The valley of Elah was quieter than it should have been, especially if there was a war going on. I frowned and pulled the horses up to a stop.
"Here," I handed the reins to the carriage keeper, "I'll go get my brothers." I jumped down out of the wagon and ran the rest of the way to the camp, wondering why it was so silent down below
The Philistines looked off guard and we seemed to have more men, so I couldn't imagine why we weren't attacking. It was weird.
I wandered into the camp, craning my neck around various tents, trying to find my brothers. Someone near the edge of the stream was shining his sword and I stopped for a second to watch. He looked up and smiled at me and I grinned back. He was silent for a few more seconds, then looked up again with a puzzled look on his face,
"Aren't you a little young to be here, redhead?" I shrugged,
"I'm just looking for my brothers." Silence again.
"Sir?" I asked, "Why's no one fighting?" The man sighed,
"Well, lad," he looked up at me with a hopeless expression. "I think the Philistines have beaten us this time." I was dumbfounded,
"H-How many men have you lost?" I finally stammered. He shook his head,
"None. But they have a giant and every day..."
A loud roar interrupted our conversation and the man dropped his head on his hands,
"That," he mumbled, “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes, but still no one dares fight.”
I looked over towards the Philistines camp, and sure enough, it was a giant.
“I am the Philistine champion,” he bellowed, “but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!”
I tipped my head and frowned, then looked back at the man sitting by the stream, his sword now forgotten.
“That’s it? One little giant and you give up?”
“Hardly ‘little’, lad,” he said. I stared in disbelief,
“Do you forget that we have God on our side? That no weapon formed against us shall prosper?” There were more men near us now and I turned to them, “Is everyone here cowards?”
“Well, boy, you kind of have to think of the pros and cons in this situation . . .”
“Pros and Cons? Your choosing that over faith? What you think is logic?”
“David!” an angry voice exclaimed. I turned to see Eliab marching towards me. He came and grabbed me by the shoulders, “Stop it! You’re a disgrace to the family name!”
“You’re a disgrace to the family name!” I shot back, “Why aren’t you fighting that blasphemous giant?” Eliab scowled,
“What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” I turned and stalked towards King Saul’s tent.
“Where are you going now, David?”
“I’m going to fight that giant. I choose faith over “pros and cons”.
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