BookNum: 19 Chapter: 59 VerseStart: 17 VerseShouldHave: 16

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1 Samuel 22:1-23
1. David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. His brothers and the other members of his family heard about it. So they went down to join him there.
2. Everyone who was in trouble or owed money or was unhappy gathered around him. He became their leader. About 400 men were with him.
3. From there David went to Mizpah in Moab. He spoke to the king of Moab. He said, "Please let my father and mother come and stay with you. Let them stay until I learn what God will do for me."
4. So David left his parents with the king of Moab. They stayed with him as long as David was in his usual place of safety.
5. But the prophet Gad spoke to David. He said, "Don't stay in your usual place of safety. Go into the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
6. Saul heard that the place where David and his men were hiding had been discovered. Saul was sitting under a tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah. He was holding his spear. All of his officials were standing around him.
7. Saul said to them, "Men of Benjamin, listen to me! Do you think Jesse's son will give all of you fields and vineyards? Do you think he'll make some of you commanders of thousands of men? Do you think he'll make the rest of you commanders of hundreds?
8. Is that why all of you have joined together against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with Jesse's son. None of you is concerned about me. No one tells me that my son has stirred up Jesse's son to hide and wait to attack me. But that's exactly what's happening now."
9. Doeg was standing with Saul's officials. He was from Edom. He said, "I saw Jesse's son David come to Ahimelech at Nob. Ahimelech is the son of Ahitub.
10. Ahimelech asked the Lord a question for David. He also gave him food and the sword of Goliath, the Philistine."
11. Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub. He sent for all of the men in his family. They were the priests at Nob. All of them came to the king.
12. Saul said, "Son of Ahitub, listen to me." "Yes, master," he answered.
13. Saul said to him, "Why have you and Jesse's son joined together against me? Why did you give him bread and a sword? Why did you ask God a question for him? Now he has turned against me. He is hiding and waiting to attack me right now."
14. Ahimelech answered the king, "David is true to you. In fact, he's more true to you than anyone else who serves you. He's your own son-in-law. He's the captain of your own personal guards. He's highly respected by everyone in your palace.
15. Was that day the first time I asked God a question for him? Of course not! "Please don't bring charges against me. Please don't bring charges against anyone in my family. I don't know anything at all about this whole matter."
16. But the king said, "Ahimelech, you will certainly be put to death. You and your whole family will be put to death."
17. Then the king gave an order to the guards who were at his side. He said, "Go and kill the priests of the Lord. They are on David's side too. They knew he was running away from me. And they didn't even tell me." But the king's officials wouldn't raise a hand to strike down the priests of the Lord.
18. Then the king ordered Doeg, "You go and strike the priests down." So Doeg, the Edomite, went and struck them down. That day he killed 85 men who wore linen aprons.
19. He also killed the people of Nob with his sword. Nob was a town where priests lived. Doeg killed its men and women. He killed its children and babies. He also destroyed its cattle, donkeys and sheep.
20. But Abiathar, a son of Ahimelech, escaped. Ahimelech was the son of Ahitub. Abiathar ran away and joined David.
21. He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord.
22. Then David said to Abiathar, "One day I was at Nob. I saw Doeg, the Edomite, there. I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. Your whole family has been killed. And I'm accountable for it.
23. So stay with me. Don't be afraid. The man who wants to kill you wants to kill me too. You will be safe with me."

