John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 3 (1 Samuel 30:3)

So David and his men came to the city ,.... Or however to the place where it had stood, and where it now lay in ruins:

and, behold, it was burnt with fire ; the whole city was laid in ashes:

and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives ; as it appeared afterwards; for upon their first coming they knew not but they were all destroyed; and which they might reasonably suppose from their former treatment of them, unless there were any left upon the spot which could inform them how things were, which does not appear, and which must make their distress the greater.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary