David and Goliath (the Poem)

Updated on February 4, 2018
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John is a Christian but feels that all religions have both positives and negatives. He prefers to live by his own code of ethics.

David and Goliath (the Poem)

David was a shepherd boy

Good and kind of heart.

He sang and praised the Lord his God,

But that was just the start.


The Lord loved young David

And watched him as he grew.

That he’d become Israel’s great King,

No one except God knew.


The current King of Israel

Was strong, handsome, charming Saul,

But he had disobeyed his God,

So eventually he would fall.


God sent the Prophet Samuel

To look for Jesse’s son,

To be the next great King of Israel,

But he chose the handsome, eldest one.


“No!” the Lord said, “You are wrong!

I don’t choose by looks alone.

The youngest one is pure of heart,

He is My chosen one!”


So Samuel blessed David’s head with oil,

And God gave him great power.

But soon he’d have to prove himself,

So that as a king he’d tower.


Israel and the Philistines were at war,

They couldn’t live in peace.

But the Philistine army had a giant

As strong and tall as the trees.


This giant was named Goliath,

And he challenged the Israelite king

To send a man to fight him,

But defeat would slavery bring.


The Israelite army was terrified

To fight this terrible giant.

Not one brave soldier volunteered

And the war went on defiant.


Then to the battlefield wandered David,

To his brothers, he came with food.

They told him about Goliath

And the chance to stop the feud.


“I’ll fight the giant,” said David.

The Lord was on his side.

But Saul said, “You’re just a shepherd boy.

You better go and hide.”


Young David, though, he stood his ground,

Said, “I’ve killed a lion and bear.

I’ll kill Goliath just like them,

I really have no fear.”


King Saul could not deter him

So he reluctantly agreed.

He gave him armour and a shield,

That David said he didn’t need.


Crowds came far to watch the fight,

And to see Goliath win.

They gave the shepherd boy no chance,

He was too small and thin.


Goliath laughed at his small foe,

“Is this the one you chose

To fight a warrior like me,

With just a sling and stone?”


But, young David was unafraid

Of the bigger, stronger giant.

He had faith his God would help him

Win this important fight.


Goliath yelled a warning shout,

And was ready to attack,

But, David calmly stood his ground

And reached into his sack.


He withdrew from it a tiny stone

And placed it in his sling,

Then aimed and fired it high and fast

As befit a future king.


The stone struck Goliath’s forehead,

And people watched surprised

As the Philistine’s mighty giant

Fell dead before their eyes.


The ground shook like an earthquake,

And made the Heavens ring.

The Philistines all fled in fear

From David, the Israelites’ new king.

© 2018 John Hansen

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      True, but sometimes it does, and gives us all hope.

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      Larry Rankin 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Not usually how things turn out in the real world, but it's sweet when it does.

      Great read.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind comment as always, Devika. Much appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah as always you share your great talent and with the correct words of expression.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Yves, thank you for reading and sharing that interesting information. It adds value to the hub.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just two days to go. Will David and Goliath pass the test? I will ask you for some rights as it is a great teaching piece. Let us see what the teacher Ms. Nguyen thinks.

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      Yves 2 weeks ago

      Enjoyed your poem, Jodah. It focuses on the spiritual element of the story very nicely. Well done.

      Did you know that a skilled stone/sling thrower with accurate aim, in Biblical times, actually owned a lethal weapon? Once you get the sling swinging powerfully above the head and then let aim, the stone is very fast and quite deadly.

      In truth, Goliath had bad vision and because he was so large, his gait was unsteady, In close hand to hand combat, Goliath would have won the battle, but in reality he had no chance against a marksman like David. Just a little known factoid for your reading pleasure. ;)

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      @ Frank Thank you for the kind comment. This one was quite a challenge.

      @ Nikki Hi, I really appreciate you reading this and for that kind comment

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      Nikki Wicked 2 weeks ago from Louisiana

      Well written! I like the poetic take on a classic.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

      very good poem Jodah.. you pulled it off in poetic fashion.. bravo

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MsDora. That is the aim of most of my poetry to make lessons easier to learn or remember. Your kind remarks are much appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I'd love to hear my grandson or any other brave child recite this poem. The content and the style is A plus. Great poetry which can provide great teaching moments. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree, Dave. Your name-sake sure overcame remarkable odds. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I can remember watching that movie many years ago, rj. Yes, Biblical movies were once the real epics. Not so long ago I wrote a poem about Sampson and enjoyed the challenge so I thought I'd try my hand at another Biblical story.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Linda. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      David Edward Lynch 2 weeks ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for this poem, seems amazing that such a huge man as Goliath could be slain by a small, thin David with just a sling.

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      rjbatty 2 weeks ago from Irvine

      Strange coincidence. I just watched the film version of David and Bathsheba, starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward done way back in 1951. No one could make a film like this today. There was a time when Biblical stories were ripe for Hollywood production, but today... not very likely. If I may encroach upon you a bit, what was percolating in your mind when you wrote the poem?

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting story that you've told very well. I enjoyed reading your poetic version of the tale!

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MizB. You confirmed why I missed writing here, and why I am back. Yes, a stone in a sling and wielded by someone with skill is an effective weapon and not to be taken lightly. Thank you for sharing that.

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      This really is a wonderful rendition of the story of David and Goliath, one of my favorite Bible stories. I just finished reading your troll poem and called it my favorite, but I think this one topped it on my list. BTW, recently some people were laughing because kids in the Middle East were throwing stones at people they considered enemies. They were told that these kids were not "throwing", they were using slings like the one David used to kill Goliath. That kids in the Middle East with stones were serious business. Your poem just proved that. Good work, my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dang John why didn't someone whip out an Iphone!!!

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lori. Well, I always loved the story that's for sure. I have now written this and Sampson in verse. If there is another or will probably be the story of Daniel.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind words and for that suggestion Mary. Yes, it would be great to see children reciting this poem to help them learn the story.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shyron. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the whole Bible rewritten in rhyming verse? Too big a job for me though in my lifetime.Blessings.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for appreciating this poetic version of the story Harish. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, Thank you for the kind welcome back. It feel good to be publishing here again. I've been quiet but never left.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Mike, yes it feels good to be back publishing here. I have a lot of reading to catch up on too. Yes, this was challenging and I won't be rewriting the whole Bible into verse anytime soon..lol

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello, Eric and Gabriel. Yes, I think it would be cool if Goliath was a cyclops as well. As far as we know he may have been lol, we don't have any pictures proving otherwise.

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      Lori Colbo 2 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      Fantastic. Who doesn't love the David and Goliath story? Well done.

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      Mary Norton 2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      This would be perfect for a Chorus in a performance. I could see students reciting this poem learning the story at the same time. It is much more fun.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      John, I love, love it, this is beautiful and if you wrote the whole Bible this way, everyone could understand it.

      Blessings always

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      Harish Mamgain 2 weeks ago from India, New Delhi

      Great story, John. I love how beautifully you told it all through such a simple , yet very effective poem. I enjoyed the poem.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's so good to have you back. Too much talent has left HP, so it at least feels good for a little while knowing one talented writer returned to the fold.

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      mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John. Good to see you publish. (I should talk.) Setting a bible story to rhyme, that is clever and I bet proved challenging.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My boy Gabriel says hi and thank you. He thinks that Goliath should be a Cyclops. I asked what difference it would make and he said it would be more cool.

      The cadence here is awesome.

      Thank you

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Louise, much appreciated.

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      Louise Powles 2 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a really good poem about David and Goliath. I love that Bible story.

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