Bible in one year

May 21

2 Samuel 13:1-39
1. Some time later the following incident occurred. David's son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar, and David's son Amnon loved her.
2. He was in such straits over his sister Tamar that he became sick; since she was a virgin, Amnon thought it impossible to carry out his designs toward her.
3. Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, son of David's brother Shimeah, who was very clever.
4. He asked him, "Prince, why are you so dejected morning after morning? Why not tell me?" So Amnon said to him, "I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."
5. Then Jonadab replied, "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be sick. When your father comes to visit you, say to him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and encourage me to take food. If she prepares something appetizing in my presence, for me to see, I will eat it from her hand.'"
6. So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. When the king came to visit him, Amnon said to the king, "Please let my sister Tamar come and prepare some fried cakes before my eyes, that I may take nourishment from her hand."
7. David then sent home a message to Tamar, "Please go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some nourishment for him."
8. Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was in bed. Taking dough and kneading it, she twisted it into cakes before his eyes and fried the cakes.
9. Then she took the pan and set out the cakes before him. But Amnon would not eat; he said, "Have everyone leave me." When they had all left him,
10. Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the nourishment into the bedroom, that I may have it from your hand." So Tamar picked up the cakes she had prepared and brought them to her brother Amnon in the bedroom.
11. But when she brought them to him to eat, he seized her and said to her, "Come! Lie with me, my sister!"
12. But she answered him, "No my brother! Do not shame me! That is an intolerable crime in Israel. Do not commit this insensate deed.
13. Where would I take my shame? And you would be a discredited man in Israel. So please, speak to the king; he will not keep me from you."
14. Not heeding her plea, he overpowered her; he shamed her and had relations with her.
15. Then Amnon conceived an intense hatred for her, which far surpassed the love he had had for her. "Get up and leave," he said to her.
16. She replied, "No, brother, because to drive me out would be far worse than the first injury you have done me." He would not listen to her,
17. but called the youth who was his attendant and said, "Put her outside, away from me, and bar the door after her."
18. Now she had on a long tunic, for that is how maiden princesses dressed in olden days. When his attendant put her out and barred the door after her,
19. Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long tunic in which she was clothed. Then, putting her hands to her head, she went away crying loudly.
20. Her brother Absalom said to her: "Has your brother Amnon been with you? Be still now, my sister; he is your brother. Do not take this affair to heart." But Tamar remained grief-stricken and forlorn in the house of her brother Absalom.
21. King David, who got word of the whole affair, became very angry. He did not, however, spark the resentment of his son Amnon, whom he favored because he was his first-born.
22. Absalom, moreover, said nothing at all to Amnon, although he hated him for having shamed his sister Tamar.
23. After a period of two years, Absalom had shearers in Baalhazor near Ephraim, and he invited all the princes.
24. Absalom went to the king and said: "Your servant is having shearers. Please, your majesty, come with all your retainers to your servant."
25. But the King said to Absalom, "No, my son, all of us should not go lest we be a burden to you." And though Absalom urged him, he refused to go and began to bid him good-bye.
26. Absalom then said, "If you will not come yourself, please let my brother Amnon come to us." The king asked him, "Why should he go to you?"
27. At Absalom's urging, however, he sent Amnon and all the other princes with him. Absalom prepared a banquet fit for royalty.
28. But he had instructed his servants: "Now watch! When Amnon is merry with wine and I say to you, 'Kill Amnon,' put him to death. Do not be afraid, for it is I who order you to do it. Be resolute and act manfully."
29. When the servants did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded, all the other princes rose, mounted their mules, and fled.
30. While they were still on the road, a report reached David that Absalom had killed all the princes and that not one of them had survived.
31. The king stood up, rent his garments, and then lay on the ground. All his servants standing by him also rent their garments.
32. But Jonadab, son of David's brother Shimeah, spoke up: "Let not my lord think that all the young princes have been killed! Amnon alone is dead, for Absalom was determined on this ever since Amnon shamed his sister Tamar.
33. So let not my lord the king put faith in the report that all the princes are dead. Amnon alone is dead."
34. Meanwhile, Absalom had taken flight. Then the servant on watch looked about and saw a large group coming down the slope from the direction of Bahurim. He came in and reported this, telling the king that he had seen some men coming down the mountainside from the direction of Bahurim.
35. So Jonadab said to the king: "There! The princes have come. It is as your servant said."
36. No sooner had he finished speaking than the princes came in, weeping aloud. The king, too, and all his servants wept very bitterly.
37. But Absalom, who had taken flight, went to Talmai, son of Ammihud, king of Geshur,
38. and stayed in Geshur for three years.
39. The king continued during all that time to mourn over his son; but his longing reached out for Absalom as he became reconciled to the death of Amnon.

