Bible in one year

May 13

1 Samuel 28:1-25
1. While David was living in Ziklag, the Philistines gathered their army together. They planned to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, "I want you to understand that you and your men must march out with me and my army."
2. David said, "I understand. You will see for yourself what I can do." Achish replied, "All right. I'll make you my own personal guard for life."
3. Samuel had died. The whole nation of Israel was filled with sorrow because he was dead. They had buried his body in his own town of Ramah. Saul had gotten rid of people who get messages from those who have died. He had also gotten rid of people who talk to the spirits of the dead. He had thrown all of them out of the land.
4. The Philistines gathered together and set up camp at Shunem. At the same time, Saul gathered all of the fighting men of Israel together. They set up camp at Gilboa.
5. When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid. Terror filled his heart.
6. He asked the Lord for advice. But the Lord didn't answer him through dreams or prophets. He didn't answer him when Saul had the priest use the Urim.
7. Saul spoke to his attendants. He said, "Find me a woman who gets messages from those who have died. Then I can go and ask her some questions." "There's a woman like that in Endor," they said.
8. Saul put on different clothes so people wouldn't know who he was. At night he and two of his men went to see the woman. "I want you to talk to a spirit for me," he said. "Bring up the spirit of the dead person I choose."
9. But the woman said to him, "By now you must know what Saul has done. He has cut off everyone who gets messages from those who have died. He has also cut off everyone who talks to the spirits of the dead. He has thrown all of them out of the land. Why are you trying to trap me? Why do you want to have me put to death?"
10. Saul took an oath in the name of the Lord. He promised the woman, "You can be sure that the Lord lives. And you can be just as sure that you won't be punished for helping me."
11. Then the woman asked, "Whose spirit should I bring up for you?" "Bring Samuel up," he said.
12. When the woman saw Samuel, she let out a loud scream. She said to Saul, "Why have you tricked me? You are King Saul!"
13. He said to her, "Don't be afraid. Tell me what you see." The woman said, "I see a spirit. He's coming up out of the ground."
14. "What does he look like?" Saul asked. "An old man wearing a robe is coming up," she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel. He bowed down. He lay down flat with his face toward the ground.
15. Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you troubled me by bringing me up from the dead?" "I'm having big problems," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me. God has turned away from me. He doesn't answer me anymore. He doesn't speak to me through prophets or dreams. So I've called on you to tell me what to do."
16. Samuel said, "The Lord has turned away from you. He has become your enemy. So why are you asking me what you should do?
17. The Lord has spoken through me and has done what he said he would do. He has torn the kingdom out of your hands. He has given it to one of your neighbors. He has given it to David.
18. You didn't obey the Lord. You didn't carry out his burning anger against the Amalekites. So he's punishing you today.
19. "He will hand both Israel and you over to the Philistines. Tomorrow you and your sons will be down here with me. The Lord will also hand Israel's army over to the Philistines."
20. Immediately Saul fell flat on the ground. What Samuel had said filled Saul with fear. His strength was gone. He hadn't eaten anything all that day and night.
21. The woman went over to Saul because she saw that he was very upset. She said, "Look, I've obeyed you. I put my own life in danger by doing what you told me to do.
22. So please listen to me. Let me give you some food. Eat it. Then you will have the strength to go on your way."
23. But he refused. He said, "I don't want anything to eat." Then his men joined the woman in begging him to eat. Finally, he paid attention to them. He got up from the ground and sat on a couch.
24. The woman had a fat calf at her house. She killed it at once. She got some flour. She mixed it and baked some bread that didn't have any yeast in it.
25. Then she set the food in front of Saul and his men. They ate it. That same night they got up and left.

Psalms 61:1-4
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments. God, hear my cry for help. Listen to my prayer.
2. From a place far away I call out to you. I call out as my heart gets weaker. Lead me to the safety of a rock that is high above me.
3. You have always kept me safe from my enemies. You are like a strong tower to me.
4. I long to live in your holy tent forever. There I find safety in the shadow of your wings. Selah

Proverbs 16:6-6
6. Through love and truth sin is paid for. People avoid evil when they have respect for the Lord.

John 3:1-18
1. There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was one of the Jewish rulers.
2. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. We know that God is with you. If he weren't, you couldn't do the miraculous signs you are doing."
3. Jesus replied, "What I'm about to tell you is true. No one can see God's kingdom without being born again."
4. "How can I be born when I am old?" Nicodemus asked. "I can't go back inside my mother! I can't be born a second time!"
5. Jesus answered, "What I'm about to tell you is true. No one can enter God's kingdom without being born through water and the Holy Spirit.
6. People give birth to people. But the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7. You should not be surprised when I say, 'You must all be born again.'
8. "The wind blows where it wants to. You hear the sound it makes. But you can't tell where it comes from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born through the Spirit."
9. "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10. "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus. "Don't you understand these things?
11. "What I'm about to tell you is true. We speak about what we know. We give witness to what we have seen. But still you people do not accept our witness.
12. I have spoken to you about earthly things, and you do not believe. So how will you believe if I speak about heavenly things?
13. "No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven. He is the Son of Man.
14. Moses lifted up the snake in the desert. The Son of Man must be lifted up also.
15. Then everyone who believes in him can live with God forever.
16. "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
17. "God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him.
18. Anyone who believes in him is not judged. But anyone who does not believe is judged already. He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.