1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 Bvt yer Dauid and hys men were come to Zikeleg the third day, the Amalekites had runne in a runnynge vpon the south and vpon Zikeleg, and had smiten Zikeleg, and burnt wyth fyre 1 Samuel 30:2 and had taken the wemen that were there in prysoners, both small and great: but slewe not a man, saue caryed them wyth them and went their wayes.
1 Samuel 30:3 When Dauid and his men came to the citie, behold, it was burnt with fyre, and theyr wyues, their sonnes and their doughters were taken prisoners.
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 Then Dauid & the people þt was wt hym lyfte vp their voyces and wept, vntyl they coulde wepe no more. 1 Samuel 30:5 And Dauids two wyues were taken prysoners also. Ahinoam the Iezrahelyte and Abigail the wyfe of Nabal the Carmelite. 1 Samuel 30:6 And Dauid was in a shrowde strayte: for the people entended to stone hym because the hertes of all the people were vexed for their sonnes and their doughters. But Dauid toke a good courage to him in the lord hys God 1 Samuel 30:7 & said to Abiathar þe priest Ahimelechs sonne: bryng me the Ephod. And Abiathar brought the Ephod to Dauid. 1 Samuel 30:8 And Dauid asked the lorde sayinge: shall I folow after thys companye? and shall I ouer take them? And he sayde to hym: folowe, for thou shalte ouertake them and recouer the praye. 1 Samuel 30:9 And he went and the syxe hundred men that were with him, & they came to the ryuer Besor, where a part of them abode. 1 Samuel 30:10 But Dauid and foure hundred men folowed. But two hundred abode behinde being to werye to go ouer þe ryuer Besor.
By the means of a revived Egyptian he is brought to the enemies, and recovereth all the spoil.
1 Samuel 30:11 Then they founde an Egypcian in the felde, and brought him to Dauid and gaue hym breade to eate and water to dryncke, 1 Samuel 30:12 and gaue hym a fewe fygges, and two clousters of reasynges. And when he had eaten, hys spyrytes came agayne to hym: for he had eaten no breade nor droncke no water in thre dayes and thre nyghtes. 1 Samuel 30:13 Then Dauid sayde vnto hym: to whom belongest thou and whence art thou? and the lad answered: I am an Egypcyan, and seruaunt to an Amalekite: and my master left me behynde because it is thre dayes a gone that I fel syck: 1 Samuel 30:14 we came a rouynge vpon the south of Cerethis and vpon them of Iuda and on the south of Caleb. And we burnt Zikeleg with fyre. 1 Samuel 30:15 And Dauid sayde to him: canst thou brynge me to thys company? And he sayde: swere by my vnto God, that thou wilt nether kyll me, nor delyuer me into the handes of my master, and I wyl brynge the vnto them.
1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought hym, se, they laie skatered all abroade vpon the earth, eatyng and dryncking and triumphing ouer all the great pray that they had caryed awaye out of the lande of the Philistines, and out of the land of Iuda. 1 Samuel 30:17 And Dauid layde vpon them from the twylyght vntyll the euen on the morow: so that there escaped not a man, saue foure hundre a young men, whyche rodde awaye vpon cameles and fledde. 1 Samuel 30:18 And Dauid recouered all that the Amalekites had caryed awaye, and his two wyues, 1 Samuel 30:19 so that there was no persone lackynge smal or great, sonne or doughter, or of the spoyle of all that they had take awaye, Dauid brought all againe. 1 Samuel 30:20 And Dauid toke all the shepe, and the oxen. And they draue the cattel before, and sayde: this is Dauids pray.
1 Samuel 30:21 And then Dauid came to the two hundred men that were to wery for to folowe Dauid, which they made to abyde at the ryuer Besor. And they came to mete Dauid and the people that were wyth hym. And when Dauid came 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 wycked and the vnthriftes of the men that went wyth Dauid, and sayde: because they went noth with vs, therfore shall none of the praye that we haue recouered, be geuen vnto them, saue to euery man hys wyfe and his children: whyche let them cary awaye and be walkynge. 1 Samuel 30:23 Then sayde Dauid: ye shall not do so (my brethren) with that the Lorde hath geuen vs, and hath preserued vs, & delyuered the companye that came agaynst vs, into oure handes. 1 Samuel 30:24 For who shoulde herken vnto you in this matter? But as his parte is þt goeth & fighteth so good shal hys parte be, that taryeth by the stuffe, they shall part it a lyke. 1 Samuel 30:25 And so from þt daye forward was that made a law and a custome in Israel, and dureth to thys day.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 When Dauid came to Zikeleg, he sent of hys praye vnto the elders to Iuda and to hys frendes saying: se there a blessinge for you, of the spoyle of the enemies of the Lorde: 1 Samuel 30:27 He sent to them of Bethel: to them of south Ramath to them of Gether: 1 Samuel 30:28 to them of Aroer: to them of Sephamoth: to them of Esthamo: 1 Samuel 30:29 to them of Rachal: to them of the cytyes of the Ierhameelites: to them of the cities of the Kenites: 1 Samuel 30:30 to them of Haramah: to them of Borasan: to them of Athach: 1 Samuel 30:31 to them of Hebron, and to all places where Dauid and hys men were wont to haunt.