1 SAMUEL 17:33



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“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

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1 Samuel 17:33 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And Saul שָׁא֜וּל Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites Saul
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
David, דָּוִ֗ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
Thou art not לֹ֤א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles art not
able תוּכַל֙ To be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might) able
to go לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
against אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to against
this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
Philistine הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֣י A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistine
to fight לְהִלָּחֵ֖ם To feed on; by implication, to battle (as destruction) fight
with עִמּ֑וֹ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
him: for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed him for
thou אַ֔תָּה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
art but (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a youth, נַ֣עַר (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) youth
and he וְה֛וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are and he
a man אִ֥ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
of war מִלְחָמָ֖ה A battle (i.e., the engagement); generally, war (i.e., war-fare) war
from his youth. מִנְּעֻרָֽיו׃ (only in plural collective or emphatic form) youth, the state (juvenility) or the persons (young people) youth

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  • 31  And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

  • 32  And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

  • 33  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

  • 34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

  • 35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.


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