Then David asked the LORD, "Should I chase them? Will I catch them?" And the LORD told him, "Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!"
So David and his six hundred men set out, and they soon came to Besor Brook.
But two hundred of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with his four hundred remaining troops.
Some of David's troops found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and some water to drink.
They also gave him part of a fig cake and two clusters of raisins because he hadn't had anything to eat or drink for three days and nights. It wasn't long before his strength returned.
"To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?" David asked him. "I am an Egyptian -- the slave of an Amalekite," he replied. "My master left me behind three days ago because I was sick.
We were on our way back from raiding the Kerethites in the Negev, the territory of Judah, and the land of Caleb, and we had just burned Ziklag."
"Will you lead me to them?" David asked.The young man replied, "If you swear by God's name that you will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them."
So the Egyptian led them to the Amalekite encampment. When David and his men arrived, the Amalekites were spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken from the Philistines and the land of Judah.
David and his men rushed in among them and slaughtered them throughout that night and the entire next day until evening. None of the Amalekites escaped except four hundred young men who fled on camels.
David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)