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David lived in Bethlehem. He had seven brothers. They were all older than he. As the youngest, he looked after his father’s sheep.

The Lord said to Samuel, the prophet, “Go to Bethlehem and appoint David as one who will someday be king of Israel.”

There was a war with the Philistines. David’s three older brothers had gone to fight, as King Saul had called them to do.

Every day a giant came from the Philistine camp. His name was Goliath. He was very big.

Saul and all his soldiers were terrified.

Goliath stood and shouted, “Choose one of your men to fight me. If he wins and kills me, the Philistines will be your slaves.”

One day David went to his brothers. He heard what Goliath said.

David came to Saul. The boy said to the king, “No one should be afraid of this Philistine. I will go and fight him. The Lord will save me.”

David had a sling. He picked up five smooth stones from the stream. Then David went out to meet Goliath.

David took our a stone which he slung at Goliath.

The stone hit Goliath on the forehead, and he fell face downwards on the ground.

The Philistines ran away. Saul and the people of Israel were very glad.

David had helped them by killing Goliath. Now everybody knew that God was taking care of his people.

1 Samuel 17:1-54


Illustrations by Annie Vallotton © Bible Society of South Africa

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