The Message

1 Samuel 30

David’s Strength Was in His God

11-3 Three days later, David and his men arrived back in Ziklag. Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They tore Ziklag to pieces and then burned it down. They captured all the women, young and old. They didn’t kill anyone, but drove them like a herd of cattle. By the time David and his men entered the village, it had been burned to the ground, and their wives, sons, and daughters all taken prisoner.

4-6 David and his men burst out in loud wails—wept and wept until they were exhausted with weeping. David’s two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail widow of Nabal of Carmel, had been taken prisoner along with the rest. And suddenly David was in even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families, of stoning him.

6-7 David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the Ephod so I can consult God.” Abiathar brought it to David.

Then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?”

The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!”

9-10 David went, he and the six hundred men with him. They arrived at the Brook Besor, where some of them dropped out. David and four hundred men kept up the pursuit, but two hundred of them were too fatigued to cross the Brook Besor, and stayed there.

11-12 Some who went on came across an Egyptian in a field and took him to David. They gave him bread and he ate. And he drank some water. They gave him a piece of fig cake and a couple of raisin muffins. Life began to revive in him. He hadn’t eaten or drunk a thing for three days and nights!

13-14 David said to him, “Who do you belong to? Where are you from?”

“I’m an Egyptian slave of an Amalekite,” he said. “My master walked off and left me when I got sick—that was three days ago. We had raided the Negev of the Kerethites, of Judah, and of Caleb. Ziklag we burned.”

15 David asked him, “Can you take us to the raiders?”

“Promise me by God,” he said, “that you won’t kill me or turn me over to my old master, and I’ll take you straight to the raiders.”

16 He led David to them. They were scattered all over the place, eating and drinking, gorging themselves on all the loot they had plundered from Philistia and Judah.

17-20 David pounced. He fought them from before sunrise until evening of the next day. None got away except for four hundred of the younger men who escaped by riding off on camels. David rescued everything the Amalekites had taken. And he rescued his two wives! Nothing and no one was missing—young or old, son or daughter, plunder or whatever. David recovered the whole lot. He herded the sheep and cattle before them, and they all shouted, “David’s plunder!”

21 Then David came to the two hundred who had been too tired to continue with him and had dropped out at the Brook Besor. They came out to welcome David and his band. As he came near he called out, “Success!”

22 But all the mean-spirited men who had marched with David, the rabble element, objected: “They didn’t help in the rescue, they don’t get any of the plunder we recovered. Each man can have his wife and children, but that’s it. Take them and go!”

23-25 “Families don’t do this sort of thing! Oh no, my brothers!” said David as he broke up the argument. “You can’t act this way with what God gave us! God kept us safe. He handed over the raiders who attacked us. Who would ever listen to this kind of talk? The share of the one who stays with the gear is the share of the one who fights—equal shares. Share and share alike!” From that day on, David made that the rule in Israel—and it still is.

26-31 On returning to Ziklag, David sent portions of the plunder to the elders of Judah, his neighbors, with a note saying, “A gift from the plunder of God’s enemies!” He sent them to the elders in Bethel, Ramoth Negev, Jattir, Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa, Racal, Jerahmeelite cities, Kenite cities, Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athach, and Hebron, along with a number of other places David and his men went to from time to time.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记上 30

大卫与亚玛力人交战

1过了两天,大卫率领部下回到洗革拉的时候,发现亚玛力人袭击了南地和洗革拉,攻破了洗革拉城,把全城烧毁, 并掳走了城内的妇女及所有老少,没有杀任何人。 大卫和部下来到洗革拉城,看到城被烧毁,妻子儿女都被掳走了, 便放声大哭,直哭得精疲力尽。 大卫的两个妻子耶斯列人亚希暖和拿八的遗孀迦密人亚比该也一起被掳走了。 跟随大卫的人因自己的儿女被掳去,心里很痛苦,商议要用石头打死大卫。大卫深陷困境,但他靠着他的上帝耶和华得到了力量。

大卫吩咐亚希米勒的儿子亚比亚他祭司把以弗得拿来,亚比亚他就拿给他。 大卫求问耶和华,说:“我该追赶敌人吗?我能追上他们吗?”耶和华答道:“追赶他们吧,你必能追上他们,救回一切。” 9-10 于是,大卫率领六百名部下前去追赶,到了比梭溪,有二百人因为太累而不能过溪,就留在那里。大卫率领其余的四百人继续追赶。

11 他们在田野遇见一个埃及人,就把他带到大卫那里。他们给他饼吃,给他水喝, 12 还给他一块无花果饼和两个葡萄饼。他吃完后,恢复了体力,因为这人已经三天三夜没吃没喝了。 13 大卫问他:“你是谁的仆人?你从哪里来?”他答道:“我是埃及人,是亚玛力人的奴仆。三天前,主人因为我患病把我撇弃了。 14 我们袭击了基利提的南方,犹大地区和迦勒南部,还烧毁了洗革拉。” 15 大卫又问他:“你可以领我去这些袭击者那里吗?”他答道:“你先凭上帝向我起誓,你不杀我,也不把我交给我的主人,我就带你去。”

16 他带着大卫找到那里,见亚玛力人正散布在田野间吃喝狂欢,因为他们从非利士和犹大抢夺了很多财物。 17 大卫率领部下从黎明攻打他们,直到次日黄昏。除了四百个青年骑骆驼逃脱外,亚玛力人全军覆没。 18 大卫夺回亚玛力人掳去的一切,包括他的两个妻子。 19 他尽数夺回了被掳去的男女老少和财物, 20 也夺了所有的牛羊。他的部下把这些牛羊赶到自己的牲畜前面,说:“这是大卫的战利品。”

21 大卫回到留在比梭溪的那二百名因为太疲乏而没有同去的人那里,他们出来迎接大卫和众随从,大卫也上前问候他们。 22 大卫随从中那些不良分子说:“他们没有跟我们一起去打仗,我们抢回来的东西不应分给他们,只让他们带走自己的妻子和儿女就好了。” 23 大卫说:“弟兄们,这一切是耶和华赐给我们的,我们不可不分给他们,因为是耶和华保护我们,把敌人交在了我们手里。 24 谁能接受你们的说法呢?上阵打仗的和看守装备的应该得到一样的待遇。” 25 从那天开始,大卫就把这原则定为以色列的律例和典章,沿用至今。

26 大卫来到洗革拉,把部分战利品送给他的朋友——犹大的长老们,说:“这些礼物是从耶和华的敌人那里夺来送给你们的。” 27 大卫把礼物送给住在伯特利、南地的拉末、雅提珥、 28 亚罗珥、息末、以实提莫、 29 拉哈勒、耶拉篾和基尼各城、 30 何珥玛、歌拉珊、亚挞、 31 希伯仑以及他和部下所到之处的人。