Bible: 1 Samuel 17:1-11


David Kills Goliath


The Philistines gathered their troops 2  for battle. They assembled at Socoh in Judah. They camped in Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. 17:2 Saul and the Israelite army 3  assembled and camped in the valley of Elah, where they arranged their battle lines to fight against 4  the Philistines. 17:3 The Philistines were standing on one hill, and the Israelites 5  on another hill, with the valley between them.

17:4 Then a champion 6  came out from the camp of the Philistines. His name was Goliath; he was from Gath. He was close to seven feet tall. 7  17:5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and was wearing scale body armor. The weight of his bronze body armor was five thousand shekels. 8  17:6 He had bronze shin guards 9  on his legs, and a bronze javelin was slung over his shoulders. 17:7 The shaft 10  of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the iron point of his spear weighed six hundred shekels. 11  His shield bearer was walking before him.

17:8 Goliath 12  stood and called to Israel’s troops, 13 Why do you come out to prepare for battle? Am I not the Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose 14  for yourselves a man so he may come down 15  to me! 17:9 If he is able to fight with me and strike me down, we will become your servants. But if I prevail against him and strike him down, you will become our servants and will serve us.” 17:10 Then the Philistine said, “I defy Israel’s troops this day! Give me a man so we can fight 16  each other! 17:11 When Saul and all the Israelites 17  heard these words of the Philistine, they were upset and very afraid.

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