lived with his family in Bethlehem where he took care of his father's
sheep. At night, David would play his harp and sing about God's love
and protection of the people who were the sheep of His pasture.
During the rule of King Saul,
the Israelites were at war with the great armies of the Philistines, a
neighboring tribe. The champion of the Philistines was a giant named
Goliath, who was from Gath. He was over nine feet tall. He had a
bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze
weighing five thousand shekels ; on his legs he wore bronze greaves,
and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a
weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His
shield bearer went ahead of him.
For forty days, Goliath had
come out of the Philistine camp and approached the hill where King
Saul's army was staying. There he made his challenge to the
"Choose a man from among
yourselves, and let him fight me. If he is able to kill me, the
Philistines will become your servants. If I can kill him, you will all
become servants of the Philistines," Goliath would yell. But the
Israelites were far too afraid of the towering giant to accept his
One day, Davidís father sent
him to the Israelites camp to bring some bread and cheese to his
brothers who were soldiers in Saulís army.
When David arrived at the camp,
Goliath again came out of the Philistinesí camp and made his challenge
to the Israelites. As David saw the Israelites' fear, his courage only
grew. David went before King Saul and said, "I will fight this
giant." And King Saul said to him, "You cannot fight this Philistine,
for you are a boy and this giant is a trained soldier." David replied
that as a shepherd he had fought wild bears and lions to protect his
flock. David said that The Lord had delivered him from the paw of the
lion and the bear and would deliver him from the hands the giant.
Saul agreed to allow David to
fight the giant because no other soldier was willing. King Saul placed
his heavy armor and helmet on David for protection but the armor was
far too heavy for him. He removed the armor and instead chose to carry
with him only his sling and five smooth stones from the brook. He then
went to the Philistine camp.
When David approached the
giant, Goliath thought that he was mocking him because he had come to
battle without armor and because he was only a boy. "Come here," he
said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts
of the field!" Then David said to Goliath, "You come against me with
weapons, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the
God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. The Lord will hand
you over to me, and I will strike you down."
As Goliath moved to attack,
David ran to meet him. He took out a stone, slung it and struck the
giant on the forehead and he fell face down on the ground. With only a
sling and a stone, David had triumphed over the Philistine.
David took Goliathís sword and
killed him. When the Philistines saw that their champion had been
defeated they ran away.
David was loved by the people
thereafter and they sang songs of how he defeated Goliath and how by
doing this he defeated tens of thousands. This made Saul very jealous
during his rule. After King Saulís death, the people made David their
king because they knew that he was chosen by God. To this day, the
courage of David has inspired many to know that with the help of God
anything can be accomplished through faith.
1 Samuel 17:4 [NIV]
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