“You Israelites are just like the Ethiopians in my sight,” 1 says the Lord. “Certainly I brought Israel up from the land of Egypt, but I also brought the Philistines from Caphtor 2 and the Arameans from Kir. 3
When the Philistine looked carefully at David, he despised him, for he was only a ruddy and handsome boy.
They stripped his corpse, and then carried off his head and his armor. They sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines proclaiming the news to their idols and their people.
from the Shihor River 1 east of 2 Egypt northward to the territory of Ekron (it is regarded as Canaanite territory), 3 including the area belonging to the five Philistine lords who ruled in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron, as well as Avvite land 4
The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. 1 They worshiped 2 the Baals and the Ashtars, 3 as well as the gods of Syria, Sidon, 4 Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines. 5 They abandoned the Lord and did not worship 6 him.
The messenger replied, “Israel has fled from 1 the Philistines! The army has suffered a great defeat! Your two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead! The ark of God has been captured!”
1 Now as Saul watched David going out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the general in command of the army, “Whose son is this young man, Abner?” Abner replied, “As surely as you live, O king, I don’t know.”
Achish replied to David, “I am convinced that you are as reliable 1 as the angel of God! However, the leaders of the Philistines have said, ‘He must not go up with us in the battle.’
So he took David 1 down, and they found them spread out over the land. They were eating and drinking and enjoying themselves because of all the loot 2 they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
Yet another battle occurred with the Philistines in Gob. On that occasion Elhanan the son of Jair 1 the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, 2 the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
before your evil was exposed? Now you have become an object of scorn to the daughters of Aram 1 and all those around her and to the daughters of the Philistines – those all around you who despise you.
They say to the people: 1 “Journey over to Calneh and look at it! Then go from there to Hamath-Rabbah! 2 Then go down to Gath of the Philistines! Are they superior to our two 3 kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours?” 4
But David replied to the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel’s armies, whom you have defied!
The people of the Negev 1 will take possession 2 of Esau’s mountain, and the people of the Shephelah 3 will take possession 4 of the land of 5 the Philistines. They will also take possession of the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria, and the people of Benjamin will take possession 6 of Gilead. 7
So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are here, 1 Samson!” (The Philistines were hiding in the bedroom.) 2 But he tore the ropes 3 from his arms as if they were a piece of thread.
Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed hard 1 and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during his life. 2
Saul said, “Let’s go down after the Philistines at night; we will rout 1 them until the break of day. 2 We won’t leave any of them alive!” 3 They replied, “Do whatever seems best to you.” 4 But the priest said, “Let’s approach God here.”
But the leaders of the Philistines became angry with him and said 1 to him, “Send the man back! Let him return to the place that you assigned him! Don’t let him go down with us into the battle, for he might become 2 our adversary in the battle. What better way to please his lord than with the heads of these men? 3
Isaac reopened 1 the wells that had been dug 2 back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up 3 after Abraham died. Isaac 4 gave these wells 5 the same names his father had given them. 6
But his father and mother said to him, “Certainly you can find a wife among your relatives or among all our 1 people! You should not have to go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines.” 2 But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, 3 because she is the right one for me.” 4