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Poole's Outline of 1 Samuel 30: David's Rescue of the Woman and Children of Ziklag


The Amalekites in David’s absence spoil Ziklag, and carry away the people and his two wives captives, 1-6.  David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them, 7-10.  By the means of an Egyptian, who was left behind, he is brought to the enemies, and recovereth all the spoil, and spoileth them, 11-20; makes an order for the dividing the prey, 21-25; sendeth presents to his friends, 26-31.

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