David

Saul was the first king of Israel. He developed a

nervous condition and needed someone to calm him.

David, a young shepherd in Bethlehem, was asked

to play his harp for King Saul.

 

The year was about 1000 B.C. and Israel was

having a war with the Philistines over control

of the land of Canaan. One of the Philistines

was a giant warrior named Goliath. He tormented

the Israelites, calling them weaklings and

challenging them to send a warrior to fight him.

David decided to accept the challenge. He gathered

five smooth stones from a nearby stream and took

these with his slingshot to face Goliath.

The first

stone hit Goliath in the forehead and killed him.

King Saul was killed in another battle against the

Philistines. David was chosen to become the new

King of Israel. He ruled Israel for forty years. While

he was king, David brought together all the

tribes of Israel for the first time. He established Israel

as a nation. David was finally able to defeat the

Philistines who had been Israel's enemy for many years.

David also captured the city of Jerusulem.

David established Jerusalem as the capital city.

Late in his reign, David carried the Ark of

the Covenant, the most holy object to his people,

into Jerusalem.

 

David's rule was the beginning of a dynasty that

lasted more than four hundred years.

His son, Solomon, followed him as the

King of Israel.

David

Saul was the first king of Israel. He developed a

nervous condition and needed someone to calm him.

David, a young shepherd in Bethlehem, was asked

to play his harp for King Saul.

 

The year was about 1000 B.C. and Israel was

having a war with the Philistines over control

of the land of Canaan. One of the Philistines

was a giant warrior named Goliath. He tormented

the Israelites, calling them weaklings and

challenging them to send a warrior to fight him.

David decided to accept the challenge. He gathered

five smooth stones from a nearby stream and took

these with his slingshot to face Goliath.

The first

stone hit Goliath in the forehead and killed him.

King Saul was killed in another battle against the

Philistines. David was chosen to become the new

King of Israel. He ruled Israel for forty years. While

he was king, David brought together all the

tribes of Israel for the first time. He established Israel

as a nation. David was finally able to defeat the

Philistines who had been Israel's enemy for many years.

David also captured the city of Jerusulem.

David established Jerusalem as the capital city.

Late in his reign, David carried the Ark of

the Covenant, the most holy object to his people,

into Jerusalem.

 

David's rule was the beginning of a dynasty that

lasted more than four hundred years.

His son, Solomon, followed him as the

King of Israel.

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