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Bible in one year


May 3


1 Samuel 8:1-22
1. When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel.
2. His firstborn son's name was Joel and his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.
3. However, his sons did not walk in his ways-- they turned toward dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
4. So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah.
5. They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have."
6. When they said, "Give us a king to judge us," Samuel considered their demand sinful, so he prayed to the LORD.
7. But the LORD told him, "Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have rejected you; they have rejected Me as their king.
8. They are doing the same thing to you that they have done to Me, since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning Me and worshiping other gods.
9. Listen to them, but you must solemnly warn them and tell them about the rights of the king who will rule over them."
10. Samuel told all the LORD's words to the people who were asking him for a king.
11. He said, "These are the rights of the king who will rule over you: He can take your sons and put them to his use in his chariots, on his horses, or running in front of his chariots.
12. He can appoint them for his use as commanders of thousands or commanders of fifties, to plow his ground or reap his harvest, or to make his weapons of war or the equipment for his chariots.
13. He can take your daughters to become perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
14. He can take your best fields, vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his servants.
15. He can take a tenth of your grain and your vineyards and give them to his officials and servants.
16. He can take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys and use them for his work.
17. He can take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves can become his servants.
18. When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you've chosen for yourselves, but the LORD won't answer you on that day."
19. The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We must have a king over us.
20. Then we'll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles."
21. Samuel listened to all the people's words and then repeated them to the LORD.
22. "Listen to them," the LORD told Samuel. "Appoint a king for them." Then Samuel told the men of Israel, "Each of you, go back to your city."

1 Samuel 9:1-27
1. There was an influential man of Benjamin named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, son of a Benjaminite.
2. He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man. There was no one more impressive among the Israelites than he. He stood a head taller than anyone else.
3. One day the donkeys of Saul's father Kish wandered off. Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the attendants with you and go look for the donkeys."
4. Saul and his attendant went through the hill country of Ephraim and then through the region of Shalishah, but they didn't find them. They went through the region of Shaalim-- nothing. Then they went through the Benjaminite region but still didn't find them.
5. When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the attendant who was with him, "Come on, let's go back, or my father will stop [worrying] about the donkeys and start worrying about us."
6. "Look," the attendant said, "there's a man of God in this city who is highly respected; everything he says is sure to come true. Let's go there now. Maybe he'll tell us which way we should go."
7. "Suppose we do go," Saul said to his attendant, "what do we take the man? The food from our packs is gone, and there's no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?"
8. The attendant answered Saul: "Here, I have a piece of silver. I'll give it to the man of God, and he will tell us our way."
9. Formerly in Israel, a man who was going to inquire of God would say, "Come, let's go to the seer," for the prophet of today was formerly called the seer.
10. "Good," Saul replied to his attendant. "Come on, let's go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.
11. As they were climbing the hill to the city, they found some young women coming out to draw water and asked, "Is the seer here?"
12. The women answered, "Yes, he is ahead of you. Hurry, he just now came to the city, because there's a sacrifice for the people at the high place today.
13. If you go quickly, you can catch up with him before he goes to the high place to eat. The people won't eat until he comes because he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests can eat. Go up immediately-- you can find him now."
14. So they went up toward the city. Saul and his attendant were entering the city when they saw Samuel coming toward them on his way to the high place.
15. Now the day before Saul's arrival, the LORD had informed Samuel,
16. "At this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over My people Israel. He will save them from the hand of the Philistines because I have seen [the affliction of] My people, for their cry has come to Me."
17. When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man I told you about; he will rule over My people."
18. Saul approached Samuel in the gate area and asked, "Would you please tell me where the seer's house is?"
19. "I am the seer," Samuel answered. "Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today. When I send you off in the morning, I'll tell you everything that's in your heart.
20. As for the donkeys that wandered away from you three days ago, don't worry about them because they've been found. And who does all Israel desire but you and all your father's family?"
21. Saul responded, "Am I not a Benjaminite from the smallest of Israel's tribes and isn't my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjaminite tribe? So why have you said something like this to me?"
22. Samuel took Saul and his attendant, brought them to the banquet hall, and gave them a place at the head of the 30 or so men who had been invited.
23. Then Samuel said to the cook, "Get the portion of meat that I gave you and told you to set aside."
24. The cook picked up the thigh and what was attached to it and set it before Saul. Then Samuel said, "Notice that the reserved piece is set before you. Eat it because it was saved for you for this solemn event at the time I said, 'I've invited the people.' " So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25. Afterwards, they went down from the high place to the city, and Samuel spoke with Saul on [the] roof.
26. They got up early, and just before dawn, Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Get up, and I'll send you on your way!" Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went outside.
27. As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the attendant to go on ahead of us, but you stay for awhile, and I'll reveal the word of God to you." So the attendant went on.

Psalms 55:9-15
9. Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city;
10. day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;
11. destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
12. Now, it is not an enemy who insults me-- otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me-- otherwise I could hide from him.
13. But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend!
14. We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God.
15. Let death take them by surprise; let them go down to Sheol alive, because evil is in their homes and within them.

Proverbs 15:15-17
15. All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16. Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.
17. Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Luke 22:1-23
1. The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was drawing near.
2. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death, because they were afraid of the people.
3. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve.
4. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand Him over to them.
5. They were glad and agreed to give him silver.
6. So he accepted [the offer] and started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him to them when the crowd was not present.
7. Then the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
8. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover meal for us, so we can eat it."
9. "Where do You want us to prepare it?" they asked Him.
10. "Listen," He said to them, "when you've entered the city, a man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters.
11. Tell the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks you, "Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
12. Then he will show you a large, furnished room upstairs. Make the preparations there."
13. So they went and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
14. When the hour came, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.
15. Then He said to them, "I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
16. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
17. Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.
18. For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19. And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
20. In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, "This cup is the new covenant [established by] My blood; it is shed for you.
21. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!
22. For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"
23. So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do this thing.