This psalm is ascribed to David as his own composition (though it is outside the numbera), after he had fought in single combat with Goliath.
1 I was small among my brothers,
and the youngest in my father's house;
I tended my father's sheep.
2 My hands made a harp;
my fingers fashioned a lyre.
3 And who will tell my Lord?
The Lord himself; it is he who hears.b
4 It was he who sent his messengerc
and took me from my father's sheep,
and anointed me with his anointing oil.
5 My brothers were handsome and tall,
but the Lord was not pleased with them.
6 I went out to meet the Philistine,d
and he cursed me by his idols.
7 But I drew his own sword;
I beheaded him, and took away disgrace from the people of Israel.
a Other ancient authorities add of the one hundred fifty (psalms) b Other ancient authorities add everything; others add me; others read who will hear me c Or angel d Or foreigner
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