David Destroys the Amalekites

30 David and his men reached Ziklag(A) on the third day. Now the Amalekites(B) had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned(C) 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.(D) So David and his men wept(E) aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives(F) 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(G) him; each one was bitter(H) in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength(I) in the Lord his God.

Then David said to Abiathar(J) the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.(K)” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired(L) of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?”

“Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed(M) in the rescue.(N)

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30 第三日,大卫和跟随他的人到了洗革拉亚玛力人已经侵夺南地,攻破洗革拉,用火焚烧, 掳了城内的妇女和其中的大小人口,却没有杀一个,都带着走了。 大卫和跟随他的人到了那城,不料,城已烧毁,他们的妻子、儿女都被掳去了。 大卫和跟随他的人就放声大哭,直哭得没有气力。 大卫的两个妻耶斯列亚希暖和做过拿八妻的迦密亚比该,也被掳去了。 大卫甚是焦急,因众人为自己的儿女苦恼,说要用石头打死他。大卫却倚靠耶和华他的神,心里坚固。


大卫亚希米勒的儿子祭司亚比亚他说:“请你将以弗得拿过来。”亚比亚他就将以弗得拿到大卫面前。 大卫求问耶和华说:“我追赶敌军,追得上追不上呢?”耶和华说:“你可以追,必追得上,都救得回来。”

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