New International Version - UK

1 Samuel 30

David destroys the Amalekites

1David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured – Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, ‘Bring me the ephod.’ Abiathar brought it to him, and David enquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?’

‘Pursue them,’ he answered. ‘You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.’

David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. 10 Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.

11 They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat – 12 part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.

13 David asked him, ‘Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?’

He said, ‘I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. 14 We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag.’

15 David asked him, ‘Can you lead me down to this raiding party?’

He answered, ‘Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them.’

16 He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and revelling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. 17 David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. 18 David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. 20 He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, ‘This is David’s plunder.’

21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were. 22 But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, ‘Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.’

23 David replied, ‘No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. 24 Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All shall share alike.’ 25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.

26 When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, ‘Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.’

27 David sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir; 28 to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa 29 and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites; 30 to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athak 31 and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed.

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。