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Bible in one year


May 3


1 Samuel 8:1-22
1. WHEN SAMUEL was old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
2. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second, Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba.
3. His sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
4. All the elders of Israel assembled and came to Samuel at Ramah
5. And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint us a king to rule over us like all the other nations.
6. But it displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to govern us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7. And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them.
8. According to all the works which they have done since I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they also do to you.
9. So listen now to their voice; only solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.
10. So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked of him a king.
11. And he said, These will be the ways of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.
12. He will appoint them for himself to be commanders over thousands and over fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest and to make his implements of war and equipment for his chariots.
13. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
14. He will take your fields, your vineyards, and your olive orchards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.
16. He will take your men and women servants and the best of your cattle and your donkeys and put them to his work.
17. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves shall be his slaves.
18. In that day you will cry out because of your king you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not hear you then.
19. Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, No! We will have a king over us,
20. That we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.
21. Samuel heard all the people's words and repeated them in the Lord's ears.
22. And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice and appoint them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go every man to his city.

1 Samuel 9:1-27
1. THERE WAS a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of wealth and valor.
2. Kish had a son named Saul, a choice young man and handsome; among all the Israelites there was not a man more handsome than he. He was a head taller than any of the people.
3. The donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. Kish said to Saul, Take a servant with you and go, look for the donkeys.
4. And they passed through the hill country of Ephraim and the land of Shalishah, but did not find them. Then they went through the land of Shaalim and the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.
5. And when they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant, Come, let us return, lest my father stop worrying about the donkeys and become concerned about us.
6. The servant said to him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, a man held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there. Perhaps he can show us where we should go.
7. Then Saul said to his servant, But if we go, what shall we bring the man? The bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no gift for the man of God. What have we?
8. The servant replied, I have here a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God to tell us our way--
9. (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said, Come, let us go to the seer, for he that is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
10. Saul said to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went to the city where the man of God was.
11. As they went up the hill to the city, they met young maidens going out to draw water, and said to them, Is the seer here?
12. They answered, He is; behold, he is just beyond you. Hurry, for he came today to the city because the people have a sacrifice today on the high place.
13. As you enter the city, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not eat until he comes to ask the blessing on the sacrifice. Afterward, those who are invited eat. So go on up, for about now you will find him.
14. So they went up to the city, and as they were entering, behold, Samuel came toward them, going up to the high place.
15. Now a day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel in his ear,
16. Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be leader over My people Israel; and he shall save them out of the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked upon the distress of My people, because their cry has come to Me.
17. When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, There is the man of whom I told you. He shall have authority over My people.
18. Then Saul came near to Samuel in the gate and said, Tell me where is the seer's house?
19. Samuel answered Saul, I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today, and tomorrow I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.
20. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be thinking about them, for they are found. And for whom are all the desirable things of Israel? Are they not for you and for all your father's house?
21. And Saul said, Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And is not my family the least of all the families of the clans of Benjamin? Why then do you speak this way to me?
22. Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the guest room [at the high place] and had them sit in the chief place among the persons--about thirty of them--who were invited. [The other people feasted outside.]
23. And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, Set it aside.
24. And the cook lifted high the shoulder and what was on it [indicating that it was the priest's honored portion] and set it before Saul. [Samuel] said, See what was reserved for you. Eat, for until the hour appointed it was kept for you, ever since I invited the people. So Saul ate that day with Samuel.
25. When they had come down from the high place into the city, Samuel conversed with Saul on the top of the house.
26. They arose early and about dawn Samuel called Saul [who was sleeping] on the top of the house, saying, Get up, that I may send you on your way. Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out on the street.
27. And as they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us--and he passed on--but you stand still, first, that I may cause you to hear the word of God.

Psalms 55:9-15
9. Destroy [their schemes], O Lord, confuse their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10. Day and night they go about on its walls; iniquity and mischief are in its midst.
11. Violence and ruin are within it; fraud and guile do not depart from its streets and marketplaces.
12. For it is not an enemy who reproaches and taunts me--then I might bear it; nor is it one who has hated me who insolently vaunts himself against me--then I might hide from him.
13. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend.
14. We had sweet fellowship together and used to walk to the house of God in company.
15. Let desolations and death come suddenly upon them; let them go down alive to Sheol (the place of the dead), for evils are in their habitations, in their hearts, and their inmost part.

Proverbs 15:15-17
15. All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
16. Better is little with the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord than great and rich treasure and trouble with it. [Ps. 37:16; Prov. 16:8; I Tim. 6:6.]
17. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. [Prov. 17:1.]

Luke 22:1-23
1. NOW THE Festival of Unleavened Bread was drawing near, which is called the Passover.
2. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to do away with [Jesus], for they feared the people.
3. But [then] Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve [apostles].
4. And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray Him and deliver Him up to them.
5. And they were delighted and pledged [themselves] to give him money.
6. So he agreed [to this], and sought an opportunity to betray Him to them [without an uprising] in the absence of the throng.
7. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover [lamb] had to be slain. [Exod. 12:18-20; Deut. 16:5-8.]
8. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare for us the Passover meal, that we may eat it.
9. They said to Him, Where do You want us to prepare [it]?
10. He said to them, Behold, when you have gone into the city, a man carrying an earthen jug or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters,
11. And say to the master of the house, The Teacher asks you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover [meal] with My disciples?
12. And he will show you a large room upstairs, furnished [with carpets and with couches properly spread]; there make [your] preparations.
13. And they went and found it [just] as He had said to them; and they made ready the Passover [supper].
14. And when the hour came, [Jesus] reclined at table, and the apostles with Him.
15. And He said to them, I have earnestly and intensely desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
16. For I say to you, I shall eat it no more until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17. And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He said, Take this and divide and distribute it among yourselves;
18. For I say to you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine at all until the kingdom of God comes.
19. Then He took a loaf [of bread], and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and gave it to them saying, This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
20. And in like manner, He took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament or covenant [ratified] in My blood, which is shed (poured out) for you.
21. But, behold, the hand of him who is now engaged in betraying Me is with Me on the table. [Ps. 41:9.]
22. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined and appointed, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed and delivered up!
23. And they began to inquire among themselves which of them it was who was about to do this. [Ps. 41:9.]