1 Samuel 30:6
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New International Version
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

New Living Translation
David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

English Standard Version
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

New American Standard Bible
Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David was in a difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him, for they were all very bitter over the loss of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

International Standard Version
David was in great danger because all the people were bitter because of their sons and daughters, and they were talking about stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

NET Bible
David was very upset, for the men were thinking of stoning him; each man grieved bitterly over his sons and daughters. But David drew strength from the LORD his God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David was in great distress because the people in their bitterness said he should be stoned. (They were thinking of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him because the soul of all the people was bitter, each one for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

King James 2000 Bible
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke 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.

American King James Version
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke 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.

American Standard Version
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 strengthened himself in Jehovah his God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him; for the soul of all the people was embittered, every man because of his sons and because of his daughters; but David strengthened himself in Jehovah his God.

English Revised Version
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 strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David was greatly distressed: for the people spoke 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.

World English Bible
David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David strengthened himself in Yahweh his God.

Young's Literal Translation
and David hath great distress, for the people have said to stone him, for the soul of all the people hath been bitter, each for his sons and for his daughters; and David doth strengthen himself in Jehovah his God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

30:1-6 When we go abroad in the way of our duty, we may comfortably hope that God will take care of our families in our absence, but not otherwise. If, when we come off a journey, we find our abode in peace, and not laid waste, as David here found his, let the Lord be praised for it. David's men murmured against him. Great faith must expect such severe trials. But, observe, that David was brought thus low, only just before he was raised to the throne. When things are at the worst with the church and people of God, then they begin to mend. David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. His men fretted at their loss, the soul of the people was bitter; their own discontent and impatience added to the affliction and misery. But David bore it better, though he had more reason than any of them to lament it. They gave liberty to their passions, but he set his graces to work; and while they dispirited each other, he, by encouraging himself in God, kept his spirit calm. Those who have taken the Lord for their God, may take encouragement from him in the worst times.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The soul of all the people was grieved. Hebrew, "was bitter." Their great sorrow is pathetically described in ver. 4. But, as is often the case with those in distress, from grief they turned to anger, and sought relief for their feelings by venting their rage upon the innocent. Possibly David had not taken precautions against a danger which he had not apprehended; but, left almost friendless in the angry crowd who were calling out to stone him, he encouraged himself in Jehovah, his God. Literally, "strengthened himself in Jehovah, and summoned the priest to ask counsel and guidance of God by the ephod. DAVID'S PURSUIT OF THE AMALEKITES (vers. 7-16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And David was greatly distressed,.... Partly for the loss of his two wives, and partly because of the mutiny and murmuring of his men:

for the people spake of stoning him; as the Israelites did of Moses and Aaron, Numbers 14:10; the reason of this was, because, as they judged, it was owing to David that they went along with Achish, and left the city defenceless, and because he had provoked the Amalekites by his inroad upon them, who took this opportunity of avenging themselves. Abarbinel is of opinion that it was his excess of sorrow for his two wives, and his remissness and backwardness to take vengeance on their enemies, that provoked them, and put them on talking after this manner:

because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; as well as David; and they were very desirous of recovering them if possible, and of taking vengeance on those who had carried them captive:

but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God; took all patiently, and exercised faith on his God; he encouraged himself in the power and providence of God; in the promises of God, and his faithfulness in keeping them; in a view of his covenant relation to God; in remembrance of the grace, mercy, and goodness of God, and his former experiences of it; hoping and believing that God would appear for him in some way or another, and work salvation for him. The Targum is,"he strengthened himself in the Word of the Lord his God;''in Christ the Word of God, and in the power of his might, and in the grace that is in him, Ephesians 6:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1Sa 30:6-15. But David, Encouraged by God, Pursues Them.

6. David was greatly distressed—He had reason, not only on his own personal account (1Sa 30:5), but on account of the vehement outcry and insurrectionary threats against him for having left the place so defenseless that the families of his men fell an unresisting prey to the enemy. Under the pressure of so unexpected and widespread a calamity, of which he was upbraided as the indirect occasion, the spirit of any other leader guided by ordinary motives would have sunk;

but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God—His faith supplied him with inward resources of comfort and energy, and through the seasonable inquiries he made by Urim, he inspired confidence by ordering an immediate pursuit of the plunderers.

1 Samuel 30:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Amalekites Raid Ziklag
5Now David's two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. 6Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
Cross References
John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Romans 4:20
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

Exodus 17:4
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, "What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me."

1 Samuel 23:16
And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 71:4
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

Psalm 71:5
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.

Jonah 2:2
He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Treasury of Scripture

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke 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.

was greatly

Genesis 32:7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the …

Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring you me out of my distresses.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterspouts: all your waves …

Psalm 116:3,4,10 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

2 Corinthians 1:8,9 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

the people

Exodus 17:4 And Moses cried to the LORD, saying, What shall I do to this people? …

Numbers 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones…

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, …

Matthew 27:22 Pilate said to them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called …

grieved [heb] bitter

1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD, and wept sore.

Judges 18:25 And the children of Dan said to him, Let not your voice be heard …

2 Samuel 17:8 For, said Hushai, you know your father and his men, that they be …

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by …

David

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my …

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard …

Psalm 26:1,2 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Psalm 27:1-3 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 34:1-8 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually …

Psalm 40:1,2 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…

Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 56:3,4,11 What time I am afraid, I will trust in you…

Psalm 62:1,5,8 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation…

Psalm 118:8-13 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man…

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Isaiah 37:14-20 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 1:6,9,10 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation…

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not …

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