With a sling and a stone David smote the Philistine giant ( 1 Samuel 17:40 1 Samuel 17:49 ). There were 700 Benjamites who were so skilled in its use that with the left hand they "could sling stones at a hair breadth, and not miss" ( Judges 20:16 ; 1 Chronicles 12:2 ). It was used by the Israelites in war ( 2 Kings 3:25 ). (See ARMS .)
The words in Proverbs 26:8 , "As he that bindeth a stone in a sling," etc. (Authorized Version), should rather, as in the Revised Version, be "As a bag of gems in a heap of stones," etc.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Sling". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".