Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; (1 Samuel 30:1)

and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. (1 Samuel 30:2)

When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. (1 Samuel 30:3)

Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. (1 Samuel 30:4)

Now David's two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. (1 Samuel 30:5)

Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)

Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Please bring me the ephod." So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. (1 Samuel 30:7)

David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?" And He said to him, "Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all." (1 Samuel 30:8)

So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those left behind remained. (1 Samuel 30:9)

But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind. (1 Samuel 30:10)

Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink. (1 Samuel 30:11)

They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights. (1 Samuel 30:12)

David said to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago. (1 Samuel 30:13)

"We made a raid on the Negev of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on the Negev of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire." (1 Samuel 30:14)

Then David said to him, "Will you bring me down to this band?" And he said, "Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this band." (1 Samuel 30:15)

When he had brought him down, behold, they were spread over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing because of all the great spoil that they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. (1 Samuel 30:16)

David slaughtered them from the twilight until the evening of the next day; and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. (1 Samuel 30:17)

So David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and rescued his two wives. (1 Samuel 30:18)

But nothing of theirs was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that they had taken for themselves; David brought it all back. (1 Samuel 30:19)

So David had captured all the sheep and the cattle which the people drove ahead of the other livestock, and they said, "This is David's spoil." (1 Samuel 30:20)

When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. (1 Samuel 30:21)

Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, "Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart." (1 Samuel 30:22)

Then David said, "You must not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. (1 Samuel 30:23)

"And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike." (1 Samuel 30:24)

So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day. (1 Samuel 30:25)

Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, "Behold, a gift for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD: (1 Samuel 30:26)

to those who were in Bethel, and to those who were in Ramoth of the Negev, and to those who were in Jattir, (1 Samuel 30:27)

and to those who were in Aroer, and to those who were in Siphmoth, and to those who were in Eshtemoa, (1 Samuel 30:28)

and to those who were in Racal, and to those who were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to those who were in the cities of the Kenites, (1 Samuel 30:29)

and to those who were in Hormah, and to those who were in Bor-ashan, and to those who were in Athach, (1 Samuel 30:30)

and to those who were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were accustomed to go." (1 Samuel 30:31)


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