Who killed Goliath?
The 1960 Spanish Bible does an interesting thing.
In its attempt to "make a better, easier to read translation" that's "up to date," and "easier to memorize" (yada, yada, yada), it makes us raise the question "Who killed Goliath?" I thought that David killed Goliath. But, not according to the 1960 Spanish translation.
In 2 Samuel 21:19, we read otherwise:
Hubo otra vez guerra en Gob contra los filisteos, en la cual Elhanán, hijo de Jaare-oregim de Belén, mató a Goliat geteo, el asta de cuya lanza era como el rodillo de un telar.
Well how about that? For those of you who can't read Spanish, it says that Elhanan killed Goliath. But, I thought David did? I guess that's just one of those things. But, let's don't just stop there. Let's look at the 1909 Spanish Bible, and then the King James.
According to the 1909, we read these words:
Otro guerra hubo en God contra los Filisteos, en la cual Elhanan, hijo de Jaare-oregim de Beth-lehem, hirió á Goliath Getheo, el asta de cuya lanza era como un enjullo de telar.
Oh, I see, according to the 1909, Elhanan didn't kill Goliath, he only wounded (hirió) Goliath. Well, at least that doesn't teach a lie, nor does it give two conflicting stories. But, let's go to the English to see if we can't figure out who killed who.
In 2 Samuel 21:19, the King James Bible says:
2 Sam 21:19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
Oh, now I get it. Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath! Thank God for those inspired italicized words in that good old preserved, infallible King James Bible. Now I know who killed who! This murder mystery is solved!