1 Samuel 30

1 When David and his men had come to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid on the South and on Ziklag, and had struck Ziklag and burned it with fire,

2 and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They didn’t kill any, but 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, their sons, and their daughters were taken captive.

4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep.

5 David’s two wives were taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

6 David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the souls of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David strengthened himself in Yahweh his God.

7 David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Please bring the ephod here to me." Abiathar brought the ephod to David.

8 David inquired of Yahweh, saying, "If I pursue after this troop, will I overtake them?" He answered him, "Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and will without fail recover all."

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

10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so faint that they couldn’t go over the brook Besor.

11 They found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink.

12 They gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. When he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, and drank no water for three days and three nights.

13 David asked him, "To whom do you belong? Where are you from?" He said, "I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days ago I got sick.

14 We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire."

15 David said to him, "Will you bring me down to this troop?" He said, "Swear to me by God that you will not kill me and not deliver me up into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this troop."

16 When he had brought him down, behold, they were spread around over all the ground, eating, drinking, and dancing, because of all the great plunder that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

17 David struck them from the twilight even to the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped from there, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.

18 David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives.

19 There was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither plunder, nor anything that they had taken. David brought them all back.

20 David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before those other livestock, and said, "This is David’s plunder."

21 David came to the two hundred men, who were so faint that they could not follow David, whom also they had made to stay at the brook Besor; and they went out to meet David, and to meet the people who were with him. When David came near to the people, he greeted them.

22 Then all the wicked men and worthless fellows of those who went with David answered and said, "Because they didn’t go with us, we will not give them anything of the plunder that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that he may lead them away and depart."

23 Then David said, "Do not do so, my brothers, with that which Yahweh has given to us, who has preserved us, and delivered the troop that came against us into our hand.

24 Who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays with the baggage. They shall share alike."

25 It was so from that day forward that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.

26 When David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, "Behold, a present for you from the plunder of Yahweh’s enemies."

27 He sent it to those who were in Bethel, to those who were in Ramoth of the South, to those who were in Jattir,

28 to those who were in Aroer, to those who were in Siphmoth, to those who were in Eshtemoa,

29 to those who were in Racal, to those who were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, to those who were in the cities of the Kenites,

30 to those who were in Hormah, to those who were in Borashan, to those who were in Athach,

31 to those who were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men used to stay.

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1 Sucedeu, pois, que, chegando Davi e os seus homens ao terceiro dia a Ziclague, já os amalequitas tinham invadido o sul, e Ziclague, e tinham ferido a Ziclague e a tinham queimado a fogo.

2 E tinham levado cativas as mulheres, e todos os que estavam nela, tanto pequenos como grandes; a ninguém, porém, mataram, tão-somente os levaram consigo, e foram o seu caminho.

3 E Davi e os seus homens chegaram à cidade e eis que estava queimada a fogo, e suas mulheres, seus filhos e suas filhas tinham sido levados cativos.

4 Então Davi e o povo que se achava com ele alçaram a sua voz, e choraram, até que neles não houve mais forças para chorar.

5 Também as duas mulheres de Davi foram levadas cativas; Ainoã, a jizreelita, e Abigail, a mulher de Nabal, o carmelita.

6 E Davi muito se angustiou, porque o povo falava de apedrejá-lo, porque a alma de todo o povo estava em amargura, cada um por causa dos seus filhos e das suas filhas; todavia Davi se fortaleceu no Senhor seu Deus.

7 E disse Davi a Abiatar, o sacerdote, filho de Aimeleque: Traze-me, peço-te, aqui o éfode. E Abiatar trouxe o éfode a Davi.

8 Então consultou Davi ao Senhor, dizendo: Perseguirei eu a esta tropa? Alcançá-la-ei? E lhe disse: Persegue-a, porque decerto a alcançarás e tudo libertarás.

9 Partiu, pois, Davi, ele e os seiscentos homens que com ele se achavam, e chegaram ao ribeiro de Besor, onde pararam os que ficaram atrás.

10 E perseguiu-os Davi, ele e os quatrocentos homens, pois que duzentos homens ficaram, por não poderem, de cansados que estavam, passar o ribeiro de Besor.

11 E acharam no campo um homem egípcio, e o trouxeram a Davi; deram-lhe pão, e comeu, e deram-lhe a beber água.

12 Deram-lhe também um pedaço de massa de figos secos e dois cachos de passas, e comeu, e voltou-lhe o seu espírito, porque havia três dias e três noites que não tinha comido pão nem bebido água.

13 Então Davi lhe disse: De quem és tu, e de onde és? E disse o moço egípcio: Sou servo de um homem amalequita, e meu senhor me deixou, porque adoeci há três dias.

14 Nós invadimos o lado do sul dos queretitas, e o lado de Judá, e o lado do sul de Calebe, e pusemos fogo a Ziclague.

15 E disse-lhe Davi: Poderias, descendo, guiar-me a essa tropa? E disse-lhe: Por Deus jura-me que não me matarás, nem me entregarás na mão de meu senhor, e, descendo, te guiarei a essa tropa.

16 E, descendo, o guiou e eis que estavam espalhados sobre a face de toda a terra, comendo, e bebendo, e dançando, por todo aquele grande despojo que tomaram da terra dos filisteus e da terra de Judá.

17 E feriu-os Davi, desde o crepúsculo até à tarde do dia seguinte; nenhum deles escapou, senão só quatrocentos moços que, montados sobre camelos, fugiram.

18 Assim salvou Davi tudo quanto tomaram os amalequitas; também as suas duas mulheres salvou Davi.

19 E ninguém lhes faltou, desde o menor até ao maior, e até os filhos e as filhas; e também desde o despojo até tudo quanto lhes tinham tomado, tudo Davi tornou a trazer.

20 Também tomou Davi todas as ovelhas e vacas, e levavam-nas adiante do outro gado, e diziam: Este é o despojo de Davi.

21 E, chegando Davi aos duzentos homens que, de cansados que estavam, não puderam seguir a Davi, e que deixaram ficar no ribeiro de Besor, estes saíram ao encontro de Davi e do povo que com ele vinha; e, chegando-se Davi com o povo, os saudou em paz.

22 Então todos os maus e perversos, dentre os homens que tinham ido com Davi, responderam, e disseram: Visto que não foram conosco, não lhes daremos do despojo que libertamos; mas que leve cada um sua mulher e seus filhos, e se vá.

23 Porém Davi disse: Não fareis assim, irmãos meus, com o que nos deu o Senhor, que nos guardou, e entregou a tropa que contra nós vinha, nas nossas mãos.

24 E quem vos daria ouvidos nisso? Porque qual é a parte dos que desceram à peleja, tal também será a parte dos que ficaram com a bagagem; igualmente repartirão.

25 O que assim foi desde aquele dia em diante, porquanto o pôs por estatuto e direito em Israel até ao dia de hoje.

26 E, chegando Davi a Ziclague, enviou do despojo aos anciãos de Judá, seus amigos, dizendo: Eis aí para vós uma bênção do despojo dos inimigos do Senhor;

27 Aos de Betel, e aos de Ramote do sul, e aos de Jater,

28 E aos de Aroer, e aos de Sifmote, e aos de Estemoa,

29 E aos de Racal, e aos que estavam nas cidades jerameelitas e nas cidades dos queneus,

30 E aos de Hormá, e aos de Corasã, e aos de Ataca,

31 E aos de Hebrom, e a todos os lugares em que andara Davi, ele e os seus homens.