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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.” And David spake unto the men that stood by him, saying, “ Who is this Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, “ Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 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.” 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: 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. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear : and this Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 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." And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armor, 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.
DAVID AND THE GIANT GOLIATH.
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. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David ; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him : for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair contenance. 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. 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.” 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. 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 carcasses 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. 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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. And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines.
And the Philistines fell down by the way. And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents. And David took the head of the giant, Goliath of Gath, the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem.
The Story of the Love of David and Jonathan,
(From the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23d, 24th, 26th, and 31st Chapters of 1 SAMUEL.)
And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, the giant Goliath of Gath, he said unto Abner the captain of the host, “ Abner, whose son is this youth ?” And Abner said, “ As thy soul liveth, 0 king, I cannot tell.” And the king said, “Inquire thou whose son the stripling is.” 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. And Saul said unto him, “Whose son art thou, thou young man ?” And David answered, “I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite." And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely : and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands : and what can he have more but the kingdom ?” And Saul eyed David from that day and forward with envy.
And Saul sought to kill David. But Jonathan loved David, and told him, saying, “Saul, my father, seeketh to kill thee; now therefore hide thyself, and I will plead with my father for thee.” And Saul hearkened unto Jonathan and sware, “ As the Lord liveth he shall not be slain.” So Jonathan brought David again unto Saul, and he was in his presence as in time past.
And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. And an evil spirit came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand. And Saulsought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.