He inquired of the Lord for him and gave him provisions. He also gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”
As he was speaking with them, the champion named Goliath, the Philistine from Gath, was coming up from the battle lines of the Philistines. He spoke the way he usually did, 1 and David heard it.
There was another battle with the Philistines in which Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, 1 whose spear had a shaft as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom. 2
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.
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the valley of Elah, is wrapped in a garment behind the ephod. If you wish, take it for yourself. Other than that, there’s nothing here.” David said, “There’s nothing like it! Give it to me!”
David ran and stood over the Philistine. He grabbed Goliath’s 1 sword, drew it from its sheath, 2 killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they ran away.
Goliath 1 stood and called to Israel’s troops, 2 “Why do you come out to prepare for battle? Am I not the Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose 3 for yourselves a man so he may come down 4 to me!
So when David returned from striking down the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul. He still had the head of the Philistine in his hand.
Meanwhile for forty days the Philistine approached every morning and evening and took his position.
1 The Philistine kept coming closer to David, with his shield bearer walking in front of him.
He took his staff in his hand, picked out five smooth stones from the stream, placed them in the pouch 1 of his shepherd’s bag, took his sling in hand, and approached the Philistine.
The Philistine said to David, “Come here to me, so I can give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the field!” 1
The Philistine drew steadily closer to David to attack him, while David quickly ran toward the battle line to attack the Philistine. 1
He was with David in Pas Dammim 1 when the Philistines assembled there for battle. In an area of the field that was full of barley, the army retreated before the Philistines,
David reached his hand into the bag and took out a stone. He slung it, striking the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank deeply into his forehead, and he fell down with his face to the ground.
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.”
When the men 1 arrived after David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women from all the cities of Israel came out singing and dancing to meet King Saul. They were happy as they played their tambourines and three-stringed instruments. 2