1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
1 Now the PhilistinesI gatheredII their armiesIII for battle;IV
they were gathered at Socoh,V which belongs to Judah,VI and encampedVII between Socoh and Azekah,VIII in Ephes-dammim.IX
4 And there came outX from the campXI of the Philistines aXII championXIII namedXIV Goliath,XV
of Gath,XVI whose heightXVII was sixXVIII cubitsXIX and a span.XX
5 He had a helmetXXI of bronzeXXII on his head,XXIII
and he was armedXXIV with a coatXXV of mail;XXVI the weightXXVII of the coat was five thousand shekelsXXVIII of bronze.
6 He had greavesXXIX of bronze on his legsXXX and a javelinXXXI of bronze slung between his shoulders.XXXII
7 The shaftXXXIII of his spearXXXIV was like a weaver’sXXXV beam,XXXVI
and his spear’s headXXXVII weighed six hundred shekels of iron;XXXVIII and his shield-bearerXXXIX wentXL beforeXLI him.
8 He stoodXLII and shoutedXLIII to the ranksXLIV of Israel,XLV
“Why have you come out to draw upXLVI for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servantsXLVII of Saul?XLVIII ChooseXLIX a manL for yourselves, and let him come downLI to me.
9 If he is ableLII to fightLIII with me and killLIV me, then we will beLV your servants; but if I prevailLVI against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serveLVII us.”
10 And the Philistine said, “Today I defyLVIII the ranks of Israel! GiveLIX me a man, that we may fight together.”LX
11 When Saul and all Israel heardLXI these wordsLXII of the Philistine, they were dismayedLXIII and greatly afraid.LXIV
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the menLXV of Israel, were in the valleyLXVI of Elah,LXVII fighting with the Philistines.
20 DavidLXVIII rose earlyLXIX in the morning,LXX leftLXXI the sheepLXXII with a keeper,LXXIII
tookLXXIV the provisions, and went as JesseLXXV had commandedLXXVI him.
He cameLXXVII to the encampmentLXXVIII as the armyLXXIX was going forth to the battle line,LXXX shouting the war cry.LXXXI
21 Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle,LXXXII army against army.LXXXIII 22 David left the thingsLXXXIV in chargeLXXXV of the keeper of the baggage,LXXXVI
ranLXXXVII to the ranks, and went and greetedLXXXVIII his brothers.LXXXIX
23 As he talkedXC with them,XCI theXCII champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came upXCIII out of the ranksXCIV of the Philistines, and spokeXCV the same words as before. And David heard him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one’sXCVI heartXCVII failXCVIII because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
33 Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy,XCIX and he has been a warriorC from his youth.”CI
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keepCII sheep for his father;CIII and whenever a lionCIV or a bearCV came, and took a lambCVI from the flock,CVII
35 I went after it and struckCVIII it down, rescuingCIX the lamb from its mouth;CX
and if it turnedCXI against me, I would catchCXII it by the jaw,CXIII strike it down, and killCXIV it.
36 Your servant has killedCXV both lions and bears; and this uncircumcisedCXVI Philistine shall be like oneCXVII of them, since he has defied the armiesCXVIII of the livingCXIX God.”CXX
37 David said, “The Lord,CXXI who savedCXXII me from the pawCXXIII of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the handCXXIV of this Philistine.”
So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”
38 Saul clothedCXXV David with his armor;CXXVI he putCXXVII a bronze helmetCXXVIII on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.
39 David strappedCXXIX Saul’s swordCXXX over the armor, and he triedCXXXI in vain to walk,CXXXII for he was not used toCXXXIII them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannotCXXXIV walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removedCXXXV them.
40 Then he tookCXXXVI his staffCXXXVII in his hand, and choseCXXXVIII five smoothCXXXIX stonesCXL from the wadi,CXLI
and putCXLII them in his shepherd’sCXLIII bag,CXLIV in the pouch;CXLV his slingCXLVI was in his hand, and he drew nearCXLVII to the Philistine.
41 The Philistine came on and drew nearCXLVIII to David, with his shield-bearer in frontCXLIX of him. 42 When the Philistine lookedCL and sawCLI David, he disdainedCLII him,
for he was only a youth, ruddyCLIII and handsomeCLIV in appearance.CLV
43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog,CLVI that you come to me with sticks?”CLVII And the Philistine cursedCLVIII David by his gods.CLIX
44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your fleshCLX to the birdsCLXI of the airCLXII and to the wild animalsCLXIII of the field.”CLXIV
45 But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,CLXV the God of the armiesCLXVI of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This very day the Lord will deliverCLXVII you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut offCLXVIII your head;
and I will give the dead bodiesCLXIX of the Philistine armyCLXX this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animalsCLXXI of the earth,CLXXII
so that all the earth may knowCLXXIII that there isCLXXIV a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assemblyCLXXV may know that the Lord does not saveCLXXVI by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.”
48 CLXXVIIWhenCLXXVIII the Philistine drew nearerCLXXIX to meetCLXXX David, David ran quicklyCLXXXI toward the battle lineCLXXXII to meet the Philistine.
49 David putCLXXXIII his hand in his bag, tookCLXXXIV out a stone, slungCLXXXV it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead;CLXXXVI
the stone sankCLXXXVII into his forehead, and he fellCLXXXVIII faceCLXXXIX down on the ground.CXC
Image credit: “David and Goliath” by John August Swanson, 2005.