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May 22


2 Samuel 15:1-37
1. AFTER THIS, Absalom got a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
2. And [he] rose up early and stood beside the gateway; and when any man who had a controversy came to the king for judgment, Absalom called to him, Of what city are you? And he would say, Your servant is of such and such a tribe of Israel.
3. Absalom would say to him, Your claims are good and right, but there is no man appointed as the king's agent to hear you.
4. Absalom added, Oh, that I were judge in the land! Then every man with any suit or cause might come to me and I would do him justice!
5. And whenever a man came near to do obeisance to him, he would put out his hand, take hold of him, and kiss him.
6. Thus Absalom did to all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
7. And after [four] years, Absalom said to the king, I pray you, let me go to Hebron [his birthplace] and pay my vow to the Lord.
8. For your servant vowed while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, If the Lord will bring me again to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord [by offering a sacrifice].
9. And the king said to him, Go in peace. So he arose and went to Hebron.
10. But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, Absalom is king at Hebron.
11. With Absalom went 200 men from Jerusalem, who were invited [as guests to his sacrificial feast]; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not a thing.
12. And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy was strong; the people with Absalom increased continually.
13. And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.
14. David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, Arise and let us flee, or else none of us will escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring evil upon us and smite the city with the sword.
15. And the king's servants said to the king, Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king says.
16. So the king and all his household after him went forth. But he left ten women who were concubines to keep the house. [II Sam. 12:11; 20:3.]
17. The king went forth with all the people after him, and halted at the last house.
18. All David's servants passed on beside him, along with [his bodyguards] all the Cherethites, Pelethites; also all the Gittites, 600 men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
19. The king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why do you go with us also? Return to your place and remain with the king [Absalom], for you are a foreigner and an exile.
20. Since you came only yesterday, should I make you go up and down with us? Since I must go where I may, you return, and take back your brethren with you. May loving-kindness and faithfulness be with you.
21. But Ittai answered the king, As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or life, even there also will your servant be.
22. So David said to Ittai, Go on and pass over [the Kidron]. And Ittai the Gittite passed over and all his men and all the little ones who were with him.
23. All the country wept with a loud voice as all the people passed over. The king crossed the brook Kidron, and all the people went on toward the wilderness.
24. Abiathar [the priest] and behold, Zadok came also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God until all the people had gone from the city.
25. Then the king told Zadok, Take back the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the Lord's eyes, He will bring me back and let me see both it and His house.
26. But if He says, I have no delight in you, then here I am; let Him do to me what seems good to Him.
27. The king also said to Zadok the priest, Are you not a seer? [You and Abiathar] return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son and Jonathan son of Abiathar.
28. See, I will wait at the fords [at the Jordan] of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.
29. Zadok, therefore, and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem and they stayed there.
30. And David went up over the Mount of Olives and wept as he went, barefoot and his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, weeping as they went.
31. David was told, Ahithophel [your counselor] is among the conspirators with Absalom. David said, O Lord, I pray You, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness.
32. When David came to the summit [of Olivet], where he worshiped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent and earth upon his head.
33. David said to him, If you go with me, you will be a burden to me.
34. But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in the past, so will I be your servant now, then you may defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel.
35. Will not Zadok and Abiathar the priests be with you? So whatever you hear from the king's house, just tell it to [them].
36. Behold, their two sons are there with them, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son and Jonathan, Abiathar's son; and by them send to me everything you hear.
37. So Hushai, David's friend, returned, and Absalom also came into Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 16:1-23
1. WHEN DAVID was a little past the top [of Olivet], behold, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, met him with a couple of donkeys saddled, and upon them 200 loaves of bread, 100 bunches of raisins, 100 summer fruits, and a skin of wine.
2. The king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? Ziba said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine is for those to drink who become faint in the wilderness.
3. The king said, And where is your master's son [grandson Mephibosheth]? Ziba said to the king, Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father [grandfather Saul].
4. Then the king said to Ziba, Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours. Ziba said, I do obeisance; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord O king.
5. When King David came to Bahurim, a man of the family of the house of Saul, Shimei son of Gera, came out and cursed continually as he came.
6. And he cast stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7. Shimei said as he cursed, Get out, get out, you man of blood, you base fellow!
8. The Lord has avenged upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hands of Absalom your son. Behold, the calamity is upon you because you are a bloody man!
9. Then said [David's nephew] Abishai son of Zeruiah to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.
10. The king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, Curse David, who then shall ask, Why have you done so?
11. And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who was born to me, seeks my life. With how much more reason now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone; and let him curse, for the Lord has bidden him to do it.
12. It may be that the Lord will look on the iniquity done me and will recompense me with good for his cursing this day.
13. So David and his men went by the road, and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite David and cursed as he went and threw stones and dust at him.
14. And the king and all the people who were with him came [to the Jordan] weary, and he refreshed himself there.
15. And Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
16. And when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to [him], Long live the king! Long live the king!
17. Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness and loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?
18. Hushai said to Absalom, No, for whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his will I be, and with him I will remain.
19. And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so will I serve you.
20. Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give your counsel. What shall we do?
21. And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be made strong.
22. So they spread for Absalom a tent on the top of the [king's] house, and Absalom went in to his father's harem in the sight of all Israel.
23. And the counsel of Ahithophel in those days was as if a man had consulted the word of God; so was all Ahithophel's counsel considered both by David and by Absalom.

