1 Samuel 30:11
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New International Version
They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat--

New Living Translation
Along the way they found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink.

English Standard Version
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,

New American Standard Bible
Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink.

King James Bible
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;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink.

International Standard Version
They found an Egyptian man in the field, and they took him to David. They gave him food to eat and provided water for him.

NET Bible
Then they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David. They gave him bread to eat and water to drink.

New Heart English Bible
They found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David's men found an Egyptian in the open country and took him to David. They gave him food to eat and water to drink.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they gave him water to drink;

New American Standard 1977
Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David and gave him bread to eat and water to drink,

King James 2000 Bible
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;

American King James Version
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;

American Standard Version
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they gave him water to drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David: and they gave him bread to eat, and water to drink,

Darby Bible Translation
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink,

English Revised Version
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they gave him water to drink:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they made him drink water;

World English Bible
They found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink.

Young's Literal Translation
and they find a man, an Egyptian, in the field, and take him unto David, and give to him bread, and he eateth, and they cause him to drink water,
Study Bible
David Destroys the Amalekites
10But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind. 11Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink. 12They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 30:10
But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind.

1 Samuel 30:12
They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights.
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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;

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(11) An Egyptian.--The Amalekites, as above stated, were a nomad race; their wanderings would have taken them to the frontiers of Egypt, hence the probability of their having Egyptian slaves in their tribe. The savage nature of these untamed sons of the desert has been already commented upon when the war of extermination with Amalek was discussed. They seem to have been a ruthless, cruel race, the scourge of the desert, and of the people dwelling near its borders. From the narrative, they had evidently many camels in their force (1Samuel 30:17), so the abandonment of the sick slave, left, without food or water, to die of hunger, was a needless act of barbarity on their part.

Verses 11, 12. - An Egyptian, the slave, as we read in ver. 13, of some Amalekite, left in the field, in the open common, to perish. He had become faint and could not travel as fast as they did, and so was left behind with no supplies of food, for he had eaten nothing for three days and three nights. The Amalekites had thus a start of at least this time, or even more, as this slave would probably have carried some food away with him from Ziklag. And they found an Egyptian in the field,.... As they passed along, lying there, having been sick, and was half starved, almost dead:

and brought him to David; to know what was to be done with him; being in the habit of a soldier, they concluded he might be one of the company they were in pursuit of; but whether they should kill him, or make use of him for intelligence and as a guide, could they bring him to himself, they knew not, and therefore brought him to David:

and gave him bread, and he did eat, and they made him drink water; both which they had with them for their own use; had he been an Amalekite, and not an Egyptian, they might not have relieved or spared him, but must have destroyed him at once; see Deuteronomy 25:19. 11-15. they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David—Old and homeborn slaves are usually treated with great kindness. But a purchased or captured slave must look to himself; for, if feeble or sick, his master will leave him to perish rather than encumber himself with any additional burden. This Egyptian seems to have recently fallen into the hands of an Amalekite, and his master having belonged to the marauding party that had made the attack on Ziklag, he could give useful information as to the course taken by them on their return.30:7-15 If in all our ways, even when, as in this case, there can be no doubt they are just, we acknowledge God, we may expect that he will direct our steps, as he did those of David. David, in tenderness to his men, would by no means urge them beyond their strength. The Son of David thus considers the frames of his followers, who are not all alike strong and vigorous in their spiritual pursuits and conflicts; but, where we are weak, there he is kind; nay more, there he is strong, 2Co 12:9,10. A poor Egyptian lad, scarcely alive, is made the means of a great deal of good to David. Justly did Providence make this poor servant, who was basely used by his master, an instrument in the destruction of the Amalekites; for God hears the cry of the oppressed. Those are unworthy the name of true Israelites, who shut up their compassion from persons in distress. We should neither do an injury nor deny a kindness to any man; some time or other it may be in the power of the lowest to return a kindness or an injury.
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