Wednesday, July 25, 2012
25) Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did more evil than all who were before him. 26) For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in the sins that he made Israel to sin, provoking the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger by their idols. 27) Now the rest of the acts of Omri that he did, and the might that he showed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 28) And Omri slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigned in his place.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
8) And there was war again. And David went out and fought with the Philistines and struck them with a great blow, so that they fled before him. 9) Then a harmful spirit from the Lord came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing the lyre. 10) And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled and escaped that night.
11) Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, "If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed." 12) So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled away and escaped. 13) Michal took an image and laid it on the bed and put a pillow of goats’ hair at its head and covered it with the clothes. 14) And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He is sick." 15) Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, "Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him." 16) And when the messengers came in, behold, the image was in the bed, with the pillow of goats’ hair at its head. 17) Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?" And Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, ‘Let me go. Why should I kill you?’ "
18) Now David fled and escaped, and he came to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and lived at Naioth. 19) And it was told Saul, "Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah." 20) Then Saul sent messengers to take David, and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as head over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21) When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied. 22) Then he himself went to Ramah and came to the great well that is in Secu. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" And one said, "Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah." 23) And he went there to Naioth in Ramah. And the Spirit of God came upon him also, and as he went he prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. 24) And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"
12) And Jonathan said to David, "The Lord, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you? 13) But should it please my father to do you harm, the Lord do so to Jonathan and more also if I do not disclose it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. May the Lord be with you, as he has been with my father. 14) If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the Lord, that I may not die; 15) and do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the Lord cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth." 16) And Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the Lord take vengeance on David’s enemies." 17) And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
18) Then Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the new moon, and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. 19) On the third day go down quickly to the place where you hid yourself when the matter was in hand, and remain beside the stone heap. 20) And I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I shot at a mark. 21) And behold, I will send the boy, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you, take them,’ then you are to come, for, as the Lord lives, it is safe for you and there is no danger. 22) But if I say to the youth, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then go, for the Lord has sent you away. 23) And as for the matter of which you and I have spoken, behold, the Lord is between you and me forever."
24) So David hid himself in the field. And when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food. 25) The king sat on his seat, as at other times, on the seat by the wall. Jonathan sat opposite, and Abner sat by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.
26) Yet Saul did not say anything that day, for he thought, "Something has happened to him. He is not clean; surely he is not clean." 27) But on the second day, the day after the new moon, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, "Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?" 28) Jonathan answered Saul, "David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem. 29) He said, ‘Let me go, for our clan holds a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table."
30) Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31) For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die." 32) Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" 33) But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. 34) And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had disgraced him.
35) In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him a little boy. 36) And he said to his boy, "Run and find the arrows that I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37) And when the boy came to the place of the arrow that Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the boy and said, "Is not the arrow beyond you?" 38) And Jonathan called after the boy, "Hurry! Be quick! Do not stay!" So Jonathan’s boy gathered up the arrows and came to his master. 39) But the boy knew nothing. Only Jonathan and David knew the matter. 40) And Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy and said to him, "Go and carry them to the city." 41) And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. 42) Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’ " And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.
7) Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord. His name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s herdsmen.
8) Then David said to Ahimelech, "Then have you not here a spear or a sword at hand? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste." 9) And the priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here." And David said, "There is none like that; give it to me."
1 Samuel 21:10) And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11) And the servants of Achish said to him, "Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances,
‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?"
‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?"
Friday, July 13, 2012
"Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands."
8) And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?" 9) And Saul eyed David from that day on.
10) The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand. 11) And Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David evaded him twice.
12) Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. 13) So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people. 14) And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. 15) And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. 16) But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.
20) Now Saul’s daughter Michal loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21) Saul thought, "Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall now be my son-in-law." 22) And Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in private and say, ‘Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now then become the king’s son-in-law.’ " 23) And Saul’s servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, "Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king’s son-in-law, since I am a poor man and have no reputation?" 24) And the servants of Saul told him, "Thus and so did David speak." 25) Then Saul said, "Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies.’ " Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 26) And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son-in-law. Before the time had expired, 27) David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a wife. 28) But when Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, 29) Saul was even more afraid of David. So Saul was David’s enemy continually.
30) Then the commanders of the Philistines came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly esteemed.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
6) When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him." 7) But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." 8) Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." 9) Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." 10) And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen these." 11) Then Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here." 12) And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is he." 13) Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Hebrews 5:1) For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2) He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3) Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4) And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5) So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
"You are my Son,
today I have begotten you";
6) as he says also in another place,
"You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek."
7) In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8) Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9) And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10) being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.