1 Samuel 21:9
New International Version
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.” David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

New Living Translation
“I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is nothing else here.” “There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me!”

English Standard Version
And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.”

Berean Study Bible
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want, you may take it. For there is no other but this one.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

King James Bible
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

New King James Version
So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

NASB 1995
Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

NASB 1977
Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

Amplified Bible
Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, do so. For there is no other here except for it.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.”

Christian Standard Bible
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.” “There’s none like it! ” David said. “Give it to me.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.” “There’s none like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”

American Standard Version
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And David said to Akhimelek: “Is there not here under your hand a sword or a spear? I have taken neither my sword nor a spear in my hands, because the King’s matter was hasty.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the priest said, Behold the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou smotest in the valley of Ela; and it is wrapt in a cloth: if thou wilt take it, take it for thyself, for there is no other except it here. And David said, Behold, there is none like it; give it me.

Contemporary English Version
The priest answered, "The only sword here is the one that belonged to Goliath the Philistine. You were the one who killed him in Elah Valley, and so you can take his sword if you want to. It's wrapped in a cloth behind the statue." "It's the best sword there is," David said. "I'll take it!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the priest said: Lo, here is the sword of Goliath the Philistine whom thou slewest in the valley of Terebinth, wrapped up in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take this, take it, for here is no other but this. And David said: There is none like that, give it me.

English Revised Version
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slowest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

Good News Translation
Ahimelech answered, "I have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in Elah Valley; it is behind the ephod, wrapped in a cloth. If you want it, take it--it's the only weapon here." "Give it to me," David said. "There is not a better sword anywhere!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chief priest answered, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Elah Valley, is here. It is wrapped in a cloth behind the priestly ephod. If you want to take it, take it. There's no other weapon here." David said, "There's none like it. Let me have the sword."

International Standard Version
The priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah is wrapped up in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it because there is no other except it here." So David said, "There is none like it. Give it to me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the priest said: 'The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here.' And David said: 'There is none like that; give it me.'

Literal Standard Version
And the priest says, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a garment behind the ephod, if you take it to yourself, take; for there is none other except it in this [place].” And David says, “There is none like it—give it to me.”

NET Bible
The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the valley of Elah, is wrapped in a garment behind the ephod. If you wish, take it for yourself. Other than that, there's nothing here." David said, "There's nothing like it! Give it to me!"

New Heart English Bible
The priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, look, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind an ephod. If you will take that, take it; for there is no other except that here." David said, "There is none like that. Give it to me."

World English Bible
The priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it; for there is no other except that here." David said, "There is none like that. Give it to me."

Young's Literal Translation
And the priest saith, 'The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou didst smite in the valley of Elah, lo, it is wrapped in a garment behind the ephod, if it thou dost take to thyself, take; for there is none other save it in this place.' And David saith, 'There is none like it -- give it to me.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Flees to Gath
8Then David asked Ahimelech, “Is there not a spear or sword on hand here? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business was urgent.” 9The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want, you may take it. For there is no other but this one.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.” 10That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 17:2
Saul and the men of Israel assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah, arraying themselves for battle against the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:51
David ran and stood over him. He grabbed the Philistine's sword and pulled it from its sheath and killed him; and he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

1 Samuel 17:54
David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put Goliath's weapons in his own tent.

1 Samuel 21:8
Then David asked Ahimelech, "Is there not a spear or sword on hand here? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business was urgent."

1 Samuel 22:10
Ahimelech inquired of the LORD for him and gave him provisions. He also gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."


Treasury of Scripture

And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if you will take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

The sword

1 Samuel 17:51-54
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled…

the valley

1 Samuel 17:2,50
And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines…

behold

1 Samuel 31:10
And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

behind

Exodus 28:6
And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.









(9) The sword of Goliath the Philistine.--It was in safe guardianship, that trusty sword of the mightiest of the Philistines, stained perhaps with the blood of the brave but unworthy priests, Hophni and Phineas, the sons of Eli, whom Goliath was believed to have slain in the fatal battle when the Ark was taken, and the power of Israel shattered for many a long year. It was wrapped up and lying in a place of honour behind the sacred ephod with the Urim and Thummim--wrapped up, it has been suggested, in the blood-stained war cloak of the dead Philistine, for the word translated "cloth" is used in Isaiah 9:5 of military attire.

Give it me.--David grasped the sword with a childlike expression of joy; its sight and touch revived the old bright faith and the sure trust in the strength of Israel on which he leaned when, as a boy, he fought with the wild beasts which infested the wild pasture-lands where he kept his father's flocks (the Shepherd of David was the Holy One; blessed be He.--Midrash Rabbah, 59), and which guided his trembling hand the day he slew the giant in the face of the watching hosts. The sight and touch of the glorious trophy revived the old sure trust which in these dark days of betrayal and persecution was beginning to fail that gallant spirit of David's. It does not appear from the story that the Philistine's sword was of extraordinary size; that it was a tried weapon of approved temper and strength is certain, but its chief preciousness consisted, of course, in its storied associations. The Dean of Canterbury suggests it was probably of the ordinary pattern imported from Greece. The LXX. adds here, "and he gave it to him."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The priest
הַכֹּהֵ֗ן (hak·kō·hên)
0
Strong's 3548: Priest

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
0
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“The sword
חֶרֶב֩ (ḥe·reḇ)
0
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

of Goliath
גָּלְיָ֨ת (gā·lə·yāṯ)
0
Strong's 1555: Goliath -- a Philistine giant

the Philistine,
הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֜י (hap·pə·liš·tî)
0
Strong's 6430: Philistines -- inhabitants of Philistia

whom
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
0
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you killed
הִכִּ֣יתָ ׀ (hik·kî·ṯā)
0
Strong's 5221: To strike

in the Valley
בְּעֵ֣מֶק (bə·‘ê·meq)
0
Strong's 6010: A vale

of Elah,
הָאֵלָ֗ה (hā·’ê·lāh)
0
Strong's 425: Elah -- 'terebinth', an Israelite name, also an Edomite name

is here;
הִנֵּה־ (hin·nêh-)
0
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

it [is]
הִ֞יא (hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

wrapped
לוּטָ֣ה (lū·ṭāh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3874: To wrap closely or tightly, enwrap, envelop

in a cloth
בַשִּׂמְלָה֮ (ḇaś·śim·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8071: A dress, a mantle

behind
אַחֲרֵ֣י (’a·ḥă·rê)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

the ephod.
הָאֵפוֹד֒ (hā·’ê·p̄ō·wḏ)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 646: A girdle, the ephod, highpriest's shoulder-piece, an image

If
אִם־ (’im-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you want,
אֹתָ֤הּ (’ō·ṯāh)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

you may take.
תִּֽקַּח־ (tiq·qaḥ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

[there is] no
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

other
אַחֶ֛רֶת (’a·ḥe·reṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 312: Hinder, next, other

but this one.?
זוּלָתָ֖הּ (zū·lā·ṯāh)
Preposition
Strong's 2108: Scattering, removal, except

And David
דָּוִ֛ד (dā·wiḏ)
Direct object marker | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

said,
וַיֹּ֧אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunction
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“[There is] none
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

like it;
כָּמ֖וֹהָ (kā·mō·w·hā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3644: Like, as, when

give it
תְּנֶ֥נָּה (tə·nen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

to me.?
לִּֽי׃ (lî)
Conjunction
Strong's 0: 0


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