1 Samuel 17:31-58 (New American Standard)

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David Kills Goliath

31 When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them ato Saul, and he sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, "1Let no man's heart fail on account of him; 2your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." 33 Then Saul said to David, "3You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth." 34 But David said to Saul, "Your servant was tending his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went out after him and battacked him, and 4rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and cstruck him and killed him. 36 "Your servant has dkilled both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God." 37 And David said, "5The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "6Go, and may the LORD be with you." 38 Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. 39 David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, "I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them." And David took them eoff . 40 He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his pouch, and 7his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. 41 Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, 8he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and 9ruddy, with a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, "10Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?" And 11the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh 12to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field." 45 Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, 13but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 "This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the 14dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, 15that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that 16the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; 17for the battle is the LORD'S and He will give you into our hands." 48 Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that 18David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. 50 Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David's hand. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and 19took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. 20When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 The men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines fas far as the valley, and to the gates of 21Ekron. And the slain Philistines glay along the way to 22Shaaraim, even to Gath and Ekron. 53 The sons of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines and plundered their camps. 54 Then David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his weapons in his tent. 55 Now when Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner the commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is 23this young man?" And Abner said, "By your life, O king, I do not know." 56 The king said, "You inquire whose son the youth is." 57 So when David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and 24brought him before Saul with the Philistine's head in his hand. 58 Saul said to him, "Whose son are you, young man?" And David answered, "25I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite."
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