David’s father Jesse was an old man , who belongs to the Ephrathah Clan and lived in Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons : the oldest was Eliab, next was Abinadab and Shammah was the third . The three of them has gone off to fight in Saul’s army.
David was Jesse’s youngest son, he took care of his Father’s sheep, and he went back and forth between Bethlehem and Saul’s camp.
” Goliath came out and gave his challenge every morning and every evening for 40 days”
One day, Jessie told David, ” Hurry and take this sack of roasted grain and ten loaves of bread to your brothers at the army camp. And here are ten large chunk of cheese to take to their commanding officer. Find out how your brothers are doing and bring back something that shows that they’re all right . They’re with Saul’s army, fighting the philistines in Elah Valley,”
David obeyed his father . He got up early the the next morning and left someone else in charge of the sheep ; then he loaded the supplies and started off . He reached the army camp just as the soldiers were taking their places and shouting the battle cry . The army of of Israel and the Philistine army stood there facing each other.
David left his things with the man in charge of supplies and ran up to the battle line to ask his brothers if they were well. While David was talking with them, Goliath came out from the line of philistines and started boasting as usual. David heard him.
When the Israelite soldiers saw Goliath, they were scared and ran off. They said to each other,” Look how he keeps coming out to insult us.” The king is offering a big reward to the man who kills Goliath . That man will even get to marry the Kings daughter , and no one in his family will ever have to pay taxes again.”
David asked some soldiers standing nearby ,” what will a man get for killing this philistine and stopping him from insulting our people? Who does that worthless philistine think he is? He’s making fun of the army of the living God!” The soldiers told David what the king would give the man who killed Goliath.
David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. Eliab was angry at him and said ,” What are you doing here, anyway? Who is taking care of that little flock of sheep out in the desert? You spoiled brat! You came here just to watch the fighting, didn’t you?
Now what have I done? David answered.” Can’t I even ask question? Then he turned and asked another soldier the same thing he has asked the others, and he got the same answer. Some soldiers overheard David talking , so they told Saul what David has said. Saul sent for David , and David came. ” Your Majesty,” he said ,” this philistine shouldn’t turn us into a cowards. I’ll go out and fight him myself!” “You don’t have a chance against him,” Saul replied. You’re only a boy, and he’s been a soldier all his life.”
But David told him:
Your Majesty, I take care of my father’s sheep. And when one of them is dragged off by a lion or a bear, I go after it and beat the wild animal until it lets the sheep go. If the wild animal turns and attacks me , I grab it by the throat and kill it.
Sir, I have killed lions and bears that way, and I can kill this worthless philistine. He shouldn’t have made fun of the army of the living God! The Lord has rescued me from the claws of lions and bears, and he will keep me safe from the hands of this philistine.
All right,” Saul answered,” go ahead and fight him. And I hope The Lord will help you.
Saul had his own military clothes and armour put on David, and he gave David a bronze helmet to wear. David strapped on a sword and tried to walk around , but he was not used to wearing those things.
” I can’t move with all this stuff on,” David said.” I’m just not used to it.”
David took off the armour and picked up his shepherd’s stick. He went out to a stream and picked up five smooth stones and put them in his leather bag. Then with his sling in his hand, he went straight towards Goliath.
When Goliath started forward, David ran towards him. He put a stone in his sling and swung the sling around by its strap. When he let go of one strap, the stone flew out and hit Goliath on the forehead . It cracked his skull, and he fell face down on the ground .
David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone . He killed him without even using a sword.