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May 4


1 Samuel 10:1-27
1. THEN SAMUEL took the vial of oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him and said, Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over His heritage Israel?
2. When you have left me today, you will meet two men by Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, The donkeys you sought are found. And your father has quit caring about them and is anxious for you, asking, What shall I do about my son?
3. Then you will go on from there and you will come to the oak of Tabor, and three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three kids, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin bottle of wine.
4. They will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand.
5. After that you will come to the hill of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is; and when you come to the city, you will meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying.
6. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you will show yourself to be a prophet with them; and you will be turned into another man.
7. When these signs meet you, do whatever you find to be done, for God is with you.
8. You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and to sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you shall do.
9. And when [Saul] had turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart, and all these signs came to pass that day.
10. When they came to the hill [Gibeah], behold, a band of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came mightily upon him, and he spoke under divine inspiration among them.
11. And when all who knew Saul before saw that he spoke by inspiration among the [schooled] prophets, the people said one to another, What has come over [him, who is nobody but] the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
12. One from that same place answered, But who is the father of the others? So it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
13. When [Saul] had ended his inspired speaking, he went to the high place.
14. Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, Where did you go? And Saul said, To look for the donkeys, and when we found them nowhere, we went to Samuel.
15. Saul's uncle said, Tell me, what did Samuel say to you?
16. And Saul said to his uncle, He told us plainly that the donkeys were found. But of the matter of the kingdom of which Samuel spoke he told him nothing.
17. And Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah
18. And said to the Israelites, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: It was I Who brought up Israel out of Egypt and delivered you out of the hands of the Egyptians and of all the kingdoms that oppressed you.
19. But you have this day rejected your God, Who Himself saves you from all your calamities and distresses; and you have said to Him, No! Set a king over us. So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.
20. And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken [probably by lot].
21. When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken. And Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he could not be found.
22. Therefore they inquired of the Lord further, if the man would yet come back. And the Lord answered, Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage. [Exod. 28:30.]
23. They ran and brought him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was a head taller than any of them.
24. And Samuel said to all the people, Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen, that none like him is among all the people? And all the people shouted and said, Long live the king!
25. Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom [defining the position of the king in relation to God and to the people], and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home.
26. Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of valiant men whose hearts God had touched.
27. But some worthless fellows said, How can this man save us? And they despised him and brought him no gift. But he held his peace and was as if deaf.

1 Samuel 11:1-15
1. AND NAHASH the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you.
2. But Nahash the Ammonite told them, On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I thrust out all your right eyes and thus lay disgrace on all Israel.
3. The elders of Jabesh said to Nahash, Give us seven days' time, that we may send messengers through all the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no man to save us, we will come out to you.
4. Then messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and told the news in the ears of the people; and all the people wept aloud.
5. Now Saul came out of the field after the oxen, and [he] said, What ails the people that they are weeping? And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh.
6. The Spirit of God came mightily upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was greatly kindled.
7. And he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whoever does not come forth after Saul and Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen! And terror from the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
8. And he numbered them at Bezek, and the Israelites were 300,000 and the men of Judah 30,000.
9. The messengers who came were told, Say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have help. The messengers came and reported to the men of Jabesh, and they were glad.
10. So the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us all that seems good to you.
11. The next day Saul put the men in three companies; and they came into the midst of the enemy's camp in the [darkness of the] morning watch and slew the Ammonites until midday; and the survivors were scattered, so that no two of them remained together.
12. The people said to Samuel, Who is he who said, Shall Saul reign over us? Bring the men, that we may put them to death.
13. But Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day, for today the Lord has brought deliverance to Israel.
14. Samuel said to the people, Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingdom.
15. All the people went to Gilgal and there they made Saul king before the Lord. And there they sacrificed peace offerings before the Lord, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

Psalms 55:16-23
16. As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.
17. Evening and morning and at noon will I utter my complaint and moan and sigh, and He will hear my voice.
18. He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me [so that none came near me], for they were many who strove with me.
19. God will hear and humble them, even He Who abides of old--Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!--because in them there has been no change [of heart], and they do not fear, revere, and worship God.
20. [My companion] has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken and profaned his agreement [of friendship and loyalty].
21. The words of his mouth were smoother than cream or butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
22. Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). [I Pet. 5:7.]
23. But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, lean on, and confidently rely on You.

Proverbs 15:18-20
18. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.
19. The way of the sluggard is overgrown with thorns [it pricks, lacerates, and entangles him], but the way of the righteous is plain and raised like a highway.
20. A wise son makes a glad father, but a self-confident and foolish man despises his mother and puts her to shame.

Luke 22:24-46
24. Now an eager contention arose among them [as to] which of them was considered and reputed to be the greatest.
25. But Jesus said to them, The kings of the Gentiles are deified by them and exercise lordship [ruling as emperor-gods] over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors and well-doers.
26. But this is not to be so with you; on the contrary, let him who is the greatest among you become like the youngest, and him who is the chief and leader like one who serves.
27. For who is the greater, the one who reclines at table (the master), or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am in your midst as One Who serves.
28. And you are those who have remained [throughout] and persevered with Me in My trials;
29. And as My Father has appointed a kingdom and conferred it on Me, so do I confer on you [the privilege and decree],
30. That you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31. Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, [Job 1:6-12; Amos 9:9.]
32. But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.
33. And [Simon Peter] said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death.
34. But Jesus said, I tell you, Peter, before a [single] cock shall crow this day, you will three times [utterly] deny that you know Me.
35. And He said to them, When I sent you out with no purse or [provision] bag or sandals, did you lack anything? They answered, Nothing!
36. Then He said to them, But now let him who has a purse take it, and also [his provision] bag; and let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy a sword.
37. For I tell you that this Scripture must yet be fulfilled in Me: And He was counted and classed among the wicked (the outlaws, the criminals); for what is written about Me has its fulfillment [has reached its end and is finally settled]. [Isa. 53:12.]
38. And they said, Look, Lord! Here are two swords. And He said to them, It is enough.
39. And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him.
40. And when He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not [at all] enter into temptation.
41. And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw and knelt down and prayed,
42. Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.
43. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.
44. And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great clots of blood dropping down upon the ground.
45. And when He got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from grief,
46. And He said to them, Why do you sleep? Get up and pray that you may not enter [at all] into temptation.