Then it happened when David and his mencame to 1Ziklag on the thirdday, that 2the Amalekites had made a raid on the aNegev and on 3Ziklag, and had boverthrownZiklag and burned it with fire;
and they tookcaptive the women and all who were in it, bothsmall and great, c4withoutkillinganyone, and carried them off and went their way.
When David and his mencame to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been takencaptive.
Then David and the peoplewho were with him 5lifted their voices and weptuntilthere was nostrength in them to weep.
Now 6David'stwowives had been takencaptive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the dwidow of Nabal the Carmelite.
Moreover David was greatlydistressedbecause7the peoplespoke of stoning him, for all the people were eembittered, eachonebecause of his sons and his daughters. But 8Davidstrengthened himself in the LORD his God.
Then 9Davidsaid to 10Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Pleasebring me the ephod." So Abiatharbrought the ephod to David.
811Davidinquired of the LORD, saying, "12Shall I pursuethisband? Shall I overtake them?" And He said to him, "Pursue, for you will surelyovertake them, 13and you will surelyrescue all."
So Davidwent, 14he and the sixhundredmenwho were with him, and came to the brookBesor, where those leftbehindremained.
But Davidpursued, he and fourhundredmen, for 15two hundredwho were tooexhausted to cross the brookBesorremained behind.
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.
They gave him a piece of figcake and twoclusters of raisins, and he ate; 16then his spiritfrevived. For he had not eatenbread or drunkwater for threedays and threenights.
13Davidsaid to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a youngman of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my masterleft me behindwhen I fellsickthreedays ago.
"We made a raid on 17the gNegev of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on 18the hNegev of Caleb, and 19we burnedZiklag with fire."
Then Davidsaid to him, "Will you bring me down to thisband?" 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 thisband."
When he had brought him down, behold, they were ispreadoverall the land, 20eating and drinking and jdancing because of 21all the greatspoil that they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
17Davidkslaughtered them 22from the twilightluntil the evening of mthe nextday; and not a man of them escaped, exceptfourhundredyoungmenwhorode on 23camels and fled.
So David24recoveredall that the Amalekites had taken, and nrescued his twowives.
But nothing of theirs was missing, whethersmallorgreat, sons or daughters, spoiloranything that they had taken for themselves; 25Davidbrought it allback.
So David had ocapturedall the sheep and the cattle which the people droveahead of pthe other livestock, and they said, "26This is David'sspoil."
When 27Davidcame to the two hundredmenwho were tooexhausted to followDavid, who had also been left at the brookBesor, and they went out to meetDavid and to meet the peoplewho were with him, then Davidapproached the people and greeted them.
Then all the wicked and worthlessmenamong those whowent with Davidsaid, "Because they did not go with qus, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to everyman his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart."
Then Davidsaid, "You must not doso, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that cameagainst us.
"And who will listen to you in thismatter? For 28as his share is who goesdown to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall sharealike."
So it has been from that dayforward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to thisday.
Now when Davidcame to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, "Behold, 29a rgift for you from the spoil of 30the enemies of the LORD:
to those who were in 31Bethel, and to those who were in 32Ramoth of the sNegev, and to those who were in 33Jattir,
and to those who were in 34Aroer, and to those who were in Siphmoth, and to those who were in 35Eshtemoa,
and to those who were in Racal, and to those who were in the cities of 36the Jerahmeelites, and to those who were in the cities of 37the Kenites,
and to those who were in 38Hormah, and to those who were in 39Bor-ashan, and to those who were in Athach,
and to those who were in 40Hebron, and to all the placeswhereDavidhimself and his men were accustomed to 41go."