THE GIANT KILLER

1 Samuel 1:1-51

1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle,

and were gathered together at Shochoh, which [belongeth] to Judah,

and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. 2 And

Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by

the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the

Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one

side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and [there

was] a valley between them. 4 And there went out a champion out

of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose

height [was] six cubits and a span. 5 And [he had] an helmet of

brass upon his head, and he [was] armed with a coat of mail; and

the weight of the coat [was] five thousand shekels of brass. 6

And [he had] greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass

between his shoulders. 7 And the staff of his spear [was] like a

weaver's beam; and his spear's head [weighed] six hundred shekels

of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 8 And he stood

and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are

ye come out to set [your] battle in array? [am] not I a

Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and

let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to

kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against

him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 10

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day;

give me a man, that we may fight together. 11 When Saul and all

Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed,

and greatly afraid. 12 Now David [was] the son of that Ephrathite

of Bethlehemjudah, whose name [was] Jesse; and he had eight sons:

and the man went among men [for] an old man in the days of Saul.

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went [and] followed Saul to

the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the

battle [were] Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and

the third Shammah. 14 And David [was] the youngest: and the three

eldest followed Saul. 15 But David went and returned from Saul to

feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem. 16 And the Philistine drew

near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. 17

And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an

ephah of this parched [corn], and these ten loaves, and run to the

camp to thy brethren; 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the

captain of [their] thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and

take their pledge. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of

Israel, [were] in the valley of Elah, fighting with the

Philistines. 20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left

the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had

commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going

forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. 21 For Israel and

the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. 22

And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the

carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his

brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up

the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the

armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words:

and David heard [them]. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they

saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men

of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to

defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, [that] the man who

killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will

give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.

26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What

shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh

away the reproach from Israel? for who [is] this uncircumcised

Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 27

And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it

be done to the man that killeth him. 28 And Eliab his eldest

brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was

kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither?

and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I

know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art

come down that thou mightest see the battle. 29 And David said,

What have I now done? [Is there] not a cause? 30 And he turned

from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the

people answered him again after the former manner. 31 And when

the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed [them]

before Saul: and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, Let

no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight

with this Philistine. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not

able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou

[art but] a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And

David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and

there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [it]

out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by

his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both

the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be

as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living

God. 37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of

the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will

deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto

David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 38 And Saul armed David

with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also

he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword

upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved [it].

And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not

proved [them]. And David put them off him. 40 And he took his

staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the

brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a

scrip; and his sling [was] in his hand: and he drew near to the

Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto

David; and the man that bare the shield [went] before him. 42

And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained

him: for he was [but] a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair

countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David, [Am] I a dog,

that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed

David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to

me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to

the beasts of the field. 45 Then said David to the Philistine,

Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a

shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the

God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day

will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee,

and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the

host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to

the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that

there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know

that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle [is]

the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands. 48 And it came

to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet

David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the

Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence

a stone, and slang [it], and smote the Philistine in his forehead,

that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face

to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a

sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him;

but [there was] no sword in the hand of David.

51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took

his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him,

and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their

champion was dead, they fled.


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