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  • "To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?" David asked him. "I am an Egyptian--the slave of an Amalekite," he replied. "My master left me behind three days ago because I was sick. - 1 Samuel 30:13

  • "Will you lead me to them?" David asked. The young man replied, "If you swear by God's name that you will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them." - 1 Samuel 30:15

  • So the Egyptian led them to the Amalekite encampment. When David and his men arrived, the Amalekites were spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken from the Philistines and the land of Judah. - 1 Samuel 30:16

  • David and his men rushed in among them and slaughtered them throughout that night and the entire next day until evening. None of the Amalekites escaped except four hundred young men who fled on camels. - 1 Samuel 30:17

  • David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. - 1 Samuel 30:18

  • Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back. - 1 Samuel 30:19

  • His troops rounded up all the flocks and herds and drove them on ahead. "These all belong to David as his reward!" they said. - 1 Samuel 30:20

  • When they reached Besor Brook and met the two hundred men who had been too tired to go with them, David greeted them joyfully. - 1 Samuel 30:21

  • But some troublemakers among David's men said, "They didn't go with us, so they can't have any of the plunder. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone." - 1 Samuel 30:22

  • But David said, "No, my brothers! Don't be selfish with what the LORD has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the enemy. - 1 Samuel 30:23

  • From then on David made this a law for all of Israel, and it is still followed. - 1 Samuel 30:25

  • When he arrived at Ziklag, David sent part of the plunder to the leaders of Judah, who were his friends. "Here is a present for you, taken from the LORD's enemies," he said. - 1 Samuel 30:26

  • The gifts were sent to the leaders of the following towns where David and his men had been: Bethel, Ramoth-negev, Jattir, - 1 Samuel 30:27

  • After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. - 2 Samuel 1:1

  • On the third day after David's return, a man arrived from the Israelite battlefront. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect. - 2 Samuel 1:2

  • "Where have you come from?" David asked. "I escaped from the Israelite camp," the man replied. - 2 Samuel 1:3

  • "What happened?" David demanded. "Tell me how the battle went." The man replied, "Our entire army fled. Many men are dead and wounded on the battlefield, and Saul and his son Jonathan have been killed." - 2 Samuel 1:4
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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