dauid. 1 Samuel 30:8 And Dauid asked councell at the Lorde, sayinge: shall I folowe after thys companie? and shall I ouertake them? And he answered him: folow, for thou shalt ouertake them, and recouer the praye. 1 Samuel 30:9 So Dauid and the syxe hundred men that were with hym, went & cam to the riuer Besor, where a part of them abode. 1 Samuel 30:10 But Dauid and foure hundred men folowed: For two hundred abode behinde, beynge to werye to go ouer the ryuer 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 an Egypcian in the felde, and brought hym to Dauid and gaue hym bread to eate, & water to dryncke, 1 Samuel 30:12 & gaue hym a fewe fygges & two clousters of reasings. And when he had eaten, hys sprete cam agayne to hym: for he had eaten, no bread nor droncke no water in thre dayes & thre nyghtes. 1 Samuel 30:13 And Dauid sayd vnto him: to whom belongest thou? & whence art thou? he sayd: I am a yonge man of Egypt and seruaunt to an Amaleckite: and my master left me behynde, because it is thre dayes agone, þt I fell sycke: 1 Samuel 30:14 we came a rouyng vpon the south of Chretus, and against Iuda, and towarde the south of Caleb. And we burnt Zikleg wyth fyre. 1 Samuel 30:15 And Dauid sayde to hym: canst thou brynge me to this company? And he sayde: swere vnto me by God, that thou wylt nether kyll me, nor delyuer me into the handes of my master, and I will brynge the to the companye.
1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought hym thyther, beholde, they laye skatered abroade vpon the erth, eatynge & drinckynge, & daunsynge, because of the plenteous & great pray, þt they had caried awaye out of þe land of the Philistines, & out of the lande of Iuda. 1 Samuel 30:17 And Dauid layd vpon them from the euen, vntill the twilyght on the morow: so þt there escaped not a man of them, saue foure hundred young men which rode awaye vpon cameles, and fledd. 1 Samuel 30:18 And Dauid recouered all þt the Amaleckites had caried awaye, & Dauid rescued hys two wyues: 1 Samuel 30:19 so that ther was no person of them lacking, small or great, sonne or daughter, or of the spoyle of all that they had take awaye, Dauid recouered them all agayne. 1 Samuel 30:20 And Dauid toke all the shepe, & the oxen. And they draue them before his catell, & sayd: this is Dauids pray.
1 Samuel 30:21 And Dauid came to the two hundred men, þt were to werye for to folowe Dauid, whom they had made also to abyde at the ryuer Besor. And they cam to mete Dauid, & þe people þt were wyth him. And when Dauid cam to þe 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 wycked & the vnthriftes (of the men þt went with Dauid) & sayde: because they went not with vs, therfore will we geue them none of þe praye, that we haue recouered, But let euery man take hys wyfe and hys chyldren: Those lett them cary awaye, and be walkynge. 1 Samuel 30:23 Then sayde Dauid: ye shall not do so (my brethren) wt that which the Lord hath geuen vs, & hath preserued vs, & delyuered the companye þt came agaynst vs, into oure handes. 1 Samuel 30:24 For who shuld herken vnto you in thys matter? But as hys parte is þt goeth downe & fyghteth, so shall his parte be, that taryeth by the stuffe, þt it maye be parted alyke. 1 Samuel 30:25 And so from þt daye forwarde: was that made a statute & lawe in Israel, vntyll thys daye.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 When Dauid therfore cam to Zikleg he sent of the praye vnto the elders of Iuda and to hys frendes saying: se, there is a blessyng for you, of the spoyle of the enemyes of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 30:27 He sent to them of Bethel: to them of south Ramoth: to them of Iathir: 1 Samuel 30:28 to them of Aroer: to them of Sephamoth: to them of Esthemoa: 1 Samuel 30:29 to them of Rachel: to them of the cyties of Ierahmeel: to them of the cyties of the kenites: 1 Samuel 30:30 to them of Horma: to them of Borasan: to them of Athach: 1 Samuel 30:31 to them that are in Hebron, and in all places, wher Dauid and hys men were wont to haunt.