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Bible in one year


May 18


2 Samuel 7:1-29
1. WHEN KING David dwelt in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,
2. The king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.
3. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.
4. That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
5. Go and tell My servant David, Thus says the Lord: Shall you build Me a house in which to dwell?
6. For I have not dwelt in a house since I brought the Israelites out of Egypt to this day, but have moved about with a tent for My dwelling.
7. In all the places where I have moved with all the Israelites, did I speak a word to any from the tribes of Israel whom I commanded to be shepherd of My people Israel, asking, Why do you not build Me a house of cedar?
8. So now say this to My servant David, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over My people Israel.
9. And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like [that] of the great men of the earth.
10. And I will appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and be moved no more. And wicked men shall afflict them no more, as formerly
11. And as from the time that I appointed judges over My people Israel; and I will cause you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord declares to you that He will make for you a house:
12. And when your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will set up after you your offspring who shall be born to you, and I will establish his kingdom.
13. He shall build a house for My Name [and My Presence], and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the sons of men.
15. But My mercy and loving-kindness shall not depart from him, as I took [them] from Saul, whom I took away from before you.
16. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before you; your throne shall be established forever.
17. In accordance with all these words and all this vision Nathan spoke to David.
18. Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
19. Then as if this were a little thing in Your eyes, O Lord God, You have spoken also of Your servant's house in the far distant future. And this is the law for man, O Lord God!
20. What more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord God.
21. Because of Your promise and as Your own heart dictates, You have done all these astounding things to make Your servant know and understand.
22. Therefore You are great, O Lord God; for none is like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all [You have made] our ears to hear.
23. What [other] one nation on earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be a people for Himself and to make for Himself a name? You have done great and terrible things for Yourself and for Your land, before Your people, whom You redeemed and delivered for Yourself from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.
24. And You have established for Yourself Your people Israel to be Your people forever, and You, Lord, became their God.
25. Now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word You have given as to Your servant and his house; and do as You have said,
26. And Your name [and presence] shall be magnified forever, saying, The Lord of hosts is God over Israel; and the house of Your servant David will be made firm before You.
27. For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant: I will build you a house. So Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.
28. And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.
29. Therefore now let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let [his] house be blessed forever.

2 Samuel 8:1-18
1. AFTER THIS David smote the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg-ammah out of the hands of the Philistines.
2. He defeated Moab, and measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground; two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.
3. David also defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river [Euphrates].
4. David took from him 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except he reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.
5. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew 22,000 of them.
6. David put garrisons in Syrian Damascus, and the Syrians became [his] servants and brought tribute. The Lord preserved and gave victory to David wherever he went.
7. And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.
8. And from Betah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David exacted an immense amount of bronze.
9. When Toi king of Hamath heard about David's defeat of all the forces of Hadadezer,
10. [He] sent Joram his son to King David to salute and congratulate him about his battle and defeat of Hadadezer. For Hadadezer had had wars with Toi. Joram brought vessels of silver, gold, and bronze.
11. These King David dedicated to the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations he subdued:
12. From Syria, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13. David won renown. When he returned he slew 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
14. He put garrisons throughout all Edom, and all the Edomites became his servants. And the Lord preserved and gave victory to [him] wherever he went.
15. So David reigned over all Israel, and executed justice and righteousness for all his people.
16. Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;
17. Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the [chief] priests, and Seraiah was the scribe;
18. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and Pelethites [the king's bodyguards]; and David's sons were chief [confidential] assistants to the king.

Psalms 64:1-10
1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. HEAR MY voice, O God, in my complaint; guard and preserve my life from the terror of the enemy.
2. Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly, from the scheming of evildoers,
3. Who whet their tongues like a sword, who aim venomous words like arrows,
4. Who shoot from ambush at the blameless man; suddenly do they shoot at him, without self-reproach or fear.
5. They encourage themselves in an evil purpose, they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, Who will discover us?
6. They think out acts of injustice and say, We have accomplished a well-devised thing! For the inward thought of each one [is unsearchable] and his heart is deep.
7. But God will shoot an unexpected arrow at them; and suddenly shall they be wounded.
8. And they will be made to stumble, their own tongues turning against them; all who gaze upon them will shake their heads and flee away.
9. And all men shall [reverently] fear and be in awe; and they will declare the work of God, for they will wisely consider and acknowledge that it is His doing.
10. The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be glad in the Lord and shall trust and take refuge in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory and offer praise.

Proverbs 16:18-19
18. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

John 5:24-47
24. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
25. Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.
26. For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.
27. And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [very man].
28. Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,
29. And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence]. [Dan. 12:2.]
30. I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
31. If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything.
32. There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid.
33. You yourselves have sent [an inquiry] to John and he has been a witness to the truth.
34. But I do not receive [a mere] human witness [the evidence which I accept on My behalf is not from man]; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound).
35. John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.
36. But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I am now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
37. And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). [You have always been deaf to His voice and blind to the vision of Him.]
38. And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. [That is why you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the Messenger Whom He has sent.]
39. You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
40. And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
41. I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
42. But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
43. I have come in My Father's name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
44. How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
45. Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
46. For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].
47. But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings? [How shall you cleave to and rely on My words?]