1 Samuel 17
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1And the Philistines gathered their camps for battle and they contended at the border of Yehuda and camped between the border and Arqa in Aphirsmin 2And Shaul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the valley that is in Temtha and they set themselves in array for war against the Philistines 3And the Philistines stood on a mountain over here and Israel stood on a mountain over there, and a valley was between them 4And a giant man went out from the camp of the Philistines, Gulyath was his name, from Gath, his height was six cubits and a half cubit 5And a helmet of brass was on his head and he wore a breastplate of metal, and the weight of his breastplate five thousand shekels of brass 6And boots of brass were on his feet and a corselet of brass between his shoulders 7And the wood of his spear was like the beam of a weaver, and the point of his spear of six hundred shekels of iron, and a bearer of a round shield went in front of him 8And he stood and he called to the ranks of Israel and said to them: “Why are you going out to arrange war? Behold, I am a Philistine and you are Servants of Shaul. Choose for you a man that he will go out against me 9If he is able to fight with me and will kill me, we shall be Servants to you, and if I defeat him and will kill him, you will be Servants to us and you will serve us!” 10And the Philistine said: “I defy the ranks of Israel today! Give me a man! We shall fight together!” 11And Shaul and all Israel heard the words of the Philistine, and they trembled and they were very afraid

12And David was son of a man, an Ephrathite from Bayth Lekhem of Yehuda, and his name was Iyshay, and he had eight sons, and the man was old and advanced in years in the days of Shaul 13And the three older sons of Iyshay went after Shaul to battle, and their names: “Elyab the firstborn, his second Abinadab and the third, Shama 14And David was younger 15And David returned from the presence of Shaul, and he went on feeding the sheep of his father in Bayth Lekhem 16And the Philistine came early and when it became dark, and he remained forty days

17And Iyshay said to David his son: “Take to your brothers a seah of parched corn and ten loaves of bread and run to the encampment to your brothers 18And take to the Commander of a Thousand these ten cheeses of milk and visit your brothers in peace and bring their news to me” 19And Shaul and all the men of Israel in the valley that is in Temtha were fighting with the Philistines

20And David arose early at dawn and he left the sheep with a Keeper and he picked up and he went on as Iyshay had commanded him, and he came to the encampment in the valley that went out to the ranks, and they cried out for battle 21And Israel and the Philistines were lined up, row against row 22And David put the provisions down from him on the side of the provisions, and he ran to the array and he invoked the peace of his brothers 23And while he was speaking with them, behold the giant went up, the Philistine Gulyath his name, from Gath, from the array of the Philistines and he spoke these words, and David heard

24And all the men of Israel, when they saw the giant, they were afraid, and they fled from before him 25And the men of Israel said: “Have you seen this man who has come up for the reproach of Israel? The man who will kill him, the King will enrich him with great riches and he will give him his daughter and he shall make the household of his father free in Israel!”

26And David said to the men who stood with him: “What shall be done to the man who will kill this uncircumcised Philistine and shall take the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine who reproaches the ranks of the living God?” 27And the people said to him: “According to this statement, thus it shall be done to a man who will kill him”

28And Elyab his older brother heard when he spoke to the men, and the anger of Elyab was provoked against David, and he said to him: “Why have you come down and with whom have you left these few sheep in the wilderness? I know your rashness and the evil of your heart! It is to see the war that you have come down!” 29And David said: “What have I done now? Behold, this is a speech!” 30And he turned from his presence to another side and he spoke according to this speech, and the people returned an answer like the first answer

31And the words that David spoke were reported before Shaul, and he brought him 32And David said to Shaul: “Do not let the heart of a man fall because of him. I, your Servant, shall go and fight with this Philistine” 33And Shaul said to David: “You cannot go against this Philistine to fight with him, because you are a boy, and he is a man, a warrior from his boyhood!” 34And David said to Shaul: “Your Servant was a Shepherd for my father’s sheep, and a lion came, and a bear, and they picked up a lamb from the flock 35And I went out after it and I struck it and I snatched it from its mouth and it was enraged against me and I caught him by his chin and I struck him and killed him 36Your Servant killed both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, because he defied the ranks of the living God!” 37And David said: “LORD JEHOVAH who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, he will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!” And Shaul said to David: “Go, and LORD JEHOVAH be with you!” 38And Shaul clothed David in his armor and put a helmet of brass on his head and clothed him with a breastplate 39And David bound his sword upon his armor and chose not to go, because he had not tested them, and David took them off from him 40And he took his staff in his hand and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the sand and laid them in his Shepherd’s garment in his bag, and his sling was in his hand and he came to the Philistines

41And behold, the Philistine came and drew near to David, and a man bearing a shield before him 42And the Philistine looked out and he saw David and had contempt for him, because he was a ruddy boy and handsome in his appearance 43And the Philistine said to David: “Am I a dog, that you come against me with a rod?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods 44And the Philistine said to David: “Come to me and I shall give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the field!” 45And David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield, and I am come against you in The Name of LORD JEHOVAH, God of Hosts of the ranks of Israel, whom you have reviled! 46Today LORD JEHOVAH shall deliver you into my hands and I shall kill you and I shall take your head from you, and I shall give the corpses of the camp of the Philistines today to the beasts of the field and to the fowl of the sky, and all the Earth shall know that God is with Israel! 47And all this multitude shall know that it is not by sword and by spear that LORD JEHOVAH saves, because the war is of LORD JEHOVAH, and he shall deliver you into our hands!”

48And behold, the Philistine came and came near to engage David, and David moved quickly and he ran to the line to engage the Philistine 49And David reached his hand into his garment and he took from there a stone and he swung and struck the Philistine between his eyes, and the stone sank between his eyes and he fell on his face on the ground

50And David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone and struck the Philistine and he killed him, and a sword was not in the hand of David 51And David ran and stood over the Philistine and he took his sword and he drew it from its sheath and he killed him and cut off his head, and the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, and they fled 52And the men of Israel and of Yehuda rose up, and they took heart and they pursued the Philistines unto the entrance of the valley and unto the valley of Aqroon, and the slain of the Philistines fell in the way of Sharin and unto Gath and unto Akrun 53And the sons of Israel who were chasing after the Philistines returned and they plundered their camps 54And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, and his armor he put in his tent

55And when Shaul saw David as he went out to the encounter of the Philistine, he had said to Abnir, Commander of his army: “Whose son is this boy?” And Abnir said, “Living is your soul, oh King, for I do not know” 56And the King said: “Ask whose son this young man is” 57And when David returned, when he had killed the Philistine, Abnir led him and brought him before Shaul, and the head of the Philistine was in his hand 58Shaul said to him: “Whose son are you, young man?” David said to him: “Son of your Servant Iyshay, who is from Bayth Lekhem”

The Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
Translated by Glenn David Bauscher
Glenn David Bauscher
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