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May 26


2 Samuel 23:1-38
1. These are the last words of David: "The utterance of David, son of Jesse; the utterance of the man God raised up, Anointed of the God of Jacob, favorite of the Mighty One of Israel.
2. The spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
3. The God of Israel spoke; of me the Rock of Israel said, 'He that rules over men in justice, that rules in the fear of God,
4. Is like the morning light at sunrise on a cloudless morning, making the greensward sparkle after rain.'
5. Is not my house firm before God? He has made an eternal covenant with me, set forth in detail and secured. Will he not bring to fruition all my salvation and my every desire?
6. But the wicked are all like thorns to be cast away; they cannot be taken up by hand.
7. He who wishes to touch them must arm himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they must be consumed by fire."
8. These are the names of David's warriors. Ishbaal, son of Hachamoni, was the first of the Three. It was he who brandished his battle-ax over eight hundred slain in a single encounter.
9. Next to him, among the Three warriors, was Eleazar, son of Dodo the Ahohite. He was with David at Ephes-dammim when the Philistines assembled there for battle. The Israelites had retreated,
10. but he stood his ground and fought the Philistines until his hand grew tired and became cramped, holding fast to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory on that day; the soldiers turned back after Eleazar, but only to strip the slain.
11. Next to him was Shammah, son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had assembled at Lehi, where there was a plot of land full of lentils. When the soldiers fled from the Philistines,
12. he took his stand in the middle of the plot and defended it. He slew the Philistines, and the LORD brought about a great victory. Such were the deeds of the Three warriors.
13. During the harvest three of the Thirty went down to David in the cave of Adullam, while a Philistine clan was encamped in the Vale of Rephaim.
14. At that time David was in the refuge, and there was a garrison of Philistines in Bethlehem.
15. Now David had a strong craving and said, "Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the cistern that is by the gate of Bethlehem!"
16. So the Three warriors broke through the Philistine camp and drew water from the cistern that is by the gate of Bethlehem. But when they brought it to David he refused to drink it, and instead poured it out to the LORD,
17. saying: "The LORD forbid that I do this! Can I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?" So he refused to drink it.
18. Abishai, brother of Joab, son of Zeruiah, was at the head of the Thirty. It was he who brandished his spear over three hundred slain. He was listed among the Thirty
19. and commanded greater respect than the Thirty, becoming their leader. However, he did not attain to the Three.
20. Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a stalwart from Kabzeel, was a man of great achievements. It was he who slew the two lions in Moab. He also went down and killed the lion in the cistern at the time of the snow.
21. It was he, too, who slew an Egyptian of large stature. Although the Egyptian was armed with a spear, he went against him with a club and wrested the spear from the Egyptian's hand, then killed him with his own spear.
22. Such were the deeds performed by Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. He was listed among the Thirty warriors
23. and commanded greater respect than the Thirty. However, he did not attain to the Three. David put him in command of his bodyguard.
24. Asahel, brother of Joab....Among the Thirty were: Elhanan, son of Dodo, from Bethlehem;
25. Shammah from En-harod; Elika from En-harod;
26. Helez from Beth-pelet; Ira, son of Ikkesh, from Tekoa;
27. Abiezer from Anathoth; Sibbecai from Hushah;
28. Zalmon from Ahoh; Maharai from Netophah;
29. Heled, son of Baanah, from Netophah; Ittai, son of Ribai, from Gibeah of the Benjaminites;
30. Benaiah from Pirathon; Hiddai from Nahale-gaash;
31. Abibaal from Beth-arabah; Azmaveth from Bahurim;
32. Eliahba from Shaalbon; Jashen the Gunite; Jonathan,
33. son of Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam, son of Sharar the Hararite;
34. Eliphelet, son of Ahasbai, from Beth-maacah; Eliam, son of Ahithophel, from Gilo;
35. Hezrai from Carmel; Paarai the Arbite;
36. Igal, son of Nathan, from Zobah; Bani the Gadite;
37. Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai from Beeroth, armor-bearer of Joab, son of Zeruiah;
38. Ira from Jattir; Gareb from Jattir;

