30David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it,H1732H582H935H6860H7992H3117H6003H6584H5045H6860H5221H6860H8313H784 2and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.H802H7617H4191H376H1419H6996H5090H3212H1870 3When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.H1732H582H935H5892H8313H784H802H1121H1323H7617 4So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.H1732H5971H5375H6963H1058H3581H1058 5David's two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.H1732H8147H802H7617H293H3159H26H802H5037H3761 6David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.H1732H3966H3334H5971H559H5619H5315H5971H4843H376H1121H1323H1732H2388H3068H430 7Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Bring me the ephod." Abiathar brought it to him,H1732H559H54H3548H288H1121H5066H646H54H5066H646H1732 8and David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?" "Pursue them," he answered. "You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue."H1732H7592H3068H559H7291H310H1416H5381H559H7291H5381H5381H5337H5337 9David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Ravine, where some stayed behind,H1732H3212H8337H3967H376H935H5158H1308H3498H5975 10for two hundred men were too exhausted to cross the ravine. But David and four hundred men continued the pursuit.H1732H7291H702H3967H376H3967H5975H6296H5674H5158H1308 11They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat—H4672H376H4713H7704H3947H1732H5414H3899H398H8248H4325 12part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.H5414H6400H1690H8147H6778H398H7307H7725H398H3899H8354H4325H7969H3117H7969H3915 13David asked him, "To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?" He said, "I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago.H1732H559H559H5288H4713H5650H376H6003H113H5800H7969H3117H2470 14We raided the Negev of the Kerethites and the territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag."H6584H5045H3774H3063H5045H3612H8313H6860H784 15David asked him, "Can you lead me down to this raiding party?" He answered, "Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them."H1732H559H3381H1416H559H7650H430H4191H518H5462H3027H113H3381H1416 16He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah.H3381H5203H6440H776H398H8354H2287H1419H7998H3947H776H6430H776H3063 17David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled.H1732H5221H5399H6153H4283H4422H376H702H3967H5288H376H7392H1581H5127 18David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives.H1732H5337H6002H3947H1732H5337H8147H802 19Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.H5737H4480H6996H1419H1121H1323H7998H3947H1732H7725 20He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, "This is David's plunder."H1732H3947H6629H1241H5090H6440H1931H4735H559H1732H7998 21Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Ravine. They came out to meet David and the people with him. As David and his men approached, he greeted them.H1732H935H3967H582H6296H3212H310H1732H3427H5158H1308H3318H7125H1732H7125H5971H1732H5066H5971H7592H7965 22But all the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said, "Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go."H6030H7451H376H1100H582H1980H1732H559H1980H5414H7998H5337H376H802H1121H5090H3212 23David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us.H559H1732H6213H251H3068H5414H8104H5414H1416H935H3027 24Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."H8085H1697H2506H3381H3381H4421H2506H3427H3627H2505H3162 25David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.H3117H4605H7760H2706H4941H3478H3117 26When David arrived in Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, "Here is a present for you from the plunder of the LORD'S enemies."H1732H935H6860H7971H7998H2205H3063H7453H559H1293H7998H341H3068 27He sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir;H834H1008H5045H7418H3492 28to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, EshtemoaH6177H8224H851 29and Racal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites;H7403H5892H3397H5892H7017 30to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, AthachH2767H3565H6269 31and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where David and his men had roamed.H2275H4725H1732H582H1980
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