Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

No greater work of the Lord is recorded in the Bible than David's slaying of Goliath. More than nine feet tall, Goliath presented the most imposing stature of any human being in history. The image of a little stripling boy walking and then running toward such a giant stirs the courage of all who read the tale. Let's note three of this story's many lessons.

The first lesson deals with the boldness of a person who is anointed by God. Saul and all his men were scared to death of Goliath, but the young man who had been anointed by God had no sense of fear. He had no concern or worry because his trust was in the God who had always helped him. He boldly proclaimed, "The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" (1 Samuel 17:37).

The second lesson concerns the methods of God. David refused Saul's bulky armor, saying only that he felt more comfortable without it. He was choosing God's methods over the methods of the world. Trust in the things of this world rather than the things of God will never bring success when facing an overwhelming battle.

The third lesson illustrates the works of the Lord. God can take the smallest human weapons and warriors and demolish the mightiest foes. Who would have thought that five stones in the hand of a boy could bring down the mighty Goliath?

Psalm 111:2 reminds us, "How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them." Run boldly toward your "Goliath." He must come down in the name of the Lord!

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4

David and Goliath

17 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled1Sa 13:5 at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between SokohJos 15:35; 2Ch 28:18 and Azekah.S Jos 10:10, 11Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah1Sa 21:9 and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

A champion named Goliath,1Sa 21:9; 2Sa 21:19 who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.That is, about 9 feet 9 inches or about 3 metersHe had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekelsThat is, about 125 pounds or about 58 kilograms;on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelinver 45; 1Sa 18:10 was slung on his back.His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod,2Sa 21:19; 1Ch 11:23; 20:5 and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.That is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms His shield bearerver 41 went ahead of him.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose2Sa 2:12-17 a man and have him come down to me.If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defyver 26, 45; 2Sa 21:21 the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.ver 2311 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

12 Now David was the son of an EphrathiteS Ge 35:16; S 48:7; Ps 132:6 named Jesse,S Ru 4:17 who was from BethlehemS Ge 35:19 in Judah. Jesse had eight1Sa 16:11 sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old.13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab;S 1Sa 16:6 the second, Abinadab;1Sa 16:8 and the third, Shammah.S 1Sa 16:914 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul,15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tendS Ge 37:2 his father’s sheep1Sa 16:19 at Bethlehem.

16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.

17 Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephahThat is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilogramsS Lev 19:36 of roasted grainS Lev 23:14; 1Sa 25:18 and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.18 Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothersGe 37:14 are and bring back some assuranceOr some token; or some pledge of spoils from them.19 They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”

20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies,S Jos 1:11 ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usualver 8-10 defiance, and David heard it.24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.

25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter1Sa 18:17 in marriage and will exempt his family from taxesS 1Sa 8:15 in Israel.”

26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace1Sa 11:2 from Israel? Who is this uncircumcisedS 1Sa 14:6 Philistine that he should defyS ver 10 the armies of the livingDt 5:26; S Jos 3:10; 2Ki 18:35 God?”

27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”

28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with angerS Ge 27:41; Pr 18:19 at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heartS Dt 20:3; Ps 18:45; Isa 7:4; Jer 4:9; 38:4; Da 11:30 on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

33 Saul replied,Nu 13:31 “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lionJob 10:16; Isa 31:4; Jer 49:19; Hos 13:8; Am 3:12 or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seizedJdg 14:6 it by its hair, struck it and killed it.36 Your servant has killed both the lion1Ch 11:22 and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.37 The Lord who rescued2Co 1:10 me from the paw of the lion2Ti 4:17 and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be withS 1Sa 16:18; S 18:12 you.”

