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Bible in one year


May 20


2 Samuel 11:1-27
1. In the spring when kings march out [to war], David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem.
2. One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing-- a very beautiful woman.
3. So David sent someone to inquire about her, and he reported, "This is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite."
4. David sent messengers to get her, and when she came to him, he slept with her. Now she had just been purifying herself from her uncleanness. Afterwards, she returned home.
5. The woman conceived and sent word to inform David: "I am pregnant."
6. David sent orders to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David.
7. When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the troops were doing and how the war was going.
8. Then he said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king followed him.
9. But Uriah slept at the door of the palace with all his master's servants; he did not go down to his house.
10. When it was reported to David, "Uriah didn't go home," David questioned Uriah, "Haven't you just come from a journey? Why didn't you go home?"
11. Uriah answered David, "The ark, Israel, and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my master Joab and his soldiers are camping in the open field. How can I enter my house to eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As surely as you live and by your life, I will not do this!"
12. "Stay here today also," David said to Uriah, "and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13. Then David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him, and David got him drunk. He went out in the evening to lie down on his cot with his master's servants, but he did not go home.
14. The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.
15. In the letter he wrote: Put Uriah at the front of the fiercest fighting, then withdraw from him so that he is struck down and dies.
16. When Joab was besieging the city, he put Uriah in the place where he knew the best [enemy] soldiers were.
17. Then the men of the city came out and attacked Joab, and some of the men from David's soldiers fell [in battle]; Uriah the Hittite also died.
18. Joab sent someone to report to David all the details of the battle.
19. He commanded the messenger, "When you've finished telling the king all the details of the battle--
20. if the king's anger gets stirred up and he asks you, 'Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you realize they would shoot from the top of the wall?
21. At Thebez, who struck Abimelech son of Jerubbesheth?Didn't a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the top of the wall so that he died? Why did you get so close to the wall?'-- then say, 'Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'"
22. Then the messenger left. When he arrived, he reported to David all that Joab had sent him [to tell].
23. The messenger reported to David, "The men gained the advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we counterattacked right up to the entrance of the gate.
24. However, the archers shot down on your soldiers from the top of the wall, and some of the king's soldiers died. Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead."
25. David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: 'Don't let this matter upset you because the sword devours all alike. Intensify your fight against the city and demolish it.' Encourage him."
26. When Uriah's wife heard that her husband Uriah had died, she mourned for him.
27. When the time of mourning ended, David had her brought to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. However, the LORD considered what David had done to be evil.

2 Samuel 12:1-31
1. So the LORD sent Nathan to David. When he arrived, he said to him: There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor.
2. The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,
3. but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. It lived and grew up with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.
4. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.
5. David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die!
6. Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."
7. Nathan replied to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
8. I gave your master's house to you and your master's wives into your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more.
9. Why then have you despised the command of the LORD by doing what I consider evil? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife-- you murdered him with the Ammonite's sword.
10. Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised Me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own wife.'
11. "This is what the LORD says, 'I am going to bring disaster on you from your own family: I will take your wives and give them to another before your very eyes, and he will sleep with them publicly.
12. You acted in secret, but I will do this before all Israel and in broad daylight.'"
13. David responded to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Then Nathan replied to David, "The LORD has taken away your sin; you will not die.
14. However, because you treated the LORD with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you will die."
15. Then Nathan went home. The LORD struck the baby that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.
16. David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted, went [home], and spent the night lying on the ground.
17. The elders of his house stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat anything with them.
18. On the seventh day the baby died. But David's servants were afraid to tell him the baby was dead. They said, "Look, while the baby was alive, we spoke to him, and he wouldn't listen to us. So how can we tell him the baby is dead? He may do something desperate."
19. When David saw that his servants were whispering to each other, he guessed that the baby was dead. So he asked his servants, "Is the baby dead?" "He is dead," they replied.
20. Then David got up from the ground. He washed, anointed himself, changed his clothes, went to the LORD's house, and worshiped. Then he went home and requested [something to eat]. So they served him food, and he ate.
21. His servants asked him, "What did you just do? While the baby was alive, you fasted and wept, but when he died, you got up and ate food."
22. He answered, "While the baby was alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let him live.'
23. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I'll go to him, but he will never return to me."
24. Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba; he went and slept with her. She gave birth to a son and named him Solomon.The LORD loved him,
25. and He sent [a message] through Nathan the prophet, who named him Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26. Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal fortress.
27. Then Joab sent messengers to David to say, "I have fought against Rabbah and have also captured the water supply.
28. Now therefore, assemble the rest of the troops, lay siege to the city, and capture it. Otherwise I will be the one to capture the city, and it will be named after me.
29. So David assembled all the troops and went to Rabbah; he fought against it and captured it.
30. He took the crown from the head of their king, and it was [placed] on David's head. The crown weighed 75 pounds of gold, and it had a precious stone [in it]. In addition, David took away a large quantity of plunder from the city.
31. He removed the people who were in the city and put [them to work] with saws, iron picks, and iron axes, and to labor at brickmaking. He did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then he and all his troops returned to Jerusalem.

Psalms 65:9-13
9. You visit the earth and water it abundantly, enriching it greatly. God's stream is filled with water, for You prepare the earth in this way, providing [people] with grain.
10. You soften it with showers and bless its growth, soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.
11. You crown the year with Your goodness; Your ways overflow with plenty.
12. The wilderness pastures overflow, and the hills are robed with joy.
13. The pastures are clothed with flocks, and the valleys covered with grain. They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.

Proverbs 16:22-24
22. Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but folly is the instruction of fools.
23. A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.
24. Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.

John 6:22-51
22. The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea knew there had been only one boat. [They also knew] that Jesus had not boarded the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone off alone.
23. Some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord gave thanks.
24. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"
26. Jesus answered, "I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
27. Don't work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him."
28. "What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.
29. Jesus replied, "This is the work of God: that you believe in the One He has sent."
30. "What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?" they asked. "What are You going to perform?
31. Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat."
32. Jesus said to them, "I assure you: Moses didn't give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven.
33. For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34. Then they said, "Sir, give us this bread always!"
35. "I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.
36. But as I told you, you've seen Me, and yet you do not believe.
37. Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out.
38. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
39. This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day.
40. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
41. Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
42. They were saying, "Isn't this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"
43. Jesus answered them, "Stop complaining among yourselves.
44. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
45. It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me--
46. not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God. He has seen the Father.
47. "I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.
48. I am the bread of life.
49. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50. This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die.
51. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."