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Ms Morgan 638, folio 28r




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David Petitions Saul:
David, his shepherd's crook in hand, asks King Saul for the right to do battle with Goliath. The king attempts to dissuade his youthful servant from this dangerous task, but David is adamant. With the Lord's help, David explains, he has slain a lion and a bear. So will the Philistine giant fall, for he has dared to curse the army of the Living God. The king yields. Saul's warriors glance at each other, clearly uncertain of the wisdom of this decision. (1 Samuel 17:3137)

David Armed for the Combat:
Saul, resigned to David's wishes, clothes David with a coat of mail and fits a great helm over his head. (1 Samuel 17:38)

David Removes the armour:
Unaccustomed to the weight and bulk of the armour, David removes his helmet and sword and pulls the mail coat off over his head. Taking hold of his shepherd's staff, he makes his way to a brook and pulls five smooth stones from the water. (1 Samuel 17:3940)

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