Bible in one year

May 6

1 Samuel 14:1-52
1. That day, Saul's son Jonathan was talking with the young man who carried his weapons. Jonathan said, "Let's go to the Philistine camp on the other side of the valley." But Jonathan did not tell his father.
2. Saul was sitting under a pomegranate tree at the threshing floor at the edge of the hill. Saul had about 600 men with him.
3. One of the men was named Ahijah. Ahijah was a son of Ichabod's brother Ahitub. Ichabod was the son of Phinehas. Phinehas was the son of Eli. Eli had been the Lord's priest at Shiloh. Now Ahijah was the priest who wore the ephod. These men did not know that Jonathan had left.
4. Jonathan was planning to go through a pass to get to the Philistine camp. There was a large rock on each side of the pass. The large rock on one side was named Bozez. The large rock on the other side was named Seneh.
5. One of the rocks faced north toward Micmash, and the other faced south toward Geba.
6. Jonathan said to his young helper who carried his weapons, "Come on, let's go to the camp of those foreigners. Maybe the Lord will use us to defeat them. Nothing can stop the Lord—it doesn't matter if we have many soldiers or just a few soldiers."
7. The young man who carried Jonathan's weapons said to him, "Do what you think is best. I am with you all the way."
8. Jonathan said, "Let's go! We'll cross the valley and go to the Philistine guards. We'll let them see us.
9. If they say to us, 'Stay there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are. We won't go up to them.
10. But if the Philistine men say, 'Come up here,' then we will climb up to them. That will be a sign from God. That will mean that the Lord will allow us to defeat them."
11. So Jonathan and his helper let the Philistines see them. The Philistine guards said, "Look! The Hebrews are coming out of the holes they were hiding in."
12. The Philistines in the fort shouted to Jonathan and his helper, "Come up here. We'll teach you a lesson." Jonathan said to his helper, "Follow me up the hill. The Lord is letting Israel defeat the Philistines."
13. So Jonathan climbed up the hill with his hands and feet, and his helper was right behind him. Jonathan and his helper attacked them. In the first attack, they killed 20 Philistines in an area about onehalf acre in size. Jonathan fought the men who attacked from the front. His helper came behind him and killed the men who were only wounded.
15. Great fear spread among the Philistine soldiers—those in the field, in the camp, and at the fort. Even the bravest soldiers were afraid. The ground began to shake, and they were completely overcome with fear.
16. Saul's guards at Gibeah in the land of Benjamin saw the Philistine soldiers running away in different ways.
17. Saul said to the army with him, "Count the men. I want to know who left camp." They counted the men. Jonathan and his helper were gone.
18. Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring God's Holy Box!" (At that time it was there with the Israelites.)
19. Saul was talking to Ahijah the priest {waiting for advice from God}. But the noise and confusion in the Philistine camp was growing and growing. Saul was becoming impatient. Finally, he said to Ahijah the priest, "That's enough. Put your hand down {and stop praying}."
20. Saul gathered his army together and went to the battle. The Philistine soldiers were very confused. They were even fighting each other with their swords.
21. There were Hebrews who served the Philistines in the past and who stayed in the Philistine camp. But now these Hebrews joined the Israelites with Saul and Jonathan.
22. All the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard the Philistine soldiers were running away. So these Israelites also joined in the battle and began chasing the Philistines.
23. So the Lord saved the Israelites that day. The battle moved on past Beth Aven. The whole army was with Saul—he now had about 10,000 men. The battle spread to every city in the hill country of Ephraim.
24. But Saul made a big mistake that day. He made this oath: Saul said, "If any man eats food before evening comes, before I finish defeating my enemies, he will be under a curse." He made the soldiers promise not to eat. So none of them ate anything.
25. Because of the fighting, the people went into some woods. Then they saw a honeycomb on the ground. The Israelites went up to the honeycomb, but they didn't eat any of it. They were afraid to break the promise.
27. But Jonathan didn't know about the oath. He didn't hear his father make the soldiers promise not to eat. Jonathan had a stick in his hand, so he dipped the end of the stick into the honeycomb and pulled out some honey. He ate the honey and began to feel much better.
28. One of the soldiers told Jonathan, "Your father forced the soldiers to make a special promise. He said that any man who eats today will be under a curse. So the men have not eaten anything. That's why they are weak."
29. Jonathan said, "My father has brought a lot of trouble to the land. See how much better I feel after tasting just a little of this honey.
30. It would have been much better for the men to eat the food that they took from their enemies today. We could have killed more Philistines."
31. That day the Israelites defeated the Philistines. They fought them all the way from Micmash to Aijalon. So the people were very tired and hungry.
32. They had taken sheep, cows, and calves from the Philistines. Now they were so hungry that they killed the animals on the ground and ate them. And the blood was still in the animals.
33. Someone said to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the Lord. They're eating meat that still has blood in it!" Saul said, "You have sinned. Roll a large stone over here now!"
34. Then Saul said, "Go to the men and tell them that each one must bring his bull and sheep to me. Then the men must kill their bulls and sheep here. Don't sin against the Lord! Don't eat meat that still has blood in it." That night everyone brought their animals and killed them there.
35. Then Saul built an altar for the Lord. Saul himself began building that altar for the Lord.
36. Saul said, "Let's go after the Philistines tonight. We will take everything from them. We will kill them all!" The army answered, "Do whatever you think is best." But the priest said, "Let's ask God."
37. So Saul asked God, "Should I go chase the Philistines? Will you let us defeat the Philistines?" But God did not answer Saul that day.
38. So Saul said, "Bring all the leaders to me! Let's find who committed the sin today.
39. I swear by the Lord who saves Israel, that even if my own son Jonathan sinned, he must die." None of the people said a word.
40. Then Saul said to all the Israelites, "You stand on this side. I and my son Jonathan will stand on the other side." The soldiers answered, "As you wish, sir."
41. Then Saul prayed, "Lord, God of Israel, why haven't you answered your servant today? If I or my son Jonathan have sinned, Lord, God of Israel, give Urim. If your people Israel have sinned, give Thummim. " Saul and Jonathan were chosen, and the people went free.
42. Saul said, "Throw them again to show who is guilty—me or my son Jonathan." Jonathan was chosen.
43. Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." Jonathan told Saul, "I only tasted a little honey from the end of my stick. Should I die for doing that?"
44. Saul said, "I made an oath and asked God to punish me if I didn't keep it. Jonathan, you must die."
45. But the soldiers said to Saul, "Jonathan led Israel to a great victory today. Must Jonathan die? Never! We swear by the living God that not one hair of Jonathan's head will fall to the ground! God helped Jonathan fight against the Philistines today." So the people saved Jonathan. He was not put to death.
46. Saul did not chase the Philistines. The Philistines went back to their place.
47. Saul took full control of Israel and fought all the enemies who lived around Israel. Saul fought Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the king of Zobah, and the Philistines. He defeated Israel's enemies wherever he went.
48. Saul was very brave. He saved Israel from all the enemies who tried to take things from the Israelites. He even defeated the Amalekites.
49. Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malki Shua. Saul's older daughter was named Merab. Saul's younger daughter was named Michal.
50. Saul's wife was named Ahinoam. Ahinoam was the daughter of Ahimaaz. The commander of Saul's army was named Abner son of Ner. Ner was Saul's uncle.
51. Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.
52. Saul was brave all his life. He fought hard against the Philistines. Any time Saul saw a man who was strong or brave, he took that man and put him into the group of soldiers who stayed near the king and protected him.

