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Then a [a]champion came out from the camp of the Philistines named Goliath of Gath, whose height was [b]six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and wore a coat of scale-armor (overlapping metal plates) which weighed [c]5,000 shekels of bronze. He had bronze shin protectors on his legs and a bronze [d]javelin hung between his shoulders.

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  1. 1 Samuel 17:4 The Hebrew refers to one who fights alone, single-handedly representing his nation. If warring nations agree to the contest, a great deal of bloodshed can be avoided.
  2. 1 Samuel 17:4 I.e. about nine feet, ten inches.
  3. 1 Samuel 17:5 The weight is uncertain, but may have been 100 lbs. or more.
  4. 1 Samuel 17:6 Or perhaps a scimitar (short curved sword).

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