Bible in one year

May 22

2 Samuel 15:1-37
1. After this, Absalom got a chariot and horses for himself. He had 50 men run in front of him while he drove the chariot.
2. Absalom would get up early and stand near the gate. He would watch for anyone with problems who was going to King David for judgment. Then Absalom would talk to them and say, "What city are you from?" They would say they were from such and such tribe in Israel.
3. Then Absalom would say, "Look, you are right, but King David will not listen to you."
4. Absalom would also say, "Oh, I wish someone would make me a judge in this country! Then I could help everyone who comes to me with a problem. I would help them get a fair solution to their problem."
5. And if anyone came to Absalom and started to bow down to him, Absalom would treat him like a close friend—he would reach out and touch him and kiss him.
6. Absalom did that to all the Israelites who came to King David for judgment. In this way Absalom won the hearts of all the people of Israel.
7. After four years, Absalom said to King David, "Please let me go to Hebron to complete a special promise that I made to the Lord.
8. I made that promise while I was still living in Geshur in Aram. I said, 'If the Lord brings me back to Jerusalem, I will serve the Lord in a special way.'"
9. King David said, "Go in peace." Absalom went to Hebron.
10. But he also sent spies to all the tribes of Israel. They told the people, "When you hear the trumpet, say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron!'"
11. Absalom invited 200 men to go with him. They left Jerusalem with him, but they did not know what he was planning.
12. Ahithophel was one of David's advisors. He was from the town of Giloh. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he invited Ahithophel to join. Absalom's plans were working very well and more and more people began to support him.
13. A man came in to tell the news to David. The man said, "The people of Israel are beginning to follow Absalom."
14. Then David said to all of his officers who were still in Jerusalem with him, "Come on, we cannot let him trap us here in Jerusalem. Hurry up, before he catches us. He will destroy us all, and Jerusalem will be destroyed in the battle."
15. The king's officers told him, "We will do whatever you tell us."
16. King David left with everyone in his family, except ten of his slave women. He left them to take care of the house.
17. The king left with everyone in his house following him on foot. They stopped at the last house.
18. All of his officers passed by the king. And all of the Kerethites, all of the Pelethites, and the Gittites (600 men from Gath) passed by the king.
19. The king said to Ittai from Gath, "Why are you also going with us? You are a foreigner, this is not your homeland. Go back and stay with the new king.
20. You came to join me only yesterday. You don't need to wander from place to place with me. Take your brothers and go back. Go with my faithful, loving kindness."
21. But Ittai answered the king, "As the Lord lives, and as long as you live, I will stay with you, in life or death!"
22. David said to Ittai, "Then come, let's go cross Kidron Brook." So Ittai from Gath and all of his people and their children crossed over Kidron Brook.
23. All the people were crying loudly. Then King David crossed over Kidron Brook, and all of the people went out to the desert.
24. Zadok and all the Levites with him were carrying the Box of God's Agreement. They set down God's Holy Box, and Abiathar said prayers until all of the people had left Jerusalem.
25. King David said to Zadok, "Take God's Holy Box back to Jerusalem. If the Lord is pleased with me, he will bring me back and let me see Jerusalem and his Temple.
26. But if the Lord says that he is not pleased with me, let him do whatever he wants to me."
27. The king said to Zadok the priest, "You are a seer. Go back to the city in peace. Take your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28. I will be waiting near the places where people cross the river into the desert. I will wait there until I hear from you."
29. So Zadok and Abiathar took God's Holy Box back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
30. David walked up the path to the Mount of Olives. He was crying, his head was covered and he went without sandals on his feet. All the people with David also covered their heads and were crying as they walked with him.
31. Someone told David, "Ahithophel is one who joined in Absalom's plot against you." Then David prayed, "Lord, I ask you to make Ahithophel give only foolish advice."
32. When David got to the top of the mountain, he bowed down to worship God. Then David noticed Hushai the Arkite. Hushai's coat was torn, and there was dust on his head.
33. David said to Hushai, "If you go with me, you will be just one more person to care for.
34. But if you go back to Jerusalem, you can disagree with Ahithophel and make his advice useless. Tell Absalom, 'King, I am your servant. I served your father, but now I will serve you.'
35. The priests Zadok and Abiathar will be with you. You must tell them everything you hear in the king's palace.
36. Zadok's son Ahimaaz and Abiathar's son Jonathan will be with them. You can send them to tell me everything you hear."
37. So David's friend Hushai went back to the city, just as Absalom arrived in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 16:1-23
1. David went a short way over the top of the Mount of Olives and met Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth. Ziba had two donkeys with saddles on them. The donkeys also carried 200 loaves of bread, 100 bunches of raisins, 100 summer fruits, and a wineskin full of wine.
2. King David said to Ziba, "What are these things for?" Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's family to ride on. The bread and the summer fruit are for the servants to eat. And the wine is refreshment for whoever begins to feel weak in the desert."
3. Then the king asked, "And where is Mephibosheth?" Ziba answered the king, "Mephibosheth is staying in Jerusalem. He said, 'Today the Israelites will give my father's kingdom back to me.'"
4. Then the king said to Ziba, "All right, I now give you everything that belonged to Mephibosheth." Ziba said, "I bow to you. I pray I will always be able to please you."
5. As David came to Bahurim, a man from Saul's family, Shimei son of Gera, came out cursing David again and again.
6. Shimei began throwing stones at David and his officers. Both the people and the soldiers gathered around David to protect him—they were all around him.
7. Shimei cursed David. He said, "Get out, get out, you no-good murderer!
8. The Lord is punishing you because you killed people in Saul's family. You stole Saul's place as king. But now the same bad things are happening to you. The Lord has given the kingdom to your son Absalom, because you are a murderer."
9. Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dying dog curse you, my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off Shimei's head."
10. But the king answered, "What can I do, sons of Zeruiah? Yes, Shimei is cursing me, but the Lord told him to curse me. And who can ask him why he did that?"
11. David also said to Abishai and all his servants, "Look, my very own son is trying to kill me, so why shouldn't this man from the tribe of Benjamin want to do the same? Leave him alone. Let him continue to curse me. The Lord told him to do this.
12. Maybe the Lord will see the wrong things that are happening to me and give me something good for every bad thing that Shimei says today."
13. So David and his men went on their way down the road. Shimei kept following David. He walked on the other side of the road by the side of the hill. He kept cursing David on his way. Shimei also threw stones and dirt at David.
14. King David and all his people came to the Jordan River. They were tired, so they rested and refreshed themselves there.
15. Meanwhile, Absalom, Ahithophel, and all the Israelites came to Jerusalem.
16. David's friend, Hushai the Arkite, came to Absalom and told him, "Long live the king! Long live the king!"
17. Absalom answered, "Why are you not loyal to your friend David? Why did you not leave Jerusalem with your friend?"
18. Hushai said, "I belong to the one that the Lord chooses. These people and the people of Israel chose you. I will stay with you.
19. In the past, I served your father. So now I will serve you, David's son."
20. Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Please tell us what we should do."
21. Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Your father left some of his slave women here to take care of the house. Go and have sexual relations with them. Then all the Israelites will hear how you humiliated your father, and they will be encouraged to give you more support."
22. Then they put up a tent for Absalom up on the roof of the house. Absalom had sexual relations with his father's wives so that all the Israelites could see what happened.
23. So in those days, Ahithophel's advice was very important. Both David and Absalom accepted his advice as though it were the word of God.

