Bible Contradictions #6: How did David kill Goliath?

This follows my most recent Bible Contradictions post. This is one of my favorite contradictions because it contradicts itself in a single breath! First, David uses his sling and a rock to fell the beast. Next, he pulls out a sword to cut his head off. Notice that both verses say that David “slew” him, meaning he killed Goliath twice. Words matter, friends.

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There is also the issue of the sword. When looking into this contradiction, I’ve heard of others make the argument that the first verse implies that David had no sword, while the other explicitly states that he did. That’s a stretch. But either way, David literally (if you believe the bible is the literal word of god) killed Goliath twice.

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6 Responses to Bible Contradictions #6: How did David kill Goliath?

  1. James says:

    Hi there,

    I think the Baker Book House Church Connection blog answered this one pretty well last year…


  2. ubi dubium says:

    I always figured that this was a confusion of possessive pronouns, and it meant that David pulled Goliath’s sword out, and chopped his head off with that. So it’s ironic that the mighty warrior dies by his own sword. But that doesn’t explain how David is killing him twice. It’s kind of like the ten plagues of Egypt, where the firstborn of all the animals were slain in the last plague, except that all the animals had already been killed off twice over in earlier plagues (plague of livestock, and plague of hail).

  3. agrudzinsky says:

    Most likely, a linguistic issue. You quote from KJV. NIV has:
    ” David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. *After* he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.”

    I wish, this were the biggest problem in the Bible. Are you OK with virgin birth and stuff? How about this one: How come that Jesus was an heir of David, although Joseph, allegedly, had little to do with his birth? “Literal interpretation” is a figure of speech.

  4. David says:

    Bible Contradictions #6 is published. Unfortunately for this one I had to go with the research done by the Does historical matters matter to faith reference as none of the Hebrew translators I tossed the scrips in would translate properly. I can’t confirm if the quotes are 100% accurate as I am not fluent in Hebrew, but in the video I do show at least that from Biblehub, you can take both verses and that the form of slew him, is the Hebrew word for die, yet when written into their sentence, the two words are vastly different, thus helping support the claims made in the book, at least from an unlearned standpoint.

    It is definitely funny though reading all the forums of people who debate this topic using their English translated bibles for solid answers to this question. It simply can not be done, clearly this is a lost in translation situation.


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