King James Version1 Samuel17

1 Samuel

1 Now the Philistines gath­ered to­geth­er their armies to bat­tle, and were gath­ered to­geth­er at Shochoh, which belongeth to Ju­dah, and pitched be­tween Shochoh and Azekah, in Eph­es­dammim. 2 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. 3 And the Philistines stood on a moun­tain on the one side, and Is­rael stood on a moun­tain on the oth­er side: and there was a val­ley be­tween them. 4 And there went out a cham­pi­on out of the camp of the Philistines, named Go­liath, of Gath, whose height was six cu­bits and a span. 5 And he had an hel­met of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thou­sand shekels of brass. 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a tar­get of brass be­tween his shoul­ders. 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hun­dred shekels of iron: and one bear­ing a shield went be­fore him. 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Is­rael, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your bat­tle in ar­ray? am not I a Philis­tine, and ye ser­vants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your ser­vants: but if I pre­vail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our ser­vants, and serve us. 10 And the Philis­tine said, I defy the armies of Is­rael this day; give me a man, that we may fight to­geth­er. 11 When Saul and all Is­rael heard those words of the Philis­tine, they were dis­mayed, and great­ly afraid. 12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth­le­hemju­dah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. 13 And the three el­dest sons of Jesse went and fol­lowed Saul to the bat­tle: and the names of his three sons that went to the bat­tle were Eliab the first­born, and next unto him Abi­nadab, and the third Shammah. 14 And David was the youngest: and the three el­dest fol­lowed Saul. 15 But David went and re­turned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Beth­le­hem. 16 And the Philis­tine drew near morn­ing and evening, and pre­sent­ed him­self forty days. 17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; 18 And car­ry these ten cheeses unto the cap­tain of their thou­sand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Is­rael, were in the val­ley of Elah, fight­ing with the Philistines. 20 And David rose up ear­ly in the morn­ing, and left the sheep with a keep­er, and took, and went, as Jesse had com­mand­ed him; and he came to the trench, as the host was go­ing forth to the fight, and shout­ed for the bat­tle. 21 For Is­rael and the Philistines had put the bat­tle in ar­ray, army against army. 22 And David left his car­riage in the hand of the keep­er of the car­riage, and ran into the army, and came and salut­ed his brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, be­hold, there came up the cham­pi­on, the Philis­tine of Gath, Go­liath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake ac­cord­ing to the same words: and David heard them. 24 And all the men of Is­rael, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men of Is­rael said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? sure­ly to defy Is­rael is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who kil­leth him, the king will en­rich him with great rich­es, and will give him his daugh­ter, and make his father's house free in Is­rael. 26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, say­ing, What shall be done to the man that kil­leth this Philis­tine, and taketh away the re­proach from Is­rael? for who is this un­cir­cum­cised Philis­tine, that he should defy the armies of the liv­ing God? 27 And the peo­ple an­swered him af­ter this man­ner, say­ing, So shall it be done to the man that kil­leth him. 28 And Eliab his el­dest broth­er heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kin­dled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hith­er? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilder­ness? I know thy pride, and the naugh­ti­ness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou might­est see the bat­tle. 29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 30 And he turned from him to­ward an­oth­er, and spake af­ter the same man­ner: and the peo­ple an­swered him again af­ter the for­mer man­ner. 31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they re­hearsed them be­fore Saul: and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail be­cause of him; thy ser­vant will go and fight with this Philis­tine. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philis­tine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy ser­vant kept his father's sheep, and there came a li­on, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out af­ter him, and smote him, and de­liv­ered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy ser­vant slew both the lion and the bear: and this un­cir­cum­cised Philis­tine shall be as one of them, see­ing he hath de­fied the armies of the liv­ing God. 37 David said more­over, The LORD that de­liv­ered me out of the paw of the li­on, and out of the paw of the bear, he will de­liv­er me out of the hand of this Philis­tine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 38 And Saul armed David with his ar­mour, and he put an hel­met of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David gird­ed his sword upon his ar­mour, and he as­sayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I can­not go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philis­tine. 41 And the Philis­tine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went be­fore him. 42 And when the Philis­tine looked about, and saw David, he dis­dained him: for he was but a youth, and rud­dy, and of a fair coun­te­nance. 43 And the Philis­tine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philis­tine cursed David by his gods. 44 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. 45 Then said David to the Philis­tine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Is­rael, whom thou hast de­fied. 46 This day will the LORD de­liv­er thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the car­cas­es of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Is­rael. 47 And all this as­sem­bly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the bat­tle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands. 48 And it came to pass, when the Philis­tine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hast­ed, and ran to­ward the army to meet the Philis­tine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philis­tine in his fore­head, that the stone sunk into his fore­head; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50 So David pre­vailed over the Philis­tine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philis­tine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 There­fore David ran, and stood upon the Philis­tine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath there­of, and slew him, and cut off his head there­with. And when the Philistines saw their cham­pi­on was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Is­rael and of Ju­dah arose, and shout­ed, and pur­sued the Philistines, un­til thou come to the val­ley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wound­ed of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. 53 And the chil­dren of Is­rael re­turned from chas­ing af­ter the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents. 54 And David took the head of the Philis­tine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his ar­mour in his tent. 55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philis­tine, he said unto Ab­n­er, the cap­tain of the host, Ab­n­er, whose son is this youth? And Ab­n­er said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I can­not tell. 56 And the king said, En­quire thou whose son the stripling is. 57 And as David re­turned from the slaugh­ter of the Philis­tine, Ab­n­er took him, and brought him be­fore Saul with the head of the Philis­tine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David an­swered, I am the son of thy ser­vant Jesse the Beth­le­hemite.