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Wednesday, February 21 2018

Who Fought With Goliath's Sword During The Civil War?

"The priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me"

The battlefield encounter between David of Judah and Goliath the Palestinian ("Palestine" is merely an alternate English-language pronunciation of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) is one of the most famous events of Bible history. David was yet at the time an under-military-age youth who had remained at home to tend his father's sheep while his three oldest brothers had left to serve in Israel's military.

David and Goliath

"17:12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. 17:13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 17:14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem." (1 Samuel 17:12-15 KJV)

David's father, Jesse (see Jesse The Bethlehemite), sent David to the battle area with some supplies for his brothers (then, like now, Israel's civilian population were never far from where the war was ongoing in their country i.e. Israel was never a militarily-aggressive imperial power to the world; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader? and Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

"17:17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; 17:18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 17:19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines." (1 Samuel 17:17-19 KJV)

David arrived to find that the battle was an embarrassing standoff between the army of Israel and the Philistine warrior who challenged the Israelites to send out their best to fight him. When he saw that Israel didn't send anyone, David volunteered to silence the loudly-blaspheming Philistine.

"17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.

And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee." (1 Samuel 17:32-37 KJV)

David defeated the Philistine without a sword ("there was no sword in the hand of David"). But Goliath wasn't killed by the slingstone ("the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth"). David killed and beheaded the Philistine with his own sword ("David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith.").

"17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 17:49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David." (1 Samuel 17:48-50 KJV)

17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith." (1 Samuel 17:51 KJV)

After the battle, Goliath's sword was eventually taken and stored in the Tabernacle. It was from there, ironically, after David was later required to suddenly flee, unarmed, from jealous Saul that David was forced to begin the civil war armed with the sword of Goliath.

"21:8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.

21:9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here.

And David said, There is none like that; give it me." (1 Samuel 21:8-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Even though they were at (civil) war, why did David refuse to kill King Saul - despite having easy opportunities to do so?
See Why Didn't David Kill Saul?

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This Day In History, February 21

362: Athanasius, the "pope of Alexandria," returned to Alexandria. He was notable for his involvement in the conflict with Arius and Arianism (see also Hometowns: Alexandria).



1173: Pope Alexander III canonized Thomas Becket. As Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket was executed 3 years before by King Henry II for his pro-papacy, anti-patriotic activities against his own country.

1437: After the king's efforts to break the influence of the Scottish nobility, King James I of Scotland was assassinated by conspirators led by Walter of Atholl.

1440: The Prussian Confederation was formed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1543: The Battle of Wayna Daga. An allied force of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeated a Muslim army under Ahmed Gragn.

1613: Michael Romanov became czar (the Russian form of "Caesar"; see also The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) of Russia, beginning the Romanov dynasty.

1715: Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, died at age 78. He was commissioned governor of Maryland in 1661 and succeeded as proprietor of the colony in 1665. Like his grandfather, George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, he was a staunch Roman Catholic and faced anti-Catholic feeling which was strong among Maryland's protestant majority.

1744: The British blockade of Toulon was broken by 27 French and Spanish warships attacking the 29 British ships.

1804: The world's first steam locomotive was completed, at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

1848: Karl Marx (born of a wealthy Jewish and Rabbinical family in Germany) and Friedrich Engels (a wealthy German industrialist and atheist) published their infamous Communist Manifesto. Considering that both of them were very wealthy, and were never "workers," their Communist Manifesto is regarded by many historians to have been written by two hypocrites, not two social economists (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).

Karl Marx

1849: In the Second British-Sikh War, the British defeated a force of 50,000 Sikhs at the Battle of Gujerat.

1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), German forces under Hindenberg heavily defeated the Russians under Baron Siever at the Winter Battle of Masuria which ended this day. Over 200,000 Russians were lost (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1916: During the First World War, German forces launched an attack on the French fortress at Verdun. The battle ended December 18, with 434,000 German and 543,000 French casualties.

1918: During the First World War, while British forces were advancing on Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), Australian cavalry captured Jericho from the Ottomans (listen also to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The Balfour Declaration).


1940: The Nazis begin construction of the concentration camp at Auschwitz (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1941: Frederick Banting died at age 50. The Canadian physician (from Alliston, Ontario), with Charles Best of Toronto, discovered insulin in 1921 (which led to the effective treatment for diabetes). Banting was co-recipient (along with Scottish researcher John Macleod) of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Knighted in 1934, Banting was killed in a plane crash while on a war mission in the Second World War.

1944: Hideki Tojo became chief of staff of the Japanese army. "Tojo" thereafter became an racist epithet of Japan during the remainder of the Second World War (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1945: Eric Liddell died at age 43. The Scottish Olympic champion runner, later a missionary to China, was captured by the Japanese during the Second World War and died of a brain tumor while imprisoned. His college running days were portrayed in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

1965: U.S. African-American Muslim leader Malcolm X (actual name Malcolm Little) was assassinated in New York by members of the so-called "Nation of Islam."

1973: Israeli warplanes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all 108 passengers and crew.

1975: U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell (the highest law-enforcement officer in the country) and White House officials H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were sentenced to prison for their criminal involvement in the Watergate burglary during the Nixon regime (see also The Impeachment Of The President and The Origin Of Politics and Republics).


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