The Amalecites burn Siceleg, and carry off the prey: David pursueth after them, and recovereth all out of their hands.
 Now when David and his men were come to Siceleg on the third day, the Amalecites had made an invasion on the south side upon Siceleg, and had smitten Siceleg, and burnt it with fire.
Cumque venissent David et viri ejus in Siceleg die tertia, Amalecitae impetum fecerant ex parte australi in Siceleg, et percusserant Siceleg, et succenderant eam igni.
 And had taken the women captives that were in it, both little and great: and they had not killed any person, but had carried them with them, and went on their way.
Et captivas duxerant mulieres ex ea, a minimo usque ad magnum : et non interfecerant quemquam, sed secum duxerant, et pergebant itinere suo.
 So when David and his men came to the city, and found it burnt with fire, and that their wives and their sons, and their daughters were taken captives,
Cum ergo venissent David et viri ejus ad civitatem, et invenissent eam succensam igni, et uxores suas, et filios suos, et filias ductas esse captivas,
 David and the people that were with him, lifted up their voices, and wept till they had no more tears.
levaverunt David et populus qui erat cum eo voces suas, et planxerunt donec deficerent in eis lacrimae.
 For the two wives also of David were taken captives, Achinoam the Jezrahelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel.
Siquidem et duae uxores David captivae ductae fuerant, Achinoam Jezrahelites, et Abigail uxor Nabal Carmeli.
 And David was greatly afflicted: for the people had a mind to stone him, for the soul of every man was bitterly grieved for his sons, and daughters: but David took courage in the Lord his God.
Et contristatus est David valde : volebat enim eum populus lapidare, quia amara erat anima uniuscujusque viri super filiis suis et filiabus : confortatus est autem David in Domino Deo suo.
 And he said to Abiathar the priest the son of Achimelech: Bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
Et ait ad Abiathar sacerdotem filium Achimelech : Applica ad me ephod. Et applicavit Abiathar ephod ad David,
 And David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I pursue after these robbers, and shall I overtake them, or not? And the Lord said to him: Pursue after them: for thou shalt surely overtake them and recover the prey.
et consuluit David Dominum, dicens : Persequar latrunculos hos, et comprehendam eos, an non? Dixitque ei Dominus : Persequere : absque dubio enim comprehendes eos, et excuties praedam.
 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and they came to the torrent Besor: and some being weary stayed there.
Abiit ergo David ipse, et sexcenti viri qui erant cum eo, et venerunt usque ad torrentem Besor : et lassi quidam substiterunt.
 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred stayed, who being weary could not go over the torrent Besor.
Persecutus est autem David ipse, et quadringenti viri : substiterant enim ducenti, qui lassi transire non poterant torrentem Besor.
 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David: and they gave him bread to eat, and water to drink,
Et invenerunt virum Aegyptium in agro, et adduxerunt eum ad David : dederuntque ei panem ut comederet, et biberet aquam,
 As also a piece of a cake of figs, and two bunches of raisins. And when he had eaten them his spirit returned, and he was refreshed: for he had not eaten bread, nor drunk water three days, and three nights.
sed et fragmen massae caricarum, et duas ligaturas uvae passae. Quae cum comedisset, reversus est spiritus ejus, et refocillatus est : non enim comederat panem, neque biberat aquam, tribus diebus et tribus noctibus.
 And David said to him: To whom dost thou belong? or whence dost thou come? and whither art thou going? He said: I am a young man of Egypt, the servant of an Amalecite, and my master left me, because I began to be sick three days ago.
Dixit itaque ei David : Cujus es tu? vel unde? et quo pergis? Qui ait : Puer Aegyptius ego sum, servus viri Amalecitae : dereliquit autem me dominus meus, quia aegrotare coepi nudiustertius.
 For we made an invasion on the south side of Cerethi, and upon Juda, and upon the south of Caleb, and we burnt Siceleg with fire.
Siquidem nos erupimus ad australem plagam Cerethi, et contra Judam, et ad meridiem Caleb, et Siceleg succendimus igni.
 And David said to him: Canst thou bring me to this company? And he said: Swear to me by God, that thou wilt not kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee to this company. And David swore to him.
Dixitque ei David : Potes me ducere ad cuneum istum? Qui ait : Jura mihi per Deum quod non occidas me, et non tradas me in manus domini mei, et ego ducam te ad cuneum istum. Et juravit ei David.
