Bible in one year

May 12

1 Samuel 26:1-25
1. The people of Ziph went to see Saul at Gibeah and said to him, "David is hiding on Hakilah Hill, across from Jeshimon."
2. Saul gathered 3000 of the best soldiers in Israel and went down to the desert of Ziph to search for David in the desert of Ziph.
3. Saul set up his camp by the road at Hakilah Hill, across from Jeshimon. David was out in the desert and saw that Saul had come out into the desert after him.
4. So David sent out spies to know for certain that Saul had come after him again.
5. Then David went to where Saul had set up his camp. David saw where Saul and Abner were sleeping. (Abner son of Ner was the commander of Saul's army.) Saul was sleeping in the center of a circle of men that surrounded him.
6. David talked to Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah. (Abishai was Joab's brother.) He asked them, "Who would like to go down into the camp with me after Saul?" Abishai answered, "I'll go with you."
7. When night came, David and Abishai went into Saul's camp. Saul was asleep in the middle of the circle of men. His spear was stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the other soldiers were asleep around Saul.
8. Abishai said to David, "Today God has given your enemy to you. Let me pin Saul to the ground with his spear. I'll only do it once!"
9. But David said to Abishai, "Don't kill Saul! Anyone who hurts the Lord's chosen king must be punished.
10. As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord himself will punish Saul. Maybe Saul will die naturally or maybe he will be killed in battle.
11. But I pray that the Lord never lets me hurt the Lord's chosen king. Now pick up the spear and water jug by Saul's head, then let's go."
12. So David took the spear and water jug that were near Saul's head, and then David and Abishai left Saul's camp. No one knew what had happened. No one saw it. No one even woke up. Saul and all of his soldiers slept because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.
13. David crossed over to the other side of the valley. He stood on top of the mountain across the valley from Saul's camp. David and Saul's camp were far apart.
14. David shouted to the army and to Abner son of Ner, "Answer me, Abner!" Abner answered, "Who are you? Why are you calling the king?"
15. David said, "You are an important man, aren't you? You are better than any other man in Israel. Is that right? So why didn't you guard your master, the king? An ordinary man came into your camp to kill your master, the king.
16. You made a big mistake. As surely as the Lord is alive, you and your men should die, because you didn't protect your master, the Lord's chosen king. Look for the king's spear and the water jug that was near Saul's head. Where are they?"
17. Saul knew David's voice and said, "Is that your voice, David my son?" David answered, "Yes, it is my voice, my master and king.
18. Sir, why are you chasing me? What wrong have I done? What am I guilty of?
19. My master and king, listen to me. If the Lord caused you to be angry with me, let him accept an offering. But if men caused you to be angry with me, I ask the Lord to curse them because they forced me to leave the land that the Lord gave me and told me to go serve other gods.
20. Now don't make me die far away from the Lord's presence. The king of Israel has come out looking for a flea. You are like a man hunting partridges in the mountains."
21. Then Saul said, "David, my son! I have sinned. Come back. Today you showed me that my life is important to you, so I won't try to hurt you. I have acted foolishly. I have made a big mistake."
22. David answered, "Here is the king's spear. Let one of your young men come here and get it.
23. The Lord pays every man for what he does—he rewards him if he does right, and he punishes him if he does wrong. The Lord gave you to me today, but I wouldn't hurt his chosen king.
24. Today I showed you that your life is important to me. In the same way the Lord will show that my life is important to him. He will save me from every trouble."
25. Then Saul said to David, "God bless you, David my son. You will do great things and you will win." David went on his way, and Saul went back home.

