How attentively David looks at the stones in his hand. His sling is on

his arm, and his bag by his side. What is he about to do with those

stones? And who is that tall man in armour, strutting about with such

a long spear in his hand?

Two armies were drawn up in battle array. They were the armies of the

Israelites and Philistines. The camp of the Israelites was on one

hill, and that of the Philistines was upon another; a valley lying

between. For forty days these armies had been facing each other, but

yet the battle had been delayed. The Philistines had on their side a

giant of great height and strength, encased in armour, who daily came

out, challenging the Israelites to send a man from their camp to fight

with him. But no man among them dared to go against Goliath, the

Philistines' champion.

Meanwhile Jesse had sent David to the Israelites' camp to see after

his brethren. He heard what the giant said, and offered to go out

against him. Saul was informed of David's offer, and sent for him.

Saul told David he was not able to fight the giant, but he boldly

replied, "The Lord which 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." David trusted not in his own power, but in God! Then Saul

said, "Go, and the Lord be with thee."

He went, slung one of the smooth stones he had chosen out of the

brook, smote the Philistine in the forehead so that he fell to the

earth, and then ran and cut off his head. Thus God enabled this ruddy

youth to overcome the giant Philistine, and to slay him with a sling

and a stone.

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