4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
4 Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep.
4 David and his men burst out in loud wails - wept and wept until they were exhausted with weeping.
4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
4 they wept until they could weep no more.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Samuel 30:4
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.