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Then a champion[a] went out from the camps of the Philistines, whose name was Goliath from Gath. His height was six cubits and a span.[b] A bronze helmet was on his head, and he was clothed with scale body armor; the weight of the body armor was five thousand bronze shekels. Bronze greaves[c] were on his legs,[d] and a bronze javelin was slung between his shoulders.

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  1. 1 Samuel 17:4 Literally “a man of the space between”
  2. 1 Samuel 17:4 A cubit was about eighteen inches and a span about nine inches, so the Masoretic Hebrew text gives the height of nine feet, nine inches. Ancient Greek versions variously give Goliath’s height as four, five, or sixteen cubits.
  3. 1 Samuel 17:6 Or “shin guards”
  4. 1 Samuel 17:6 Hebrew “feet”