Did David fight Goliath
AND his brothers?
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Question: Did a young King David fight the Philistine giant Goliath AND his four brothers? Did he take five slingshot stones into battle so that he could kill them all?
Answer: First, we need to cover how BIG and STRONG was Goliath the Giant that challenged Israel and battled David.
4 Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (1Samuel 17:4, NASB throughout)
The exact length of the ancient cubit, using modern measurement standards, varies depending on the source used. Various Bible commentaries place the length of a cubit anywhere from 17 inches (43.2 centimeters) to 21 inches (53.3 centimeters). The length of a span is believed to have been around 9 inches (22.9 centimeters). Conservatively, the giant that opposed Israel was 9 feet 3 inches tall or 2.82 meters and likely was a bit bigger! Compare this to the average height of a U.S. male (2003-2006 data) of 5 feet 10 inches (1.8 meters).
5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was clothed with scale-armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 He also had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; his shield-carrier also walked before him. (1Samuel 17:5-7)
Goliath wore a protective coat that weighed at least 78 U.S. pounds (35.4 kilograms). Several commentaries place the weight of the coat at an amazing 156 U.S. pounds (70.8 kilograms)! The length of his spear may have been as long as 26 feet (7.9 meters). The head alone on his spear weighed at least 17 pounds U.S. (7.7 kilograms). He was a formidable opponent indeed!
It's interesting that you mentioned the coincidence of picking up five slingshot stones and Goliath having four similarly gigantic brothers. Now we know from 2Samuel 21:16-22, especially the last verse, that there were at least four other Philistine giants. There is, however, no record of these other four challenging the army of Israel.