1 Samuel 15:1-35
1. One day Samuel said to Saul, "The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel. Now listen to his message.
2. The Lord All-Powerful says: 'When the Israelites came out of Egypt, the Amalekites tried to stop them from going to Canaan. I saw what the Amalekites did.
3. Now go fight against the Amalekites. You must completely destroy the Amalekites and everything that belongs to them. Don't let anything live; you must kill all the men and women and all of their children and little babies. You must kill all of their cattle and sheep and all of their camels and donkeys.'"
4. Saul gathered the army together at Telaim. There were 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 other men, including the men from Judah.
5. Then Saul went to the city of Amalek and waited in the valley.
6. He said to the Kenites, "Go away, leave the Amalekites. Then I won't destroy you with the Amalekites. You showed kindness to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt." So the Kenites left the Amalekites.
7. Saul defeated the Amalekites. He fought them and chased them all the way from Havilah to Shur, at the border of Egypt.
8. Agag was the king of the Amalekites. Saul captured Agag alive. Saul let Agag live, but he killed all the men in Agag's army.
9. Saul and the Israelite soldiers felt bad about destroying everything. So they let Agag live. They also kept the fat cattle, the best sheep, and the lambs. They kept everything that was worth keeping. They didn't want to destroy those things. They destroyed only what was not worth keeping.
10. Then Samuel received a message from the Lord.
11. The Lord said, "Saul has stopped following me, so I am sorry that I made him king. He is not doing what I tell him." Samuel became angry and cried to the Lord all night.
12. Samuel got up early the next morning and went to meet Saul. But the people told Samuel, "Saul went to Carmel. He went there to set up a stone monument to honor himself. Then he left there and went down to Gilgal." So Samuel went to Saul. Saul had just offered the first part of the things he took from the Amalekites as a burnt offering to the Lord.
13. When Samuel came near to Saul, Saul greeted him and said, "The Lord bless you! I have obeyed the Lord's commands."
14. But Samuel said, "Then what is that sound I hear? Why do I hear sheep and cattle?"
15. Saul said, "The soldiers took them from the Amalekites. They saved the best sheep and cattle to burn as sacrifices to the Lord your God. But we destroyed everything else."
16. Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! Let me tell you what the Lord told me last night." Saul answered, "Tell me what he said."
17. Samuel said, "In the past you didn't think that you were important, but the Lord chose you to be the king. So you became the leader of the tribes of Israel.
18. The Lord sent you on a special mission. He said, 'Go and destroy all of the Amalekites. They are evil people. Destroy them all! Fight them until they are completely finished'
19. So why didn't you listen to the Lord? You did what the Lord said is wrong because you wanted to keep what you took in battle."
20. Saul said, "But I did obey the Lord! I went where the Lord sent me. I destroyed all the Amalekites. I brought back only one—their king Agag.
21. And the soldiers took the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal."
22. But Samuel answered, "Which pleases the Lord more: burnt offerings and sacrifices or obeying his commands? It is better to obey God than to offer sacrifices to him. It is better to listen to him than to offer the fat from rams.
23. Refusing to obey is as bad as the sin of sorcery. Being stubborn and doing what you want is like the sin of worshiping idols. You refused to obey the Lord's command, so he now refuses to accept you as king."
24. Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I did not obey the Lord's commands, and I did not do what you told me. I was afraid of the people, and I did what they said.
25. Now I beg you, forgive me for doing this sin. Come back with me, so I may worship the Lord."
26. But Samuel said to Saul, "I won't go back with you. You rejected the Lord's command, and now he rejects you as king of Israel."
27. When Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught Samuel's robe. The robe tore.
28. Samuel said to Saul, "Just as you tore my robe, the Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today. The Lord has given the kingdom to one of your friends. This man is a better person than you are.
29. The Lord is the God of Israel. He lives forever. He does not lie or change his mind. He is not like a man who changes his mind."
30. Saul answered, "All right, I sinned! But please come back with me. Show me some respect in front of the leaders and the Israelites. Come back with me so that I may worship the Lord your God."
31. Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
32. Samuel said, "Bring King Agag of the Amalekites to me." Agag came to Samuel. Agag was tied with chains and thought, "Surely he won't kill me."
33. But Samuel said to Agag, "Your sword took babies from their mothers. So now, your mother will have no children." And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.
34. Then Samuel left and went to Ramah. And Saul went up to his home in Gibeah.
35. After that, Samuel never saw Saul again. Samuel was very sad for Saul. And the Lord was very sorry that he had made Saul king of Israel.