1 Samuel 27:1-12
1. But David thought to himself, "Saul will catch me some day. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up looking for me in Israel. That way I will escape from Saul."
2. So David and his 600 men left Israel and went to Achish son of Maoch. Achish was king of Gath.
3. David, his men, and their families lived in Gath with Achish. David had his two wives with him—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel. Abigail was the widow of Nabal.
4. People told Saul that David had run away to Gath, so Saul stopped looking for him.
5. David said to Achish, "If you are pleased with me, give me a place in one of the country towns. I am only your servant. I should live there, not here with you in this royal city."
6. That day Achish gave David the town of Ziklag. And Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.
7. David lived with the Philistines one year and four months.
8. David and his men went to fight the Amalekites and Geshurites who lived in the area from Telem near Shur all the way to Egypt. David's men defeated them and took their wealth.
9. David defeated the people in that area. He took all their sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothes and brought them back to Achish. But David didn't let any of those people live.
10. David did this many times. Each time Achish asked David where he fought and took those things. David said, "I fought against the southern part of Judah," or "I fought against the southern part of Jerahmeel," or "I fought against the southern part of the Kenizzites."
11. David never brought a man or woman alive to Gath. He thought, "If we let anyone live, they might tell Achish what I really did." David did this all the time he lived in the Philistine land.
12. Achish began to trust David and said to himself, "Now David's own people hate him. The Israelites hate him very much. Now he will serve me forever."

Psalms 60:6-12
6. God has spoken in his Temple: "I will win the war and rejoice in victory! I will divide this land among my people. I will give them Shechem. I will give them Succoth Valley.
7. Gilead and Manasseh will be mine. Ephraim will be my helmet. Judah will be my royal scepter.
8. Moab will be the bowl for washing my feet. Edom will be the slave who carries my sandals. I will defeat the Philistines and shout in victory!"
9. But, God, it seems that you have left us! You do not go out with our army. So who will lead me into the strong, protected city? Who will lead me into battle against Edom?
11. Help us defeat the enemy! No one on earth can rescue us.
12. Only God can make us strong. Only God can defeat our enemies!

Proverbs 16:4-5
4. The Lord has a plan for everything. In his plan, the wicked will be destroyed.
5. The Lord hates those who are proud. You can be sure he will punish them all.

John 2:1-25
1. Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee, and Jesus' mother was there.
2. Jesus and his followers were also invited.
3. At the wedding there was not enough wine, so Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
4. Jesus answered, "Dear woman, why are you telling me this? It is not yet time for me to begin my work."
5. His mother said to the servants, "Do what he tells you."
6. There were six large stone waterpots there that were used by the Jews in their washing ceremonies. Each one held about 20 or 30 gallons.
7. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the waterpots with water." So they filled them to the top.
8. Then he said to them, "Now dip out some water and take it to the man in charge of the feast." So they did what he said.
9. Then the man in charge tasted it, but the water had become wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants who brought the water knew. He called the bridegroom
10. and said to him, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, when the guests are drunk, they serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now."
11. This was the first of all the miraculous signs Jesus did. He did it in the town of Cana in Galilee. By this he showed his divine greatness, and his followers believed in him.
12. Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. His mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed there a few days.
13. It was almost time for the Jewish Passover, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
14. There in the Temple area he saw men selling cattle, sheep, and doves. He saw others sitting at tables, exchanging and trading people's money.
15. Jesus made a whip with some pieces of rope. Then he forced all these men and the sheep and cattle to leave the Temple area. He turned over the tables of the money traders and scattered their money.
16. Then he said to those who were selling pigeons, "Take these things out of here! Don't make my Father's house a place for buying and selling!"
17. When this happened, his followers remembered what was written in the Scriptures: "My strong devotion to your Temple will destroy me."
18. Some Jews said to Jesus, "Show us a miracle as a sign from God. Prove that you have the right to do these things."
19. Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple and I will build it again in three days."
20. They answered, "People worked 46 years to build this Temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?"
21. But the temple Jesus meant was his own body.
22. After he was raised from death, his followers remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scriptures, and they believed the words Jesus said.
23. Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Many people believed in him because they saw the miraculous signs he did.
24. But Jesus did not trust them, because he knew how all people think.
25. He did not need anyone to tell him what a person was like. He already knew.