Thursday, May 20, 2010
David almost killed - banned from battle!
Now that the insurrection was over, it was war as usual in Israel.
The Philistines had been defeated, but not for long.
They came back again.
Battles against Philistine Giants
15 "Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted. 16 Ishbi-benob was a descendant of the giants[p]; his bronze spearhead weighed more than seven pounds,[q] and he was armed with a new sword. He had cornered David and was about to kill him. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue and killed the Philistine. Then David’s men declared, “You are not going out to battle with us again! Why risk snuffing out the light of Israel?”
18 After this, there was another battle against the Philistines at Gob. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, another descendant of the giants.
19 During another battle at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair[r] from Bethlehem killed the brother of Goliath of Gath.[s] The handle of his spear was as thick as a weaver’s beam!
20 In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. 21 But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea.[t]
22 These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them."