[[Image:davidandgoliath.jpg|right|thumb|In this Caravaggio painting, David decapitates Goliath after defeating him. King David was a popular subject in Western art during the Renaissance and afterwards.]] Next, the Israelites were having somewhat of a military stand-off against the Philistines, and two of David 's brothers were waiting in the encampment. Jesse sent David with supplies and to get news of his siblings. Now, at this time a huge Philistine champion ( either nine or twelve feet tall) had everyday for forty days emerged into the no- man' s land between the two armies to taunt the Israelites, also declaring that man- to- man combat between him and whatever Israelite took up his challenge would effectively determine which side won the battle. David, outraged, took it upon himself to fight the Philistine with the blessing of Saul. Before the two even came to blows, David had felled Goliath using his sling and a stone that hit Goliath in the forehead. He then cut off Goliath’s head with the Philistine’s own sword, and the Philistine armies fled in terror.
===Flight from Saul===