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1 Samuel 17

The armies of the Israelites and Philistines being ready to battle,

1 Samuel 17:1 The Philistines geathered their hoste to battel, and came together to Socoth which is in Iuda, and pitched betwene Sococh & Azekah, in þe coast of Dammin. 1 Samuel 17:2 And Saul and the men of Israel came together, and pitched in the Oke valley, and put them selues in araye, to fyght agaynst the Philistines. 1 Samuel 17:3 And the Philistines stode on an hyll on the one syde, and Israel stode on an hyll on the other syde; and there was a valeye betwene them:

Goliath cometh proudly forth to challenge a combat.

1 Samuel 17:4 And there came a man betwene them both, out of the tentes of the Philistines, named Goliath of Gath syxe cubytes and an handbredth longe, 1 Samuel 17:5 and had an helmet of brasse vpon hys heed, and a coate of mayle about hym. And the weyght of hys coate of mayle was fyue thousande sykles of brasse. 1 Samuel 17:6 And he had bootes of brasse vpon his legges, and a shylde of brasse vpon his shoulders. 1 Samuel 17:7 And the shafte of his spere was like a weuers beame. And his speare heed weyed .vj. hundred sikles of yron. And one bearynge a shylde went before hym. 1 Samuel 17:8 And he stode and cryed agaynst the hoste of Israel, & sayde vnto them: Why are ye come out in araye to battell? am not I a Philistine and you seruauntes to Saul? chose you a man from amonge you, & lett him come downe to me. 1 Samuel 17:9 And yf he be able to fyght with me, & to beate me, then will we be youre seruauntes. But yf I can ouercome him and beate him, then shall ye be oure seruauntes, & serue vs. 1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine sayde: I defye the host of Israel this daye, geue me a man, þt we maye fight together: 1 Samuel 17:11 When Saul and all Israel hearde those wordes of the Philistine, they were discouraged, & greatly afrayed.

David, sent by his father to visit his brethren, taketh the challenge.

1 Samuel 17:12 Dauid was the sonne of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem Iuda, named Isai, whych had eight sonnes. And was an olde man in the dayes of Saul, and came to age amonge men. 1 Samuel 17:13 And the thre eldest sonnes of Isai went, and folowed Saul to the battell. And the names of hys thre sonnes that went to battell, were: Eliab the eldest, & the next, Abinadab, and the thyrde Samma, 1 Samuel 17:14 and Dauid was þe least. And the thre eldest went after Saul. 1 Samuel 17:15 Dauid also went and departed from Saul, to fede his fathers shepe at Bethlehem. 1 Samuel 17:16 And the Philistine came forth in the mornynge and euenynge, and continued fourtye dayes. 1 Samuel 17:17 And Isai sayde vnto Dauid his sonne take for thy brethren an Epha of this parched corne and these ten loaues, and brynge it vnto the hoste to thy brethren. 1 Samuel 17:18 And carye these ten freshe cheses vnto þe captayne, & loke howe thy brethren fare, and fett out their pledge. 1 Samuel 17:19 And Saul and they, and all the men of Israel were in the oke valey, fightinge with þe Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:20 And Dauid rose vp erlye in the mornynge, and lefte þe shepe with a keper, & toke and went as Isai had commaunded him, and came with in þe compasse of the host. And the hoste went out in araye, and showted in the battell: 1 Samuel 17:21 for Israel & the Philistines had put them selues in araye, the one agaynst þe other. 1 Samuel 17:22 And Dauid toke downe the gear from him, and put them vnder the handes of the keper of the vessels, & ranne into þe hoste, and came, and saluted his brethren. 1 Samuel 17:23 And as he talked wt them, Beholde: there stode a man in the myddes (Goliath þe Philistine by name) of Gath out of the araye of the Philistines, & spake of the maner aboue rehersed, that Dauid hearde it. 1 Samuel 17:24 And all the men of Israel, when they sawe the man, ranne awaye from hym, and were sore afrayed. 1 Samuel 17:25 And euery man of Israel sayde: Sawe ye thys man come forth? euen to reuyle Israel is he come. And to hym þt beateth hym, wyll the kynge geue great ryches, and will geue him his daughter therto: yee & make his fathers house fre in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:26 And Dauid spake to the men that stode by, and sayde: What shalbe done to the man that beateth this Philistine, & taketh awaye the shame from Israel? And what is thys vncircumcised Philistine, that he shulde reuyle the hoste of the lyuinge God? 1 Samuel 17:27 And the people answered him (after this maner,) sayinge: so shall it be done to the man, that beateth hym.

Eliab chideth him.

1 Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his eldest brother hearde when he spake vnto the men, and Eliab was angrye wt Dauid, and sayde: Why camest þu downe hither? and with whom hast thou lefte those few shepe in þe wildernesse? I know thy pryde, and the malyce of thyne herte, þt thou art come downe to se þe battell. 1 Samuel 17:29 And Dauid sayd: And what haue I nowe done? is there not a worde?

He is brought to Saul.

1 Samuel 17:30 And he departed from hym into the presence of another, and spake of þe same maner, and the people answered hym agayne, as before. 1 Samuel 17:31 And they that hearde the wordes whych Dauid spake, rehearsed them before Saul, which caused him to be fett.

