"Was David a man of war before he fought Goliath?" (Alleged Contradiction #E2525)
Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
I Samuel 16:18
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. … And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
I Samuel 17:33, 39
Is David not a man of war just because he is “but a youth” and had “not proved” the armor of a specific person (Saul)? Of course not. Yes, David was a man of war, albeit young; and as a prudent man of war, he chose not to wear armor that he had not practiced in or felt comfortable with, as any good soldier would.
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