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1Samuel 30
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Trouble on David’s Return to Ziklag

30When David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and set it on fire.H1732H582H935H6860H7992H3117H6003H6584H5045H6860H5221H6860H8313H784 2They took the women in it captive, from young to old. They did not kill anyone. Instead, they carried them off and went on their way.H802H7617H4191H376H1419H6996H5090H3212H1870 3David and his men came to the town, and it had been burned down. Their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.H1732H582H935H5892H8313H784H802H1121H1323H7617 4Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and cried until they had no more strength left to cry.H1732H5971H5375H6963H1058H3581H1058 5David's two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, Nabal's former wife, had been captured.H1732H8147H802H7617H293H3159H26H802H5037H3761 6David was in great danger because all the people were bitter because of their sons and daughters, and they were talking about stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.3H1732H3966H3334H5971H559H5619H5315H5971H4843H376H1121H1323H1732H2388H3068H430

David Pursues the Amalekites

7David said to Ahimelech's son Abiathar the priest, "Bring me the ephod." So Abiathar brought the ephod to David.H1732H559H54H3548H288H1121H5066H646H54H5066H646H1732 8David inquired of the Lord: "Shall I pursue this raiding party?Will I overtake them?" The Lord said to David, "Pursue them! You will definitely overtake them and rescue the captives."H1732H7592H3068H559H7291H310H1416H5381H559H7291H5381H5381H5337H5337 9So David and 600 men who were with him set out. They came to the Wadi Besor where those who were left behind stayed.H1732H3212H8337H3967H376H935H5158H1308H3498H5975 10David and 400 men continued the pursuit, while the 200 men who were too exhausted to cross over the Wadi Besor remained there.H1732H7291H702H3967H376H3967H5975H6296H5674H5158H1308

An Egyptian Leads David to the Amalekites

11They found an Egyptian man in the field, and they took him to David. They gave him food to eat and provided water for him.H4672H376H4713H7704H3947H1732H5414H3899H398H8248H4325 12They gave him part of a fig cake and two bunches of raisins. After he had eaten, he revived, since he had neither eaten food nor had he drunk water for three days and three nights.H5414H6400H1690H8147H6778H398H7307H7725H398H3899H8354H4325H7969H3117H7969H3915 13David said to him, "To whom do you belong and where are you from?"12 The Egyptian replied, "I'm a young Egyptian man, the slave of an Amalekite man. My master abandoned me, because I got sick three days ago.H1732H559H559H5288H4713H5650H376H6003H113H5800H7969H3117H2470 14We raided the Negev of the Cherethites, the territory that belongs to Judah, and the Negev of Caleb, and we set Ziklag on fire."H6584H5045H3774H3063H5045H3612H8313H6860H784 15David asked him, "Will you take me to this raiding party?" He said, "Swear to me by God that you won't kill me or turn me over to my master, and I'll take you to the raiding party."H1732H559H3381H1416H559H7650H430H4191H518H5462H3027H113H3381H1416

David Defeats the Amalekites

16The Egyptian led him to the camp, and there the Amalekites were spread out over the whole area, eating, drinking, and celebrating with the great amount of spoil they had taken from the territory belonging to the Philistines and to Judah.H3381H5203H6440H776H398H8354H2287H1419H7998H3947H776H6430H776H3063 17David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not one of them escaped except for 400 young men who mounted camels and fled.H1732H5221H5399H6153H4283H4422H376H702H3967H5288H376H7392H1581H5127 18David rescued everyone whom the Amalekites had captured, including his two wives.H1732H5337H6002H3947H1732H5337H8147H802 19Nothing of theirs was missing, whether small or large, sons or daughters, spoil, or anything that they had taken for themselves - David brought back everything.H5737H4480H6996H1419H1121H1323H7998H3947H1732H7725 20David took all the rest of the sheep and cattle, driving them ahead of their rescued livestock. People said about all this, "This is David's spoil."H1732H3947H6629H1241H5090H6440H1931H4735H559H1732H7998

David Divides the Spoil

21David came to the 200 men who were too exhausted to follow him and who had been left at the Wadi Besor. They came out to meet David and the people who were with him. As David approached the people, he asked them how they were doing.H1732H935H3967H582H6296H3212H310H1732H3427H5158H1308H3318H7125H1732H7125H5971H1732H5066H5971H7592H7965 22At this point, all the wicked and worthless men of the group who had gone with David answered, "Because they didn't go with us, we won't give them any of the spoil that we recovered, except that each person may take his wife and his children and go."H6030H7451H376H1100H582H1980H1732H559H1980H5414H7998H5337H376H802H1121H5090H3212 23David said, "No, you won't do this, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He guarded us and gave the raiding party that came against us into our hand.H559H1732H6213H251H3068H5414H8104H5414H1416H935H3027 24Who will listen to you in this matter?Indeed, the share of those who went down into battle and the share of those who stayed with the supplies will be the same. They'll share alike."H8085H1697H2506H3381H3381H4421H2506H3427H3627H2505H3162 25From that day forward he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel, and it remains to this present day.3024H3117H4605H7760H2706H4941H3478H3117

David Shares the Spoil with the People of Judah

26David came to Ziklag, and he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, and to his friends, telling them, "Look, this is a gift for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LordH1732H935H6860H7971H7998H2205H3063H7453H559H1293H7998H341H3068 27in Bethel, Ramoth-Negev, Jattir,H834H1008H5045H7418H3492 28Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa,H6177H8224H851 29Rachal, in the Jerahmeelite towns, in the Kenite towns,H7403H5892H3397H5892H7017 30in Hormah, Bor-ashan, Athach,H2767H3565H6269 31Hebron, and for all those places where David and his men had frequented."H2275H4725H1732H582H1980


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