Psalms 57:1-3
1. To the director: To the tune of "Don't Destroy." A miktam of David when he escaped from Saul and went into the cave. God, be merciful to me. Be kind because my soul trusts in you. I have come to you for protection, while the trouble passes.
2. I pray to God Most High for help, and he takes care of me completely!
3. From heaven he helps me and saves me. He will punish the one who attacks me. Selah God will remain loyal to me and send his love to protect me.

Proverbs 15:24-25
24. What wise people do leads to life here on earth and stops them from going down to the place of death.
25. The Lord destroys a proud man's house but protects a widow's property.

Luke 23:1-25
1. Then the whole group stood up and led Jesus away to Pilate.
2. They began to accuse Jesus and said to Pilate, "We caught this man trying to change the thinking of our people. He says we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He calls himself the Christ, a king."
3. Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, what you say is true."
4. Pilate said to the leading priests and the people, "I find nothing wrong with this man."
5. But they kept on saying, "His teaching is causing trouble all over Judea. He began in Galilee, and now he is here!"
6. Pilate heard this and asked if Jesus was from Galilee.
7. He learned that Jesus was under Herod's authority. Herod was in Jerusalem at that time, so Pilate sent Jesus to him.
8. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very happy. He had heard all about him and had wanted to meet him for a long time. Herod wanted to see a miracle, so he was hoping that Jesus would do one.
9. He asked him many questions, but Jesus said nothing.
10. The leading priests and teachers of the law were standing there shouting things against Jesus.
11. Then Herod and his soldiers laughed at him. They made fun of him by dressing him in clothes like kings wear. Then Herod sent him back to Pilate.
12. In the past Pilate and Herod had always been enemies. But on that day they became friends.
13. Pilate called all the people together with the leading priests and the Jewish leaders.
14. He said to them, "You brought this man to me. You said he was trying to change the people. But I judged him before you all and have not found him guilty of the things you say he has done.
15. Herod didn't find him guilty either. He sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing bad enough for the death penalty.
16. So, after I punish him a little, I will let him go free."
18. But they all shouted, "Kill him! Let Barabbas go free!"
19. (Barabbas was a man who was in jail for starting a riot in the city and for murder.)
20. Pilate wanted to let Jesus go free. So again Pilate told them that he would let him go.
21. But they shouted again, "Kill him! Kill him on a cross!"
22. A third time Pilate said to the people, "Why? What wrong has he done? He is not guilty. I can find no reason to kill him. So I will let him go free after I punish him a little."
23. But the people continued to shout. They demanded that Jesus be killed on a cross. Their shouting got so loud that
24. Pilate decided to give them what they wanted.
25. They wanted Barabbas to go free—the one who was in jail for starting a riot and for murder. Pilate let Barabbas go free. And he handed Jesus over to be killed. This is what the people wanted.