Now Jesse said to his son David, "Take this ephaha1 of roasted grain2 and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.
Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit.b See how your brothers3 are and bring back some assurancec from them.
They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines."
Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.
David left his things with the keeper of supplies,4 ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual5 defiance, and David heard it.
When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.
Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter6 in marriage and will exempt his father's family from taxes7 in Israel."
David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace8 from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised9 Philistine that he should defy10 the armies of the living11 God?"
They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him."