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Bible in one year


May 1


1 Samuel 4:1-21
1. News about Samuel spread throughout Israel. Eli was very old. His sons kept doing bad things before the Lord. At that time the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites made their camp at Ebenezer. The Philistines made their camp at Aphek.
2. The Philistines lined up their soldiers in front of the Israelites and began the attack. The Philistines defeated the Israelites. They killed about 4000 soldiers from Israel's army.
3. The rest of the Israelite soldiers went back to their camp. The elders of Israel asked, "Why did the Lord let the Philistines defeat us? Let's bring the Lord's Box of the Agreement from Shiloh. God will go with us into battle and save us from our enemies."
4. So the people sent men to Shiloh. The men brought back the Lord All-Powerful's Box of the Agreement. On top of the Box are the Cherub angels. They are like the throne that the Lord sits on. Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, came with the Box.
5. When the Lord's Box of the Agreement came into the camp, all the Israelites gave a great shout loud enough to make the ground shake.
6. The Philistines heard Israel's shout and asked, "Why are the people so excited in the Hebrew camp?" Then the Philistines learned that the Lord's Holy Box had been brought into Israel's camp.
7. They became afraid and said, "Gods have come to their camp! We're in trouble. This has never happened before.
8. We are worried. Who can save us from these powerful gods? These gods are the same ones that gave the Egyptians those diseases and terrible sicknesses.
9. Be brave, Philistines. Fight like men. In the past they were our slaves, so fight like men or you will become their slaves."
10. So the Philistines fought very hard and defeated the Israelites. The Israelite soldiers ran away and went home. It was a terrible defeat for Israel. 30,000 Israelite soldiers were killed.
11. The Philistines took God's Holy Box and killed Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas.
12. One of the men who ran from the battle was a man from the tribe of Benjamin. He tore his clothes and put dust on his head to show his great sadness.
13. Eli was worried about the Holy Box, so he was sitting there by the city gate waiting and watching when the Benjamite man came into Shiloh and told the bad news. All the people in town began to cry loudly.
14. Eli was 98 years old. He was blind, so he could not see what was happening, but he could hear the loud noise of the people crying. Eli asked, "Why are the people making this loud noise?" The Benjamite man ran to Eli and told him what happened.
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16. He said, "I am the man who just came from the battle. I ran away from the battle today." Eli asked, "What happened, son?"
17. The Benjamite man answered, "Israel ran away from the Philistines. The Israelite army has lost many soldiers. Your two sons are both dead, and the Philistines took God's Holy Box."
18. When the Benjamite man mentioned God's Holy Box, Eli fell backward off his chair near the gate and broke his neck. Eli was old and fat, so he died. He had led Israel for 20 years.
19. Eli's daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant. It was nearly time for her baby to be born. She heard the news that God's Holy Box was taken. She also heard that her father-in-law Eli and her husband Phinehas were both dead. As soon as she heard the news, her pain started and she began giving birth to her baby.
20. She was about to die when the women who were helping her said, "Don't worry, you have given birth to a son." But she did not answer or pay attention.
21. She named the baby Ichabod, that is to say, "Israel's glory has been taken away." She did this because God's Holy Box was taken away and because both her father-inlaw and her husband were dead.

1 Samuel 5:1-12
1. The Philistines carried God's Holy Box, from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
2. They carried God's Holy Box into the temple of Dagon and put it next to the statue of Dagon.
3. The next morning, the people of Ashdod got up and found Dagon lying face down on the ground before the Lord's Box. The people of Ashdod put the statue of Dagon back in its place.
4. But the next morning when the people of Ashdod got up, they found Dagon on the ground again. Dagon had fallen down before the Lord's Holy Box. This time, Dagon's head and hands were broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only his body was still in one piece.
5. That is why, even today, the priests or other people refuse to step on the threshold when they enter Dagon's temple at Ashdod.
6. The Lord made life hard for the people of Ashdod and their neighbors. He gave them many troubles and caused them to get tumors. He also sent mice to them. The mice ran all over their ships and then onto their land. The people in the city were very afraid.
7. They saw what was happening and said, "The Holy Box of the God of Israel can't stay here. God is punishing us and Dagon our god."
8. The people of Ashdod called the five Philistine rulers together and asked them, "What must we do with the Holy Box of the God of Israel?" The rulers answered, "Move the Holy Box of the God of Israel to Gath." So the Philistines moved God's Holy Box.
9. But after the Philistines had moved God's Holy Box to Gath, the Lord punished that city. The people became very frightened. God caused many troubles for all the people—young and old. He caused the people in Gath to have tumors.
10. So the Philistines sent God's Holy Box to Ekron. But when God's Holy Box came into Ekron, the people of Ekron complained. They said, "Why are you bringing the Box of the God of Israel to our city Ekron? Do you want to kill us and our people?"
11. The people of Ekron called all the Philistine rulers together and said to the rulers, "Send the Box of the God of Israel back home before it kills us and our people!" The people of Ekron were deathly afraid because God severely punished them there.
12. Many people died, and those who did not, had tumors. The people of Ekron cried loudly to heaven.

Psalms 54:1-7
1. To the director: With instruments. A maskil of David when the Ziphites went to Saul and told him, "We think David is hiding among our people." God, use your power and save me. Use your great power to set me free.
2. God, listen to my prayer. Listen to what I say.
3. Strangers who don't even think about God have turned against me. Those powerful men are trying to kill me. Selah
4. Look, my God will help me. My Lord will support me.
5. He will punish the people who turned against me. God, be faithful to me and destroy them.
6. Lord, I will give freewill offerings to you. I will praise your good name.
7. You saved me from all my troubles. I saw my enemies defeated.

Proverbs 15:12-13
12. Fools hate to be told they are wrong, so they refuse to ask wise people for advice.
13. If you are happy, your face shows it. If you are sad, your spirit feels defeated.

Luke 21:1-19
1. Jesus looked up and saw some rich people putting their gifts to God into the Temple collection box.
2. Then he saw a poor widow put two small copper coins into the box.
3. He said, "This poor widow gave only two small coins. But the truth is, she gave more than all those rich people.
4. They have plenty, and they gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had to live on."
5. Some of the followers were talking about the Temple. They said, "This is a beautiful Temple, built with the best stones. Look at the many good gifts that have been offered to God."
6. But Jesus said, "The time will come when all that you see here will be destroyed. Every stone of these buildings will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another."
7. Some followers asked Jesus, "Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for these things to happen?"
8. Jesus said, "Be careful! Don't be fooled. Many people will come using my name. They will say, 'I am the Christ ' and 'The right time has come!' But don't follow them.
9. When you hear about wars and riots, don't be afraid. These things must happen first. Then the end will come later."
10. Then Jesus said to them, "Nations will fight against other nations. Kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms.
11. There will be great earthquakes, sicknesses, and other bad things in many places. In some places there will be no food for the people to eat. Terrible things will happen, and amazing things will come from heaven to warn people.
12. "But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. They will do all these things to you because you follow me.
13. But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me.
14. Decide now not to worry about what you will say.
15. I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer.
16. Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you. They will have some of you killed.
17. Everyone will hate you because you follow me.
18. But none of these things can really harm you.
19. You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things.