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David Kills Goliath
Today's Passage: 1 Samuel 17:32-51
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32. "Don't worry about this Philistine," David told Saul, "I'll go fight him!"
33. "Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied, "There's no way you can fight this Philistine and possiby win! You're only a boy, and he's been a man of war since his youth."
34. But David persisted. "I have been taking care of my father's sheep and goats," he said. "When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,
35. I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.
36. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
37. The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and bear will rescue me from this Philistine!"
Saul finally consented. "All right, go ahead," he said, "And may the LORD be with you!"
38. Then Saul gave David his own armor — a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.
39. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.
"I cant go in these," he protested to Saul. "I'm not used to therm." So David took them off again.
40. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd's bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd's staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine
43. Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him,
42. sneearing in contempt at this ruddyfaced boy.
43. "Am I a dog?" he roared at David, "that you come at me with a stick?" And he cursed David by the names of his gods
44. "Come over here, and I'll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!" Goliah yelled.
45. David replied to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven's Armies— the God of the armies of Israeal, whom you have defiled.
44. "Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!
47. And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is hte LORD'S battle, and he will give you to us!"
48. As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
49. Reaching into his shepherd's bag and taking out a stone he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
50. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.
51. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath's sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him nad cut off his head.
1 Samuel 17:31-51 NLT
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