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Everyone knows this well- loved story. I just wanted to have a bit of fun with and show the human frailty and humor that can exist in any story.

(Adapted from 1 Samuel 17)

A Few Visitor Comments

Monica
Hi, i recited this poem in state competition and won first place and told my friend about it and they want to use it too. we like it
Aaron
great poem
Leah
This is a good-(who am I kidding?!) GREAT poem! I loved the rhyme and humor! On a scale from 1-10 1 being bad, I would give this poem a 9. 9. I encourage you to keep writing this wonderful poetry to spread the word of the Lord! Thank you, John! Luv ya Lord!
Barb
This is a great poem A good way to remember the story. Excellent

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David And Goliath

The Philistine army faced the army of Saul,
The giant Goliath came out each day to call,
Send me a man thatíll represent you in battle,
Iíll tear him in half, then scatter you like cattle.

Goliath the giant measured six cubits and a span,
Which was well over twice the height of even a tall man,
He had six toes on each foot and six fingers on each hand,
What this brute didnít realize, was he was about to be canned.

The giant mouthed off for at least forty days,
The army of Saul did nothing but gaze,
They wandered about with their eyes all aglaze,
Theyíd lost all their hope, they were all in a daze.

But young David the shepherd had brought food for his brothers,
What sickened his heart was hearing men cry for their mothers,
Whatís wrong with you guys, is there no bone in your back?
What youíre needing to do is to go on the attack.

Whoís this that challenges the army of God? ,
Give me five minutes, Iíll put him under the sod,
Allow me a chance at this vile Philistine,
This uncircumcised heathen has stepped over the line.

News of his words filtered back to King Saul,
Who was greatly impressed by his bravado and gall,
If his heart was in tune and he had heard Godís call,
Perhaps he was the one to make the giant to fall.

David was summoned to meet with the king,
Who offered to him if he would but bring,
The head of Goliath who heíd have to slaughter,
Davidís reward, the kingís beautiful daughter.

Not only that, Saul promised to axe
Payment by David of the kingís tax,
As well as great riches beyond compare,
Ensuring a life without worry or care.

Saul said, Iíve no choice but to tell you the truth,
Iím just concerned by your small stature and youth,
Donít be insulted, your zeal canít be denied,
But David interrupted, and cautiously replied,

I tell you the truth, for lies I canít bear,
In defense of my flock, I killed a bear,
Again, and I swear, be assured Iím not lyiní
On another occasion, I killed a lion.

So King Saul clothed David in his personal armor,
He replied in polite terms he was just a sheep farmer,
Who relied on his speed and his skill and his wits,
To go into battle weighed down, for him was the pits.

David went down to the brook, and picked out five stones,
Then called to Goliath and made himself known,
The giant couldnít work out why from the whole mob,
Theyíd picked on a boy, to do a manís job.

David replied, You come with a sword,
But I come to you, in the name of the Lord,
He gives this battle into our hands,
Youíll know all about it, when this shiny rock lands.

Goliath drew near to David, who ran towards him,
He let go his sling and made the giantís lights dim,
The stone flew like a rocket and imbedded in his fore- head,
Before he crashed down, David knew he was for sure- dead.

David ran to the body and took up Goliathís sword,
When he hacked off his head, the army of God roared,
When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead,
They turned on their heels, and like cowards they fled.

The army of Saul pursued them for days after days,
Then returned from their chasing to praise God and His ways,
By the use of the weak things to confuse the strong,
They learned that by His faith, they could never go wrong.

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More Visitor Comments (from the Voting form)

David
Love the style, the light heartedness is refreshing, the Faith message shines through,a good solid poem that could be used in a variety of situations. Love it.
Joy
awesome!
Janea
I vote for the poet who made up the poem called David and Goliath. I used it as an inspiration for when I was writing my own poem for school on the same topic. I thought the poem really did express the main idea of the topic relating to how David defeated Goliath in the war against the Philistines using a sling-shot. It was also very creative in the manner and it has really taught me the different qualities of David and how to express them in my own way and for the creator to have related feelings for the defeat of Goliath has been a really rewarding experience for me. You had a really great impact on my future because I never really thought that poetry can be reflected as a way of expressing myself until now, so thank you very much. And you are my greatest poet of all times. And thanks to you I love poetry so much. THANK YOU AGAIN.
Bonnie
Good job of writing enjoyed reading it.
Grace
I appreciate this poem very much . it is a comfort to my journey and can relate to what David did to Goliath Grace
Charlene
this is the best poem that I have read . I love it
Kila
I really like this poem. It tells a story in an entertaining way. Good job!
Cindy
Excellent retelling of the Biblical story. Very enjoyable reading!
Lila
This was a wonderful poem! I love it! I saw your other poems, they're great too. I love to write poems and I was very inspired by your beautiful poetry. Keep writing! You're very talented!
Nkono
This is very inspiring- it encourages believers that if we can go anywhere in the name of the Lord, we will conquer.
Kelly
I loved this poem. You did a great job on it. I'm looking forward to reading some of your other poems.
Monica
It is wonderful. A year or so ago i recited this poem for my poetry recitation at state competition and won first place. Everyone in my family, church and school loved it.
hannah
two thumbs up and a pinky! really good
lupe
it was funny but most of all it was exactly as the word of God says it. thank you for your humor it bless my heart and i will share it with people that are in prison. keep us the work for the Lord. In His Service, lupe
Liary
COOL!~ a lovely~~ poem:)
angel
i loved it
bandaru
lovely poem
Charles
I really like this poem its amazing the way he can ryhme good work
Jackie
I'm sure this is a popular story with most people and I liked the way it was presented in poetry form.
where
That was a really, really cool poem. David & Goliath was always one of my fav. stories, and this new twist to it renewed my love for this story.
sally
This has just brought another new life unto me. Well displayed poem.
Brad
This just brought new life to me as well. Like a breath of fresh air. What a great story to use. cool-cool-cool
Ron
an old story given new life by a talented poet
corey
thats was a funny but good poem
tiffany
this was a good version of this story. it was very by this author very good

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