"he was only to pray for the elect, and, like David of old, doom all that were aliens to God to destruction"

 

David and Goliath, 1600
Public DomainDavid and Goliath, 1600 - Credit: Caravaggio

The biblical patriarch David was the second king of ancient Israel and is traditionally regarded as the author of the Psalms. He is represented as a paradigm of monarchical righteousness, though he was not without his flaws. He was responsible for defeating the Philistines and his slaying of the giant Goliath is one of the best-known stories in the Bible. He also won huge victories over the Moabites, the Arameans, the Ammonites and the Edomites before establishing his kingdom in Jerusalem. According to Nathan the prophet, God decreed that this land was to be ruled over by David and his descendents for all eternity (2 Samuel 7:16).

 

V&A's cast of Michelangelo’s David
Creative Commons AttributionV&A's cast of Michelangelo’s David - Credit: Luis Armando Rasteletti