BookNum: 9 Chapter: 23 VerseStart: 29 VerseShouldHave: 28

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May 10

1 Samuel 22:1-23
1. David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of his family heard about it, they came down to him there.
2. He was joined by all those who were in difficulties or in debt, or who were embittered, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.
3. From there David went to Mizpeh of Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Let my father and mother stay with you, until I learn what God will do for me."
4. He left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David remained in the refuge.
5. But the prophet Gad said to David: "Do not remain in the refuge. Leave, and go to the land of Judah." And so David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
6. Now Saul heard that David and his men had been located. At the time he was sitting in Gibeah under a tamarisk tree on the high place, holding his spear, while all his servants were standing by.
7. So he said to them: "Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make each of you an officer over a thousand or a hundred men,
8. that you have all conspired against me and no one tells me that my son has made an agreement with the son of Jesse? None of you shows sympathy for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant to be an enemy against me, as is the case today."
9. Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with the officers of Saul, spoke up: "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelech, son of Ahitub, in Nob.
10. He consulted the LORD for him and gave him supplies, and the sword of Goliath the Philistine as well."
11. At this the king sent a summons to Ahimelech the priest, son of Ahitub, and to all his family who were priests in Nob; and they all came to the king.
12. Then Saul said, "Listen, son of Ahitub!" He replied, "Yes, my lord."
13. Saul asked him, "Why did you conspire against me with the son of Jesse by giving him food and a sword and by consulting God for him, that he might rebel against me and become my enemy, as is the case today?"
14. Ahimelech answered the king: "And who among all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard, and honored in your own house?
15. Is this the first time I have consulted God for him? No indeed! Let not the king accuse his servant or anyone in my family of such a thing. Your servant knows nothing at all, great or small, about the whole matter."
16. But the king said, "You shall die, Ahimelech, with all your family."
17. The king then commanded his henchmen standing by: "Make the rounds and kill the priests of the LORD, for they assisted David. They knew he was a fugitive and yet failed to inform me." But the king's servants refused to lift a hand to strike the priests of the LORD.
18. The king therefore commanded Doeg, "You make the rounds and kill the priests!" So Doeg the Edomite went from one to the next and killed the priests himself, slaying on that day eighty-five who wore the linen ephod.
19. Saul also put the priestly city of Nob to the sword, including men and women, children and infants, and oxen, asses and sheep.
20. One son of Ahimelech, son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to David.
21. When Abiathar told David that Saul had slain the priests of the LORD,
22. David said to him: "I knew that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of all your family.
23. Stay with me. Fear nothing; he that seeks your life must seek my life also. You are under my protection."

1 Samuel 23:1-29
1. David received information that the Philistines were attacking Keilah and plundering the threshing floors.
2. So he consulted the LORD, inquiring, "Shall I go and defeat these Philistines?" The LORD answered, "Go, for you will defeat the Philistines and rescue Keilah."
3. But David's men said to him: "We are afraid here in Judah. How much more so if we go to Keilah against the forces of the Philistines!"
4. Again David consulted the LORD, who answered, "Go down to Keilah, for I will deliver the Philistines into your power."
5. David then went with his men to Keilah and fought with the Philistines. He drove off their cattle and inflicted a severe defeat on them, and thus rescued the inhabitants of Keilah.
6. Abiathar, son of Ahimelech, who had fled to David, went down with David to Keilah, taking the ephod with him.
7. When Saul was told that David had entered Keilah, he said: "God has put him in my grip. Now he has shut himself in, for he has entered a city with gates and bars."
8. Saul then called all the people to war, in order to go down to Keilah and besiege David and his men.
9. When David found out that Saul was planning to harm him, he said to the priest Abiathar, "Bring forward the ephod."
10. David then said: "O LORD God of Israel, your servant has heard a report that Saul plans to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account.
11. Will they hand me over? And now: will Saul come down as your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, tell your servant." The LORD answered, "He will come down."
12. David then asked, "Will the citizens of Keilah deliver me and my men into the grasp of Saul?" And the LORD answered, "Yes."
13. So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and wandered from place to place. When Saul was informed that David had escaped from Keilah, he abandoned the expedition.
14. David now lived in the refuges in the desert, or in the barren hill country near Ziph. Though Saul sought him continually, the LORD did not deliver David into his grasp.
15. David was apprehensive because Saul had come out to seek his life; but while he was at Horesh in the barrens near Ziph,
16. Saul's son, Jonathan, came down there to David and strengthened his resolve in the LORD.
17. He said to him: "Have no fear, my father Saul shall not lay a hand to you. You shall be king of Israel and I shall be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."
18. They made a joint agreement before the LORD in Horesh, where David remained, while Jonathan returned to his home.
19. Some of the Ziphites went up to Saul in Gibeah and said, "David is hiding among us, now in the refuges, and again at Horesh, or on the hill of Hachilah, south of the wasteland.
20. Therefore, whenever the king wishes to come down, let him do so. It will be our task to deliver him into the king's grasp."
21. Saul replied: "The LORD bless you for your sympathy toward me.
22. Go now and make sure once more! Take note of the place where he sets foot" (for he thought, perhaps they are playing some trick on me).
23. "Look around and learn in which of all the various hiding places he is holding out. Then come back to me with sure information, and I will go with you. If he is in the region, I will search him out among all the families of Judah."
24. So they went off to Ziph ahead of Saul. At this time David and his men were in the desert below Maon, in the Arabah south of the wasteland.
25. When Saul and his men came looking for him, David got word of it and went down to the gorge in the desert below Maon. Saul heard of this and pursued David into the desert below Maon.
26. As Saul moved along one rim of the gorge, David and his men took to the other. David was in anxious flight to escape Saul, and Saul and his men were attempting to outflank David and his men in order to capture them,
27. when a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly, because the Philistines have invaded the land."
28. Saul interrupted his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. This is how that place came to be called the Gorge of Divisions.
29. You, LORD of hosts, are the God of Israel! Awake! Punish all the nations. Have no mercy on these worthless traitors. Selah

Psalms 59:6-17
6. Each evening they return, growling like dogs, prowling the city.
7. Their mouths pour out insult; sharp words are on their lips. They say: "Who is there to hear?"
8. You, LORD, laugh at them; you deride all the nations.
9. My strength, for you I watch; you, God, are my fortress,
10. my loving God.
11. May God go before me, and show me my fallen foes. Slay them, God, lest they deceive my people. Shake them by your power; Lord, our shield, bring them down.
12. For the sinful words of their mouths and lips let them be caught in their pride. For the lies they have told under oath
13. destroy them in anger, destroy till they are no more. Then people will know God rules over Jacob, yes, even to the ends of the earth. Selah
14. Each evening they return, growling like dogs, prowling the city.
15. They roam about as scavengers; if they are not filled, they howl.
16. But I shall sing of your strength, extol your love at dawn, For you are my fortress, my refuge in time of trouble.
17. Man may make plans in his heart, but what the tongue utters is from the LORD.

Proverbs 16:1-2
1. All the ways of a man may be pure in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves the spirit.
2. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1-28
1. He was in the beginning with God.
2. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be
3. through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;
4. the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
5. A man named John was sent from God.
6. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
7. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
8. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
9. He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
10. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
11. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,
12. who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God.
13. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.
14. John testified to him and cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.'"
15. From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,
16. because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
17. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side, has revealed him.
18. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites (to him) to ask him, "Who are you?"
19. he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Messiah."
20. So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."
21. So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?"
22. He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said."
23. Some Pharisees were also sent.
24. They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?"
25. John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
26. the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
27. This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.