Who Killed Goliath in Your Bible?
Most children over five years old know David killed Goliath. Yet, most Bible translations say Elhanan killed him.
The NIV says Elhanan killed Goliath.
In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod (II Sam 21:19).
The NASV says Elhanan killed Goliath.
And there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam" (II Sam 21:19).
Try other translations, and you will find the same answer - Elhanan. In fact, try the Masoretic Hebrew text - Elhanan again.
What is the problem? Education is put above the Spirit! Translators love money more than God, so they copy each other's errors to protect their jobs and keep new versions coming every year. This verse was correctly translated 400 years ago in the King James Version, but translators would have to get a real job, if they endorsed the KJV. It reads as follows:
And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam (II Sam 21:19).
God gave His Word by inspiring men to write it (II Tim 3:16; II Pet 1:20), and He preserved it by blessing other men to keep it (Isaiah 30:8; I Pet 1:25).
To show which version is His, the Lord blinded the eyes and minds of modern translators to leave them exposed (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20). And He providentially guided the KJV translators to give us this verse exactly as it should read, without errors or confusion.
Peter declared true Scripture is more sure than God's voice from heaven (II Pet 1:16-21), and this more sure Word of God is the King James Version.
And Jesus said, "Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35). If your Bible was broken by this simple question, you need to get rid of it, for the Lord has shown you that it is not Scripture.