38 Then Saul dressed David in his ownS Ge 41:42 tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearerver 7 in front of him, kept coming closer to David.42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome,1Sa 16:12 and he despisedPs 123:3-4; Pr 16:18 him.43 He said to David, “Am I a dog,1Sa 24:14; 2Sa 3:8; 9:8; 2Ki 8:13 that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birdsS Ge 40:19; Rev 19:17 and the wild animals!2Sa 21:10; Jer 34:20

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,S ver 6 but I come against you in the nameDt 20:1; 2Ch 13:12; 14:11; 32:8; Ps 20:7-8; 124:8; Heb 11:32-34 of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.S ver 1046 This day the Lord will deliverS 1Sa 14:12 you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcassesS Dt 28:26 of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole worldS Jos 4:24; S Isa 11:9 will know that there is a God in Israel.1Ki 18:36; 2Ki 5:8; 19:19; Isa 37:2047 All those gathered here will know that it is not by swordHos 1:7 or spear that the Lord saves;1Sa 14:6; 2Ch 14:11; Jer 39:18 for the battleS Ex 14:14; S Nu 21:14; S 1Sa 2:9; 2Ch 20:15; Ps 44:6-7 is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling1Sa 25:29 and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cutHeb 11:34 off his head with the sword.1Sa 21:9; 22:10

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of GathSome Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew of a valley and to the gates of Ekron.Jos 15:11 Their dead were strewn along the ShaaraimS Jos 15:36 road to Gath and Ekron.53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.

54 David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.

55 As Saul watched David1Sa 16:21 going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner,1Sa 26:5 whose son is that young man?”

Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”

56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”

57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.

58 “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.

David said, “I am the son of your servant JesseS Ru 4:17 of Bethlehem.”

Saul’s Growing Fear of David

18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan1Sa 19:1; 20:16; 31:2; 2Sa 4:4 became one in spirit with David, and he loved2Sa 1:26 him as himself.S Ge 44:30From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.And Jonathan made a covenant1Sa 20:8, 16, 17, 42; 22:8; 23:18; 24:21; 2Sa 21:7 with David because he loved him as himself.Jonathan took off the robeS Ge 41:42 he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.2Sa 18:11

Goliath Challenges the Israelites

17 The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim.Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah.So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them.

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feetHebrew 6 cubits and 1 span [which totals about 9.75 feet or 3 meters]; Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version read 4 cubits and 1 span [which totals about 6.75 feet or 2 meters]. tall!He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds.Hebrew 5,000 shekels [57 kilograms].He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder.The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds.Hebrew 600 shekels [6.8 kilograms]. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.

Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me!If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves!10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!”11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

Jesse Sends David to Saul’s Camp

12 Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons.13 Jesse’s three oldest sons—Eliab, Abinadab, and ShimeaHebrew Shammah, a variant spelling of Shimea; compare 1 Chr 2:13; 20:7.—had already joined Saul’s army to fight the Philistines.14 David was the youngest son. David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army,15 but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.

16 For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.

17 One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basketHebrew ephah [20 quarts or 22 liters]. of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers.18 And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.Hebrew and take their pledge.19 David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.

20 So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries.21 Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army.22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers.23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.

24 As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright.25 “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!”

26 David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”

27 And these men gave David the same reply. They said, “Yes, that is the reward for killing him.”

28 But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”

29 “What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!”30 He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer.31 Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.

David Kills Goliath

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 possibly 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 the 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 can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” 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.

41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him,42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced 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!” Goliath yelled.

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with 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 Israel, whom you have defied.46 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 the 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 and cut off his head.

Israel Routs the Philistines

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran.52 Then the men of Israel and Judah gave a great shout of triumph and rushed after the Philistines, chasing them as far as GathAs in some Greek manuscripts; Hebrew reads a valley. and the gates of Ekron. The bodies of the dead and wounded Philistines were strewn all along the road from Shaaraim, as far as Gath and Ekron.53 Then the Israelite army returned and plundered the deserted Philistine camp.54 (David took the Philistine’s head to Jerusalem, but he stored the man’s armor in his own tent.)

55 As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?”

“I really don’t know,” Abner declared.

