1 Samuel 17:44
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New International Version
"Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!"

New Living Translation
"Come over here, and I'll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!" Goliath yelled.

English Standard Version
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”

New American Standard Bible
The Philistine also said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field."

King James Bible
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Come here," the Philistine called to David, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!"

International Standard Version
told David, "Come to me! I'll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the field."

NET Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come here to me, so I can give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the field!"

New Heart English Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Come on," the Philistine told David, "and I'll give your body to the birds."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Philistine said to David: 'Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.'

New American Standard 1977
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the heaven and to the beasts of the field.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

American King James Version
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

American Standard Version
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the birds of the heavens, and to the beasts of the field.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to David: Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the fowls of the heavens and to the beasts of the field.

English Revised Version
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

World English Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field."

Young's Literal Translation
and the Philistine saith unto David, 'Come unto me, and I give thy flesh to the fowl of the heavens, and to the beast of the field.'
Study Bible
David Slays Goliath
43The Philistine said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44The Philistine also said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field." 45Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.…
Cross References
Revelation 19:17
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out in a loud voice to all the birds flying overhead, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God,

1 Samuel 14:12
So the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor bearer and said, "Come up to us and we will tell you something." And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hands of Israel."

1 Samuel 17:46
"This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,

2 Samuel 21:10
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until it rained on them from the sky; and she allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.

Jeremiah 34:20
I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life. And their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

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1 Kings 20:10,11 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Ecclesiastes 9:11,12 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Ezekiel 28:2,9,10 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Ezekiel 39:17-20 And, you son of man, thus said the Lord GOD; Speak to every feathered …

I will give Parallel instances of vaunting occur in some writers of a more recent date:--The conspirators against the emperor Maximinus having slain him, his son, and several of his best friends, threw out their bodies to be devoured by dogs and the fowls of the air. This custom appears to have been frequently threatened; and however shocking to human feelings, was often carried into effect.

(44) Come to me.--In similar terms Hector addresses Ajax--

"And thou imperious! if thy madness wait

The lance of Hector, thou shalt meet thy fate.

That giant corse, extended on the shore.

Shall largely feed the fowls with fat and gore."--

Iliad, xiii. 1053.

And the Philistine said to David, come to me,.... He seems to have stood still, disdaining: to take another step towards such a pitiful combatant, and therefore bids him come up to him, and he would soon dispatch him; unless he said this, because David was light and nimble, and he heavy and unwieldy because of his bigness, and the burden of armour on him, and therefore could not make such haste as he wished to destroy his adversary, of which he made no doubt:

and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field; the wild beasts he means; though Jarchi thinks he spoke improperly, since it is not the way of the beasts of the field, as sheep, oxen, &c. to devour a man, or even to eat any flesh; and therefore he observes, when David comes, he uses another word, which signifies the wild beasts of the earth, and so we render it, 1 Samuel 17:46; but Kimchi shows that even these are comprehended in the word here used, see Isaiah 18:6. 17:40-47 The security and presumption of fools destroy them. Nothing can excel the humility, faith, and piety which appear in David's words. He expressed his assured expectation of success; he gloried in his mean appearance and arms, that the victory might be ascribed to the Lord alone.
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