1I was small among my brothers,
and the youngest of my father’s sons.
I was shepherd of my father’s sheep.
2My hands made a musical instrument;
my fingers strung a lap harp.
3Who will tell my Lord?
The Lord himself, the Lord hears me.
4The Lord himself sent his messenger,
and took me away
from my father’s sheep.
He put special oil on my forehead
to anoint me.
5My brothers were good-looking and tall,
but the Lord didn’t take
special pleasure in them.
6I went out to meet the Philistine,
who cursed me by his idols.
7But I took his own sword out of its sheath
and cut off his head.
So I removed the shame
from the Israelites.#Or children of Israel