1 Samuel 17:44
New International Version
“Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

New Living Translation
“Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

English Standard Version
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”

Berean Study Bible
“Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

King James Bible
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

New King James Version
And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

New American Standard Bible
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals.”

NASB 1995
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”

NASB 1977
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”

Amplified Bible
The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”

Christian Standard Bible
“Come here,” the Philistine called to David, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“Come here,” the Philistine called to David, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!”

American Standard Version
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the birds of the heavens, and to the beasts of the field.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Philistine said to David: “Come to me and I shall give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the field!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the earth.

Contemporary English Version
and shouted, "Come on! When I'm finished with you, I'll feed you to the birds and wild animals!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to David: Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the earth.

English Revised Version
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Good News Translation
"Come on," he challenged David, "and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Come on," the Philistine told David, "and I'll give your body to the birds."

International Standard Version
told David, "Come to me! I'll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the field."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Philistine said to David: 'Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.'

Literal Standard Version
and the Philistine says to David, “Come to me, and I give your flesh to the bird of the heavens, and to the beast of the field.”

NET Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come here to me, so I can give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the field!"

New Heart English Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field."

World English Bible
The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field."

Young's Literal Translation
and the Philistine saith unto David, 'Come unto me, and I give thy flesh to the fowl of the heavens, and to the beast of the field.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Slays Goliath
43“Am I a dog,” he said to David, “that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44“Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” 45But David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.…

Cross References
Revelation 19:17
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out in a loud voice to all the birds flying overhead, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God,

1 Samuel 14:12
So the men of the outpost called out to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come on up, and we will teach you a lesson!" "Follow me," Jonathan told his armor-bearer, "for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel."

1 Samuel 17:46
This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand. This day I will strike you down, cut off your head, and give the carcasses of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the creatures of the earth. Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

2 Samuel 21:10
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest until the rain from heaven poured down on the bodies, she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

Jeremiah 34:20
I will deliver into the hands of their enemies who seek their lives. Their corpses will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth.


Treasury of Scripture

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

come to me

1 Kings 20:10,11
And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me…

Proverbs 18:12
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

Ecclesiastes 9:11,12
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all…









(44) Come to me.--In similar terms Hector addresses Ajax--

"And thou imperious! if thy madness wait

The lance of Hector, thou shalt meet thy fate.

That giant corse, extended on the shore.

Shall largely feed the fowls with fat and gore."--

Iliad, xiii. 1053.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Come
לְכָ֣ה (lə·ḵāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

here,”
הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֖י (hap·pə·liš·tî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 6430: Philistines -- inhabitants of Philistia

he called
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

David,
דָּוִ֑ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

“and I will give
וְאֶתְּנָה֙ (wə·’et·tə·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

your flesh
בְּשָׂ֣רְךָ֔ (bə·śā·rə·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man

to the birds
לְע֥וֹף (lə·‘ō·wp̄)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5775: Flying creatures

of the air
הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

and the beasts
וּלְבֶהֱמַ֥ת (ū·lə·ḇe·hĕ·maṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

of the field!”
הַשָּׂדֶֽה׃ (haś·śā·ḏeh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7704: Field, land


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