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May 23


2 Samuel 17:1-29
1. And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me, I pray, choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David to-night;
2. and I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid; and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only;
3. and I will bring back all the people to thee. The man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: all the people shall be in peace.
4. And the saying was right in the eyes of Absalom, and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel.
5. And Absalom said, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and we will hear also what he says.
6. And Hushai came to Absalom, and Absalom spoke to him saying, Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we carry out his word? If not, speak thou.
7. And Hushai said to Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given this time is not good.
8. And Hushai said, Thou knowest thy father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are of exasperated spirit, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field; and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.
9. Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or some such place; and it will come to pass, when some of them fall at the first, whoever heareth it will say, There has been slaughter among the people that follow Absalom,
10. and even the valiant man whose heart is as the heart of a lion shall utterly melt; for all Israel knows that thy father is a mighty man, and they that are with him are valiant men.
11. But I counsel that all Israel be speedily gathered to thee, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.
12. And we shall come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.
13. And if he withdraw into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the torrent, until there be not one small stone found there.
14. And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. And Jehovah had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, in order that Jehovah might bring evil upon Absalom.
15. And Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
16. And now send quickly, and tell David saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
17. And Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; and the maid went and told them; and they went and told king David, for they might not be seen to come into the city.
18. But a lad saw them, and told Absalom. Then they went both of them away quickly, and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his court; and they went down there.
19. And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn on it; and the thing was not known.
20. And Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, and said, Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, They have gone over the brook of water. And they sought and could not find [them], and returned to Jerusalem.
21. And it came to pass after they had departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David; and they said to David, Arise and pass quickly over the water; for thus has Ahithophel counselled against you.
22. Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over the Jordan; by the morning light there was not one of them missing that had not gone over the Jordan.
23. And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose and went to his house, to his city, and gave charge to his household, and hanged himself, and he died; and he was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
24. And David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
25. And Absalom set Amasa over the host instead of Joab; which Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Jithra the Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother.
26. And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
27. And as soon as David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
28. brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched [corn], and beans, and lentils, and parched [pulse],
29. and honey, and cream, and sheep, and cheese of kine to David, and to the people that were with him, to eat; for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty in the wilderness.

2 Samuel 18:1-32
1. And David marshalled the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.
2. And David sent forth the people, a third part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.
3. But the people said, Thou shalt not go forth, for if we should in any case flee, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us; for *thou* art worth ten thousand of us; and now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.
4. And the king said to them, I will do what is good in your sight. And the king stood by the gate-side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.
5. And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, [Deal] gently for my sake with the young man Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.
6. And the people went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was in the forest of Ephraim.
7. And the people of Israel were routed before the servants of David, and there was a great slaughter there that day: twenty thousand men.
8. And the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
9. And Absalom found himself in the presence of David's servants. And Absalom was riding upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of the great terebinth, and his head caught in the terebinth, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
10. And a man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in a terebinth.
11. And Joab said to the man that told him, And behold, thou sawest [him], and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten silver pieces and a girdle.
12. And the man said to Joab, Though I should receive a thousand silver pieces in my hand, yet would I not put forth my hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Take care, whoever it be [of you], of the young man Absalom.
13. Or I should have acted falsely against mine own life, for there is no matter concealed from the king, and thou wouldest have set thyself against [me].
14. Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three spears in his hand, and thrust them into Absalom's body, while he was yet alive in the midst of the terebinth.
15. And ten young men that bore Joab's armour surrounded and smote Absalom, and killed him.
16. And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel; for Joab kept back the people.
17. And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and raised a very great heap of stones upon him. And all Israel fled every one to his tent.
18. Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a monument, which is in the king's dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance; and he called the monument after his own name; and it is called unto this day, Absalom's memorial.
19. And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Let me run, I pray, and carry the king the news that Jehovah has avenged him of his enemies.
20. And Joab said to him, Thou shalt not be a bearer of news to-day, but thou shalt carry the news another day; but to-day thou shalt carry no news, because the king's son is dead.
21. Then said Joab to the Cushite, Go, tell the king what thou hast seen. And the Cushite bowed himself to Joab, and ran.
22. And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said yet again to Joab, Come what may, let me, I pray thee, also run after the Cushite. And Joab said, Why wilt thou run, my son, seeing that there is no news suited [to thee]?
23. But, come what may, let me run. And he said to him, Run. And Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and outstripped the Cushite.
24. And David sat between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate, on to the wall, and lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man running alone.
25. And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is news in his mouth. And he came on and drew near.
26. And the watchman saw another man running; and the watchman called to the porter and said, Behold a man running alone. And the king said, He also is a bearer of news.
27. And the watchman said, I see the running of the foremost like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man; and comes with good news.
28. And Ahimaaz called and said to the king, Peace! And he fell down to the earth on his face before the king, and said, Blessed be Jehovah thy God, who has delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
29. And the king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And Ahimaaz said, I saw a great tumult when Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant; but I knew not what it was.
30. And the king said, Turn aside [and] stand here. And he turned aside and stood still.
31. And behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, Let my lord the king receive good tidings, for Jehovah has avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
32. And the king said to the Cushite, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And the Cushite said, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee for evil, be as that young man.

Psalms 66:16-20
16. Come, hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17. I called unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18. Had I regarded iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not hear.
19. But God hath heard; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20. Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his loving-kindness from me!

Proverbs 16:31-32
31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.
32. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

John 7:28-53
28. Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, Ye both know me and ye know whence I am; and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye do not know.
29. I know him, because I am from him, and *he* has sent me.
30. They sought therefore to take him; and no one laid his hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.
31. But many of the crowd believed on him, and said, Will the Christ, when he comes, do more signs than those which this [man] has done?
32. The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers that they might take him.
33. Jesus therefore said, Yet a little while I am with you, and I go to him that has sent me.
34. Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me], and where I am ye cannot come.
35. The Jews therefore said to one another, Where is he about to go that we shall not find him? Is he about to go to the dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
36. What word is this which he said, Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me]; and where I am ye cannot come?
37. In the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.
38. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39. But this he said concerning the Spirit, which they that believed on him were about to receive; for [the] Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40. [Some] out of the crowd therefore, having heard this word, said, This is truly the prophet.
41. Others said, This is the Christ. Others said, Does then the Christ come out of Galilee?
42. Has not the scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from the village of Bethlehem, where David was?
43. There was a division therefore in the crowd on account of him.
44. But some of them desired to take him, but no one laid hands upon him.
45. The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, Why have ye not brought him?
46. The officers answered, Never man spoke thus, as this man [speaks].
47. The Pharisees therefore answered them, Are ye also deceived?
48. Has any one of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees?
49. But this crowd, which does not know the law, are accursed.
50. Nicodemus says to them (being one of themselves),
51. Does our law judge a man before it have first heard from himself, and know what he does?
52. They answered and said to him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search and look, that no prophet arises out of Galilee.
53. And every one went to his home.