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Bible in one year


May 27


1 Kings 1:1-53
1. When King David was old and advanced in years, though they spread covers over him he could not keep warm.
2. His servants therefore said to him, "Let a young virgin be sought to attend you, lord king, and to nurse you. If she sleeps with your royal majesty, you will be kept warm."
3. So they sought for a beautiful girl throughout the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunamite, whom they brought to the king.
4. The maiden, who was very beautiful, nursed the king and cared for him, but the king did not have relations with her.
5. Adonijah, son of Haggith, began to display his ambition to be king. He acquired chariots, drivers, and fifty henchmen.
6. Yet his father never rebuked him or asked why he was doing this. Adonijah was also very handsome, and next in age to Absalom by the same mother.
7. He conferred with Joab, son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest, and they supported him.
8. However, Zadok the priest, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, and Shimei and his companions, the pick of David's army, did not side with Adonijah.
9. When he slaughtered sheep, oxen, and fatlings at the stone Zoheleth, near En-rogel, Adonijah invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the royal officials of Judah.
10. But he did not invite the prophet Nathan, or Benaiah, or the pick of the army, or his brother Solomon.
11. Then Nathan said to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother: "Have you not heard that Adonijah, son of Haggith, has become king without the knowledge of our lord David?
12. Come now, let me advise you so that you may save your life and that of your son Solomon.
13. Go, visit King David, and say to him, 'Did you not, lord king, swear to your handmaid: Your son Solomon shall be king after me and shall sit upon my throne? Why, then, has Adonijah become king?'
14. And while you are still there speaking to the king, I will come in after you and confirm what you have said."
15. So Bathsheba visited the king in his room, while Abishag the Shunamite was attending him because of his advanced age.
16. Bathsheba bowed in homage to the king, who said to her, "What do you wish?"
17. She answered him: "My lord, you swore to me your handmaid by the LORD, your God, that my son Solomon should reign after you and sit upon your throne.
18. But now Adonijah has become king, and you, my lord king, do not know it.
19. He has slaughtered oxen, fatlings, and sheep in great numbers; he has invited all the king's sons, Abiathar the priest, and Joab, the general of the army, but not your servant Solomon.
20. Now, my lord king, all Israel is waiting for you to make known to them who is to sit on the throne after your royal majesty.
21. If this is not done, when my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, I and my son Solomon will be considered criminals."
22. While she was still speaking to the king, the prophet Nathan came in.
23. When he had been announced, the prophet entered the king's presence and, bowing to the floor, did him homage.
24. Then Nathan said: "Have you decided, my lord king, that Adonijah is to reign after you and sit on your throne?
25. He went down today and slaughtered oxen, fatlings, and sheep in great numbers; he invited all the king's sons, the commanders of the army, and Abiathar the priest, and they are eating and drinking in his company and saying, 'Long live King Adonijah!'
26. But me, your servant, he did not invite; nor Zadok the priest, nor Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, nor your servant Solomon.
27. Was this done by my royal master's order without my being told who was to succeed to your majesty's kingly throne?"
28. King David answered, "Call Bathsheba here." When she re-entered the king's presence and stood before him,
29. the king swore, "As the LORD lives, who has delivered me from all distress,
30. this very day I will fulfill the oath I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel, that your son Solomon should reign after me and should sit upon my throne in my place."
31. Bowing to the floor in homage to the king, Bathsheba said, "May my lord, King David, live forever!"
32. Then King David summoned Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. When they had entered the king's presence,
33. he said to them: "Take with you the royal attendants. Mount my son Solomon upon my own mule and escort him down to Gihon.
34. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king of Israel, and you shall blow the horn and cry, 'Long live King Solomon!'
35. When you come back in his train, he is to go in and sit upon my throne and reign in my place. I designate him ruler of Israel and of Judah."
36. In answer to the king, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, said: "So be it! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so decree!
37. As the LORD has been with your royal majesty, so may he be with Solomon, and exalt his throne even more than that of my lord, King David!"
38. So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites went down, and mounting Solomon on King David's mule, escorted him to Gihon.
39. Then Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. They blew the horn and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!"
40. Then all the people went up after him, playing flutes and rejoicing so much as to split open the earth with their shouting.
41. Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it, just as they ended their banquet. When Joab heard the sound of the horn, he asked, "What does this uproar in the city mean?"
42. As he was speaking, Jonathan, son of Abiathar the priest, arrived. "Come," said Adonijah, "you are a man of worth and must bring good news."
43. "On the contrary!" Jonathan answered him. "Our lord, King David, has made Solomon king.
44. The king sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites, and they mounted him upon the king's own mule.
45. Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed him king at Gihon, and they went up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. That is the noise you heard.
46. Besides, Solomon took his seat on the royal throne,
47. and the king's servants went in and paid their respects to our lord, King David, saying, 'May God make Solomon more famous than you and exalt his throne more than your own!' And the king in his bed worshiped God,
48. and this is what he said: 'Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has this day seated one of my sons upon my throne, so that I see it with my own eyes.'"
49. All the guests of Adonijah left in terror, each going his own way.
50. Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, also left; he went and seized the horns of the altar.
51. It was reported to Solomon that Adonijah, in his fear of King Solomon, had seized the horns of the altar and said, "Let King Solomon first swear that he will not kill me, his servant, with the sword."
52. Solomon answered, "If he proves himself worthy, not a hair shall fall from his head. But if he is found guilty of crime, he shall die."
53. King Solomon sent to have him brought down from the altar, and he came and paid homage to the king. Solomon then said to him, "Go to your home."

