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.”

Berean Study Bible
“Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and 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.

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!"

Contemporary English Version
and shouted, "Come on! When I'm finished with you, I'll feed you to the birds and wild animals!"

Good News Translation
"Come on," he challenged David, "and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat."

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
43“Am I a dog,” he said to David, “that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44“Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” 45But David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.…
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 outpost called out to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come on up, and we will teach you a lesson!” “Follow me,” Jonathan told his armor-bearer, “for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel.”

1 Samuel 17:46
This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand. This day I will strike you down, cut off your head, and give the carcasses of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the creatures of the earth. Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

2 Samuel 21:10
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest until the rain from heaven poured down on the bodies, she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

Jeremiah 34:20
I will hand over to their enemies who seek their lives. Their corpses will become food for the birds of the air 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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