1 Now it happened, when David and his men came to a Ziklag, on the third day, that the b Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the c women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David's two d wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for e the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was 1 grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. f But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
7 g Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, "Please bring the ephod here to me." And h Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 i So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And He answered him, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all." 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; j for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.
11 Then they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David; and they gave him bread and he ate, and they let him drink water. 12 And they gave him a piece of k a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So l when he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights. 13 Then David said to him, "To whom do you belong, and where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man from Egypt, servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind, because three days ago I fell sick. 14 "We made an invasion of the southern area of m the Cherethites, in the territory which belongs to Judah, and of the southern area n of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire." 15 And David said to him, "Can you take me down to this troop?" So he said, "Swear to me by God that you will neither kill me nor deliver me into the hands of my o master, and I will take you down to this troop."New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.