1 Kings 2:1-46
1. When the time of David's death drew near, he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:
2. "I am going the way of all mankind. Take courage and be a man.
3. Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his ways and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, wherever you turn,
4. and the LORD may fulfill the promise he made on my behalf when he said, 'If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.'
5. You yourself know what Joab, son of Zeruiah, did to me when he slew the two generals of Israel's armies, Abner, son of Ner, and Amasa, son of Jether. He took revenge for the blood of war in a time of peace, and put bloodshed without provocation on the belt about my waist and the sandal on my foot.
6. Act with the wisdom you possess; you must not allow him to go down to the grave in peaceful old age.
7. "But be kind to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and have them eat at your table. For they received me kindly when I was fleeing your brother Absalom.
8. "You also have with you Shimei, son of Gera, the Benjaminite of Bahurim, who cursed me balefully when I was going to Mahanaim. Because he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD that I would not put him to the sword.
9. But you must not let him go unpunished. You are a prudent man and will know how to deal with him to send down his hoary head in blood to the grave."
10. David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David.
11. The length of David's reign over Israel was forty years: he reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
12. When Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David, with his sovereignty firmly established,
13. Adonijah, son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. "Do you come as a friend?" she asked. "Yes," he answered,
14. and added, "I have something to say to you." She replied, "Say it."
15. So he said: "You know that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel expected me to be king. But the kingdom escaped me and became my brother's, for the LORD gave it to him.
16. But now there is one favor I would ask of you. Do not refuse me." And she said, "Speak on."
17. He said, "Please ask King Solomon, who will not refuse you, to give me Abishag the Shunamite for my wife."
18. "Very well," replied Bathsheba, "I will speak to the king for you."
19. Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king's mother, who sat at his right.
20. "There is one small favor I would ask of you," she said. "Do not refuse me." "Ask it, my mother," the king said to her, "for I will not refuse you."
21. So she said, "Let Abishag the Shunamite be given to your brother Adonijah for his wife."
22. "And why do you ask Abishag the Shunamite for Adonijah?" King Solomon answered his mother. "Ask the kingdom for him as well, for he is my elder brother and has with him Abiathar the priest and Joab, son of Zeruiah."
23. And King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God do thus and so to me, and more besides, if Adonijah has not proposed this at the cost of his life.
24. And now, as the LORD lives, who has seated me firmly on the throne of my father David and made of me a dynasty as he promised, this day shall Adonijah be put to death."
25. Then King Solomon sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, who struck him dead.
26. The king said to Abiathar the priest: "Go to your land in Anathoth. Though you deserve to die, I will not put you to death this time, because you carried the ark of the Lord GOD before my father David and shared in all the hardships my father endured."
27. So Solomon deposed Abiathar from his office of priest of the LORD, thus fulfilling the prophecy which the LORD had made in Shiloh about the house of Eli.
28. When the news came to Joab, who had sided with Adonijah, though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and seized the horns of the altar.
29. King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was at the altar. He sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, with the order, "Go, strike him down."
30. Benaiah went to the tent of the LORD and said to him, "The king says, 'Come out.'" But he answered, "No! I will die here." Benaiah reported to the king, "This is what Joab said to me in reply."
31. The king answered him: "Do as he has said, Strike him down and bury him, and you will remove from me and from my family the blood which Joab shed without provocation.
