1 Samuel 30
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1 Samuel 30
David Destroys the Amalekites...
And it came to be, when Dawid and his men came to Tsiqlag, on the third day, that the Amaleqites had invaded the South and Tsiqlag, and smote Tsiqlag and burned it with fire.
And they took captive the women and those who were there, from small to great. They did not kill anyone, but they led them away and went their way.
And Dawid and his men came to the city and saw it burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive.
And Dawid and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
And Dawid's two wives, Ahino'am the Yizre'elitess, and Abigayil the widow of Nabal the Karmelite, had been taken captive.
And Dawid was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the being of all the people was grieved, each for his sons and his daughters. But Dawid strengthened himself in YHWH his Elohim.
And Dawid said to Ebyathar the priest, son of Ahimelek, 'Please bring the shoulder garment here to me.' So Ebyathar brought the shoulder garment to Dawid.
And Dawid inquired of YHWH, saying, 'Do I pursue this band? Do I overtake them?' And He answered him, 'Pursue, for you shall certainly overtake them, and certainly rescue.'
So Dawid went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the wadi Besor, where a halt was made by those who were left behind,
while Dawid pursued, he and four hundred men - for two hundred halted, who were too faint to pass over the wadi Besor.
And they found a man in the field, a Mitsrite, and took him to Dawid. And they gave him bread and he ate, and they let him drink water,
and gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. And when he had eaten, his strength came back to him, for he had not eaten bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.
And Dawid said to him, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you from?' And he said, 'I am a young man from Mitsrayim, servant of an Amaleqite. And my master left me behind, for I had been sick three days.
'We attacked the south of the Kerethites and against that which belongs to Yehudah, and upon the south of Kaleb, and we burned Tsiqlag with fire.'
And Dawid said to him, 'Could you bring me down to this marauding band?' And he said, 'Swear to me by Elohim that you neither kill me nor surrender me into the hands of my master, then I bring you down to this marauding band.'
And he brought him down and saw they were spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Yehudah.
And Dawid smote them from twilight until the evening of the next day. And none of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.
And Dawid rescued all that the Amaleqites had taken. Dawid also rescued his two wives.
And there was none missing to them, whether small or great, whether sons or daughters, or spoil or whatever they had taken from them. Dawid recovered all.
Besides, Dawid captured all the flocks and herds they had driven before those livestock, and they said, 'This is Dawid's spoil.'
And Dawid came to the two hundred men who were too faint to follow Dawid, who had also been left at the wadi Besor. And they went out to meet Dawid and to meet the people who were with him. And when Dawid came near the people, he greeted them.
And all the evil and worthless men of those who went with Dawid answered and said, 'Because they did not go with us, we do not give them any of the spoil that we have rescued, except for every man's wife and children, and let them take them and go.'
But Dawid said, 'My brothers, do not do so with what YHWH has given us, who has protected us and gave into our hand the band that came against us.
'And who would listen to you in this matter? For as his portion is who goes down to the battle, so is his portion who remains with the baggage, they share alike.'
And it came to be, from that day forward, he appointed it for a law and a right-ruling for Yisra'el to this day.
And when Dawid came to Tsiqlag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Yehudah, to his friends, saying, 'Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of YHWH,'
to those in Beyth El, and to those in Ramoth of the South, and to those in Yattir,
and to those in Aro'er, and to those in Siphmoth, and to those in Eshtemoa,
and to those in Rakal, and to those in the cities of the Yerahme'elites, and to those in the cities of the Qeynites,
and to those in Hormah, and to those in Korashan, and to those in Athak,
and to those in Hebron, and to all the places where Dawid had gone up and down, he and his men.
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