When David came to Ziklag, he sent part of the spoil to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD.” It was for those in Bethel, in Ramoth of the Negeb, in Jattir, in Aroer, in Siphmoth, in Eshtemoa, in Racal, in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, in the cities of the Kenites, in Hormah, in Bor-ashan, in Athach, in Hebron, for all the places where David and his men had roamed.
Comment: I think that David must have been realising that Saul was losing the grip on his throne, and that if his own anointing was to be put into practice then he’d better be getting ready for it! Obviously without people supporting him things would be very difficult. So when it came to dividing, what was obviously very significant, booty, he had some taken to the various elders of Judah, in whose regions he and his band had been living for some years.
Prayer: Help me to be wise but neither manipulative nor hypocritical, please.