1 Samuel 17:39-51 David Defeats Goliath

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David put on Saul’s sword over his clothes. He walked around for a while in all that armor because he wasn’t used to it.“I can’t go out there in all this armor,” he said to Saul. “I’m not used to it.” So he took it off. 

Then David picked up his wooden staff. He went down to a stream and chose five smooth stones. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag. Then he took his sling in his hand and approached Goliath.

At that same time, the Philistine kept coming closer to David. The man carrying Goliath’s shield walked along in front of him. 

Goliath looked David over. He saw how young he was. He also saw how healthy and handsome he was. And he hated him. 

He said to David, “Why are you coming at me with sticks? Do you think I’m only a dog?” The Philistine cursed David in the name of his gods. 

“Come over here,” he said. “I’ll feed your body to the birds and wild animals!”

David said to Goliath, “You are coming to fight against me with a sword, a spear and a javelin. But I’m coming against you in the name of the Lord who rules over all. He is the God of the armies of Israel. He’s the one you have dared to fight against. 

This day the Lord will give me the victory over you. I’ll strike you down. I’ll cut your head off. This day I’ll feed the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds and wild animals. Then the whole world will know there is a God in Israel. 

The Lord doesn’t rescue people by using a sword or a spear. And everyone here will know it. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will hand all of you over to us.”

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. 

He reached into his bag. He took out a stone. He put it in his sling. He slung it at Goliath. The stone hit him on the forehead and sank into it. He fell to the ground on his face.

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So David won the fight against Goliath with a sling and a stone. He struck down the Philistine and killed him. He did it without even using a sword.

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David ran and stood over him. He picked up Goliath’s sword and cut off his head with it.The Philistines saw that their hero was dead. So they turned around and ran away. 

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