Now Saul wondered at the boldness and alacrity of David, but durst
not presume on his ability, by reason of his age; but said he must on that
account be too weak to fight with one that was skilled in the art of war.
"I undertake this enterprise," said David, "in dependence
on God's being with me, for I have had experience already of his assistance;
for I once pursued after and caught a lion that assaulted my flocks, and
took away a lamb from them; and I snatched the lamb out of the wild beast's
mouth, and when he leaped upon me with violence, I took him by the tail,
and dashed him against the ground. In the same manner did I avenge myself
on a bear also; and let this adversary of ours be esteemed like one of
these wild beasts, since he has a long while reproached our army, and blasphemed
our God, who yet will reduce him under my power."