David Defeats the Amalekites

1 Samuel 30

16 And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, p 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 Judah. 17 Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. 18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; q David recovered all. 20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, "This is David's spoil."

21 Now David came to the r two hundred men who had been so weary that they could not follow David, whom they also had made to stay at the Brook Besor. So they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near the people, he 1 greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and s worthless 2 men of those who went with David answered and said, "Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man's wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart." 23 But David said, "My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. 24 "For who will heed you in this matter? But t as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike." 25 So it was, from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.

26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the 3 spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, "Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD" - 27 to those who were in Bethel, those who were in u Ramoth of the South, those who were in v Jattir, 28 those who were in w Aroer, those who were in x Siphmoth, those who were in y Eshtemoa, 29 those who were in Rachal, those who were in the cities of z the Jerahmeelites, those who were in the cities of the a Kenites, 30 those who were in b Hormah, those who were in 4 Chorashan, those who were in Athach, 31 those who were in c Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were accustomed to d rove.

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:15
    You shall not give back to his master the slave who has escaped from his master to you.
  2. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:3
    For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 30:8
    So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And He answered him, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.
  4. Cross References
    1 Samuel 30:10
    But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:13
    Corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of their city, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods" ' - which you have not known -
    Judges 19:22
    As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 31:27
    And divide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the war, who went out to battle, and all the congregation.
    Joshua 22:8
    And spoke to them, saying, "Return with much riches to your tents, with very much livestock, with silver, with gold, with bronze, with iron, and with very much clothing. Divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
  7. Cross References
    Joshua 19:8
    And all the villages that were all around these cities as far as Baalath Beer, Ramah of the South. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.
  8. Cross References
    Joshua 15:48
    And in the mountain country: Shamir, Jattir, Sochoh.
    Joshua 21:14
    Jattir with its common-land, Eshtemoa with its common-land.
  9. Cross References
    Joshua 13:16
    Their territory was from Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the ravine, and all the plain by Medeba.
  10. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 27:27
    And Shimei the Ramathite was over the vineyards, and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over the produce of the vineyards for the supply of wine.
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 15:50
    Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim.
  12. Cross References
    1 Samuel 27:10
    Then Achish would say, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David would say, "Against the southern area of Judah, or against the southern area of the Jerahmeelites, or against the southern area of the Kenites.
  13. Cross References
    Judges 1:16
    Now the children of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up from the City of Palms with the children of Judah into the Wilderness of Judah, which lies in the South near Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
    1 Samuel 15:6
    Then Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
    1 Samuel 27:10
    Then Achish would say, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David would say, "Against the southern area of Judah, or against the southern area of the Jerahmeelites, or against the southern area of the Kenites.
  14. Cross References
    Numbers 14:45
    Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwel...
    Numbers 21:3
    And the LORD listened to the voice of Israel an...
    Joshua 12:14
    The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one.
    Joshua 15:30
    Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah.
    Joshua 19:4
    Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah.
    Judges 1:17
    And Judah went with his brother Simeon, and the...
  15. Cross References
    Numbers 13:22
    And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
    Joshua 14:13 - 15
    And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.
    Joshua 21:11 - 13
    And they gave them Kirjath Arba ( Arba was the father of Anak), which is Hebron, in the mountains of Judah, with the common-land surrounding it.
    2 Samuel 2:1
    It happened after this that David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up." David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron.
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