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May 16


2 Samuel 3:1-39
1. The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was long and drawn out, with David growing stronger and the house of Saul becoming weaker.
2. Sons were born to David in Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite;
3. his second was Chileab, by Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur;
4. the fourth was Adonijah, son of Haggith; the fifth was Shephatiah, son of Abital;
5. the sixth was Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.
6. During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner kept acquiring more power in the house of Saul.
7. Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah daughter of Aiah, and Ish-bosheth questioned Abner, "Why did you sleep with my father's concubine?"
8. Abner was very angry about Ish-bosheth's accusation. "Am I a dog's head who belongs to Judah?" he asked. "All this time I've been loyal to the house of your father Saul, to his brothers, and to his friends and haven't handed you over to David, but now you accuse me of wrongdoing with this woman!
9. May God punish Abner and do so severely if I don't do for David what the LORD swore to him:
10. to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish the throne of David over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beer-sheba."
11. Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner because he was afraid of him.
12. Abner sent messengers as his representatives to say to David, "Whose land is it? Make your covenant with me, and you can be certain I am on your side to hand all Israel over to you."
13. David replied, "Good, I will make a covenant with you. However, there's one thing I require of you: Do not appear before me unless you bring Saul's daughter Michal here when you come to see me."
14. Then David sent messengers to say to Ish-bosheth son of Saul, "Give me back my wife, Michal. I was engaged to her for the price of 100 Philistine foreskins."
15. So Ish-bosheth sent someone to take her away from her husband, Paltiel son of Laish.
16. Her husband followed her, weeping all the way to Bahurim. Abner said to him, "Go back." So he went back.
17. Abner conferred with the elders of Israel: "In the past you wanted David to be king over you.
18. Now take action, because the LORD has spoken concerning David: 'Through My servant David I will save My people Israel from the power of the Philistines and the power of all Israel's enemies.'"
19. Abner also informed the Benjaminites and went to Hebron to inform David about all that was agreed on by Israel and the whole house of Benjamin.
20. When Abner and 20 men came to David at Hebron, David held a banquet for him and his men.
21. Abner said to David, "Let me now go and I will gather all Israel to my lord the king. They will make a covenant with you, and you will rule over all you desire." So David dismissed Abner, and he went in peace.
22. Just then David's soldiers and Joab returned from a raid and brought a large amount of plundered goods with them. Abner was not with David in Hebron because David had dismissed him, and he had gone in peace.
23. When Joab and all his army arrived, Joab was informed, "Abner son of Ner came to see the king, the king dismissed him, and he went in peace."
24. Joab went to the king and said, "What have you done? Look here, Abner came to you. Why did you dismiss him? Now he's getting away.
25. You know that Abner son of Ner came to deceive you and to find out about your activities and everything you're doing."
26. Then Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the well of Sirah, but David was unaware of it.
27. When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab pulled him aside to the middle of the gateway, as if to speak to him privately, and there Joab stabbed him in the stomach. So Abner died in revenge for the death of Asahel, Joab's brother.
28. David heard [about it] later and said: "I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner.
29. May it hang over Joab's head and his father's whole house, and may the house of Joab never be without someone who has an infection or leprosy or a man who can only work a spindle or someone who falls by the sword or starves."
30. Joab and his brother Abishai killed Abner because he had put their brother Asahel to death in the battle at Gibeon.
31. David then ordered Joab and all the people who were with him, "Tear your clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourn over Abner." And King David walked behind the funeral procession.
32. When they buried Abner in Hebron, the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb. All the people wept,
33. and the king sang a lament for Abner: Should Abner die as a fool dies?
34. Your hands were not bound, your feet not placed in bronze [shackles]. You fell like one who falls victim to criminals. And all the people wept over him even more.
35. Then they came to urge David to eat bread while it was still day, but David took an oath: "May God punish me and do so severely if I taste bread or anything else before sunset!"
36. All the people took note of this, and it pleased them. In fact, everything the king did pleased them.
37. On that day all the troops and all Israel were convinced that the king had no part in the killing of Abner son of Ner.
38. Then the king said to his soldiers, "You must know that a great leader has fallen in Israel today.
39. As for me, even though I am the anointed king, I have little power today. These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too fierce for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil!"

2 Samuel 4:1-12
1. When Saul's son [Ish-bosheth] heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed.
2. Saul's son had two men who were leaders of raiding parties: one named Baanah and the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite of the Benjaminites. Beeroth is also considered part of Benjamin,
3. and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and still live there as aliens to this very day.
4. Saul's son Jonathan had a son whose feet were crippled. He was five years old when the report about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she was hurrying to flee, he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
5. Rechab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out and arrived at Ish-bosheth's house during the heat of the day while the king was taking his midday nap.
6. They entered the interior of the house as if to get wheat and stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and his brother Baanah escaped.
7. They had entered the house while Ish-bosheth was lying on his bed in his bedroom and stabbed and killed him. Then they beheaded him, took his head, and traveled by way of the Arabah all night.
8. They brought Ish-bosheth's head to David at Hebron and said to the king, "Here's the head of Ish-bosheth son of Saul, your enemy who intended to take your life. Today the LORD has granted vengeance to my lord the king against Saul and his offspring."
9. But David answered Rechab and his brother Baanah, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, "As surely as the LORD lives, [the One] who has redeemed my life from every distress,
10. when the person told me, 'Look, Saul is dead,' he thought he was a bearer of good news, but I seized him and put him to death at Ziklag. That was my reward to him for his news!
11. How much more when wicked men kill a righteous man in his own house on his own bed! So now, should I not require his blood from your hands and wipe you off the earth?"
12. So David gave orders to the young men, and they killed Rechab and Baanah. They cut off their hands and feet and hung [their bodies] by the pool in Hebron, but they took Ish-bosheth's head and buried it in Abner's tomb in Hebron.

Psalms 62:5-12
5. Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.
6. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
7. My salvation and glory depend on God; my strong rock, my refuge, is in God.
8. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah
9. Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. On a balance scale, they go up; together they [weigh] less than a vapor.
10. Place no trust in oppression, or false hope in robbery. If wealth increases, pay no attention to it.
11. God has spoken once; I have heard this twice: strength belongs to God,
12. and faithful love belongs to You, LORD. For You repay each according to his works.

Proverbs 16:13-15
13. Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly.
14. A king's fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it.
15. When a king's face lights up, there is life; his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.

John 4:31-54
31. In the meantime the disciples kept urging Him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32. But He said, "I have food to eat that you don't know about."
33. The disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought Him something to eat?"
34. "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work," Jesus told them.
35. "Don't you say, 'There are still four more months, then comes the harvest'? Listen [to what] I'm telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest.
36. The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
37. For in this case the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'
38. I sent you to reap what you didn't labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor."
39. Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, "He told me everything I ever did."
40. Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days.
41. Many more believed because of what He said.
42. And they told the woman, "We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world."
43. After two days He left there for Galilee.
44. Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
45. When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.
46. Then He went again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum.
47. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.
48. Jesus told him, "Unless you [people] see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
49. "Sir," the official said to Him, "come down before my boy dies!"
50. "Go," Jesus told him, "your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed.
51. While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive.
52. He asked them at what time he got better. "Yesterday at seven in the morning the fever left him," they answered.
53. The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." Then he himself believed, along with his whole household.
54. This therefore was the second sign Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee.