sling

sling

A weapon used to hurl small projectiles at an enemy, human or animal. This simple device was made of a cloth pad (i.e., “the hollow of a sling,” 1Sam 25:29) and two cords, one attached to each side of the pad. Ammunition consisted of smooth brook pebbles (1Sam 17:40), hammer-worked stones, or, in the Greco-Roman period, lead pellets. The slinger whirled the sling in the air while holding the ends of the cords, thereby building up centrifugal force. At the proper instant, one cord was released, and the missile was fired at its target. The story of David’s victory over Goliath illustrates the military value of slings (1Sam 17), and the accuracy of the left-handed slingers from the tribe of Benjamin was famous (Judg 20:16; 1Chr 12:2). The sling was so well known in ancient Hebrew society that biblical writers referred to this weapon in symbolic ways (1Sam 25:29; Job 41:28; Prov 26:8; Jer 10:18; Zech 9:15).

1Sam 25:29

29If anyone should rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living under the care of the Lord your G ... View more

1Sam 17:40

40Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, a ... View more

1Sam 17

David and Goliath
1Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Aze ... View more

Judg 20:16

16Of all this force, there were seven hundred picked men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair, and not miss.

1Chr 12:2

2They were archers, and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right hand or the left; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kindred.

1Sam 25:29

29If anyone should rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living under the care of the Lord your G ... View more

Job 41:28

28The arrow cannot make it flee;
slingstones, for it, are turned to chaff.

Prov 26:8

8It is like binding a stone in a sling
to give honor to a fool.

Jer 10:18

18For thus says the Lord:
I am going to sling out the inhabitants of the land
at this time,
and I will bring distress on them,
so that they shall feel it.

Zech 9:15

15The Lord of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
they shall drink their blood like wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenc ... View more

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