Psalms 66:8-15
8. Bless our God, O peoples, give Him grateful thanks and make the voice of His praise be heard,
9. Who put and kept us among the living, and has not allowed our feet to slip.
10. For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified.
11. You brought us into the net (the prison fortress, the dungeon); You laid a heavy burden upon our loins.
12. You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].
13. I will come into Your house with burnt offerings [of entire consecration]; I will pay You my vows,
14. Which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in distress.
15. I will offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs, with rams consumed in sweet-smelling smoke; I will offer bullocks and he-goats. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Proverbs 16:27-30
27. A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
28. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. [Prov. 17:9.]
29. The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.
30. He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.

John 7:1-27
1. AFTER THIS, Jesus went from place to place in Galilee, for He would not travel in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.
2. Now the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was drawing near.
3. So His brothers said to Him, Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples [there] may also see the works that You do. [This is no place for You.]
4. For no one does anything in secret when he wishes to be conspicuous and secure publicity. If You [must] do these things [if You must act like this], show Yourself openly and make Yourself known to the world!
5. For [even] His brothers did not believe in or adhere to or trust in or rely on Him either.
6. Whereupon Jesus said to them, My time (opportunity) has not come yet; but any time is suitable for you and your opportunity is ready any time [is always here].
7. The world cannot [be expected to] hate you, but it does hate Me because I denounce it for its wicked works and reveal that its doings are evil.
8. Go to the Feast yourselves. I am not [yet] going up to the Festival, because My time is not ripe. [My term is not yet completed; it is not time for Me to go.]
9. Having said these things to them, He stayed behind in Galilee.
10. But afterward, when His brothers had gone up to the Feast, He went up also, not publicly [not with a caravan], but by Himself quietly and as if He did not wish to be observed.
11. Therefore the Jews kept looking for Him at the Feast and asking, Where can He be? [Where is that Fellow?]
12. And there was among the mass of the people much whispered discussion and hot disputing about Him. Some were saying, He is good! [He is a good Man!] Others said, No, He misleads and deceives the people [gives them false ideas]!
13. But no one dared speak out boldly about Him for fear of [the leaders of] the Jews.
14. When the Feast was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple [court] and began to teach.
15. The Jews were astonished. They said, How is it that this Man has learning [is so versed in the sacred Scriptures and in theology] when He has never studied?
16. Jesus answered them by saying, My teaching is not My own, but His Who sent Me.
17. If any man desires to do His will (God's pleasure), he will know (have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself) whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking from Myself and of My own accord and on My own authority.
18. He who speaks on his own authority seeks to win honor for himself. [He whose teaching originates with himself seeks his own glory.] But He Who seeks the glory and is eager for the honor of Him Who sent Him, He is true; and there is no unrighteousness or falsehood or deception in Him.
19. Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not one of you keeps the Law. [If that is the truth] why do you seek to kill Me [for not keeping it]?
20. The crowd answered Him, You are possessed by a demon! [You are raving!] Who seeks to kill You?
21. Jesus answered them, I did one work, and you all are astounded. [John 5:1-9.]
22. Now Moses established circumcision among you--though it did not originate with Moses but with the previous patriarchs--and you circumcise a person [even] on the Sabbath day.
23. If, to avoid breaking the Law of Moses, a person undergoes circumcision on the Sabbath day, have you any cause to be angry with (indignant with, bitter against) Me for making a man's whole body well on the Sabbath?
24. Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously.
25. Then some of the Jerusalem people said, Is not this the Man they seek to kill?
26. And here He is speaking openly, and they say nothing to Him! Can it be possible that the rulers have discovered and know that this is truly the Christ?
27. No, we know where this Man comes from; when the Christ arrives, no one is to know from what place He comes.