The Achilles of Giants - 1st Samuel 17

1 Samuel 17:1 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 Ephes-dammim. 

1 Samuel 17:2 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.  

1 Samuel 17:3 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.  

1 Samuel 17:4 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. 

1 Samuel 17:5 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. 

1 Samuel 17:6 And he had greaves of brass upon his  legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 

1 Samuel 17:7  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. 

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1 Samuel 17:8 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. 

1 Samuel 17:9 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. 

1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine said, I  defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we  may fight together. 

1 Samuel 17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard  those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and  greatly afraid.   

1 Samuel 17:12 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. 

1 Samuel 17:13 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 first born,  and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.  

1 Samuel 17:14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest  followed Saul. 

1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from  Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. 

1 Samuel 17:16 And  the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and  presented himself forty days. 

1 Samuel 17:17 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; 

1 Samuel 17:18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the  captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare,  and take their pledge. 

1 Samuel 17:19 Now Saul, and they, and all  the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with  the Philistines.  

1 Samuel 17:20 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. 

1 Samuel 17:21  For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array,  army against army. 

1 Samuel 17:22 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. 

1 Samuel 17:23 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. 

1 Samuel 17:24 And all the men of Israel,  when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore  afraid. 

1 Samuel 17:25 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 

1 Samuel 17:26  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? 

1 Samuel 17:27 And the people answered him after  this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that  killeth him.  

1 Samuel 17:28 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. 

1 Samuel 17:29 And David  said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?  

1 Samuel 17:30 And he turned from him toward another, and  spake after the same manner: and the people answered him  again after the former manner. 

1 Samuel 17:31 And when the  words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed  them before Saul: and he sent for him.  

1 Samuel 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail  because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this  Philistine. 

1 Samuel 17:33 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.  

1 Samuel 17:34 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: 

1 Samuel 17:35 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. 

1 Samuel 17:36 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. 

1 Samuel 17:37 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.  

1 Samuel 17:38 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. 

1 Samuel 17:39 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. 

1 Samuel 17:40 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.  

1 Samuel 17:41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto  David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.  

1 Samuel 17:42 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. 

1 Samuel 17:43 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.  

1 Samuel 17:44 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. 

1 Samuel 17:45 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.  

1 Samuel 17:46 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. 

1 Samuel 17:47 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. 

1 Samuel 17:48  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. 

1 Samuel 17:49 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.  

1 Samuel 17:50 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. 

1 Samuel 17:51  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. 

1 Samuel 17:52  And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and  pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to  the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell  down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto  Ekron. 

1 Samuel 17:53 And the children of Israel returned from  chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.   

1 Samuel 17:54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and  brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.  

1 Samuel 17:55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the  Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host,  Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy  soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 

1 Samuel 17:56 And the king said,  Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. 

1 Samuel 17:57 And as  David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner  took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the  Philistine in his hand. 

1 Samuel 17:58 And Saul said to him, Whose  son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I  am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.  KJV