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1 Samuel 17:44

44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

Read 1 Samuel 17:44 Using Other Translations

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field."
“Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

What does 1 Samuel 17:44 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 17:44

And the Philistine said to David, come to me
He seems to have stood still, disdaining: to take another step towards such a pitiful combatant, and therefore bids him come up to him, and he would soon dispatch him; unless he said this, because David was light and nimble, and he heavy and unwieldy because of his bigness, and the burden of armour on him, and therefore could not make such haste as he wished to destroy his adversary, of which he made no doubt:

and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts
of the field;
the wild beasts he means; though Jarchi thinks he spoke improperly, since it is not the way of the beasts of the field, as sheep, oxen to devour a man, or even to eat any flesh; and therefore he observes, when David comes, he uses another word, which signifies the wild beasts of the earth, and so we render it, ( 1 Samuel 17:46 ) ; but Kimchi shows that even these are comprehended in the word here used, see ( Isaiah 18:6 ) .

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