1 Samuel 23:1-29
1. David was told, "The Philistines are fighting against the town of Keilah. They are stealing grain from the threshing floors."
2. So he asked the Lord for advice. He said, "Should I go and attack those Philistines?" The Lord answered him, "Go and attack them. Save Keilah."
3. But David's men said to him, "We're afraid here in Judah. Suppose we go to Keilah and fight against the Philistine army. Then we'll be even more afraid."
4. Once again David asked the Lord what he should do. The Lord answered him, "Go down to Keilah. I am going to hand the Philistines over to you."
5. So David and his men went to Keilah. They fought against the Philistines and carried off their livestock. David wounded and killed large numbers of Philistines. And he saved the people of Keilah.
6. Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, had brought the linen apron down with him from Nob. He did it when he ran away to David at Keilah.
7. Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah. He said, "God has handed him over to me. David has trapped himself by entering a town that has gates and heavy metal bars."
8. So Saul brought together all of his soldiers to go to battle. He ordered them to go down to Keilah. He told them to surround David and his men. He told them to get ready to attack them.
9. David learned that Saul was planning to attack him. So he said to the priest Abiathar, "Bring the linen apron."
10. Then David said, "Lord, you are the God of Israel. I know for sure that Saul plans to come to Keilah. He plans to destroy the town because of me.
11. Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down here, as I've heard he would? Lord, you are the God of Israel. Please answer me." The Lord said, "He will come down."
12. Again David asked, "Will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?" And the Lord said, "They will."
13. So David and his men left Keilah. The total number of them was about 600. They kept moving from place to place. Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah. So he didn't go there.
14. Sometimes David stayed in places of safety in the desert. At other times he stayed in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul looked for him. But God didn't hand David over to him.
15. David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph. There he learned that Saul had come out to kill him.
16. Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh. He told David that God would make him strong.
17. "Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul won't lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel. And I will be next in command. Even my father Saul knows this."
18. The two of them made a covenant in the sight of the Lord. Then Jonathan went home. But David remained at Horesh.
19. The people of Ziph went up to Saul at Gibeah. They said, "David is hiding among us. He's hiding in places of safety at Horesh. Horesh is south of Jeshimon on the hill of Hakilah.
20. King Saul, come down when it pleases you to come. It will be our duty to hand David over to you."
21. Saul replied, "May the Lord bless you because you were concerned about me.
22. Make sure you are right. Go and check things out again. Find out where David usually goes. Find out who has seen him there. People tell me he's very tricky.
23. Find out about all of the hiding places he uses. Come back to me with all of the facts. I'll go with you. Suppose he's in the area. Then I'll track him down among all of the family groups of Judah."
24. So they started out. They went to Ziph ahead of Saul. David and his men were in the Desert of Maon. Maon is south of Jeshimon in the Arabah Valley.
25. Saul and his men started out to look for David. David was told about it. So he went down to a rock in the Desert of Maon to hide. Saul heard he was there. So he went into the Desert of Maon to chase David.
26. Saul was going along one side of the mountain. David and his men were on the other side. They were hurrying to get away from Saul. Saul and his army were closing in on David and his men. They were about to capture them.
27. Just then a messenger came to Saul. He said, "Come quickly! The Philistines are attacking the land."
28. So Saul stopped chasing David. He went to fight against the Philistines. That's why they call that place Sela Hammahlekoth.
29. David left that place. He went and lived in places of safety near En Gedi.

Psalms 59:6-17
6. My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs that come back to the city in the evening. They prowl around the city.
7. Listen to what pours out of their mouths. The words from their lips are like swords. They think, "Who can hear us?"
8. But you laugh at them, Lord. You make fun of all those nations.
9. You give me strength. I look to you. God, you are like a fort to me.
10. You are my loving God. God will march out in front of me. He will let me look down on those who tell lies about me.
11. Lord, you are like a shield that keeps us safe. Don't kill my enemies all at once. If you do, my people will forget about it. Use your power to make my enemies wander around. Destroy them.
12. They have sinned with their mouths. Their lips have spoken evil words. They have called down a curse on me and lied. Let them be caught in their pride.
13. Burn them up in your anger. Burn them up until there isn't anything left of them. Then everyone from one end of the earth to the other will know that God rules over the people of Jacob. Selah
14. My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs that come back into the city in the evening. They prowl around the city.
15. They wander around looking for food. They groan if they don't find something that will satisfy them.
16. But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will sing about your love. You are like a fort to me. You keep me safe in times of trouble.
17. People make plans in their hearts. But the Lord controls what they say.

Proverbs 16:1-2
1. Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the Lord knows what that man is thinking.
2. In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1-28
1. He was with God in the beginning.
2. All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him.
3. Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people.
4. The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not understood it.
5. A man came who was sent from God. His name was John.
6. He came to give witness about that light. He gave witness so that all people could believe.
7. John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light.
8. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
9. The Word was in the world that was made through him. But the world did not recognize him.
10. He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him.
11. Some people did accept him. They believed in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God.
12. To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.
13. The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from the Father. And he was full of grace and truth.
14. John gives witness about him. He cries out and says, "This was the one I was talking about. I said, 'He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.' "
15. We have all received one blessing after another. God's grace is not limited.
16. Moses gave us the law. Jesus Christ has given us grace and truth.
17. No one has ever seen God. But God, the one and only Son, is at the Father's side. He has shown us what God is like.
18. The Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John gave witness to them.
19. He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, "I am not the Christ."
20. They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet we've been expecting?" they asked. "No," he answered.
21. They asked one last time, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
22. John replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, "I'm the messenger who is calling out in the desert, 'Make the way for the Lord straight.' "--(Isaiah 40:3)
23. Some Pharisees who had been sent
24. asked him, "If you are not the Christ, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren't Elijah or the Prophet we've been expecting?"
25. "I baptize people with water," John replied. "But One is standing among you whom you do not know.
26. He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals."
27. This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.