30:3 When David and his men came to the city, they found it burned. 1 Their wives, sons, and daughters had been taken captive. 30:4 Then David and the men 2 who were with him wept loudly 3 until they could weep no more. 4 30:5 David’s two wives had been taken captive – Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow. 30:6 David was very upset, for the men 5 were thinking of stoning him; 6 each man grieved bitterly 7 over his sons and daughters. But David drew strength from the Lord his God.
30:7 Then David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 30:8 David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Should I pursue this raiding band? Will I overtake them?” He said to him, “Pursue, for you will certainly overtake them and carry out a rescue!”
30:9 So David went, accompanied by his six hundred men. When he came to the Wadi Besor, those who were in the rear stayed there. 8 30:10 David and four hundred men continued the pursuit, but two hundred men who were too exhausted to cross the Wadi Besor stayed there.
30:11 Then they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David. They gave him bread to eat and water to drink.
1 tn Heb “and David and his men came to the city, and look, it was burned with fire.”
2 tn Heb “people.”
3 tn Heb “lifted up their voice and wept.”
4 tn Heb “until there was no longer in them strength to weep.”
5 tn Heb “people.”
6 tn Heb “said to stone him.”
7 tn Heb “for bitter was the soul of all the people, each one.”