Bible in one year

May 5

1 Samuel 12:1-25
1. AND SAMUEL said to all Israel, I have listened to you in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you.
2. And now, behold, the king walks before you. And I am old and gray, and behold, my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my childhood to this day.
3. Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and Saul His anointed. Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded or oppressed? Or from whose hand have I received any bribe to blind my eyes? Tell me and I will restore it to you.
4. And they said, You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand.
5. And Samuel said to them, The Lord is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
6. And Samuel said to the people, It is the Lord Who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of Egypt.
7. Now present yourselves, that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did for you and for your fathers.
8. When Jacob and his sons had come into Egypt [and the Egyptians oppressed them], and your fathers cried to the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place.
9. But when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of Hazor's army, and into the hands of the Philistines and of the king of Moab, and they fought those foes.
10. And they cried to the Lord, saying, We have sinned because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.
11. And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel, and He delivered you out of the hands of your enemies on every side, and you dwelt safely.
12. But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, No! A king shall reign over us--when the Lord your God was your King!
13. Now see the king whom you have chosen and for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you.
14. If you will revere and fear the Lord and serve Him and hearken to His voice and not rebel against His commandment, and if both you and your king will follow the Lord your God, it will be good!
15. But if you will not hearken to the Lord's voice, but rebel against His commandment, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers.
16. So stand still and see this great thing the Lord will do before your eyes now.
17. Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call to the Lord and He will send thunder and rain; then you shall know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the Lord in asking for a king for yourselves.
18. So Samuel called to the Lord, and He sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.
19. And [they] all said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil--to ask for a king.
20. And Samuel said to the people, Fear not. You have indeed done all this evil; yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve Him with all your heart.
21. And turn not aside after vain and worthless things which cannot profit or deliver you, for they are empty and futile.
22. The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name's sake, for it has pleased Him to make you a people for Himself.
23. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.
24. Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; for consider how great are the things He has done for you.
25. But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king shall be swept away.

1 Samuel 13:1-23
1. SAUL WAS [forty] years old when he began to reign; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,
2. Saul chose 3,000 men of Israel; 2,000 were with [him] in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and 1,000 with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent away, each one to his home.
3. Jonathan smote the Philistine garrison at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear!
4. All Israel heard that Saul had defeated the Philistine garrison and also that Israel had become an abomination to the Philistines. And the people were called out to join Saul at Gilgal.
5. And the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen and troops like sand on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped at Michmash, east of Beth-aven.
6. When the men of Israel saw that they were in a tight situation--for their troops were hard pressed--they hid in caves, holes, rocks, tombs, and pits or cisterns.
7. Some Hebrews had gone over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
8. Saul waited seven days, according to the set time Samuel had appointed. But Samuel had not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from Saul.
9. So Saul said, Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering [which he was forbidden to do].
10. And just as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came! Saul went out to meet and greet him.
11. Samuel said, What have you done? Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines were assembled at Michmash,
12. I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.
13. And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly! You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which He commanded you; for the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever;
14. But now your kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.
15. And Samuel went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were left with him, [only] about 600.
16. Saul and Jonathan his son and the people with them remained in Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped at Michmash.
17. And raiders came out of the Philistine camp in three companies; one company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,
18. Another turned toward Beth-horon, and another toward the border overlooking the Valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
19. Now there was no metal worker to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.
20. But each of the Israelites had to go down to the Philistines to get his plowshare, mattock, axe, or sickle sharpened.
21. And the price for plowshares and mattocks was a pim, and a third of a shekel for axes and for setting goads [with resulting blunt edges on the sickles, mattocks, forks, axes, and goads.]
22. So on the day of battle neither sword nor spear was found in the hand of any of the men who were with Saul and Jonathan; but Saul and Jonathan his son had them.
23. And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

Psalms 56:1-13
1. To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of]``Silent Dove Among Those Far Away." Of David. A record of memorable thoughts when the Philistines seized him in Gath. BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, for man would trample me or devour me; all the day long the adversary oppresses me.
2. They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up or trample me all day long, for they are many who fight against me, O Most High!
3. What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.
4. By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?
5. All day long they twist my words and trouble my affairs; all their thoughts are against me for evil and my hurt.
6. They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they watch my steps, even as they have [expectantly] waited for my life.
7. They think to escape with iniquity, and shall they? In Your indignation bring down the peoples, O God.
8. You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle--are they not in Your book?
9. Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I cry out; this I know, for God is for me. [Rom. 8:31.]
10. In God, Whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose word I praise,
11. In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
12. Your vows are upon me, O God; I will render praise to You and give You thank offerings.
13. For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living.

Proverbs 15:21-23
21. Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course]. [Eph. 5:15.]
22. Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished.
23. A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment--how good it is!

Luke 22:47-71
47. And while He was still speaking, behold, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the Twelve [apostles], was going before [leading] them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss Him,
48. But Jesus said to him, Judas! Would you betray and deliver up the Son of Man with a kiss?
49. And when those who were around Him saw what was about to happen, they said, Lord, shall we strike with the sword?
50. And one of them struck the bond servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, the right one.
51. But Jesus said, Permit them to go so far [as to seize Me]. And He touched the little (insignificant) ear and healed him.
52. Then Jesus said to those who had come out against Him--the chief priests and captains of the temple and elders [of the Sanhedrin]--Have you come out with swords and clubs as [you would] against a robber?
53. When I was with you day after day in the temple [enclosure], you did not stretch forth [your] hands against Me. But this is your hour--and the power [which] darkness [gives you has its way].
54. Then they seized Him and led Him away, bringing Him into the house of the high priest. Peter was following at a distance.
55. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and were seated together, Peter sat among them.
56. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and gazing [intently] at him, said, This man too was with Him.
57. But he denied it and said, Woman, I do not know Him!
58. And a little later someone else saw him and said, You are one of them also. But Peter said, Man, I am not!
59. And when about an hour more had elapsed, still another emphatically insisted, It is the truth that this man also was with Him, for he too is a Galilean!
60. But Peter said, Man, I do not know what you are talking about. And instantly, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
61. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter recalled the Lord's words, how He had told him, Before the cock crows today, you will deny Me thrice.
62. And he went out and wept bitterly [that is, with painfully moving grief].
63. Now the men who had Jesus in custody treated Him with contempt and scoffed at and ridiculed Him and beat Him;
64. They blindfolded Him also and asked Him, Prophesy! Who is it that struck You?
65. And they said many other evil and slanderous and insulting words against Him, reviling Him.
66. As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led Him into their council (the Sanhedrin), and they said,
67. If You are the Christ (the Messiah), tell us. But He said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe (trust in, cleave to, and rely on what I say),
68. And if I question you, you will not answer.
69. But hereafter (from this time on), the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God. [Ps. 110:1.]
70. And they all said, You are the Son of God, then? And He said to them, It is just as you say; I AM.
71. And they said, What further evidence do we need? For we have heard [it] ourselves from His own mouth!