2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
2 and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.
2 and taken captive the women and all
2 They captured all the women, young and old. They didn't kill anyone, but drove them like a herd of cattle.
2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
2 They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing anyone.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Samuel 30:2
Commentary on 1 Samuel 30:1-6
(Read 1 Samuel 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.