Bible in one year

May 18

2 Samuel 7:1-29
1. After King David moved into his new house the Lord gave him some relief from all of his enemies around him.
2. King David said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, I am living in a fancy house made of cedar wood, but God's Holy Box is still kept in a tent!"
3. Nathan said to King David, "Do whatever you want to do. The Lord will be with you."
4. But that night, the Lord's word came to Nathan. The Lord said,
5. "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in.
6. I did not live in a house at the time I took the Israelites out of Egypt. No, I traveled around in a tent. I used the tent for my home.
7. I never told any of the tribes of Israel to build me a fancy house made from cedar wood.'
8. "You must say this to my servant David: 'This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: I chose you while you were out in the pasture following the sheep. I took you from that job and made you the leader of my people, the Israelites.
9. I have been with you every place you went. I have defeated your enemies for you. I will make you one of the most famous people on earth.
10. And I chose a place for my people, the Israelites. I planted the Israelites. I gave them their own place to live so that they will not have to move from place to place anymore. In the past, I sent judges to lead my people, but evil people gave them many troubles. That will not happen now. I am giving you peace from all of your enemies. I promise that I will make your family a family of kings.
12. "'When your life is finished, you will die and be buried with your ancestors. But then I will make one of your own children become the king.
13. He will build a house for my name, and I will make his kingdom strong forever.
14. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he sins, I will use other people to punish him. They will be my whips.
15. But I will never stop loving him. I will continue to be loyal to him. I took away my love and kindness from Saul. I pushed Saul away when I turned to you.
16. Your family of kings will continue—you can depend on that! For you, your kingdom will continue forever! Your throne will stand forever!'"
17. Nathan told David about that vision. He told David everything God had said.
18. Then King David went in and sat in front of the Lord. David said, "Lord God, why am I so important to you? Why is my family important? Why have you made me so important?
19. I am nothing but a servant, but Lord God, you have also said these kind things about my future family. Lord God, you don't always talk like this to people, do you?
20. How can I continue talking to you? Lord God, you know that I am only a servant.
21. You will do all these wonderful things because you said you would do them and because you want to do them. And you decided to let me know about all these things.
22. Lord God, this is why you are so great! There is no one like you. There is no god except you! We know that because of what we ourselves have heard about what you did.
23. "And there is no nation on earth like your people, Israel. They are a special people. They were slaves, but you took them out of Egypt and made them free. You made them your people. You did great and wonderful things for the Israelites and for your land.
24. You made the people of Israel your very own people forever, and Lord, you became their God.
25. "Now, Lord God, you promised to do something for me, your servant, and for my family. Now please do what you promised—make my family a family of kings forever!
26. Then your name will be honored forever. People will say, 'The Lord God All-Powerful rules Israel! And may the family of your servant David continue to be strong in serving you.'
27. "You, Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, have shown things to me. You said, 'I will make your family great.' That is why I, your servant, decided to pray this prayer to you.
28. Lord God, you are God, and I can trust what you say. And you said that these good things will happen to me, your servant.
29. Now, please, bless my family. Let them stand before you and serve you forever. Lord God, you yourself said these things. You yourself blessed my family with a blessing that will continue forever."

