A Fearful Opponent (17:1-11)
As 1 Samuel 17 opens we see that the Philistines are deep into the territory of Judah. The Philistines are nowhere near their border or land. They have made their way deep into the land of Israel. With Philistines bringing their armies deep into Israel’s land, it is time for a confrontation. Saul and his armies gather on one side of the valley with the Philistines gathered in a battle formation on the other side of the valley (17:2-3).
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