Psalms 66:8-15
8. People, praise our God. Sing loud songs of praise to him.
9. He continues to give us life and keeps us from falling.
10. God, you have tested us, as people test silver with fire.
11. You let us be trapped. You put heavy burdens on us.
12. You let our enemies run over us. We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a safe place.
13. So I bring sacrifices to your Temple. When I was in trouble, I asked for help and made promises to you. Now I am giving you what I promised.
15. I bring my best sheep as burnt offerings. I offer the smoke from them up to you. I give you sacrifices of bulls and goats. Selah

Proverbs 16:27-30
27. Troublemakers create disasters. Their advice destroys like a wildfire.
28. Troublemakers are always causing problems. Their gossip breaks up the closest of friends.
29. Cruel people trick their neighbors and make them do wrong.
30. With a wink of the eye, they plan to trick someone. With a grin, they make plans to hurt their friends.

John 7:1-27
1. After this, Jesus traveled around the country of Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jewish leaders there wanted to kill him.
2. It was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters.
3. So his brothers said to him, "You should leave here and go to the festival in Judea. Then your followers there can see the miracles you do.
4. If you want to be well-known, you must not hide what you do. So show yourself to the world. Let them see these things you do."
5. Jesus' brothers said this because even they did not believe in him.
6. Jesus said to them, "The right time for me has not yet come, but any time is right for you to go.
7. The world cannot hate you. But the world hates me, because I tell the people in the world that they do evil things.
8. So you go to the festival. I will not go now, because the right time for me has not yet come."
9. After Jesus said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10. So his brothers left to go to the festival. After they left, Jesus went too, but he did not let people see him.
11. At the festival the Jewish leaders were looking for him. They said, "Where is that man?"
12. There was a large group of people there. Many of them were talking secretly to each other about Jesus. Some people said, "He is a good man." But others said, "No, he fools the people."
13. But no one was brave enough to talk about him openly. They were afraid of the Jewish leaders.
14. When the festival was about half finished, Jesus went to the Temple area and began to teach.
15. The Jewish leaders were amazed and said, "How did this man learn so much? He never had the kind of teaching we had!"
16. Jesus answered, "What I teach is not my own. My teaching comes from the one who sent me.
17. People who really want to do what God wants will know that my teaching comes from God. They will know that this teaching is not my own.
18. If I taught my own ideas, I would just be trying to get honor for myself. But if I am trying to bring honor to the one who sent me, I can be trusted. Anyone doing that is not going to lie.
19. Moses gave you the law, right? But you don't obey that law. If you do, then why are you trying to kill me?"
20. The people answered, "A demon is making you crazy! We are not trying to kill you."
21. Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle on a Sabbath day, and you were all surprised.
22. But you obey the law Moses gave you about circumcision —and sometimes you do it on a Sabbath day. (Really, Moses is not the one who gave you circumcision. It came from our ancestors who lived before Moses.) Yes, you often circumcise baby boys on a Sabbath day.
23. This shows that someone can be circumcised on a Sabbath day to obey the Law of Moses. So why are you angry with me for healing a person's whole body on the Sabbath day?
24. Stop judging by the way things look. Be fair and judge by what is really right."
25. Then some of the people who lived in Jerusalem said, "This is the man they are trying to kill.
26. But he is teaching where everyone can see and hear him. And no one is trying to stop him from teaching. Maybe the leaders have decided that he really is the Christ.
27. But when the real Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from. And we know where this man's home is."