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1 Samuel 17 Commentary


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1 Samuel 17:1-3

Israel sets their army in array against the Philistine enemy.

1 Samuel 17:4-11

We are introduced to Goliath, the champion of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:12-19

David, a shepherd and the youngest of eight sons is sent by his father Jesse to his brothers on the battlefront with the intention of knowing their welfare.

1 Samuel 17:20-30

David learns of Goliath and angers his oldest brother with his curiosity and his fearless speech upon hearing of the seemingly unbeatable Philistine champion.

1 Samuel 17:31-39

David volunteers to fight Goliath, recalling his faith in the God of Israel and the skills he acquired protecting his father’s sheep. He assures King Saul that God will deliver him from Goliath as well.

1 Samuel 17:40-49

David fights Goliath

1 Samuel 17:50-58

David and Israel are victorious against the Philistines and their champion Goliath.