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Bibbia in un anno

Maggio 16

2 Samuel 3:1-39
1. There followed a long war between the house of Saul and that of David, in which David grew stronger, but the house of Saul weaker.
2. Sons were born to David in Hebron: his first-born, Amnon, of Ahinoam from Jezreel;
3. the second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;
4. the fourth, Adonijah, son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah, son of Abital;
5. and the sixth, Ithream, of David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.
6. During the war between the house of Saul and that of David, Abner was gaining power in the house of Saul.
7. Now Saul had had a concubine, Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ishbaal, son of Saul, said to Abner, "Why have you been intimate with my father's concubine?"
8. Enraged at the words of Ishbaal, Abner said, "Am I a dog's head in Judah? At present I am doing a kindness to the house of your father Saul, to his brothers and his friends, by keeping you out of David's clutches; yet this day you charge me with a crime involving a woman!
9. May God do thus and so to Abner if I do not carry out for David what the LORD swore to him--
10. that is, take away the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah from Dan to Beersheba."
11. In his fear of Abner, Ishbaal was no longer able to say a word to him.
12. Then Abner sent messengers to David in Telam, where he was at the moment, to say, "Make an agreement with me, and I will aid you by bringing all Israel over to you."
13. He replied, "Very well, I will make an agreement with you. But one thing I require of you. You must not appear before me unless you bring back Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to present yourself to me."
14. At the same time David sent messengers to Ishbaal, son of Saul, to say, "Give me my wife Michal, whom I espoused by paying a hundred Philistine foreskins."
15. Ishbaal sent for her and took her away from her husband Paltiel, son of Laish,
16. who followed her weeping as far as Bahurim. But Abner said to him, "Go back!" And he turned back.
17. Abner then said in discussion with the elders of Israel: "For a long time you have been seeking David as your king.
18. Now take action, for the LORD has said of David, 'By my servant David I will save my people Israel from the grasp of the Philistines and from the grasp of all their enemies.'"
19. Abner also spoke personally to Benjamin, and then went to make his own report to David in Hebron concerning all that would be agreeable to Israel and to the whole house of Benjamin.
20. When Abner, accompanied by twenty men, came to David in Hebron, David prepared a feast for Abner and for the men who were with him.
21. Then Abner said to David, "I will now go to assemble all Israel for my lord the king, that they may make an agreement with you; you will then be king over all whom you wish to rule." So David bade Abner farewell, and he went away in peace.
22. Just then David's servants and Joab were coming in from an expedition, bringing much plunder with them. Abner, having been dismissed by David, was no longer with him in Hebron but had gone his way in peace.
23. When Joab and the whole force he had with him arrived, he was informed, "Abner, son of Ner, came to David; he has been sent on his way in peace."
24. So Joab went to the king and said: "What have you done? Abner came to you. Why did you let him go peacefully on his way?
25. Are you not aware that Abner came to deceive you and to learn the ins and outs of all that you are doing?"
26. Joab then left David, and without David's knowledge sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the cistern of Sirah.
27. When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside within the city gate as though to speak with him privately. There he stabbed him in the abdomen, and he died in revenge for the killing of Joab's brother Asahel.
28. Later David heard of it and said: "Before the LORD; I and my kingdom are forever innocent.
29. May the full responsibility for the death of Abner, son of Ner, be laid to Joab and to all his family. May the men of Joab's family never be without one suffering from a discharge, or a leper, or one unmanly, one falling by the sword, or one in need of bread!"
30. (Joab and his brother Abishai had lain in wait for Abner because he killed their brother Asahel in battle at Gibeon.)
31. Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, "Rend your garments, gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn over Abner." King David himself followed the bier.
32. When they had buried Abner in Hebron, the king wept aloud at the grave of Abner, and the people also wept.
33. And the king sang this elegy over Abner: "Would Abner have died like a fool?
34. Your hands were not bound with chains, nor your feet placed in fetters; As men fall before the wicked, you fell." And all the people continued to weep for him.
35. Then they went to console David with food while it was still day. But David swore, "May God do thus and so to me if I eat bread or anything else before sunset."
36. All the people noted this with approval, just as they were pleased with everything that the king did.
37. So on that day all the people and all Israel came to know that the king had no part in the killing of Abner, son of Ner.
38. The king then said to his servants: "You must recognize that a great general has fallen today in Israel.
39. Although I am the anointed king, I am weak this day, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too ruthless for me. May the LORD requite the evildoer in accordance with his evil deed."

2 Samuel 4:1-12
1. When Ishbaal, son of Saul, heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he ceased to resist and all Israel was alarmed.
2. Ishbaal, son of Saul, had two company leaders named Baanah and Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the tribe of Benjamin. (Beeroth, too, was ascribed to Benjamin:
3. the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, where they have been resident aliens to this day.
4. Jonathan, son of Saul, had a son named Meribbaal with crippled feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled. But in their hasty flight, he fell and became lame.)
5. The sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, came into the house of Ishbaal during the heat of the day, while he was taking his siesta.
6. The portress of the house had dozed off while sifting wheat, and was asleep. So Rechab and his brother Baanah slipped past
7. and entered the house while Ishbaal was lying asleep in his bedroom. They struck and killed him, and cut off his head. Then, taking the head, they traveled on the Arabah road all night long.
8. They brought the head of Ishbaal to David in Hebron and said to the king: "This is the head of Ishbaal, son of your enemy Saul, who sought your life. Thus has the LORD this day avenged my lord the king on Saul and his posterity."
9. But David replied to Rechab and his brother Baanah, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite: "As the LORD lives, who rescued me from all difficulty,
10. in Ziklag I seized and put to death the man who informed me of Saul's death, thinking himself the bearer of good news for which I ought to give him a reward.
11. How much more now, when wicked men have slain an innocent man in bed at home, must I hold you responsible for his death and destroy you from the earth!"
12. So at a command from David, the young men killed them and cut off their hands and feet, hanging them up near the pool in Hebron. But he took the head of Ishbaal and buried it in Abner's grave in Hebron.

Psalms 62:5-12
5. Even from my place on high they plot to dislodge me. They delight in lies; they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
6. My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.
7. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my secure height; I shall not fall.
8. My safety and glory are with God, my strong rock and refuge.
9. Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge! Selah
10. Mortals are a mere breath, the powerful but an illusion; On a balance they rise; together they are lighter than air.
11. Do not trust in extortion; in plunder put no empty hope. Though wealth increase, do not set your heart upon it.
12. One thing God has said; two things I have heard: Power belongs to God;

Proverbs 16:13-15
13. The king takes delight in honest lips, and the man who speaks what is right he loves.
14. The king's wrath is like messengers of death, but a wise man can pacify it.
15. In the light of the king's countenance is life, and his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

John 4:31-54
31. Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat."
32. But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33. So the disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought him something to eat?"
34. Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.
35. Do you not say, 'In four months the harvest will be here'? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
36. The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
37. For here the saying is verified that 'One sows and another reaps.'
38. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work."
39. Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I have done."
40. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
41. Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
42. and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."
43. After the two days, he left there for Galilee.
44. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
45. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.
46. Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
47. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death.
48. Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
49. The royal official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50. Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
51. While he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
52. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon."
53. The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live," and he and his whole household came to believe.
54. (Now) this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.