2 Samuel 8:1-18
1. Later David defeated the Philistines and took control of a large area of land around Gath.
2. He also defeated the Moabites. He forced them to lie on the ground in a long row. Using a rope to measure, he divided them into groups. Out of every three groups, two groups were killed, and one group was allowed to live. So the Moabites became servants of David and paid tribute to him.
3. David went to an area near the Euphrates to set up a monument for himself. At that time he defeated the king of Zobah, Hadadezer son of Rehob.
4. David took 1000 chariots, 7000 horse soldiers and 20,000 foot soldiers from Hadadezer. He crippled all but 100 of the chariot horses.
5. Arameans from Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, but David defeated those 22,000 Arameans.
6. Then David put his soldiers in Damascus, Aram. The Arameans became David's servants and brought tribute. The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.
7. David took the gold shields that had belonged to Hadadezer's servants and brought them to Jerusalem.
8. David also took many things made of bronze from Tebah and Berothai. (Tebah and Berothai were cities that had belonged to Hadadezer.)
9. King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated Hadadezer's whole army.
10. Hadadezer had fought against Toi in the past, so Toi sent his son Joram to King David. Joram greeted him and blessed him because David had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him. Joram brought gifts of silver, gold, and bronze.
11. David took these things and dedicated them to the Lord. He put them with the other things he had taken and dedicated to the Lord.
12. David defeated Aram, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek. He also defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13. David defeated 18,000 Edomites in Salt Valley. He was famous when he came home.
14. David put groups of soldiers throughout Edom and the whole nation became his servants. The Lord gave victory to him wherever he went.
15. David ruled over all Israel, and he made good and fair decisions for all of his people.
16. Joab son of Zeruiah was the captain over the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the historian.
17. Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were priests. Seraiah was secretary.
18. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in charge of the Kerethites and Pelethites, and David's sons were priests.

Psalms 64:1-10
1. To the director: A song of David. God, listen to my complaint. Save me from the terrible threats of my enemies!
2. Protect me from the secret plans of the wicked. Hide me from that gang of evil people.
3. They sharpen their tongues to use like swords. They aim their poisonous words like arrows.
4. Suddenly, from their hiding places, they let their arrows fly. They shoot to kill innocent people.
5. They encourage each other to do wrong. They talk about setting traps and say, "No one will see them here!
6. No one will discover our crime. We have the perfect plan!" Yes, people can be very tricky and hard to understand.
7. But suddenly, God will shoot his arrows, and those wicked people will be hit.
8. He will use their own words against them, and they will be destroyed. Then everyone who sees them will shake their heads in amazement.
9. People will see what God has done. They will tell other people about him. Then everyone will learn more about God. They will learn to fear and respect him.
10. Good people are happy to serve the Lord. They depend on him to protect them. All those who want to do right will praise him!

Proverbs 16:18-19
18. Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat.
19. It is better to be a humble person living among the poor than to share the wealth among the proud.

John 5:24-47
24. "I assure you, anyone who hears what I say and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged guilty. They have already left death and have entered into life.
25. Believe me, an important time is coming. That time is already here. People who are dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.
26. Life comes from the Father himself. So the Father has also allowed the Son to give life.
27. And the Father has given him the power to judge all people because he is the Son of Man.
28. "Don't be surprised at this. A time is coming when all people who are dead and in their graves will hear his voice.
29. Then they will come out of their graves. Those who did good in this life will rise and have eternal life. But those who did evil will rise to be judged guilty.
30. "I can do nothing alone. I judge only the way I am told. And my judgment is right, because I am not trying to please myself. I want only to please the one who sent me.
31. "If I tell people about myself, they cannot be sure that what I say is true.
32. But there is someone else who tells people about me, and I know that what he says about me is true.
33. "You sent men to John, and he told you what is true.
34. I don't need anyone to tell people about me, but I remind you of what John said so that you can be saved.
35. John was like a lamp that burned and gave light, and you were happy to enjoy his light for a while.
36. "But I have a proof about myself that is greater than anything John said. The things I do are my proof. These are what my Father gave me to do. They show that the Father sent me.
37. And the Father who sent me has given proof about me himself. But you have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he looks like.
38. The Father's teaching does not live in you, because you don't believe in the one the Father sent.
39. You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that they give you eternal life. These same Scriptures tell about me!
40. But you refuse to come to me to have that life.
41. "I don't want praise from you or any other human.
42. But I know you—I know that you have no love for God.
43. I have come from my Father and speak for him, but you don't accept me. But when other people come speaking only for themselves, you accept them.
44. You like to have praise from each other. But you never try to get the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe?
45. Don't think that I will be the one to stand before the Father and accuse you. Moses is the one to accuse you. And he is the one you hoped would save you.
46. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.
47. But you don't believe what he wrote, so you can't believe what I say."