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THE CHARACTERS OF
THE OLD TESTAMEN T.
REV. EDWARD MONRO, M.A.,
PERPETUAL CURATE OF HARROW WEALD.
AND NEW BOND STREET.
DAVID. —PART IV.
COURAGE, AN ATTRIBUTE OF HOLY YOUTH.
1 Sam. XVII. 54.
“ AND DAVID TOOK THE HEAD OF THE PHILISTINE,
AND BROUGHT IT TO JERUSALEM; BUT HE PUT HIS ARMOUR IN HIS TENT.”
1. Many religious people, it is to be feared, are in the habit of thinking that courage and good personal bearing are not necessarily parts of religion; while very many, on the other hand, have so praised these attributes, as to impress us with the idea that they consider that the whole of a boy's religion consists in being bold and free. Both of these are mistakes, and nearly equally so. They are shown to be so in one and the selfsame story in Holy Scripture,—that of Samuel's choice of David when he anointed him for the kingdom. The whole