1 Samuel 17:7

“And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the staffe of his speare was like a weauers beame, and his speares head weighed sixe hundred shekels of yron: and one bearing a shield, went before him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and the head of his spear {weighed} six hundred shekels of iron; his shield-carrier also walked before him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head `weighed' six hundred shekels of iron: and his shield-bearer went before him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The stem of his spear was as long as a cloth-worker's rod, and its head was made of six hundred shekels' weight of iron: and one went before him with his body-cover.
- Basic English Bible

And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and the shield-bearer went before him.
- Darby Bible

And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
- Webster's Bible

The staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head [weighed] six hundred shekels of iron: and his shield bearer went before him.
- World English Bible

and the wood of his spear [is] like a beam of weavers', and the flame of his spear [is] six hundred shekels of iron, and the bearer of the buckler is going before him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 17:7


17:7 Beam - On which the weavers fasten their web. It was like this for thickness. And though the whole weight of Goliath's armour may seem prodigious; yet it is not so much by far as one Athanatus did manage: of whom Pliny relates, That he saw him come into the theatre with arms weighing twelve thousand ounces. A shield - Probably for state: for he that was clad in brass, little needed a shield.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 17:7

  • Richard Diaz, Sr. for verse 7
    All the explanations of what a weaver s beam is interesting however I would like to see a picture of what it looks like I still cannot picture it in my mind Can this be done

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