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#202

1 Samuel 17 New King James Version (NKJV)

David and Goliath

17 Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and they encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array against the Philistines. 3 The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.

4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was [a]armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul. 13 The three oldest sons of Jesse had gone to follow Saul to the battle. The names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul. 15 But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

16 And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.

17 Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. 18 And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” 19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20 So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. 22 And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. 23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is [b] there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

31 Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 So Saul clothed David with his [c]armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them. ” So David took them off.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained[d] him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “ Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of [e]the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.

55 When Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?”

And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.”

56 So the king said, “Inquire whose son this young man is.

57 Then, as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?”

So David answered, “ I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”

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#203

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,
and lean not to thine own understanding,
in all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths”
Proverbs 3:5


#204

Ephesians 6: 13-20

Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the day of evil, and, having done all you can do, to stand firm!

Stand, therefore, having fastened on the belt of Truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes to your feet, having put on the readiness given by the Gospel of peace.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the firey darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as i ought to speak.


#205

The word ‘bless’ originally meant ‘mark with blood’. (Dictionary of Word Origins ).
Bless occurs in no other language than English, except in French, spelled ‘blesse’ which means ‘hurt, wounded, injured, upset’.
Blesser (French)= to hurt, injure, to wound
Blessure " " =injury, wound

When I learned that, I cannot say “God bless you” anymore.


#206

My Jesus! I literally read this last night! Seems to be a confirmation! God is good!!!


#207

Hello A-Braces!
This phrase, “God Bless You” is essential to invoke in particular times.

However, it has been used and abused beyond measure.

I am more inclined to say, “Go with God” or “God be with You.” Less passive in nature and more pluralistic in tone (not to pander but to confidently profess a God who wants to be NEAR His people).


#208

I use " God be with You" too - often with a schpeil about the true meaning of bless.

We need to have a contest for a new replacement word, as Ga-zoon-tite isn’t exactly right either. We need to study what other languages use - and find the best, then make it our new word, to use instead of bless.

Oooooooo Owen, how bout a contest (free shirt?) for a new replacement word for bloody bless?
To go viral of course.


#209

Psalm 23:4 King James Version (KJV)

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


#210

BTW therecfem, I don’t use Hello either - that word came in with the telephone, of which the patent was stolen from Elijah Gray, by Alexander Graham Bell’s father-in-law, patent examiner, the USA PO, et al.


#211

Sounds like you enjoy the game of words. Thank God I can still say Hello and God Bless You if I so desire, no matter the deceptions in linguistic trickery that some engage in.

I hear “they” have patented a certain color blue that I am not certain if I am unintentionally using in my paintings. Uh oh…better burn my paintings for fear of breaking the official color blue patent. Nonsense I say…nonsense.


#212

Nonsense or denial.

“post must be at least 30 chsracters” or yer post won’t post.


#213

Did you know there actually was such a valley (even called by that name at the time)? It was what we might call a gorge, and it led up from the lowlands to the high pastures. There were lots of hiding places in it for predators to go after the sheep as the shepherd led them up to pasture. But the shepherd would put his own life on the line to defend the sheep—with his rod and his staff.

And the author of this psalm was a shepherd before he was a king. Think of it!:grinning:


#214

The saddest time of day is when the sun goes away. We have to walk through the dark until the sun comes back. Yet, the most beautiful comfort is knowing that when the sun goes away, the SON stays NEAR! HE IS NEARER THAN WE KNOW!

Oh, Lord…YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! YOUR FACE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!
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#215

Yes sir. I know, and it is a beautiful thing. God is Good.


#216

1 Samuel 24 New King James Version (NKJV)

David Spares Saul

24 Now it happened, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, “Take note! David is in the Wilderness of En Gedi.” 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats. 3 So he came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to attend to his needs. (David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave.) 4 Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’ ” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. 5 Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. 6 And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” 7 So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.

8 David also arose afterward, went out of the cave, and called out to Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed down. 9 And David said to Saul: “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’? 10 Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 Moreover, my father, see! Yes, see the corner of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my life to take it. 12 Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? 15 Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand.”

16 So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, “ Is this your voice, my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 Then he said to David: “You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. 18 And you have shown this day how you have dealt well with me; for when the Lord delivered me into your hand, you did not kill me. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him get away safely? Therefore may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. 21 Therefore swear now to me by the Lord that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s house.”

22 So David swore to Saul. And Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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#217

David was a rock star! He even danced like one to the chagrin of those who did not understand his passion for God.

“He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to [a]relieve himself.” NASB

I prefer to be blunt and just say the following (and for those who have sensitive ears - plug em or don’t be so easily offended):

          Saul was taking a shit. 

I suspect covering his feet meant squatting but please correct me if I am incorrect. Saul sure had limited situational awareness for being such a fierce pursuer and did not seem to notice the intrusion during his vulnerable personal hygiene time. Either that or David was trained in BLACK OPS and was the sneakiest of them all. He was brilliant to threaten Saul’s life in such a simple way, leverage!

Interestingly enough, this is the opposite of when the bleeding woman touched Jesus’ robe. Jesus supernaturally felt the touch and stopped immediately to identify the source. One of the most beautiful life stories in the bible and often given lip service.
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Why so crass you might ask?

Well, it is a perfect example of how God chose not to leave out the dirty business in the Bible. He let it all show. No hiding the uncomfortable, no hiding the embarrassing, no passing over the humiliating details and most of all an honest portrayal of doubt, suffering, and desperation. The TRUE-EST book in existence. The most fascinating, captivating, intriguing, linguistically challenging, supernatural, self-explanatory (mostly), heart-felt, beautiful book in existence. I could go on with descriptives but have probably already lost half the audience already.


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#219

From Proverbs Chapter 2 KJV:
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.


#220

That’s really strange that’s the scripture I was reading over and over again last month while I was praying and God opened doors for me and moved. I had a terrible landlord and in Proverbs 2 it said deliver me from the man who walks in darkness. God delivered me. That landlord was evil.
Banging on my door. Etc. Not just me but others.


#222

Ya I was praying two to three times a day and reading the same chapter Proverbs 2.
Then God answered my prayers. I have had other times in my life where he answered my prayers. Also its hard to pray when your feeling bad. Daniel prayed three times a day. God sends people also your way when you pray I believe sometimes they are angels.