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1 Samuel 17:40-42 New English Translation (NET Bible)

40 He took his staff in his hand, picked out five smooth stones from the stream, placed them in the pouch[a] of his shepherd’s bag, took his sling in hand, and approached the Philistine.

41 [b] The Philistine, with his shield bearer walking in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 When the Philistine looked carefully at David, he despised him, for he was only a ruddy and handsome boy.


  1. 1 Samuel 17:40 tn This Hebrew word occurs only here and its exact meaning is not entirely clear. It refers to a receptacle of some sort and apparently was a common part of a shepherd’s equipment. Here it serves as a depository for the stones that David will use in his sling.
  2. 1 Samuel 17:41 tc Most LXX mss lack v. 41.
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