David battles GoliathDavid battles Goliath - After Saul was rejected, the next king arrived on the scene.  He was David, son of Jesse.  He did not become king right away though (Saul reigned until his death).  He did, however, make a powerful impression on the people of Israel as a young man.  He accepted the challenge of the Philistines' champion, Goliath.


"Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh which belongs to Judah, and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.  Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the valley of Elah, and drew up the battle array to encounter the Philistines.  The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.  Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, who height was six cubits and a span.  He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was clothed with scale armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze.  He also had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders.  The shaft of the spear was like a weaver's beam, and the head of the spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; his shield carrier also walked before him.  He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, 'Why do you come out to draw up in battle array?  Am I not the Philistine and you servants of Saul?  Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me.  If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.'  Again the Philistine said, 'I defy the ranks of Israel this day, give me a man that we may fight together.'  When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.  Now David was the son of the Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, whose name was Jesse, and he had eight sons.  And Jesse was old in the days of Saul, advanced in years among men.  The three elder sons of Jesse had gone after Saul to the battle.  And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and the second to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.  David was the youngest.  Now the three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's flock at Bethlehem.  The Philistine came forward  morning and evening for forty days and made his stand.  Then Jesse said to David his son, 'Take now for your brothers an ephah of this roasted grain and these ten loaves and run to the camp to your brothers.  Bring also these ten cuts of cheese to the commander of their thousand, and look into the welfare of your brothers, and bring back news of them.  For Saul and they and all men of Israel are in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.'  So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him.  And he came to the circle of the camp while the army was going out in battle array shouting the war cry.  Israel and the Philistines drew up in battle array, army against army.  Then David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper, and ran to the battle line and entered in order to greet his brothers.  As he was talking to them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard them.  When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid.  The men of Israel said, 'Have you seen this man who is coming up?  Surely he is coming up to defy Israel.  And it will be that the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel.  Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, 'What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel?  For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?'  The people answered him in accord with this word, saying, 'Thus it will be done for the man who kills him.'  Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, 'Why have you come down?  And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down to see the battle.  But David said, 'What have I done now?  Was it not just a question?'  Then he turned away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as before.  When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them to Saul , and he sent for him.  David said to Saul, 'Let no man's heart fail on account of him, your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.' (I Samuel 17:1-32, NASB)


So David went out onto the battlefield and faced Goliath.


David battles Goliath"He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.  Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him.  When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy with a handsome appearance.  The Philistine said to David, 'Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?'  And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  The Philistine said to David, 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.'  Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.  This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you.  And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands..'  Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.  And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine in the forehead.  And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.  Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David's hand.  Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.  When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.  The men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines as far as the valley, and to the gates of Ekron.  And the slain Philistines lay along the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath and Ekron.  The sons of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines and plundered their camps.  Then David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his weapons in his tent." (I Samuel 17:40-54, NASB)