Bible in one year

April 25

Judges 15:1-20
1. After some time, in the season of the wheat harvest, Samson visited his wife, bringing a kid. But when he said, "Let me be with my wife in private," her father would not let him enter,
2. saying, "I thought it certain you wished to repudiate her; so I gave her to your best man. Her younger sister is more beautiful than she; you may have her instead."
3. Samson said to them, "This time the Philistines cannot blame me if I harm them."
4. So Samson left and caught three hundred foxes. Turning them tail to tail, he tied between each pair of tails one of the torches he had at hand.
5. He then kindled the torches and set the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines, thus burning both the shocks and the standing grain, and the vineyards and olive orchards as well.
6. When the Philistines asked who had done this, they were told, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because his wife was taken and given to his best man." So the Philistines went up and destroyed her and her family by fire.
7. Samson said to them, "If this is how you act, I will not stop until I have taken revenge on you."
8. And with repeated blows, he inflicted a great slaughter on them. Then he went down and remained in a cavern of the cliff of Etam.
9. The Philistines went up and, from a camp in Judah, deployed against Lehi.
10. When the men of Judah asked, "Why have you come up against us?" they answered, "To take Samson prisoner; to do to him as he has done to us."
11. Three thousand men of Judah went down to the cavern in the cliff of Etam and said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines are our rulers? Why, then, have you done this to us?" He answered them, "As they have done to me, so have I done to them."
12. They said to him, "We have come to take you prisoner, to deliver you over to the Philistines." Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not kill me yourselves."
13. "No," they replied,"we will certainly not kill you but will only bind you and deliver you over to them." So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the cliff.
14. When he reached Lehi, and the Philistines came shouting to meet him, the spirit of the LORD came upon him: the ropes around his arms became as flax that is consumed by fire and his bonds melted away from his hands.
15. Near him was the fresh jawbone of an ass; he reached out, grasped it, and with it killed a thousand men.
16. Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of an ass I have piled them in a heap; With the jawbone of an ass I have slain a thousand men."
17. As he finished speaking he threw the jawbone from him; and so that place was named Ramath-lehi.
18. Being very thirsty, he cried to the LORD and said, "You have granted this great victory by the hand of your servant. Must I now die of thirst or fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"
19. Then God split the cavity in Lehi, and water issued from it, which Samson drank till his spirit returned and he revived. Hence that spring in Lehi is called En-hakkore to this day.
20. Samson judged Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Judges 16:1-31
1. Once Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a harlot and visited her.
2. Informed that Samson had come there, the men of Gaza surrounded him with an ambush at the city gate all night long. And all the night they waited, saying, "Tomorrow morning we will kill him."
3. Samson rested there until midnight. Then he rose, seized the doors of the city gate and the two gateposts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He hoisted them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the ridge opposite Hebron.
4. After that he fell in love with a woman in the Wadi Sorek whose name was Delilah.
5. The lords of the Philistines came to her and said, "Beguile him and find out the secret of his great strength, and how we may overcome and bind him so as to keep him helpless. We will each give you eleven hundred shekels of silver."
6. So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you may be bound so as to be kept helpless."
7. "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings which have not dried," Samson answered her, "I shall be as weak as any other man."
8. So the lords of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings which had not dried, and she bound him with them.
9. She had men lying in wait in the chamber and so she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he snapped the strings as a thread of tow is severed by a whiff of flame; and the secret of his strength remained unknown.
10. Delilah said to Samson, "You have mocked me and told me lies. Now tell me how you may be bound."
11. "If they bind me tight with new ropes, with which no work has been done," he answered her, "I shall be as weak as any other man."
12. So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them. Then she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" For there were men lying in wait in the chamber. But he snapped them off his arms like thread.
13. Delilah said to Samson again, "Up to now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you may be bound." He said to her, "If you weave my seven locks of hair into the web and fasten them with the pin, I shall be as weak as any other man."
14. So while he slept, Delilah wove his seven locks of hair into the web, and fastened them in with the pin. Then she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" Awakening from his sleep, he pulled out both the weaver's pin and the web.
15. Then she said to him, "How can you say that you love me when you do not confide in me? Three times already you have mocked me, and not told me the secret of your great strength!"
16. She importuned him continually and vexed him with her complaints till he was deathly weary of them.
17. So he took her completely into his confidence and told her, "No razor has touched my head, for I have been consecrated to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I shall be as weak as any other man."
18. When Delilah saw that he had taken her completely into his confidence, she summoned the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up this time, for he has opened his heart to me." So the lords of the Philistines came and brought up the money with them.
19. She had him sleep on her lap, and called for a man who shaved off his seven locks of hair. Then she began to mistreat him, for his strength had left him.
20. When she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!", and he woke from his sleep, he thought he could make good his escape as he had done time and again, for he did not realize that the LORD had left him.
21. But the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. Then they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze fetters, and he was put to grinding in the prison.
22. But the hair of his head began to grow as soon as it was shaved off.
23. The lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon and to make merry. They said, "Our god has delivered into our power Samson our enemy."
24. When the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, "Our god has delivered into our power our enemy, the ravager of our land, the one who has multiplied our slain." Then they stationed him between the columns.
25. When their spirits were high, they said, "Call Samson that he may amuse us." So they called Samson from the prison, and he played the buffoon before them.
26. Samson said to the attendant who was holding his hand, "Put me where I may touch the columns that support the temple and may rest against them."
27. The temple was full of men and women: all the lords of the Philistines were there, and from the roof about three thousand men and women looked on as Samson provided amusement.
28. Samson cried out to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, remember me! Strengthen me, O God, this last time that for my two eyes I may avenge myself once and for all on the Philistines."
29. Samson grasped the two middle columns on which the temple rested and braced himself against them, one at his right hand, the other at his left.
30. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" He pushed hard, and the temple fell upon the lords and all the people who were in it. Those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his lifetime.
31. All his family and kinsmen went down and bore him up for burial in the grave of his father Manoah between Zorah and Eshtaol. He had judged Israel for twenty years.

Psalms 51:1-6
1. For the leader. A psalm of David,
2. when Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bathsheba.
3. Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
4. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.
5. For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.
6. Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.

Proverbs 14:31-32
31. He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy glorifies him.
32. The wicked man is overthrown by his wickedness, but the just man finds a refuge in his honesty.

Luke 18:1-23
1. Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said,
2. "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
3. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
4. For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
5. because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'"
6. The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
7. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?
8. I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
9. He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
10. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
11. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-- greedy, dishonest, adulterous-- or even like this tax collector.
12. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'
13. But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'
14. I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
15. People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
16. Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, "Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
18. An official asked him this question, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19. Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
20. You know the commandments, 'You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.'"
21. And he replied, "All of these I have observed from my youth."
22. When Jesus heard this he said to him, "There is still one thing left for you: sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
23. But when he heard this he became quite sad, for he was very rich.