Life-Study of 1 & 2 Samuel, by Witness Lee

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In chapter seventeen David was tested and approved in trusting God and defeating Goliath.

A. The Armies of the Philistines
and the Men of Israel Being Assembled in Array

The armies of the Philistines and the men of Israel were assembled in array and were ready to engage in a war against one another (vv. 1-3). This was a test to both Saul and David.

B. A Champion by the Name of Goliath
Coming Forth from the Camp of the Philistines
to Defy the Armies of Israel

A champion by the name of Goliath came forth from the camp of the Philistines to defy the armies of Israel (vv. 4-11, 16). Goliath was six cubits and a span tall.

1. Being Arrogant in His Valor

Goliath was arrogant in his valor, in his kind of strength and power (vv. 8-10). In his arrogance he said, "I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, and let us fight together" (v. 10).

2. Saul and All Israel Being Dismayed

When Saul and all Israel heard Goliath’s words, they were dismayed and greatly afraid (v. 11).

3. Goliath’s Defying Lasting Forty Days

Goliath’s defying lasted forty days, morning and evening (v. 16).

(Life-Study of 1 & 2 Samuel, Chapter 12, by Witness Lee)