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1 Samuel 30:1-20

David's Victory over the Amalekites

1 Then it happened when David and his men came to 1Ziklag on the third day, that 2the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on 3Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;
2 and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, 4without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way.
3 When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive.
4 Then David and the people who were with him 5lifted their voices and wept until * there was no strength in them to weep.
6 Moreover David was greatly distressed because 7the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But 8David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
7 Then 9David said to 10Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Please bring me the ephod." So Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
8 11David inquired of the LORD, saying, "12Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?" And He said to him, "Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, 13and you will surely rescue all."
9 So David went, 14he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those left behind remained.
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for 15two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind.
11 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.
12 They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; 16then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights.
13 David said to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago.
14 "We made a raid on 17the Negev of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on 18the Negev of Caleb, and 19we burned Ziklag with fire."
15 Then David said to him, "Will you bring me down to this band?" 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 this band."
16 When he had brought him down, behold, they were spread over all the land, 20eating and drinking and dancing because of 21all the great spoil that they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
17 David slaughtered them 22from the twilight until the evening of the next day; and not a man of them escaped, except * four hundred young men who rode on 23camels and fled.
18 So David 24recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and rescued his two wives.
20 So David had captured all the sheep and the cattle which the people drove ahead of the other livestock, and they said, "26This is David's spoil."