1 Samuel 17:38-54 (New International Version)

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38 Then Saul dressed David in his own1 tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 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. 40 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. 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer2 in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome,3 and he despised4 him. 43 He said to David, "Am I a dog,5 that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 "Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air6 and the beasts of the field!7" 45 David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,8 but I come against you in the name9 of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.10 46 This day the LORD will hand11 you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses12 of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world13 will know that there is a God in Israel.14 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword15 or spear that the LORD saves;16 for the battle17 is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands." 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling18 and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut19 off his head with the sword.20 When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gatha and to the gates of Ekron.21 Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim22 road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. 54 David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put the Philistine's weapons in his own tent.
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