Did you know that there was more than one “Goliath” the Israelites had to face? Did you know that those giants fell too?

BibleGateway: 2 Samuel 21:15-22

ESV Text: 2 Samuel 21:15-22

2 Samuel 21:15–22 (Listen)

War with the Philistines

15 There was war again between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines. And David grew weary. 16 And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels1 of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, “You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.”

18 After this there was again war with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants. 19 And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.2 20 And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. 21 And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down. 22 These four were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

Footnotes

[1] 21:16 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

[2] 21:19 Contrast 1 Chronicles 20:5, which may preserve the original reading

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 21

     15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint. 16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel. 18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant. 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 437:
Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode

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1. Who trusts in God a strong abode 
In heaven and earth possesses; 
Who looks in love to Christ above, 
No fear his heart oppresses. 
In Thee alone, dear Lord, we own 
Sweet hope and consolation, 
Our Shield from foes, our Balm for woes, 
Our great and sure Salvation. 

2. Though Satan’s wrath beset our path 
And worldly scorn assail us, 
While Thou art near, we will not fear; 
Thy strength shall never fail us. 
Thy rod and staff shall keep us safe 
And guide our steps forever; 
Nor shades of death nor hell beneath 
Our souls from Thee shall sever. 

3. In all the strife of mortal life 
Our feet shall stand securely; 
Temptation’s hour shall lose its power, 
For Thou shalt guard us surely. 
O God, renew with heavenly dew 
Our body, soul, and spirit 
Until we stand at Thy right hand 
Through Jesus’ saving merit. 


Hymn: LSB 501 Come Down, O Love Divine
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