“There is still the youngest; he is tending the flock.” And Shmuel said to Yishai, “Send someone to bring him, for we will not sit down to eat until he gets here.” I Samuel 16:11 (The Israel Bible™)
עוֹד שָׁאַר הַקָּטָן וְהִנֵּה רֹעֶה בַּצֹּאן וַיֹּאמֶר שְׁמוּאֵל אֶל־יִשַׁי שִׁלְחָה וְקָחֶנּוּ כִּי לֹא־נָסֹב עַד־בֹּאוֹ פֹה Hear the verse in Hebrew
OD sha-AR ha-ka-TAN v’-hi-NAY ro-EH ba-TZON va-YO-mer sh’-mu-EL el yi-SHAI shil-KHAH v’-ka-KHE-nu kee LO na-SOV ad bo-O FOH
King David’s Formative Years
King David was just one of the great leaders of Israel who worked as a shepherd before stepping into a public leadership role. Working as a shepherd in Biblical times, as well as working as a modern-day shepherd pictured above, is a great responsibility. Each individual sheep must be cared for whilst tending to the flock as a whole. Life as a shepherd is the perfect training for leaders who must reign over an entire nation as well as maintain concern and compassion for each individual under their leadership.