of Samuel 17:32-33.37.40-51.
David spoke to
Saul: «Let your majesty not lose courage. I am at your service to go and fight this
But Saul answered David, "You cannot go up
against this Philistine and fight with him, for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior
from his youth."
David continued: "The LORD, who
delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear, will also keep me safe from the clutches of
this Philistine." Saul answered David, "Go! the LORD will be with you."
Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherd's bag. With his sling also ready to hand, he approached
With his shield-bearer marching before
him, the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up, and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in
appearance, he held him in contempt.
said to David, "Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?" Then the Philistine cursed David
by his gods
and said to him, "Come here to me, and I
will leave your flesh for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field."
David answered him: "You come against me with sword and spear and
scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel
that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver
you into my hand; I will strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will leave your
corpse and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.
All this multitude, too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.
For the battle is the LORD'S, and he shall deliver you into our hands."
The Philistine then moved to meet David at close quarters, while David
ran quickly toward the battle line in the direction of the Philistine.
David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone, hurled it with
the sling, and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone embedded itself in his brow, and he
fell prostrate on the ground.
(Thus David overcame the
Philistine with sling and stone; he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a
Then David ran and stood over him; with the
Philistine's own sword (which he drew from its sheath) he dispatched him and cut off his head.When
they saw that their hero was dead, the Philistines took to flight.
Of David. Blessed be the
LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war;
My safe guard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield,
in whom I trust, who subdues peoples under me.
O God, a
new song I will sing to you; on a ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.
You give victory to kings; you delivered David your servant. From the
of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:1-6.
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered
They watched him closely to see if he would cure
him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.
said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up here before us."
Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to
save life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the
man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians
against him to put him to death.