2 Samuel 14:1-33
1. When Joab, son of Zeruiah, observed how the king felt toward Absalom,
2. he sent to Tekoa and brought from there a gifted woman, to whom he said: "Pretend to be in mourning. Put on mourning apparel and do not anoint yourself with oil, that you may appear to be a woman who has been long in mourning for a departed one.
3. Then go to the king and speak to him in this manner." And Joab instructed her what to say.
4. So the woman of Tekoa went to the king and fell prostrate to the ground in homage, saying, "Help, your majesty!"
5. The king said to her, "What do you want?" She replied: "Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead.
6. Your servant had two sons, who quarreled in the field. There being no one to part them, one of them struck his brother and killed him.
7. Then the whole clan confronted your servant and demanded: 'Give up the one who killed his brother. We must put him to death for the life of his brother whom he has slain; we must extinguish the heir also.' Thus they will quench my remaining hope and leave my husband neither name nor posterity upon the earth."
8. The king then said to the woman: "Go home. I will issue a command on your behalf."
9. The woman of Tekoa answered him, "Let me and my family be to blame, my lord king; you and your throne are innocent."
10. Then the king said, "If anyone says a word to you, have him brought to me, and he shall not touch you again."
11. But she went on to say, "Please, your majesty, keep in mind the LORD your God, that the avenger of blood may not go too far in destruction and that my son may not be done away with." He replied, "As the LORD lives, not a hair of your son shall fall to the ground."
12. The woman continued, "Please let your servant say still another word to my lord the king." He replied, "Speak."
13. So the woman said: "Why, then, do you think of this same kind of thing against the people of God? In pronouncing as he has, the king shows himself guilty, for not bringing back his own banished son.
14. We must indeed die; we are then like water that is poured out on the ground and cannot be gathered up. Yet, though God does not bring back life, he does take thought how not to banish anyone from him.
15. And now, if I have presumed to speak of this matter to your majesty, it is because the people have given me cause to fear. And so your servant thought: 'Let me speak to the king. Perhaps he will grant the petition of his maidservant.
16. For the king must surely consent to free his servant from the grasp of one who would seek to destroy me and my son as well from God's inheritance.'"
17. And the woman concluded: "Let the word of my lord the king provide a resting place; indeed, my lord the king is like an angel of God, evaluating good and bad. The LORD your God be with you."
18. The king answered the woman, "Now do not conceal from me anything I may ask you!" The woman said, "Let my lord the king speak."
19. So the king asked, "Is Joab involved with you in all this?" And the woman answered: "As you live, my lord the king, it is just as your majesty has said, and not otherwise. It was your servant Joab who instructed me and told your servant all these things she was to say.
20. Your servant Joab did this to come at the issue in a roundabout way. But my lord is as wise as an angel of God, so that he knows all things on earth."
21. Then the king said to Joab: "I hereby grant this request. Go, therefore, and bring back young Absalom."
22. Falling prostrate to the ground in homage and blessing the king, Joab said, "This day I know that I am in good favor with you, my lord the king, since the king has granted the request of his servant."
23. Joab then went off to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
24. But the king said, "Let him go to his own house; he shall not appear before me." So Absalom went off to his house and did not appear before the king.
25. In all Israel there was not a man who could so be praised for his beauty as Absalom, who was without blemish from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
26. When he shaved his head-- which he used to do at the end of every year, because his hair became too heavy for him-- the hair weighed two hundred shekels according to the royal standard.
27. Absalom had three sons born to him, besides a daughter named Tamar, who was a beautiful woman.
28. Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years without appearing before the king.
29. Then he summoned Joab to send him to the king, but Joab would not come to him. Although he summoned him a second time, Joab refused to come.
30. He therefore instructed his servants: "You see Joab's field that borders mine, on which he has barley. Go, set it on fire." And so Absalom's servants set the field on fire. Joab's farmhands came to him with torn garments and reported to him what had been done.
31. At this, Joab went to Absalom in his house and asked him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?"
32. Absalom answered Joab: "I was summoning you to come here, that I may send you to the king to say: 'Why did I come back from Geshur? I would be better off if I were still there!' Now, let me appear before the king. If I am guilty, let him put me to death."
33. Joab went to the king and reported this. The king then called Absalom, who came to him and in homage fell on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed him.

Psalms 66:1-7
1. For the leader. A song; a psalm.
2. Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth; sing of his glorious name; give him glorious praise.
3. Say to God: "How awesome your deeds! Before your great strength your enemies cringe.
4. All on earth fall in worship before you; they sing of you, sing of your name!" Selah
5. Come and see the works of God, awesome in the deeds done for us.
6. He changed the sea to dry land; through the river they passed on foot. Therefore let us rejoice in him,
7. who rules by might forever, Whose eyes are fixed upon the nations. Let no rebel rise to challenge! Selah

Proverbs 16:25-26
25. Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death!
26. The laborer's appetite labors for him, for his mouth urges him on.

John 6:52-71
52. The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?"
53. Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
54. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
55. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
56. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
57. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
58. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."
59. These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
60. Then many of his disciples who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?"
61. Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you?
62. What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
63. It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
64. But there are some of you who do not believe." Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.
65. And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father."
66. As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.
67. Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?"
68. Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."
70. Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil?"
71. He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was he who would betray him, one of the Twelve.