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1 Samuel 17:4-11 Common English Bible (CEB)

A champion named Goliath from Gath came out from the Philistine camp. He was more than nine feet tall.[a] He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore bronze scale-armor weighing one hundred twenty-five pounds.[b] He had bronze plates on his shins, and a bronze scimitar hung on his back. His spear shaft[c] was as strong as the bar on a weaver’s loom, and its iron head weighed fifteen pounds.[d] His shield-bearer walked in front of him.

He stopped and shouted to the Israelite troops, “Why have you come and taken up battle formations? I am the Philistine champion,[e] and you are Saul’s servants. Isn’t that right? Select one of your men, and let him come down against me. If he is able to fight me and kill me, then we will become your slaves, but if I overcome him and kill him, then you will become our slaves and you will serve us. 10 I insult Israel’s troops today!” The Philistine continued, “Give me an opponent, and we’ll fight!” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard what the Philistine said, they were distressed and terrified.[f]


  1. 1 Samuel 17:4 LXX over six feet tall
  2. 1 Samuel 17:5 Five thousand shekels
  3. 1 Samuel 17:7 Qere, LXX, Syr (cf 2 Sam 21:19); Kethib the point of his spear
  4. 1 Samuel 17:7 Six hundred shekels
  5. 1 Samuel 17:8 MT the Philistine lacks champion.
  6. 1 Samuel 17:11 The following verses are absent from LXXB: 17:12-31, 41, 48b, 50, 55-58.
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1 Samuel 17:32-37 Common English Bible (CEB)

32 “Don’t let anyone[a] lose courage because of this Philistine!” David told Saul. “I, your servant, will go out and fight him!”

33 “You can’t go out and fight this Philistine,” Saul answered David. “You are still a boy. But he’s been a warrior since he was a boy!”

34 “Your servant has kept his father’s sheep,” David replied to Saul, “and if ever a lion or a bear came and carried off one of the flock, 35 I would go after it, strike it, and rescue the animal from its mouth. If it turned on me, I would grab it at its jaw, strike it, and kill it. 36 Your servant has fought both lions and bears. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them because he has insulted the army of the living God.

37 “The Lord,” David added, “who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.”

“Go!” Saul replied to David. “And may the Lord be with you!”


  1. 1 Samuel 17:32 LXX my master (the king)
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1 Samuel 17:41-45 Common English Bible (CEB)

41 The Philistine got closer and closer to David, and his shield-bearer was in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked David over, he sneered at David because he was just a boy; reddish brown and good-looking.

43 The Philistine asked David, “Am I some sort of dog that you come at me with sticks?” And he cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said to David, “and I’ll feed your flesh to the wild birds and the wild animals!”

45 But David told the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted.

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