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David and Goliath
When David was a boy, he took care of his father’s sheep. One day, his father told him to take food to three of his brothers, who were with King Saul and other Israelites. They were going to fight the Philistines.
One of the Philistines was a huge soldier named Goliath. He towered over everyone else. Goliath wore heavy armor to protect himself and carried a bronze spear. Every day he walked up and down in front of the Israelites, making fun of them, and worse than that, insulting their God.
“Fight me,” he said. “Send just one of your men to fight me. If he wins, we’ll be your servants. If I win, you will serve us.”
But everyone was too afraid to try – even though King Saul offered a big reward to the man who succeeded. They knew they would lose if they fought Goliath.
When David arrived at camp, he saw Goliath and heard the terrible things he was saying. David was shocked and angry.
“Who does he think he is, that he can insult the living God!? What will be done for the man who kills Goliath?”
One of David’s brothers overheard him and was furious!
“Why are you even here? Who’s watching the sheep? You’re so conceited!”
King Saul didn’t think David had any business fighting Goliath either.
“You’re still a boy. Goliath has been fighting since his youth and has way more experience than you.”
But David convinced him.
“I’ve fought for my sheep with just my hands and my shepherds staff. When a lion, or a bear have grabbed a sheep, I’ve gone after them. I’ve struck both lions and bears and killed them. God protected me when I pulled a sheep from the mouth of a lion or a bear, and he will protect me when I fight Goliath.”
So, King Saul agreed. David ran to a stream and choose five smooth stones. Then, with only the stones and his sling shot, he went and faced Goliath.
Goliath saw that David was just a boy and started mocking him.
“What? You think I’m a dog and you can chase me with a stick? Come here, boy. I’m going to kill you and feed you to the animals.”
But David knew who he was and where his strength came from. He didn’t pay attention to Goliath’s insults.
“You’re coming at me with sword and spear and javelin. I’m coming at you in the name of almighty God, the God of my people.” he shouted. “The battle is the Lord’s. Today everyone will know that God doesn’t need swords or spears to win a war!”
David placed a stone in his sling, spun around and slung it straight at Goliath with all his might. The stone stuck Goliath in the middle of his forehead. He pitched forward and landed face-down in the dirt. David ran over and killed Goliath with his sword.
I wonder why David didn’t give up when people told him he couldn’t do something?
I wonder why David didn’t seem to be afraid when scary things happened?
I wonder what happened next to David?
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