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1 Samuel 17:4

Overview - 1 Samuel 17
The armies of the Israelites and Philistines being ready to battle,
Goliath challenges a combat.
12 David, sent by his father to visit his brethren, takes the challenge.
28 Eliab chides him.
30 He is brought to Saul;
32 shews the reason of his confidence;
38 and slays the giant.
55 Saul takes notice of David.
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1 Samuel 17:4  (King James Version)
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
 


Goliath
23 ; 1 Samuel 21:9 1 Samuel 21:10 2 Samuel 21:19 ; 1 Chronicles 20:5

of Gath
27:4 Joshua 11:22 ; 2 Samuel 21:16-22 ; 1 Chronicles 20:4-8

whose height
Deuteronomy 3:11 ; 1 Chronicles 11:23 ; Amos 2:9

six cubits
According to Bp. Cumberland's calculation, the height of Goliath was about eleven feet ten inches; but Parkhurst estimating the ordinary cubit at seventeen inches and a half, calculates that he was nine feet six inches high. Few instances can be produced of men who can be compared with him. Pliny says, "The tallest man that hath been seen in our days was one name Gabara, who, in the days of Claudius, the late Emperor, was brought out of Arabia: he was nine feet nine inches." Josephus mentions a Jew, named Eleazar, whom Vitellius sent to Rome, who was seven cubits, or ten feet two inches high. Becanus saw a man near ten feet, and a woman that was full ten feet. And, to mention no more, a man of the name of John Middleton, born at Hale, near Warrington, in Lancashire, in the reign of James the First, was more than nine feet high
Dr. Plott, in his history of Staffordshire, says, that "his hand, from the carpus to the end of the middle finger, was seventeen inches, his palms eight inches and a half broad, and his whole height was nine feet three inches; wanting but six inches of the height of Goliath of Gath."
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