He sheweth the reason of his confidence.

1 Samuel 17:32 And Dauid sayd to Saul: Let no mannes hert fayle hym because of him. Thy seruaunt wyll go, & fyght with yonder Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:33 And Saul sayde to Dauid agayne: þu art not able to go agaynst yonder Philistine, to fyght wt him. For thou art but a chylde, but he is a man of warre euen from his youth. 1 Samuel 17:34 Dauid answered vnto Saul. Thy seruaunt kept his fathers shepe, & there came a Lyon and lykewise a Beare, & toke a shepe out of the flocke. 1 Samuel 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote hym, and toke it out of his mouth. And when he arose agaynst me, I caught him by the bearde, and smote hym, & slue hym. 1 Samuel 17:36 And so thy seruaunt slue the Lyon & þe beare (also) hath thy seruaunt slayne. And truly thys vncircumcised Philistine shalbe as one of them seynge he hath rayled on the hoste of þe lyuing God. 1 Samuel 17:37 And Dauid spake moreouer: the Lorde that deliuered me out of the hande of þe Lyon & out of the hande of þe beare, he shall delyuer me also out of the hande of this Philistine: And Saul sayde vnto Dauid: go, and the Lorde shall be with the.

Without armour, armed with faith, he slayeth the giant.

1 Samuel 17:38 And Saul put hys rayment vpon Dauid, and put an helmet of brasse vpon hys heed, & put a coate of mayle vpon him, 1 Samuel 17:39 and gyrded Dauid with hys awne swerde vpon his rayment And he assayed to go. And because he neuer proued it, Dauid sayde vnto Saul: I cannot go with these, for I haue not vsed myselfe therto: and Dauid put them of hym, 1 Samuel 17:40 and toke hys staffe in hys hande, and chose him fyue smoth stones oute of a broke, and put them in a sheperdes bagge which he had, & in a slynge poke: & his slynge was in his hande, & he went to the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:41 And the Philistine came and drue nere agaynst Dauid, and the man þt bare the shilde went before hym. 1 Samuel 17:42 And when the Philistine loked aboute, and sawe Dauid, he disdayned him, for he was but yonge, and well coloured, and goodlye to loke vpon. 1 Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine said vnto Dauid: am I a dogge, that thou comest to me with a staffe? and the Philistine cursed Dauid in the name of his goddes. 1 Samuel 17:44 And the Philistine sayde to Dauid: come to me, & I wyll geue thy fleshe vnto the foules of the ayre, & to the beastes of the felde. 1 Samuel 17:45 Then sayde Dauid to the Philistine: thou comest to me wyth a swerde, a speare and a shylde: But I come to the in the name of the Lord of hostes, the God of the hoste of Israel, whom thou hast rayled vpon. 1 Samuel 17:46 This daye shall the Lorde delyuer the into my hande, and I shall smyte the, & take thine heed from the, and wyll geue þe karcases of the hoste of the Philistines thys daye vnto the foules of the ayre, and to the beastes of the erth, that all they whych be in the worlde, maye knowe, that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:47 And all thys congregacyon shall knowe, that the Lord saueth not with swerd and speare. For þe battell is the Lordes, and he shall geue you into oure handes. 1 Samuel 17:48 And when the Philistine arose to come and drawe nie vnto Dauid, Dauid hasted, & ranne into the battayll euen agaynst the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:49 And Dauid put his hande in hys bagge, and toke out a stone, and slange it, & smote the Philistine in his forheed, þt the stone souncke into his forheed and he felle grouelynge to the erth. 1 Samuel 17:50 And so Dauid ouercame the Philistine with a slyng and a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slue hym, euen whan Dauid had no swerde in hys hande. 1 Samuel 17:51 But Dauid ranne, and stode vpon the Philistine, & toke hys swerde, and drue it out of hys sheth, and slue hym, & cutte of hys heed therwith. And when the Philistines sawe, that theyr champyon was deed they fled. 1 Samuel 17:52 And the men of Israel and of Iuda arose, and showted, & folowed after the Philistines, vntyll they came to the valeye, and vnto the gates of Akaron. And the Philistines fell downe wounded by the waye to Saaraiim, euen vnto Gath & Akaron. 1 Samuel 17:53 And the chyldren of Israel returned from chasynge after the Philistines, and spoyled theyr tentes. 1 Samuel 17:54 And Dauid toke the heed of the Philistine, and brought it to Ierusalem: But he put his armoure in hys tente.

Saul taketh notice of David.

1 Samuel 17:55 When Saul sawe Dauid go forth agaynst the Philistine, he sayde vnto Abner þe captayne of his hoste: Abner, whose sonne is this yong man? Abner answered: as truly as thy soule lyueth (O kynge) I cannot tell. 1 Samuel 17:56 And the kynge sayde: Enquere thou whose sonne the youngelynge is. 1 Samuel 17:57 And when Dauid was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner toke hym, and brought hym before Saul, wyth the heed of the Philistine in hys hande. 1 Samuel 17:58 And Saul sayde to hym: whose sonne art thou, thou yonge man? Dauid answered: I am the sonne of thy seruaunt Isai the Bethlehemite.

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