1 SAMUEL 30:14 – 31:1
30:14 We attacked the south of the Cherethites and what belongs to Judah and the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
30:15 And David said to him, Can you lead me down to this band? And he said, Swear to me by God that you will neither kill me nor deliver me into the hand of my master, and I will lead you down to this troop.
30:16 And he led him down; and there they were, spread over the whole land, eating and drinking and celebrating because of all the great spoil that they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
30:17 And David struck them from twilight until the evening of the next day; and not a man of them escaped except for four hundred young men, who rode upon camels and fled.
30:18 And David delivered all that the Amalekites had taken; and David delivered his two wives.
30:19 And nothing was missed by them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil nor anything that they had taken; David brought everything back.
30:20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before the other cattle and of which they said, This is David’s spoil.
30:21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David and who had been left behind at the brook Besor. And they went forth to meet David and to meet the people who were with him; and David came near to the people and greeted them.
30:22 And all the wicked and worthless men among the men that had gone with David responded; and they said, Because they did not go with us, we will not give them anything of the spoil that we have delivered, except every man his wife and his children that they may lead them off and go away.
30:23 Then said David, You shall not do so, my brothers, with that which Jehovah has given us, who has kept us and given this band that came against us into our hand.
30:24 And 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 by the baggage; they shall share alike.
30:25 And from that day forward he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
30:26 And David came to Ziklag, and he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his companions, saying, Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of Jehovah:
30:27 For those in Bethel, and for those in Ramoth of the south, and for those in Jattir,
30:28 And for those in Aroer, and for those in Siphmoth, and for those in Eshtemoa,
30:29 And for those in Racal, and for those in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and for those in the cities of the Kenites,
30:30 And for those in Hormah, and for those in Bor-ashan, and for those in Athach,
30:31 And for those in Hebron, and for all the places where David himself and his men had gone about.
31:1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines and fell down slain on Mount Gilboa.