I Samuel 17:50-51
The sling and stone effectively killed Goliath. David finished the job more quickly by using Goliath’s sword afterward.
Furthermore, Webster’s 1828 dictionary states parenthetically of the word “slay” (past tense “slew”): “The proper sense is to strike, and as beating was an early mode of killing, this word, like smite, came to signify to kill.” 1
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Webster, N. (1828). An American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit .... New York: S. Converse.
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