1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30:1 And it cometh to pass, in the coming in of David and his men to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites have pushed unto the south, and unto Ziklag, and smite Ziklag, and burn it with fire, 1 Samuel 30:2 and they take captive the women who [are] in it; from small unto great they have not put any one to death, and they lead away, and go on their way.
1 Samuel 30:3 And David cometh inand his menunto the city, and lo, burnt with fire, and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters have been taken captive!
David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them.
1 Samuel 30:4 And David lifteth upand the people who [are] with himtheir voice and weep, till that they have no power to weep. 1 Samuel 30:5 And the two wives of David have been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail wife of Nabal the Carmelite; 1 Samuel 30:6 and David hath great distress, for the people have said to stone him, for the soul of all the people hath been bitter, each for his sons and for his daughters; and David doth strengthen himself in Jehovah his God. 1 Samuel 30:7 And David saith unto Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, 'Bring nigh, I pray thee, to me the ephod;' and Abiathar bringeth nigh the ephod unto David, 1 Samuel 30:8 and David asketh at Jehovah, saying, 'I pursue after this troopdo I overtake it?' And He saith to him, 'Pursue, for thou dost certainly overtake, and dost certainly deliver.' 1 Samuel 30:9 And David goeth on, he and six hundred men who [are] with him, and they come in unto the brook of Besor, and those left have stood still, 1 Samuel 30:10 and David pursueth, he and four hundred men, (and two hundred men stand still who have been too faint to pass over the brook 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 find a man, an Egyptian, in the field, and take him unto David, and give to him bread, and he eateth, and they cause him to drink water, 1 Samuel 30:12 and give to him a piece of a bunch of dried figs, and two bunches of raisins, and he eateth, and his spirit returneth unto him, for he hath not eaten bread nor drunk water three days and three nights. 1 Samuel 30:13 And David saith to him, 'Whose [art] thou? and whence [art] thou?' And he saith, 'An Egyptian youth I [am], servant to a man, an Amalekite, and my lord forsaketh me, for I have been sick three days, 1 Samuel 30:14 we pushed [to] the south of the Cherethite, and against that which [is] to Judah, and against the south of Caleb, and Ziklag we burned with fire.' 1 Samuel 30:15 And David saith unto him, 'Dost thou bring me down unto this troop?' and he saith, 'Swear to me by Godthou dost not put me to death, nor dost thou shut me up into the hand of my lordand I bring thee down unto this troop.'
1 Samuel 30:16 And he bringeth him down, and lo, they are spread out over the face of all the earth, eating, and drinking, and feasting, with all the great spoil which they have taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 1 Samuel 30:17 And David smiteth them from the twilight even unto the evening of the morrow, and there hath not escaped of them a man, except four hundred young men who have ridden on the camels, and are fled. 1 Samuel 30:18 And David delivereth all that the Amalekites have taken; also his two wives hath David delivered. 1 Samuel 30:19 And there hath not lacked to them [anything], from small unto great, and unto sons and daughters, and from the spoil, even unto all that they had taken to themselves, the whole hath David brought back, 1 Samuel 30:20 and David taketh the whole of the flock, and of the herd, they have led on before these cattle, and they say, 'This [is] David's spoil.'
1 Samuel 30:21 And David cometh in unto the two hundred men who were too faint to go after David, and whom they cause to abide at the brook of Besor, and they go out to meet David, and to meet the people who [are] with him, and David approacheth the people, and asketh of them of welfare.
David's law to divide the spoil equally between them that fight and them that keep the stuff.
1 Samuel 30:22 And every bad and worthless man, of the men who have gone with David, answereth, yea, they say, 'Because that they have not gone with us we do not give to them of the spoil which we have delivered, except each his wife and his children, and they lead away and go. 1 Samuel 30:23 And David saith, 'Ye do not do so, my brethren, with that which Jehovah hath given to us, and He doth preserve us, and doth give the troop which cometh against us into our hand; 1 Samuel 30:24 and who doth hearken to you in this thing? for as the portion of him who was brought down into battle, so also [is] the portion of him who is abiding by the vesselsalike they share.' 1 Samuel 30:25 And it cometh to pass from that day and forward, that he appointeth it for a statute and for an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
He sendeth presents to his friends.
1 Samuel 30:26 And David cometh in unto Ziklag, and sendeth of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, (saying, 'Lo, for you a blessing, of the spoil of the enemies of Jehovah),' 1 Samuel 30:27 to those in Beth-El, and to those in South Ramoth, and to those in Jattir, 1 Samuel 30:28 and to those in Aroer, and to those in Siphmoth, and to those in Eshtemoa, 1 Samuel 30:29 and to those in Rachal, and to those in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to those in the cities of the Kenites, 1 Samuel 30:30 and to those in Hormah, and to those in Chor-Ashan, and to those in Athach, 1 Samuel 30:31 and to those in Hebron, and to all the places where David had gone up and down, he and his men.