Bible in one year
May 20


1 Samuel 4:1-21
1. At that time Israel was at war with the Philistines. The Israelite army was camped near Ebenezer, and the Philistines were at Aphek.
2. The Philistines attacked and defeated the army of Israel, killing four thousand men.
3. After the battle was over, the army of Israel retreated to their camp, and their leaders asked, "Why did the LORD allow us to be defeated by the Philistines?" Then they said, "Let's bring the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD from Shiloh. If we carry it into battle with us, it will save us from our enemies."
4. So they sent men to Shiloh to bring back the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli, helped carry the Ark of God to where the battle was being fought.
5. When the Israelites saw the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD coming into the camp, their shout of joy was so loud that it made the ground shake!
6. "What's going on?" the Philistines asked. "What's all the shouting about in the Hebrew camp?" When they were told it was because the Ark of the LORD had arrived,
7. they panicked. "The gods have come into their camp!" they cried. "This is a disaster! We have never had to face anything like this before!
8. Who can save us from these mighty gods of Israel? They are the same gods who destroyed the Egyptians with plagues when Israel was in the wilderness.
9. Fight as you never have before, Philistines! If you don't, we will become the Hebrews' slaves just as they have been ours!"
10. So the Philistines fought desperately, and Israel was defeated again. The slaughter was great; thirty thousand Israelite men died that day. The survivors turned and fled to their tents.
11. The Ark of God was captured, and Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were killed.
12. A man from the tribe of Benjamin ran from the battlefront and arrived at Shiloh later that same day. He had torn his clothes and put dust on his head to show his grief.
13. Eli was waiting beside the road to hear the news of the battle, for his heart trembled for the safety of the Ark of God. When the messenger arrived and told what had happened, an outcry resounded throughout the town.
14. "What is all the noise about?" Eli asked. The messenger rushed over to Eli,
15. who was ninety-eight years old and blind.
16. He said to Eli, "I have just come from the battlefront--I was there this very day.What happened?" Eli demanded.
17. "Israel has been defeated," the messenger replied. "Thousands of Israelite troops are dead on the battlefield. Your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were killed, too. And the Ark of God has been captured."
18. When the messenger mentioned what had happened to the Ark, Eli fell backward from his seat beside the gate. He broke his neck and died, for he was old and very fat. He had led Israel for forty years.
19. Eli's daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near her time of delivery. When she heard that the Ark of God had been captured and that her husband and father-in-law were dead, her labor pains suddenly began.
20. She died in childbirth, but before she passed away the midwives tried to encourage her. "Don't be afraid," they said. "You have a baby boy!" But she did not answer or respond in any way.
21. She named the child Ichabod--"Where is the glory?"--murmuring, "Israel's glory is gone." She named him this because the Ark of God had been captured and because her husband and her father-in-law were dead.

1 Samuel 5:1-12
1. After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the city of Ashdod.
2. They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside the idol of Dagon.
3. But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to the ground in front of the Ark of the LORD! So they set the idol up again.
4. But the next morning the same thing happened--the idol had fallen face down before the Ark of the LORD again. This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact.
5. That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor anyone who enters the temple of Dagon will step on its threshold.
6. Then the LORD began to afflict the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.
7. When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, "We can't keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer! He is against us! We will all be destroyed along with our god Dagon."
8. So they called together the rulers of the five Philistine cities and asked, "What should we do with the Ark of the God of Israel?" The rulers discussed it and replied, "Move it to the city of Gath." So they moved the Ark of the God of Israel to Gath.
9. But when the Ark arrived at Gath, the LORD began afflicting its people, young and old, with a plague of tumors, and there was a great panic.
10. So they sent the Ark of God to the city of Ekron, but when the people of Ekron saw it coming they cried out, "They are bringing the Ark of the God of Israel here to kill us, too!"
11. So the people summoned the rulers again and begged them, "Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it will kill us all." For the plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the city.
12. Those who didn't die were afflicted with tumors; and there was weeping everywhere.

Psalms 54:1-7
1. Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might.
2. O God, listen to my prayer. Pay attention to my plea.
3. For strangers are attacking me; violent men are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God.
4. But God is my helper. The Lord is the one who keeps me alive!
5. May my enemies' plans for evil be turned against them. Do as you promised and put an end to them.
6. I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.
7. For you will rescue me from my troubles and help me to triumph over my enemies.

Proverbs 15:12-13
12. Mockers don't love those who rebuke them, so they stay away from the wise.
13. A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.

Luke 21:1-19
1. While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people putting their gifts into the collection box.
2. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two pennies.
3. "I assure you," he said, "this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.
4. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has."
5. Some of his disciples began talking about the beautiful stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,
6. "The time is coming when all these things will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another."
7. "Teacher," they asked, "when will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time?"
8. He replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah and saying, 'The time has come!' But don't believe them.
9. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don't panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won't follow immediately."
10. Then he added, "Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other.
11. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and epidemics in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs in the heavens.
12. "But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will be accused before kings and governors of being my followers.
13. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
14. So don't worry about how to answer the charges against you,
15. for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply!
16. Even those closest to you--your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends--will betray you. And some of you will be killed.
17. And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me.
18. But not a hair of your head will perish!
19. By standing firm, you will win your souls.