And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the thirdday, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smittenZiklag, and burned it with fire;2
And had taken the womencaptives , that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away , and went on their way.3
So David and his mencame to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives .
Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept , until they had no more power to weep .
And David'stwowives were taken captives , Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.6
And David was greatlydistressed ; for the peoplespake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved ,a every man for his sons and for his daughters: but Davidencouraged himself in the LORD his God.7
And Davidsaid to Abiathar the priest,Ahimelech'sson, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiatharbrought thither the ephod to David.8
And Davidenquired at the LORD,saying , Shall I pursueafter this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue : for thou shalt surelyovertake them, and without failrecover all.
So Davidwent , he and the sixhundredmen that were with him, and came to the brookBesor, where those that were left behindstayed .
But Davidpursued , he and fourhundredmen: for two hundred abode behind , which were so faint that they could not go over the brookBesor.11
And they found an Egyptianin the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat ; and they made him drinkwater;12
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten , his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water,threedays and threenights.13
And Davidsaid unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said , I am a young man of Egypt,servant to an Amalekite ; and my masterleft me, because threedays agone I fell sick .
We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burnedZiklag with fire.15
And Davidsaid to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said , Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nordeliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.16
And when he had brought him down , behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth,eating and drinking , and dancing , because of all the greatspoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.17
And Davidsmote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save fourhundredyoungmen, which rode upon camels, and fled .
And Davidrecovered all that the Amalekites had carried away : and Davidrescued his twowives.19
And there was nothing lacking to them, neithersmall nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: Davidrecovered all.
And Davidtook all the flocks and the herds, which they dravebeforethose other cattle, and said , This is David'sspoil.21
And Davidcame to the two hundredmen, which were so faint that they could not followDavid, whom they had made also to abide at the brookBesor: and they went forth to meetDavid, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he salutedb them.
Then answered all the wickedmen and men of Belial, of thosec that went with David, and said , Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered , save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away , and depart .
Then saidDavid, Ye shall not do so , my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.24
For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall partalike.25
And it was so from that dayforward,d that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.26
And when Davidcame to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends,saying , Behold a presente for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;27
To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in southRamoth, and to them which were in Jattir,28
And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,29
And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,30
And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach,31
And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt .