While David was back fighting the Amalekites, Saul lost his battle (and his life) to the Philistines. On the run for “ten chapters” the Lord delivered him from his pursuer for good. God is faithful!

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 31:1-13

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 31:1-13

1 Samuel 31 (Listen)

The Death of Saul

31:1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled. And the Philistines came and lived in them.

The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people. 10 They put his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. 11 But when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose and went all night and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. 13 And they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted seven days.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 2:9

     1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons. 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. 4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together. 7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

     8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people. 10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan. 11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. 13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 402 :
O God, Forsake me Not

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy gracious presence lend me; 
Lead Thou Thy helpless child; 
Thy Holy Spirit send me 
That I my course may run. 
Be Thou my Light, my Lot, 
My Staff, my Rock, my Shield, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

2. O God, forsake me not! 
Take not Thy Spirit from me 
And suffer not the might 
Of sin to overcome me. 
Increase my feeble faith, 
Which Thou Thyself hast wrought. 
Be Thou my Strength and Power, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

3. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, hear my supplication! 
In every evil hour 
Help me o’ercome temptation; 
And when the Prince of hell 
My conscience seeks to blot, 
Be Thou not far from me, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

4. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy mercy I’m addressing; 
O Father, God of Love, 
Grant me Thy heavenly blessing 
To do when duty calls 
What’er Thou didst allot, 
To do what pleaseth Thee, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

5. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, I am Thine forever. 
Grant me true faith in Thee; 
Grant that I leave Thee never. 
Grant me a blessed end 
When my good fight is fought; 
Help me in life and death, – 
O God, forsake me not! 


Hymn: LSB 731 :
O God, Forsake Me Not

Hymnary.org

1. O God, forsake me not! 
Your gracious presence lend me; 
Lord, lead Your helpless child; 
Your Holy Spirit send me 
That I my course may run. 
O be my light, my lot, 
My staff, my rock, my shield– 
O God, forsake me not! 

2. O God, forsake me not! 
Take not Your Spirit from me; 
Do not permit the might 
Of sin to overcome me. 
Increase my feeble faith, 
Which You alone have wrought. 
O be my strength and pow’r– 
O God, forsake me not! 

3. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, hear my supplication! 
In ev’ry evil hour 
Help me resist temptation; 
And when the prince of hell 
My conscience seeks to blot, 
Be then not far from me– 
O God, forsake me not! 

4. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, I am Yours forever. 
O keep me strong in faith 
That I may leave You never. 
Grant me a blessed end 
When my good fight is fought; 
Help me in life and death– 
O God, forsake me not! 


Having been sent back, David continued his “private war” against the Amalekites. When things looked bad for him and his army, “David found strength in the Lord his God.”

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 30:1-20

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 30:1-20

1 Samuel 30:1–20 (Listen)

David’s Wives Are Captured

30:1 Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all1 who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul,2 each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.” So David set out, and the six hundred men who were with him, and they came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men. Two hundred stayed behind, who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor.

11 They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. And they gave him bread and he ate. They gave him water to drink, 12 and they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. And when he had eaten, his spirit revived, for he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights. 13 And David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?” He said, “I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite, and my master left me behind because I fell sick three days ago. 14 We had made a raid against the Negeb of the Cherethites and against that which belongs to Judah and against the Negeb of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire.” 15 And David said to him, “Will you take me down to this band?” And he said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will take you down to this band.”

David Defeats the Amalekites

16 And when he had taken him down, behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. 17 And David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled. 18 David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all. 20 David also captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove the livestock before him,3 and said, “This is David’s spoil.”

Footnotes

[1] 30:2 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks and all

[2] 30:6 Compare 22:2

[3] 30:20 The meaning of the Hebrew clause is uncertain

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 3:30

     1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

     7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. 11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick. 14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire. 15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 522 :
When in the Hour of Utmost Need

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. When in the hour of utmost need 
We know not where to look for aid; 
When days and nights of anxious thought 
Nor help nor counsel yet have brought, 

2. Then this our comfort is alone, 
That we may meet before Thy throne 
And cry, O faithful God, to Thee 
For rescue from our misery; 

3. To Thee may raise our hearts and eyes, 
Repenting sore with bitter sighs, 
And seek Thy pardon for our sin 
And respite from our griefs within. 

4. For Thou hast promised graciously 
To hear all those who cry to Thee 
Through Him whose name alone is great, 
Our Savior and our Advocate. 

5. And thus we come, O God, today 
And all our woes before Thee lay; 
For sorely tried, cast down, we stand, 
Perplexed by fears on every hand. 

6. Ah! hide not for our sins Thy face, 
Absolve us through Thy boundless grace, 
Be with us in our anguish still, 
Free us at last from every ill, 

7. That so with all our hearts we may 
To Thee our glad thanksgiving pay, 
Then walk obedient to Thy Word 
And now and ever praise Thee, Lord. 


Hymn: LSB 615 :
When in the Hour of Deepest Need

Hymnary.org

1. When in the hour of deepest need 
We know not where to look for aid; 
When days and nights of anxious thought 
No help or counsel yet have brought. 

2. Then is our comfort this alone 
That we may meet before Your throne; 
To You, O faithful God, we cry 
For rescue from our misery. 

3. For You have promised, Lord, to heed 
Your children’s cries in time of need 
Through Him whose name alone is great, 
Our Savior and our advocate. 

4. And so we come, O God, today 
And all our woes before You lay; 
For sorely tried, cast down, we stand, 
Perplexed by fears on ev’ry hand. 

5. O from our sins, Lord, turn Your face; 
Absolve us through Your boundless grace. 
Be with us in our anguish still; 
Free us at last from ev’ry ill. 

6. So we with all our hearts each day 
To You our glad thanksgiving pay, 
Then walk obedient to Your Word, 
And now and ever praise You, Lord.