2 Samuel 24:1-25
1. The LORD'S anger against Israel flared again, and he incited David against the Israelites by prompting him to number Israel and Judah.
2. Accordingly the king said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him, "Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba and register the people, that I may know their number."
3. But Joab said to the king: "May the LORD your God increase the number of people a hundredfold for your royal majesty to see it with his own eyes. But why does it please my lord the king to order a thing of this kind?"
4. The king, however, overruled Joab and the leaders of the army, so they left the king's presence in order to register the people of Israel.
5. Crossing the Jordan, they began near Aroer, south of the city in the wadi, and went in the direction of Gad toward Jazer.
6. They continued on to Gilead and to the district below Mount Hermon. Then they proceeded to Dan; from there they turned toward Sidon,
7. going to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and Canaanites, and ending up at Beer-sheba in the Negeb of Judah.
8. Thus they toured the whole country, reaching Jerusalem again after nine months and twenty days.
9. Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered: in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service; in Judah, five hundred thousand.
10. Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people, and said to the LORD: "I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant, for I have been very foolish."
11. When David rose in the morning, the LORD had spoken to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying:
12. "Go and say to David, 'This is what the LORD says: I offer you three alternatives; choose one of them, and I will inflict it on you.'"
13. Gad then went to David to inform him. He asked: "Do you want a three years' famine to come upon your land, or to flee from your enemy three months while he pursues you, or to have a three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider and decide what I must reply to him who sent me."
14. David answered Gad: "I am in very serious difficulty. Let us fall by the hand of God, for he is most merciful; but let me not fall by the hand of man."
15. Thus David chose the pestilence. Now it was the time of the wheat harvest when the plague broke out among the people. (The LORD then sent a pestilence over Israel from morning until the time appointed, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beer-sheba died.)
16. But when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD regretted the calamity and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people, "Enough now! Stay your hand." The angel of the LORD was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
17. When David saw the angel who was striking the people, he said to the LORD: "It is I who have sinned; it is I, the shepherd, who have done wrong. But these are sheep; what have they done? Punish me and my kindred."
18. On the same day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite."
19. Following Gad's bidding, David went up as the LORD had commanded.
20. Now Araunah looked down and noticed the king and his servants coming toward him while he was threshing wheat. So he went out and paid homage to the king, with face to the ground.
21. Then Araunah asked, "Why does my lord the king come to his servant?" David replied, "To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be checked among the people."
22. But Araunah said to David: "Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever he may wish. Here are oxen for holocausts, and threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for wood.
23. All this does Araunah give to the king." Araunah then said to the king, "May the LORD your God accept your offering."
24. The king, however, replied to Araunah, "No, I must pay you for it, for I cannot offer to the LORD my God holocausts that cost nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty silver shekels.
25. Then David built an altar there to the LORD, and offered holocausts and peace offerings. The LORD granted relief to the country, and the plague was checked in Israel.

Psalms 68:7-10
7. Who gives a home to the forsaken, who leads prisoners out to prosperity, while rebels live in the desert.
8. God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the desert, Selah
9. The earth quaked, the heavens shook, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
10. You claimed a land as your own, O God;

Proverbs 17:5-6
5. He who mocks the poor blasphemes his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6. Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.

John 9:1-23
1. As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
2. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3. Jesus answered, "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
4. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.
5. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6. When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes,
7. and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
8. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?"
9. Some said, "It is," but others said, "No, he just looks like him." He said, "I am."
10. So they said to him, "(So) how were your eyes opened?"
11. He replied, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went there and washed and was able to see."
12. And they said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I don't know."
13. They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
14. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
15. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see."
16. So some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath." (But) others said, "How can a sinful man do such signs?" And there was a division among them.
17. So they said to the blind man again, "What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
18. Now the Jews did not believe that he had been blind and gained his sight until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
19. They asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?"
20. His parents answered and said, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
21. We do not know how he sees now, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for him self."
22. His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Messiah, he would be expelled from the synagogue.
23. For this reason his parents said, "He is of age; question him."