1 SAMUEL 17:40

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”

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1 Samuel 17:40 Translation & Meaning

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And he took וַיִּקַּ֨ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
his staff מַקְל֜וֹ A shoot, i.e., stick (with leaves on, or for walking, striking, guiding, divining) staff
in his hand, בְּיָד֗וֹ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
and chose וַיִּבְחַר Properly, to try, i.e., (by implication) select chose
him five חֲמִשָּׁ֣ה Five five
smooth חַלֻּקֵֽי Smooth smooth
stones אֲבָנִ֣ים׀ A stone stones
out of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses out
the brook, הַנַּ֡חַל A stream, especially a winter torrent; (by implication) a (narrow) valley (in which a brook runs); also a shaft (of a mine) brook
and put וַיָּ֣שֶׂם To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) put
them in a shepherd's הָֽרֹעִ֧ים 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) shepherds
bag בִּכְלִ֨י Something prepared, i.e., any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon) bag
which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
he had, even in a scrip; וּבַיַּלְק֖וּט A travelling pouch (as if for gleanings) even scrip
and his sling וְקַלְּע֣וֹ A sling sling
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in his hand: בְיָד֑וֹ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
and he drew near וַיִּגַּ֖שׁ To be or come (causatively, bring) near (for any purpose); euphemistically, to lie with a woman; as an enemy, to attack; religious to worship; causatively, to present; figuratively, to adduce an argument; by reversal, to stand back drew near
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
the Philistine. הַפְּלִשְׁתִּֽי׃ A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistine

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  • 38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

  • 39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

  • 40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

  • 41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

  • 42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.




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