The Captives - 1st Samuel 30

1 Samuel 30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men  were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites  had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and  burned it with fire.

1 Samuel 30:2 And had taken the women  captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great  or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.  

1 Samuel 30:3 So David and his men came to the city, and,  behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their  sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 

1 Samuel 30:4 Then  David and the people that were with him lifted up their  voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.  

1 Samuel 30:5 And David’s two wives were taken captives,  Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the  Carmelite. 

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the  people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the  people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his  daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his  God. 

1 Samuel 30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest,  Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod.  And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 

1 Samuel 30:8  And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue  after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered  him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. 

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1 Samuel 30:9 So David went, he and the  six hundred men that were with him, and came to the  brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.   

1 Samuel 30:10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for  two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they  could not go over the brook Besor.  

1 Samuel 30:11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and  brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat;  and they made him drink water; 

1 Samuel 30:12 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, three days and three  nights. 

1 Samuel 30:13 And David said 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  master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. 

1 Samuel 30:14  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 burned Ziklag with fire. 

1 Samuel 30:15  And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this  company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou  wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my  master, and I will bring thee down to this company.  

1 Samuel 30:16 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 great spoil that  they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of  the land of Judah. 

1 Samuel 30:17 And David smote them from the  twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there  escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men,  which rode upon camels, and fled. 

1 Samuel 30:18 And David  recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and  David rescued his two wives. 

1 Samuel 30:19 And there was  nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither  sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they  had taken to them: David recovered all. 

1 Samuel 30:20 And David  took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before  those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.  

1 Samuel 30:21 And David came to the two hundred men, which  were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they  had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went  forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with  him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted  them. 

1 Samuel 30:22 Then answered all the wicked men and  men of Belial, of those 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. 

1 Samuel 30:23 Then said David, 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. 

1 Samuel 30:24 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 part alike. 

1 Samuel 30:25 And it was so  from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an  ordinance for Israel unto this day.  

1 Samuel 30:26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the  spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying,  Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the  LORD; 

1 Samuel 30:27 To them which were in Bethel, and to  them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which  were in Jattir, 

1 Samuel 30:28 And to them which were in  Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to  them which were in Eshtemoa, 

1 Samuel 30:29 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, 

1 Samuel 30:30 And to them which  were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan,  and to them which were in Athach, 

1 Samuel 30:31 And  to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places  where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.  KJV