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David defeats Goliath.David entered into King Saul’s service and travelled with him. In the Valley of the Terebinth the Israelite army were fighting the Philistines. A mighty Philistine warrior named Goliath—who stood nearly as tall as two men—was terrifying the Israelite forces. He challenged the Israelites to a single combat with their finest warrior. Only David was brave enough to accept the challenge. Wearing only his shepherd's robe, he was armed with just a sling and five stones. Goliath laughed when he saw the young boy. But God was on David’s side and Goliath was felled by a single stone from David’s sling. Seizing the giant warrior's huge sword, David then slew him.


 
 

The Ark comes to Jerusalem

Bringing the Ark to JerusalemDavid became King of Israel after the death of Saul. He was a great warrior, recapturing lands that had been lost and uniting Israel once more. He decided Jerusalem should be his new capital city and that the Ark should be housed in the city. He held a great festival and paraded the Ark through the streets of Jerusalem, to wild celebrations. Even David himself danced for joy.

After Saul disobeyed God, the Bible says, evil spirits began to torment him—Saul descended into madness. His love for David turned to extreme jealousy. Eventually he was driven to attempt to kill the young man, especially after David married Saul's daughter, Michal. David was forced to flee until Saul was killed in battle at the hands of the Philistines.

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