1 SAMUEL 17:34



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“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:”

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1 Samuel 17:34 Translation & Meaning

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And David דָּוִד֙ David, the youngest son of Jesse David
said וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Saul, שָׁא֔וּל Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites Saul
Thy servant עַבְדְּךָ֛ A servant servant
kept רֹעֶ֨ה To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) kept
his father's לְאָבִ֖יו Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application fathers
sheep, בַּצֹּ֑אן A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) sheep
and there came וּבָ֤א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
a lion, הָֽאֲרִי֙ A lion lion
and a bear, הַדּ֔וֹב The bear (as slow) bear
and took וְנָשָׂ֥א To lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative took
a lamb שֶׂ֖ה A member of a flock, i.e., a sheep or goat lamb
out of the flock: מֵֽהָעֵֽדֶר׃ An arrangement, i.e., muster (of animals) out flock

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  • 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.

  • 36  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.


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