He was wrong, of course, even scripturally: the philistines loved Goliath.
And surely that was his meaning when he threw scorn upon 'bores and philistines'.
Faraone is his private name and he is the king of the philistines.
In that book the Israelites always conquered in the end, although the philistines, alias Fung, sat at their gates.
They would duck me in the brook, or drag me into the hall to make sport for the philistines.
Meanwhile the philistines prepared themselves for a war of extermination against the Israelites.
The lives they lead are dependent upon the opinion of the philistines.
And they said to him, "We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the philistines."
The Phœnicians, or philistines, were the ancient Canaanites.
Suddenly there arose in his breast a great desire to save the will even yet from the hands of these philistines.
Old Testament people of coastal Palestine who made war on the Israelites, early 14c., from Old French Philistin, from Late Latin Philistinus, from Late Greek Philistinoi (plural), from Hebrew P'lishtim, "people of P'lesheth" ("Philistia"); cf. Akkad. Palastu, Egyptian Palusata; the word probably is the people's name for itself.
"person deficient in liberal culture," 1827, originally in Carlyle, popularized by him and Matthew Arnold, from German Philister "enemy of God's word," literally "Philistine," inhabitants of a Biblical land, neighbors (and enemies) of Israel (see Philistine). Popularized in German student slang (supposedly first in Jena, late 17c.) as a contemptuous term for "townies," and hence, by extension, "any uncultured person." Philistine had been used in a humorous figurative sense of "the enemy" in English from c.1600.