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And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

17:40 five smooth stones. David only used one stone to slay Goliath (I Samuel 17:49). Possibly he knew that Goliath had four brothers who were also giants (II Samuel 21:22). These also were eventually slain, not by David, but by his men.

17:40 his sling. Slings were common and effective weapons at the time. Note Judges 20:16.

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