“As the fat is set apart
From the offering of well-being,
So David was set apart
From the Israelites.
He played with lions
As though they were young goats.
He played with bears
As though they were lambs of the flock.
In his youth
Did he not kill a giant?
Did he take away the people’s disgrace?
Did he not whirl the stone in the sling?
Did he not strike down
The boasting Goliath?
He called on the Lord,
The Most High.
He gave him strength
To his right hand.
He struck down a mighty warrior.
He exalted the power of his people.”
Sirach sets out to portray David as a super hero, not just a holy famous man. He was set apart from all Israelites, like the fat at a sacrificial offering. As a young boy, he played with lions and bears as if they were goats and lambs. Then he killed the giant Goliath with his sling shot as found in 1 Samuel, chapter 17. He did this because he had called on the name of the Lord, the Most High God. Thus he exalted the power of his people with all these exploits. This was super David. It is interesting to note that Sirach did not consider the first king of Israel, King Saul, as a famous holy man, only this second king of Israel, the super hero King David.