One day old Jesse, the father of David, sent David from Bethlehem to visit his three brothers in the army. David came, spoke to his brothers, and gave them a present from his father. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the giant, came out as before in front of the camp, calling for some one to fight with him. The Israelites said to one another, "If any man will go out and kill this Philistine, the king will give him a great reward and a high rank; and the kings daughter shall be his wife." And David said, "Who is this man that speaks in this proud manner against the armies of the living God? Why does not some one go out and kill him?" Davidís brother Eliab said to him, "What are you doing here, leaving your sheep in the field? I know that you have come down just to see the battle." But David did not care for his brothers angry words. He was thinking of some way to kill this boasting giant. While all the men were in terror, this boy thought of a plan. He believed that he knew how to bring down the big warrior, with all his armor. Finally, David said: "If no one else will go, I will go out and fight with this enemy of the Lords people." They brought David before King Saul. Some years had passed since Saul had met David, and he had grown from a boy to a man, so that Saul did not know him as the shepherd who had played on the harp before him in other days. Saul said to David, "You cannot fight with this giant. You are very young; and he is a man of war, trained from his youth." And David answered King Saul, "I am only a shepherd, but I have fought with lions and bears, when they have tried to steal my sheep. And I am not afraid to fight with this Philistine. The Lord saved me from the lions jaw and the bears paw, and he will save me from this enemy, for I shall fight for the Lord and his people.
Then Saul put his own armor on David, a helmet on his head, and a coat of mail on his body, and a sword at his waist. But Saul was almost a giant, and his armor was far too large for David. David said: "I am not used to fighting with such weapons as these. Let me fight in my own way." So David took off Saulís armor; for Davidís plan to fight the giant did not need an armor, but did need a quick eye, a clear head, a sure aim, and a bold heart; and all these David had, for God had given them to him. Davidís plan was very wise. It was to make Goliath think that his enemy was too weak for him to be on his guard against him, and while so far away that the giant could not reach him with sword or spear, to strike him down with a weapon which the giant would not expect, and would not be prepared for. David took his shepherdís staff in his hand , as though that were his weapon. But out of sight in, in a bag under his mantle, he had five smooth stones carefully chosen, and a sling,óthe weapon he knew how to use. Then he came out to meet the Philistine. The giant looked down on the youth and despised him, and laughed at him.
"Am I a dog," he said, "that this boy comes to me with a staff! I will give his body to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field." And the Philistine cursed David by the gods of his people. And David answered him: "You come against me with a sword and a spear and a dart: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. This day will the Lord give you into my hand; I will strike you down, and take off your head; and the hosts of the Philistine shall be dead bodies, to be eaten by the birds and the beasts; so that all may know that there is a God in Israel, and that he can save in other ways besides with sword and spear." And David ran toward the Philistine, as if to fight him with his shepherdís staff. But when he was just near enough for a good aim he took out his sling, and hurled a stone aimed at the giants forehead. Davidís aim was good, the stone struck the Philistine in his forehead. It stunned him, and he fell to the ground.
While the two armies stood wondering, and scarcely knowing what had caused the giant to fall so suddenly, David ran forward, drew out the giants own sword, and cut off his head. Then the Philistines knew that their great warrior in whom they trusted was dead. They turned to fly back to their own land; and the Israelites followed after them, and killed them by the hundred and thousand, even to the gates of their own city of Gath. So in that day David won a great victory; and stood before all the land as the one who had saved his people from their enemies.