1 Samuel 17:3
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New International Version
The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

New Living Translation
So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them.

English Standard Version
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.

New American Standard Bible
The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.

King James Bible
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Philistines were standing on one hill, and the Israelites were standing on another hill with a ravine between them.

International Standard Version
The Philistines were standing on the hill on one side while the Israelis were standing on the hill on the other side, with the valley between them.

NET Bible
The Philistines were standing on one hill, and the Israelites on another hill, with the valley between them.

New Heart English Bible
The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Philistines were stationed on a hill on one side, and the Israelites were stationed on a hill on the other side. There was a ravine between the two of them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side; and there was a valley between them.

New American Standard 1977
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side; and there was a valley between them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

American King James Version
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

American Standard Version
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side; and the ravine was between them.

English Revised Version
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

World English Bible
The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

Young's Literal Translation
And the Philistines are standing on the mountain on this side, and the Israelites are standing on the mountain on that side, and the valley is between them.
Study Bible
Goliath's Challenge
2Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array to encounter the Philistines. 3The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them. 4Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:2
Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array to encounter the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:4
Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

(3, 4) And the Philistines stood. . . .--Conder, in his Tent Work in Palestine, writing on the spot, gives us a vivid picture of the scene of the well-known encounter between David and the giant Philistine:--"We may picture to ourselves the two hosts covering the low rocky hills opposite to each other, and half hidden among the lentisk bushes. Between them was the rich expanse of the ripening barley, and the red banks of the torrent, with its white shingly bed. Behind all were the distant blue hill-walls of Judah, whence Saul had just come down. The mail-clad warrior advanced from the west through the low corn, with his mighty lance perhaps tufted with feathers, his brazen helmet shining in the sun. From the east a ruddy boy in his white shirt and sandals, armed with a goat's-hair sling, came down to the brook, and, according to the poetic fancy of the Rabbis, the pebbles were given voices, and cried, 'By us shalt thou overcome the giant !' The champion fell from an unseen cause, and the wild Philistines fled to the mouth of the valley, where Gath stood towering on its white chalk cliff, a frontier fortress, the key to the high road leading to the corn-lands of Judah and to the vineyards of Hebron."

Goliath, of Gath.--The Philistine champion belonged to a race or family of giants, the remnant of the sons of Anak (see Joshua 11:22), who still dwelt in Gath and Gaza and Ashdod. The height mentioned was about nine feet two inches. We have in history a few instances of similar giants. This doughty champion was "full of savage insolence, unable to understand how any one could contend against his brute strength and impregnable panoply; the very type of the stupid 'Philistine,' such as has, in the language of modern Germany, not unfitly identified the name with the opponents of light and freedom and growth."--Stanley.

And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, Before the Israelites are said to encamp in or by the valley; but here they are said to take the higher ground, and face the Philistines, who were on a mountain or hill on the other side over against them, which Kimchi reconciles thus; the whole or the grand army lay encamped in the valley, and, they that were set in array, or the first ranks, the first battalion, ascended the mountain to meet the Philistines. Vatablus takes it to be the same mountain, that on one part of it the Philistines formed their first battalion, and the rest of the army was in the valley; and on the other part of the mountain the Israelites pitched their camp:

and there was a valley between them; the same as in the preceding verse. 17:1-11 Men so entirely depend upon God in all things, that when he withdraws his help, the most valiant and resolute cannot find their hearts or hands, as daily experience shows.
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