1 Samuel 17:40

“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee tooke his staffe in his hand, and chose him fiue smoothe stones out of the brooke, and put them in a shepheards bag which he had, euen in a scrip, and his sling was in his hande, and he drew neere to the Philistine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in {his} pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his wallet; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then he took his stick in his hand, and got five smooth stones from the bed of the stream and put them in a bag such as is used by sheep-keepers; and in his hand was a leather band used for sending stones: and so he went in the direction of the Philistine.
- Basic English Bible

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag that he had, into the pocket; and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
- Darby Bible

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine.
- Webster's Bible

He took his staff in his hand, and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his wallet. His sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine.
- World English Bible

And he taketh his staff in his hand, and chooseth for him five smooth stones from the brook, and putteth them in the shepherds' habiliments that he hath, even in the scrip, and his sling [is] in his hand, and he draweth nigh unto the Philistine.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 17:40


17:40 Staff - His shepherd's staff. These arms in themselves were contemptible, yet chosen by David; because he had no skill to use other arms; because he had inward assurance of the victory, even by these weapons; and because such a conquest would be more honourable to God, and most shameful, and discouraging to the Philistines.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 17

  • Brian K. Miller
    Who was Goliath's father have researched this and cannot find a concrete answer. Some think a fallen angel. Could someone answer the question
  • Peggy Joan Hatch
    To me this is to show us who fights for us and were not to get into fear: David's defeats before
    this what gave him Faith to know he could do it again and he was upset that this giant defy the
    army of Israel that was the Lords people! Shows only armor we need is Eph. 6:
  • Cathy
    Friday Arrival 1Sam. 17:32-37
  • Lillian
    With Faith GOD makes all things possible!!!!!
  • Ms. J.
    Saul previously already knew David, so why did Saul ask the question in 1Samuel ch.17:55-58?
  • St_royal
    Jehovah is the God that maketh impossible things possible, from the eyes of David cannot do anything, but being a respecter of no man uses any vessel that yields to his dealings , so he used David.

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