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Bible in one year


May 5


1 Samuel 12:1-25
1. Then Samuel said to all Israel, "I have carefully listened to everything you said to me and placed a king over you.
2. But now, you can see that the king is leading you. As for me, I'm old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have led you from my youth until today.
3. Here I am. Bring charges against me before the LORD and His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or mistreated? From whose hand have I taken a bribe to overlook something?I will return it to you."
4. "You haven't wronged us, you haven't mistreated us, and you haven't taken anything from anyone's hand," they responded.
5. He said to them, "The LORD is a witness against you, and His anointed is a witness today that you haven't found anything in my hand." "[He is] a witness," they said.
6. Then Samuel said to the people, "The LORD, who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your ancestors up from the land of Egypt, is a witness.
7. Now present yourselves, so I may judge you before the LORD about all the righteous acts He has done for you and your ancestors.
8. "When Jacob went to Egypt, your ancestors cried out to the LORD, and He sent them Moses and Aaron, who led your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
9. But they forgot the LORD their God, so He handed them over to Sisera commander of the army of Hazor, to the Philistines, and to the king of Moab. [These enemies] fought against them.
10. Then they cried out to the LORD and said, 'We have sinned, for we abandoned the LORD and worshiped the Baals and the Ashtoreths. Now deliver us from the power of our enemies, and we will serve You.'
11. So the LORD sent Jerubbaal, Barak, Jephthah, and Samuel. He rescued you from the power of the enemies around you, and you lived securely.
12. But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was coming against you, you said to me, 'No, we must have a king rule over us'-- even though the LORD your God is your king.
13. "Now here is the king you've chosen, the one you requested. Look, this is the king the LORD has placed over you.
14. If you fear the LORD, worship and obey Him, and if you don't rebel against the LORD's command, then both you and the king who rules over you will follow the LORD your God.
15. However, if you disobey the LORD and rebel against His command, the LORD's hand will be against you and against your ancestors.
16. "Now, therefore, present yourselves and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.
17. Isn't the wheat harvest today? I will call on the LORD and He will send thunder and rain, so that you will know and see what a great evil you committed in the LORD's sight by requesting a king for yourselves."
18. Samuel called on the LORD, and on that day the LORD sent thunder and rain. As a result, all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
19. They pleaded with Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for your servants, so we won't die! For we have added to all our sins the evil of requesting a king for ourselves."
20. Samuel replied, "Don't be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don't turn away from following the LORD. Instead, worship the LORD with all your heart.
21. Don't turn away to follow worthless things that can't profit or deliver you; they are worthless.
22. The LORD will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has determined to make you His own people.
23. "As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.
24. Above all, fear the LORD and worship Him faithfully with all your heart, considering the great things He has done for you.
25. However, if you continue to do what is evil, both you and your king will be swept away."

1 Samuel 13:1-23
1. Saul was 30 years old when he became king, and he reigned 42 years over Israel.
2. He chose 3,000 men from Israel for himself: 2,000 were with Saul at Michmash and in Bethel's hill country, and 1,000 were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. He sent the rest of the troops away, each to his own tent.
3. Jonathan attacked the Philistine garrison that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. So Saul blew the ram's horn throughout the land saying, "Let the Hebrews hear!"
4. And all Israel heard the news, "Saul has attacked the Philistine garrison, and Israel is now repulsive to the Philistines." Then the troops were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.
5. The Philistines also gathered to fight against Israel: 3,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and troops as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Michmash, east of Beth-aven.
6. The men of Israel saw that they were in trouble because the troops were in a difficult situation. They hid in caves, thickets, among rocks, and in holes and cisterns.
7. Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul, however, was still at Gilgal, and all his troops were gripped with fear.
8. He waited seven days for the appointed time that Samuel had set, but Samuel didn't come to Gilgal, and the troops were deserting him.
9. So Saul said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." Then he offered the burnt offering.
10. Just as he finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. So Saul went out to greet him,
11. and Samuel asked, "What have you done?" Saul answered, "When I saw that the troops were deserting me and you didn't come within the appointed days and the Philistines were gathering at Michmash,
12. I thought: The Philistines will now descend on me at Gilgal, and I haven't sought the LORD's favor. So I forced myself to offer the burnt offering."
13. Samuel said to Saul, "You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the LORD your God gave you. It was at this time that the LORD would have permanently established your reign over Israel,
14. but now your reign will not endure. The LORD has found a man loyal to Him,and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the LORD commanded."
15. Then Samuel went from Gilgal to Gibeah in Benjamin. Saul registered the troops who were with him, about 600 men.
16. Saul, his son Jonathan, and the troops who were with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin, and the Philistines were camped at Michmash.
17. Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three divisions. One division headed toward the Ophrah road leading to the land of Shual.
18. The next division headed toward the Beth-horon road, and the last division headed down the border road that looks out over the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
19. No blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise, the Hebrews will make swords or spears."
20. So all the Israelites went to the Philistines to sharpen their plowshares, mattocks, axes, and sickles.
21. The price was two-thirds of a shekel for plowshares and mattocks, and one-third [of a shekel] for pitchforks and axes, and for putting a point on an oxgoad.
22. So on the day of battle not a sword or spear could be found in the hand of any of the troops who were with Saul and Jonathan; only Saul and his son Jonathan had [weapons].
23. Now a Philistine garrison took control of the pass at Michmash.

Psalms 56:1-13
1. [For the choir director: according to "A Silent Dove Far Away." A Davidic Miktam. When the Philistines seized him in Gath.] Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.
2. My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
3. When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
4. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
5. They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6. They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.
7. Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.
8. You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?
9. Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.
10. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11. in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
12. I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You.
13. For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.

Proverbs 15:21-23
21. Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path.
22. Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23. A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word-- how good that is!

Luke 22:47-71
47. While He was still speaking, suddenly a mob was there, and one of the Twelve named Judas was leading them. He came near Jesus to kiss Him,
48. but Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49. When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?"
50. Then one of them struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear.
51. But Jesus responded, "No more of this!" And touching his ear, He healed him.
52. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple police, and the elders who had come for Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal?
53. Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour-- and the dominion of darkness."
54. They seized Him, led Him away, and brought Him into the high priest's house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a distance.
55. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, and Peter sat among them.
56. When a servant saw him sitting in the firelight, and looked closely at him, she said, "This man was with Him too."
57. But he denied it: "Woman, I don't know Him!"
58. After a little while, someone else saw him and said, "You're one of them too!" "Man, I am not!" Peter said.
59. About an hour later, another kept insisting, "This man was certainly with Him, since he's also a Galilean."
60. But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
61. Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times."
62. And he went outside and wept bitterly.
63. The men who were holding Jesus started mocking and beating Him.
64. After blindfolding Him, they kept asking, "Prophesy! Who hit You?"
65. And they were saying many other blasphemous things against Him.
66. When daylight came, the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes, convened and brought Him before their Sanhedrin.
67. They said, "If You are the Messiah, tell us." But He said to them, "If I do tell you, you will not believe.
68. And if I ask you, you will not answer.
69. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God."
70. They all asked, "Are You, then, the Son of God?" And He said to them, "You say that I am."
71. "Why do we need any more testimony," they said, "since we've heard it ourselves from His mouth?"