"The name Goliath means soothsayer, so this may mean that Goliath was known to speak about the future, or that he had pagan religious ties. Given that Goliath was about 9.5’ – 11’ tall, whatever he said would be hard to question! The key to discovering the nature and attitude of this giant named Goliath is in how God defeated him. The army of Israel was at a
standoff with the army of the Philistines. There was a stalemate because the Philistines had put forward a challenge of singular combat, Goliath versus an Israelite warrior. David’s father Jesse wanted news about his three eldest sons who followed Saul into battle, and would often
send David to bring refreshments to them. It was on such an occasion that the LORD moved on David’s heart as he witnessed Goliath mocking and taunting the Israelite army. David was enraged at the mocking of God and His army. This is the setting for God’s total defeat of Goliath, the Philistines, and, in turn, sets in motion the jealousy of King Saul against David.
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