- Biblical (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A Giant and leader of the Philistine army. He was 6 cubits high which is 11ft 9 inches. He wore a helmet of brass with plate armour and shin armour for his legs. He wields a fine large spear and with his army, invaded Judah in the time of King Saul. He challenged a warrior of the Israelite army to face him so that he could swiftly defeat the army without a battle. A shepherd called David left his flock and took up the fight. Originally he was given armour but this was too restrictive, so he went it alone with just a sling and stone in his hand. It states in I Samuel:
&rlquo;And the Philistine said to David, Come unto me and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field… And David put his hand in his bag and took thence a stone, and slung it, and smote the Philistine in the forehead… and he fell upon his face to the ground”.And thus the Philistine army was defeated.
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