The Philistines may have had big brains, but they had small minds

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.29.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 21.18–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 21–22 on April 29, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The sons or nephews of Goliath had gigantic bodies just as he did, but they did not learn from his defeat before David, nor did they learn from one another as the Israelites continued to defeat everyone of them,

Now it happened afterward that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the sons of the giant. Again there was war at Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant. So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants (2 Samuel 21.18–22). 

Therefore, while we can do impressive things with our bodies, he who learns from others will do much better in life than the body builder, than the athlete, than anyone.


  • Do you learn from the mistakes of others?
  • Do you learn from your own mistakes?

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