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Bible in one year


May 9


1 Samuel 20:1-42
1. DAVID FLED from Naioth in Ramah and came and said to Jonathan, What have I done? Of what am I guilty? What is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?
2. Jonathan said, God forbid! You shall not die. My father does nothing great or small but what he tells me. And why should [he] hide this thing from me? It is not so.
3. But David replied, Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, and he thinks, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved. But truly as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.
4. Then Jonathan said to David, Whatever you desire, I will do for you.
5. David said to Jonathan, Tomorrow is the New Moon [festival], and I should not fail to sit at the table with the king; but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field till the third day at evening.
6. If your father misses me at all, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem, his city, for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
7. If he says, All right, then it will be well with your servant; but if he is angry, then be sure that evil is determined by him.
8. Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought [me] into a covenant of the Lord with you. But if there is guilt in me, kill me yourself; for why should you bring me to your father?
9. And Jonathan said, Far be it from you! If I knew that evil was determined for you by my father, would I not tell you?
10. Then said David to Jonathan, Who will tell me if your father answers you roughly?
11. Jonathan said, Come, let us go into the field. So they went into the field.
12. Jonathan said to David, The Lord, the God of Israel, be witness. When I have sounded out my father about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well inclined toward David, and I do not send and let you know it,
13. The Lord do so, and much more, to Jonathan. But if it please my father to do you harm, then I will disclose it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the Lord be with you as He has been with my father.
14. While I am still alive you shall not only show me the loving-kindness of the Lord, so that I die not,
15. But also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever--no, not even when the Lord has cut off every enemy of David from the face of the earth.
16. So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, And the Lord will require that this covenant be kept at the hands of David's enemies.
17. And Jonathan caused David to swear again by his love for him, for Jonathan loved him as he loved his own life.
18. Then Jonathan said to David, Tomorrow is the New Moon festival; and you will be missed, for your seat will be empty.
19. On the third day you will go quickly and come to the place where you hid yourself when the matter was in hand, and remain by the stone Ezel.
20. And I will shoot three arrows on the side of it, as though I shot at a mark.
21. And I will send a lad, saying, Go, find the arrows. If I expressly say to the lad, Look, the arrows are on this side of you, take them--then you are to come, for it is safe for you and there is no danger, as the Lord lives.
22. But if I say to the youth, Look, the arrows are beyond you--then go, for the Lord has sent you away.
23. And as touching the matter of which you and I have spoken, behold, the Lord is between you and me forever.
24. So David hid himself in the field, and when the New Moon [festival] came, the king sat down to eat food.
25. The king sat, as at other times, on his seat by the wall, and Jonathan sat opposite, and Abner sat by Saul's side, but David's place was empty.
26. Yet Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, Something has befallen him and he is not clean--surely he is not clean.
27. But on the morrow, the second day after the new moon, David's place was empty; and Saul said to Jonathan his son, Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?
28. And Jonathan answered, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem.
29. He said, Let me go, I pray, for our family holds a sacrifice in the city and my brother commanded me to be there. Now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away and see my brothers. That is why he has not come to the king's table.
30. Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan and he said to him, You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do not I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother who bore you?
31. For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, you shall not be established nor shall your kingdom. So now send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.
32. Jonathan answered Saul his father, Why should he be killed? What has he done?
33. But Saul cast his spear at him to smite him, by which Jonathan knew that his father had determined to kill David.
34. So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food that second day of the month, for he grieved for David because his father had disgraced him.
35. In the morning Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad was with him.
36. And he said to his lad, Run, find the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
37. When the lad came to the place where Jonathan had shot the arrow, Jonathan called to [him], Is not the arrow beyond you?
38. And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not! The lad gathered up the arrow and came to his master.
39. But the lad knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
40. Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and told him, Go, carry them to the city.
41. And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose from beside the heap of stones and fell on his face to the ground and bowed himself three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another until David got control of himself.
42. And Jonathan told David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and yours forever. And Jonathan arose and departed into the city.

1 Samuel 21:1-15
1. THEN DAVID went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech was afraid at meeting David, and said to him, Why are you alone and no man with you?
2. David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king has charged me with a matter and has told me, Let no man know anything of the mission on which I send you and with what I have charged you. I have appointed the young men to a certain place.
3. Now what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you may have.
4. And the priest answered David, There is no common bread on hand, but there is hallowed bread--if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
5. And David told the priest, Truly women have been kept from us in these three days since I came out, and the food bags and utensils of the young men are clean, and although the bread will be used in a secular way, it will be set apart in the clean bags.
6. So the priest gave him holy bread, for there was no bread there but the showbread which was taken from before the Lord to put hot bread in its place the day when it was taken away.
7. Now a certain man of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's herdsmen.
8. David said to Ahimelech, Do you have at hand a sword or spear? The king's business required haste, and I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me.
9. The priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the Valley of Elah, see, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you will take that, do so, for there is no other here. And David said, There is none like that; give it to me.
10. David arose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.
11. The servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David, the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in their dances: Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
12. David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish king of Gath.
13. And he changed his behavior before them, and pretended to be insane in their [Philistine] hands, and scribbled on the gate doors, and drooled on his beard.
14. Then said Achish to his servants, You see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me?
15. Have I need of madmen, that you bring this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?

Psalms 59:1-5
1. To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of]``Do Not Destroy." Of David, a record of memorable thoughts when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him. DELIVER ME from my enemies, O my God; defend and protect me from those who rise up against me.
2. Deliver me from and lift me above those who work evil and save me from bloodthirsty men.
3. For, behold, they lie in wait for my life; fierce and mighty men are banding together against me, not for my transgression nor for any sin of mine, O Lord.
4. They run and prepare themselves, though there is no fault in me; rouse Yourself [O Lord] to meet and help me, and see!
5. You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, arise to visit all the nations; spare none and be not merciful to any who treacherously plot evil. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Proverbs 15:31-33
31. The ear that listens to the reproof [that leads to or gives] life will remain among the wise.
32. He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.
33. The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Luke 24:36-53
36. Now while they were talking about this, Jesus Himself took His stand among them and said to them, Peace (freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin) be to you!
37. But they were so startled and terrified that they thought they saw a spirit.
38. And He said to them, Why are you disturbed and troubled, and why do such doubts and questionings arise in your hearts?
39. See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Feel and handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.
40. And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
41. And while [since] they still could not believe it for sheer joy and marveled, He said to them, Have you anything here to eat?
42. They gave Him a piece of broiled fish,
43. And He took [it] and ate [it] before them.
44. Then He said to them, This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything which is written concerning Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
45. Then He [thoroughly] opened up their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46. And said to them, Thus it is written that the Christ (the Messiah) should suffer and on the third day rise from (among) the dead, [Hos. 6:2.]
47. And that repentance [with a view to and as the condition of] forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48. You are witnesses of these things.
49. And behold, I will send forth upon you what My Father has promised; but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high.
50. Then He conducted them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up His hands, He invoked a blessing on them.
51. And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven.
52. And they, worshiping Him, went back to Jerusalem with great joy;
53. And they were continually in the temple celebrating with praises and blessing and extolling God. Amen (so be it).