1 Samuel 17

VIN(i) 1 And the Philistines gathered their armies for battle, and gathered at Socoh of Judah, and pitched between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the valley of Elah, where they set up their forces to meet the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on a hill on the one side, and Israel stood on a hill on the other side; and a valley between them. 4 A champion named Goliath from Gath came out from the Philistine camp. He was six and a half feet tall, 5 wore a bronze helmet on his head, and wore bronze scale armor that weighed about 125 pounds. 6 Bronze greaves were on his legs, and a bronze javelin was slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam and his iron spear's head weighed six hundred shekels, and his shield bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the armies of Israel, Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, then we will be your servants, but if I overcome him and kill him, then you will be our servants, and serve us. 10 The Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day! Give me a man and let us fight one another! 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine they were dismayed, and terrified. 12 David was the son of that Ephrathite man named Jesse from Bethlehem in Judah. He had eight sons; at the time when Saul was king he was old, having lived to an advanced age. 13 Jesse's three oldest sons joined Saul's army for the battle. The firstborn was Eliab, the second was Abinadab, and the third was Shammah. 14 Now David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 Now David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem. 16 For 40 days the Philistine would come forward, morning and evening, to take his position. 17 Jesse told his son David: "Take this half-bushel of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread to your brothers. Take them to your brothers in the camp right away. 18 and take these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand. See how your brothers are doing and bring back news. 19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. 20 David got up early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the supplies, and went as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the encampment as the army was going out to the battle line, shouting the battle cry. 21 The army of Israel and the Philistine army stood there facing each other. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies and ran to the army and came and greeted his brothers. 23 As he was speaking with them, the Philistine champion named Goliath from Gath came up from the Philistine battle lines and spoke his usual words, as David listened. 24 When all the Israelites saw the man, they fled from him and were very frightened. 25 The men of Israel said, Have you seen this man who keeps coming up? He comes up to defy Israel. The king has promised to give great riches to the man who kills him, and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel. 26 David asked the men who were standing by him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? Indeed, who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" 27 The people also told him the same thing, saying, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him." 28 Eliab his oldest brother heard him talking to the men. Eliab was angry with David and said, "Why did you come down here? And who did you leave those few sheep with in the wilderness? I know your insolence and wicked intentions. You came down just to see the battle!" 29 David said, What have I done now? Can I not speak? 30 He turned away from him toward someone else and said the same, and the people answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul. Saul sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of this Philistine. Your servant will go and fight him. 33 Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight him; you are only a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said to Saul, Your servant has been keeper of his father's sheep; and if a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and rescued it out of its mouth. When it turned on me I caught it by its beard and killed it. 36 Your servant killed both the lion and the bear. And this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said, the LORD who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David, Go; and the LORD be with you. 38 And Saul clothed David with a military coat, and put his bronze helmet on his head. 39 David strapped his sword onto his tunic and he tried to move, but he was not used to it. David said to Saul, I can't go with these; I am not used to them. So David took them off. 40 He took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag. His sling was in his hand as he drew near to the Philistine. 41 With a man carrying his shield in front of him, the Philistine kept coming closer to David. 42 When he looked at David he despised him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome. 43 The Philistine said to David, Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks? The Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 said to David, "Come to me! I'll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the field." 45 Then David said to the Philistine, You come against me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the LORD shall shut you up into my hand, and I shall strike you, and take off your head from you and give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the heavens and to the beasts of the earth today. And all the earth shall know that there is a God for Israel. 47 and all this assembly do know that not by sword and by spear does the LORD save, that the battle [is] the LORD's, and He has given you into our hand.. 48 When the Philistine came closer to attack David, David ran quickly towards the Philistine army. 49 He put his hand into his bag, took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him without a sword in his hand. 51 David ran and stood over the Philistine. He took the Philistine's sword, pulled it from its sheath, killed him, and then he cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 The men of Israel and Judah got up with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance to the valley and to the gates of Ekron. Wounded Philistines fell along the way to Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 Then the Israelites returned from pursuing the Philistines and plundered their camp. 54 David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put Goliath's weapons in his tent. 55 When Saul saw David going out to meet the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of the army, "Whose son is this young man, Abner?" Abner said, "As surely as you live, your majesty, I don't know." 56 The king said: "Find out whose son the young man is." 57 And as David returned from smiting the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 Saul said: "Whose son are you, young man?" David answered: "I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite."