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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5538 sling
5538 sling

5538 sling

Used by shepherds to defend their flocks, it consisted of a strip of leather broad enough to contain a stone. A string was attached to each end of this strip. It was swung around fast and when one string was released the stone could be hurled out with great force and accuracy.

David felled Goliath with a stone from his sling

1Sa 17:40,49-50

Slings were also used by soldiers as weapons

Jdg 20:16; 2Ki 3:25; 1Ch 12:2; 2Ch 26:14

Slings were known for their destructive power

Job 41:28; Zec 9:15

Slings used metaphorically

1Sa 25:29; Pr 26:8; Jer 10:18

See also

4366stones
5210arrows
5544soldiers
5612weapons
7784shepherd

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