Search
 

 More From Region

 

Valley of Elah

​The setting for the battle between David and Goliath

On this Page:

From the Scriptures

1 Samuel Chapter 17


1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had greaves of bronze upon his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ”Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.“ 10 And the Philistine said, ”I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.“ 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

The Revised Standard Version, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.) 1973, 1977.

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian tradition, the Church of the H...
Catholic church of the Benedictine Fathers, built between the years 1900-1910. Accordin...
The Room of the Last Supper – The Coenaculum. According to Christian tradition, already...
This is the traditional site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus, as ...
Park of Olives This is the home of the environmental sculpture entitled “The Olive Col...
The Temple Mount is sacred as Mount Moriah, where Abraham offered Isaac. Jewish traditi...
 

 Accommodations

 
Harmony Hotel is a boutiqe hotel with 50 rooms facing the roofs and the uniqe alles of ...
​Located in the heart of Jerusalem, overlooking the biblical landscape of Jerusalem. A ...
The HI-Agron Guest House Hostel is situated in the heart of the Jerusalem and as such i...
Various-sized units in an old Arab house, from single rooms to six-person family suites...
 

 VideoSideVWP

 
 

 RelevantArticle

 
 

 Events In Area

 
 

 Untitled

 
Christian Sites