32. The LORD will hold him responsible for his own blood, because he struck down two men better and more just than himself, and slew them with the sword without my father David's knowledge: Abner, son of Ner, general of Israel's army, and Amasa, son of Jether, general of Judah's army.
33. Joab and his descendants shall be responsible forever for their blood. But there shall be the peace of the LORD forever for David, and his descendants, and his house, and his throne."
34. Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, went back, struck him down and killed him; he was buried in his house in the desert.
35. The king appointed Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, over the army in his place, and put Zadok the priest in place of Abiathar.
36. Then the king summoned Shimei and said to him: "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there. Do not go anywhere else.
37. For if you leave, and cross the Kidron Valley, be certain you shall die without fail. You shall be responsible for your own blood."
38. Shimei answered the king: "I accept. Your servant will do just as the king's majesty has said." So Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.
39. But three years later, two of Shimei's servants ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath, and Shimei was informed that his servants were in Gath.
40. So Shimei rose, saddled his ass, and went to Achish in Gath in search of his servants, whom he brought back.
41. When Solomon was informed that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had returned,
42. the king summoned Shimei and said to him: "Did I not have you swear by the LORD to your clear understanding of my warning that, if you left and went anywhere else, you should die without fail? And you answered, 'I accept and obey.'
43. Why, then, have you not kept the oath of the LORD and the command that I gave you?"
44. And the king said to Shimei: "You know in your heart the evil that you did to my father David. Now the LORD requites you for your own wickedness.
45. But King Solomon shall be blessed, and David's throne shall endure before the LORD forever."
46. The king then gave the order to Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, who struck him dead as he left.

Psalms 68:11-14
11. your people settled there. There you poured abundant rains, God, graciously given to the poor in their need.
12. The Lord announced the news of victory: All you people so numerous,
13. "The kings and their armies are in desperate flight. b) Every household will share the booty,
14. will you stay by the sheepfolds? b) perhaps a dove sheathed with silver, c) its wings covered with yellow gold."

Proverbs 17:7-9
7. Fine words are out of place in a fool; how much more, lying words in a noble!
8. A man who has a bribe to offer rates it a magic stone; at every turn it brings him success.
9. He who covers up a misdeed fosters friendship, but he who gossips about it separates friends.

John 9:24-41
24. So a second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, "Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner."
25. He replied, "If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see."
26. So they said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"
27. He answered them, "I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
28. They ridiculed him and said, "You are that man's disciple; we are disciples of Moses!
29. We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this one is from."
30. The man answered and said to them, "This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
31. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
32. It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
33. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything."
34. They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out.
35. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
36. He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
37. Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he."
38. He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
39. Then Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind."
40. Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not also blind, are we?"
41. Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, 'We see,' so your sin remains.