Bible Reading Plan
May 27


1 Samuel 4:1-21
1. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek.
2. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle.
3. And when the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies."
4. So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
5. As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded.
6. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, "What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp,
7. the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "A god has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.
8. Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness.
9. Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; be men and fight."
10. So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers.
11. And the ark of God was captured, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.
12. A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head.
13. When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out.
14. When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, "What is this uproar?" Then the man hurried and came and told Eli.
15. Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set so that he could not see.
16. And the man said to Eli, "I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today." And he said, "How did it go, my son?"
17. He who brought the news answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured."
18. As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backward from his seat by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.
19. Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. And when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her.
20. And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her, "Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son." But she did not answer or pay attention.
21. And she named the child Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel!" because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.

1 Samuel 5:1-12
1. When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
2. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.
3. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.
4. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
5. This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
6. The hand of the LORD was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.
7. And when the men of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god."
8. So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" They answered, "Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath." So they brought the ark of the God of Israel there.
9. But after they had brought it around, the hand of the LORD was against the city, causing a very great panic, and he afflicted the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them.
10. So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. But as soon as the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, "They have brought around to us the ark of the God of Israel to kill us and our people."
11. They sent therefore and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, that it may not kill us and our people." For there was a deathly panic throughout the whole city. The hand of God was very heavy there.
12. The men who did not die were struck with tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Psalms 54:1-7
1. TO THE CHOIRMASTER: WITH STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. A MASKIL OF DAVID, WHEN THE ZIPHITES WENT AND TOLD SAUL, "IS NOT DAVID HIDING AMONG US?" O God, save me, by your name, and vindicate me by your might.
2. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4. Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5. He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.
6. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
7. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Proverbs 15:12-13
12. A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
13. A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Luke 21:1-19
1. Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,
2. and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.
3. And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.
4. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
5. And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said,
6. "As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."
7. And they asked him, "Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?"
8. And he said, "See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them.
9. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once."
10. Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
12. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
13. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
14. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer,
15. for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
16. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
17. You will be hated by all for my name's sake.
18. But not a hair of your head will perish.
19. By your endurance you will gain your lives.