Triumph With A Sling

Triumph With A Sling

The Philistine came on and drew near to David, and the shield bearer went before him. But when the Philistine looked and saw David, he despised him,
 for he was but a boy, fine and fair of face.
The Philistine said to David: "Am I a dog, that you come to fight me with sticks?"
 And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
And the Philistine said to David: "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field."

Then David said to the Philistine: "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
 the God of the army of Israel, whom you have challenged.
 This day the Lord will put you into my hands,
 and I will strike you down and take your head from you,
 and I will give the bodies of the army of the Philistines to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth,
 so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And everyone gathered here will know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear,
 but the battle is the Lord's and he will give you into our hands."

Then, as the Philistine rose up and came nearer to meet David,
 David hurried and ran towards the army to meet the Philistine.
 And he put his hand into his bag, and took out a stone, and slung it,
 and hit the Philistine in his forehead,
 so that the stone sank into his forehead and he fell upon his face on the earth.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone,
and struck down the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David's hand.
Therefore David ran and stood upon the Philistine
 and taking Goliath's sword cut off his head and killed him.
When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
And the men of Israel arose, shouting,
 and pursued the Philistines all the way to the valley, to the gates of Ekron.
The Philistines who were wounded fell down by the road to Shaaraim,
as far as Gath and Ekron.
 Then the children of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines and pillaged their tents.

 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put the armour in his own tent.


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