Treasure Island

Simple Simon


E05 Saul and David


It was under God's direction,
Samuel anointed Jesse's son
The youngest and eighth one.
David, as king-in-succession.

The Lord's spirit left Saul.
Tormented by spirits evil
Problems, a lot, Saul faced.
And felt much disgraced.

He called David, his harp to play,
And in his palace, let him stay.
The harp’s music drove out,
From Saul, the evil spirit.

In David's company,
King Saul felt happy,
But had to face Philistines,
The Israelites' enemies.

Philistines on one side,
And Israelites on opposite side,
Used every force and might,
In their constant fight.

A Philistine named Goliath,
From the City of Gath,
Who was hefty and tall,
Came daily to the battle

Bronze-shield and armor
Gave his body, a full cover.
A bronze-javelin slung o'er
His broad left shoulder.

On the Philistine side,
He stood with his pride,
And challenged anyone, Israelite,
To meet him in single combat.

When David offered to go
And revealed this to Saul so.
The latter doubted his prowess
And the chances of his success.

'In forests, when I keep
A watch o'er my sheep,
Lions came to attack
Suddenly my flock.'

'I killed lions and bears,
So, to fight, I've no fears.
By God's grace, I'll win
And kill this devilish man.'

Saul unwillingly then sent,
Young David to the war-front,
But the boy went ahead,
Gazing at the giant's head.

Right in the battle-ground,
With no sword to defend,
In his pouch, he carried,
A few sharp stones and marched.

He aimed at Goliath's forehead
A stone that went ahead,
Just pierced his head.
At once, he fell dead.

Philistines ran away in fear,
As David created a terror,
To Saul, he became closer
In the palace, thereafter.

Submitted: Monday, October 23, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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  • Sandra Fowler (10/23/2006 8:31:00 PM)

    One of the greatest Bible Stoies of all time, The story of David and Goliath, retold
    here with reverence and great simplicity. Very inspiring.Simon.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

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