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How old was David when he fought Goliath?

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The Bible does not specifically say how old David was when he fought Goliath. However, it is likely that he was already an adult at that point.

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When David fought Goliath, he was already the armor-bearer to King Saul, and he was appointed to that position because of the way he soothed Saul. He was chosen to soothe Saul because he was "skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him" (1 Samuel 16:18). This implies that he was already an adult. Although he is referred to as a "youth" when he went to fight Goliath, the same Hebrew word in is later used to describe David's son Absalom when he was leading a military coup against David.

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