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;
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George Leo Haydock
Day. It was distant from Aphec about 90 miles.
Smitten, yet without killing any. (Calmet)
We may adore a merciful Providence, which prevented these barbarians from treating David's men as he had treated theirs, chap. xxvii. 11. (Salien, the year before Christ 1074.)
He would allow them to burn the city, that David might be roused to execute the divine vengeance upon them. (Theodoret)