David and Goliath

“David and Goliath,” Friend, June 1990, 30–31

David and Goliath

(See 1 Sam. 17:1–53.)

David was a shepherd boy. His father asked him to leave his flock and take food to his brothers in the Israelite army.

When he arrived at their army camp, David saw a nine-foot giant shouting at the Israelite army. The giant’s name was Goliath, and the Israelites were afraid of him. Every morning and night for forty days Goliath had challenged them to choose one soldier to fight him, but none of them had had the courage for such an uneven fight.

When David said that he would fight the giant, his brothers became angry with him. But David knew that God would help and protect him. He refused the armor and weapons offered to him. Instead, he took his sling and gathered five smooth stones from a streambed. When Goliath saw the young boy, he laughed and made fun of him. But David said, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand.” As the giant approached, David fitted his sling with a stone. He slung the stone, and it hit Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell to the ground, dead, and the rest of Goliath’s army ran away.

Circle the correct answer to each question, then color all the pictures.

David and Goliath

Illustrated by Phyllis Luch