Bible trivia: ( Goliath is the Correct Answer )
Consider these verses in which King David is told he will not be the one to build a temple:
“And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.” (1 Chron 22:7-8; also in 1 Chron 28:2-3)
The reason given is that David had “shed much blood.” What is interesting is that it was God Himself Who gave direction to much of King David’s war effort.
The first blood the Bible records David as shedding (other than perhaps bears and lions as he guarded the sheep) was that of Goliath. (1 Sam 17:49-51) But there was much more to follow; here are some examples:
“And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.” (2 Sam 5:19-20)
How old was David when he first began to reign over Judah?