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1 Samuel 17:1-19 (New American Standard)

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Goliath's Challenge

1 Now 1the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh which belongs to Judah, and they camped between 2Socoh and 3Azekah, in 4Ephes-dammim. 2 Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in 5the valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array to encounter the Philistines. 3 The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them. 4 Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named 6Goliath, from 7Gath, whose height was six acubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was clothed with scale-armor bwhich weighed five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 He also had bronze cgreaves on his legs and a 8bronze javelin slung between his shoulders. 7 9The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; 10his shield-carrier also walked before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, "Why do you come out to draw up in battle array? Am I not the Philistine and you 11servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. 9 "12If he is able to fight with me and dkill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and ekill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us." 10 Again the Philistine said, "13I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together." 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. 12 Now David was 14the son of fthe 15Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, whose name was Jesse, and 16he had eight sons. And gJesse was old in the days of Saul, advanced in years among men. 13 The three older sons of Jesse had hgone after Saul to the battle. And 17the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and the second to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 18David was the youngest. Now the three oldest followed Saul, 15 19but David went back and forth from Saul 20to tend his father's flock at Bethlehem. 16 The Philistine came iforward morning and evening for forty days and took his stand. 17 Then Jesse said to David his son, "21Take now for your brothers an ephah of this roasted grain and these ten loaves and run to the camp to your brothers. 18 "22Bring also these ten cuts of cheese to the commander of their thousand, 23and look into the welfare of your brothers, and bring back jnews of them. 19 "For Saul and they and all the men of Israel are in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines."
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