Saul replied,1 "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion2 or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized3 it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
Your servant has killed both the lion4 and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
The LORD who delivered5 me from the paw of the lion6 and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with7 you."
Then Saul dressed David in his own8 tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer9 in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome,10 and he despised11 him.
He said to David, "Am I a dog,12 that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.