 And when he had brought him, behold they were lying spread upon all the ground, eating and drinking, and as it were keeping a festival day, for all the prey, and the spoils which they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Juda.
Qui cum duxisset eum, ecce illi discumbebant super faciem universae terrae comedentes et bibentes, et quasi festum celebrantes diem, pro cuncta praeda et spoliis quae ceperant de terra Philisthiim, et de terra Juda.
 And David slew them from the evening unto the evening of the next day, and there escaped not a man of them, but four hundred young men, who had gotten upon camels, and fled.
Et percussit eos David a vespere usque ad vesperam alterius diei, et non evasit ex eis quisquam, nisi quadringenti viri adolescentes, qui ascenderant camelos, et fugerant.
 So David recovered all that the Amalecites had taken, and he rescued his two wives.
Eruit ergo David omnia quae tulerant Amalecitae, et duas uxores suas eruit.
 And there was nothing missing small or great, neither of their sons or their daughters, nor of the spoils, and whatsoever they had taken: David recovered all.
Nec defuit quidquam a parvo usque ad magnum, tam de filiis quam de filiabus, et de spoliis, et quaecumque rapuerant, omnia reduxit David.
 And he took all the flocks and the herds, and made them go before him: and they said: This is the prey of David.
Et tulit universos greges et armenta, et minavit ante faciem suam : dixeruntque : Haec est praeda David.
 And David came to the two hundred men, who being weary had stayed, and were not able to follow David, and he had ordered them to abide at the torrent Besor: and they came out to meet David, and the people that were with him. And David coming to the people saluted them peaceably.
Venit autem David ad ducentos viros, qui lassi subsisterant, nec sequi potuerant David, et residere eos jusserat in torrente Besor : qui egressi sunt obviam David, et populo qui erat cum eo. Accedens autem David ad populum, salutavit eos pacifice.
 Then all the wicked and unjust men that had gone with David answering, said: Because they came not with us, we will not give them any thing of the prey which we have recovered: but let every man take his wife and his children, and be contented with them, and go his way.
Respondensque omnis vir pessimus et iniquus de viris qui ierant cum David, dixit : Quia non venerunt nobiscum, non dabimus eis quidquam de praeda quam eruimus : sed sufficiat unicuique uxor sua et filii : quos cum acceperint, recedant.
 But David said: You shall not do so, my brethren, with these things, which the Lord hath given us, who hath kept us, and hath delivered the robbers that invaded us into our hands.
Dixit autem David : Non sic facietis fratres mei de his, quae tradidit nobis Dominus, et custodivit nos, et dedit latrunculos, qui eruperant adversum nos, in manus nostras :
 And no man shall hearken to you in this matter. But equal shall be the portion of him that went down to battle and of him that abode at the baggage, and they shall divide alike.
nec audiet vos quisquam super sermone hoc : aequa enim pars erit descendentis ad praelium, et remanentis ad sarcinas, et similiter divident.
 And this hath been done from that day forward, and since was made a statute, and an ordinance, and as a law in Israel.
Et factum est hoc ex die illa, et deinceps constitutum et praefinitum, et quasi lex in Israel usque in diem hanc.
 Then David came to Siceleg, and sent presents of the prey to the ancients of Juda his neighbours, saying: Receive a blessing of the prey of the enemies of the Lord.
Venit ergo David in Siceleg, et misit dona de praeda senioribus Juda proximis suis, dicens : Accipite benedictionem de praeda hostium Domini :
 To them that were in Bethel, and that were in Ramoth to the south, and to them that were in Jether,
his qui erant in Bethel, et qui in Ramoth ad meridiem, et qui in Jether,
 And to them that were in Aroer and that were in Sephamoth, and that were in Esthamo,
et qui in Aroer, et qui in Sephamoth, et qui in Esthamo,
 And that were in Rachal, and that were in the cities of Jerameel, and that were in the cities of Ceni,
et qui in Rachal, et qui in urbibus Jerameel, et qui in urbibus Ceni,
 And that were in Arama, and that were in the lake Asan, and that were in Athach,
et qui in Arama, et qui in lacu Asan, et qui in Athach,
 And that were in Hebron, and to the rest that were in those places, in which David had abode with his men.
et qui in Hebron, et reliquis qui erant in his locis, in quibus commoratus fuerat David ipse, et viri ejus.