1 SAMUEL 17:50



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“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”

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1 Samuel 17:50 Translation & Meaning

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So David דָּוִ֤ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
prevailed וַיֶּֽחֱזַ֨ק To fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer prevailed
over מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses over
the Philistine הַפְּלִשְׁתִּי֙ A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistine
with a sling בַּקֶּ֣לַע A sling sling
and with a stone, וּבָאֶ֔בֶן A stone stone
and smote וַיַּ֥ךְ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smote
the Philistine, הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֖י A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistine
and slew וַיְמִתֵ֑הוּ To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill slew
him; but no אֵ֥ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle no
there was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
sword וְחֶ֖רֶב Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword
in the hand בְּיַד 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
of David. דָּוִֽד׃ David, the youngest son of Jesse David

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  • 48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

  • 49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

  • 50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

  • 51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

  • 52  And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.


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