Chapter 28

David and Goliath

“Chapter 28: David and Goliath,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 112–14

Goliath shouting

There was a war in the land of Israel. King Saul and the Israelites were fighting the Philistines. One of the Philistines was a giant. His name was Goliath. He was very big and strong. The Israelites were afraid of him.

Goliath shouting

Goliath shouted to the Israelites. He told them to choose a man to fight him. No one wanted to fight the giant. Goliath shouted to them every morning and every night for forty days. None of the Israelites would fight him.

David looking upon Israelite army

David’s brothers were in the Israelite army. Jesse sent David to take some food to them.

Goliath standing before Philistines

David saw the giant. He heard Goliath shouting. He saw that the men were afraid of Goliath.


David said he would fight the giant. His brothers were angry. They said David should be taking care of the sheep.

David standing before Goliath

David knew God would help him. He picked up five stones. He took his sling and went to fight Goliath.

Goliath laughing

Goliath saw that David was young. He was angry. He shouted at David and made fun of him. David shouted back. He said God would help him kill Goliath.

David throwing stone

Goliath came at David to fight. Then David put a stone in his sling and threw the stone.

Goliath falling to ground

The stone hit Goliath in the head. Goliath fell to the ground.

David cutting off Goliath’s head

David took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head.

Philistines running away

The Philistines saw David kill Goliath. They were afraid and ran away. God had helped David kill the giant.