56 “Well, find out who he is!” the king told him.

57 As soon as David returned from killing Goliath, Abner brought him to Saul with the Philistine’s head still in his hand.58 “Tell me about your father, young man,” Saul said.

And David replied, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.”

Saul Becomes Jealous of David

18 After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David.From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home.And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.

17 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren;

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.

22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, 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.

26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

33 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.

34 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:

35 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.

36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

37 David said moreover, 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.

38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, 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.

40 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.

41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

43 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.

44 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.

45 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.

46 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 carcases 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.

47 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.

48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49 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.

50 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.

51 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.

52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.

53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

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

55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.

56 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.

57 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.

58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.

18 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 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.

John 8:21-30

Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will dieEze 3:18 in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”Jn 7:34; 13:33

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.Jn 3:31; 17:1424 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he,Jn 4:26; 13:19 you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied.26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy,Jn 7:28 and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”Jn 3:32; 15:15

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted upThe Greek for lifted up also means exalted. the Son of Man,S Jn 12:32 then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.S Jn 14:2429 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,ver 16; Jn 16:32 for I always do what pleases him.”Isa 50:5; Jn 4:34; 5:30; 6:3830 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.S Jn 7:31

The Unbelieving People Warned

21 Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.”

22 The peopleGreek Jewish people; also in 8:31, 48, 52, 57. asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”

23 Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not.24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be,Greek unless you believe that I am. See Exod 3:14. you will die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they demanded.

Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.Or Why do I speak to you at all?26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.”27 But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.

28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he.Greek When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am. “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.”30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

Psalm 111:1-10

Psalm 111This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah

I will extol the LordPs 34:1; 109:30; 115:18; 145:10 with all my heartS Ps 9:1

in the councilPs 89:7 of the upright and in the assembly.S Ps 1:5

Great are the worksS Job 36:24; Ps 143:5; Rev 15:3 of the Lord;

they are pondered by allPs 64:9 who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

and his righteousness enduresPs 112:3, 9; 119:142 forever.

He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

the Lord is gracious and compassionate.S Dt 4:31; S Ps 86:15

He provides foodS Ge 1:30; S Ps 37:25; Mt 6:26, 31-33 for those who fear him;Ps 103:11

he remembers his covenantS 1Ch 16:15; S Ps 105:8 forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,Ps 64:9; S 66:3, 5

giving them the lands of other nations.S Ps 105:44

The works of his handsS Ps 92:4 are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.Ps 19:7; 119:128

They are established for everPs 119:89, 152, 160; Isa 40:8; S Mt 5:18 and ever,

enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

He provided redemptionPs 34:22; S 103:4; 130:7; Lk 1:68 for his people;

he ordained his covenant forever—

holy and awesomePs 30:4; 99:3; Lk 1:49 is his name.

10 The fear of the LordS Job 23:15; S Ps 19:9 is the beginning of wisdom;Dt 4:6

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.S Dt 4:6; Ps 119:98, 104, 130

To him belongs eternal praise.Ps 28:6; 89:52

Psalm 111This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; after the introductory note of praise, each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart

as I meet with his godly people.

How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!

All who delight in him should ponder them.

Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.

His righteousness never fails.

He causes us to remember his wonderful works.

How gracious and merciful is our Lord!

He gives food to those who fear him;

he always remembers his covenant.

He has shown his great power to his people

by giving them the lands of other nations.

All he does is just and good,

and all his commandments are trustworthy.

They are forever true,

to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

He has paid a full ransom for his people.

He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.

What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!

10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.

All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!

111 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 15:11

11 Death and DestructionHebrew Abaddon lie open before the LordS Job 26:6

how much more do human hearts!S 1Sa 2:3; S 2Ch 6:30; S Ps 44:21; S Rev 2:23

11 Even Death and DestructionHebrew Sheol and Abaddon. hold no secrets from the Lord.

How much more does he know the human heart!

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

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