Daily Bible Reading “David Recovers All” (1 Samuel 30:16-31)

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David Recovers All

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 30:16-31. When the young man brought David down to his camp they found the Amalekites eating, drinking, and dancing. They were celebrating all the spoils they had taken from the Philistines and from Judah. Their celebration was short-lived.

David and his men attacked them and only four hundred young men who escaped on camel were spared. David and his army were able to recover everything and everybody the Amalekites had taken, including David’s two wives.

David and his men took all the flocks and cattle. As they were returning they ran into the two hundred men they had left by the brook at Besor.

David saluted the men, but some of the other men who went to battle with David weren’t as cordial. The soldiers didn’t want those who stayed behind with their belongings at the brook to partake of their spoils.

David made a statute saying that they would all share equal parts. David was grateful to God that they were able to recover everything He had promised. David didn’t want to hinder God’s blessings by being selfish.

David sent their plunders to the elders of Judah and to every place he and his men had roamed. David told them these were gifts to them from the plunders of the LORD’s enemies.


Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 30:16-31

16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.
21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.
22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.
24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
27 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir,
28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,
29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,
30 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach,
31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.


Things to think about:

  • Why were the Amalekites celebrating?
  • What did David and his men do?
  • What were the able to recover from their enemies?
  • What did David do with their trappings?


Prayer of the Day:

As we study this Scripture in 1 Samuel we see that David and his men were able to recover all that had been taken from them, as You promised them. David was grateful that they were able to recover everything. He was willing to share the wealth with everybody they had encountered along the way. Help us not to be selfish, but to be willing to share what You bless us with. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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