2 Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.

Read 1 Samuel 17:2 Using Other Translations

And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines.
Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah.