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Bible in one year


May 16


2 Samuel 3:1-39
1. The war between Saul's royal house and David's royal house lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger. But the royal house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2. Sons were born to David in Hebron. His first son was Amnon. Amnon's mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel.
3. His second son was Kileab. Kileab's mother was Abigail. She was Nabal's widow from Carmel. The third son was Absalom. His mother was Maacah. She was the daughter of Talmai, the king of Geshur.
4. The fourth son was Adonijah. His mother was Haggith. The fifth son was Shephatiah. His mother was Abital.
5. The sixth son was Ithream. His mother was David's wife Eglah. Those sons were born to David in Hebron.
6. The fighting continued between David's royal house and Saul's royal house. Abner gained more and more power in the royal house of Saul.
7. While Saul was still alive, he had a concubine named Rizpah. She was the daughter of Aiah. Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, "Why did you have sex with my father's concubine?"
8. Abner burned with anger because of what Ish-Bosheth said. He answered, "Do you think I'm only a dog's head? Am I on Judah's side? To this very day I've been true to the royal house of your father Saul. I've been true to his family and friends. I haven't handed you over to David. But now you claim that I've sinned with this woman!
9. "I will do for David what the Lord promised him with an oath. If I don't, may God punish me greatly.
10. I'll take the kingdom away from Saul's royal house. I'll set up the throne of David's kingdom over Israel and Judah. He will rule from Dan all the way to Beersheba."
11. Ish-Bosheth didn't dare to say another word to Abner. He was much too afraid of him.
12. Then Abner sent messengers to David to speak for him. They said, "Who will rule over this land? Make a covenant with me. Then I'll help you bring all of the people of Israel over to your side."
13. "Good," said David. "I will make a covenant with you. But there's one thing I want you to do. Bring Saul's daughter Michal to me. Don't come to see me unless she's with you."
14. Then David sent messengers to Saul's son Ish-Bosheth. He ordered them to say, "Give me my wife Michal. She was promised to me. I paid for her with the skins I cut off when I circumcised 100 Philistines."
15. So Ish-Bosheth gave the order. He sent men who took Michal away from her husband Paltiel. Paltiel was the son of Laish.
16. But her husband followed her to Bahurim. He was crying all the way. Then Abner said to him, "Go back home!" So he did.
17. Abner talked with the elders of Israel. He said, "For some time you have wanted to make David your king.
18. Now do it! The Lord made a promise to David. He said, 'I will save my people Israel from the powerful hand of the Philistines. I will also save them from all of their enemies. I will save them through my servant David.' "
19. Abner also spoke to the people of Benjamin in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything. He told him what Israel and all of the people of Benjamin wanted to do.
20. Abner had 20 men with him. They came to David at Hebron. So David prepared a big dinner for Abner and his men.
21. Then Abner said to David, "Let me go right now. I'll gather together all of the people of Israel for you. After all, you are now my king and master. The people can make a covenant with you. Then you can rule over everyone you want to." So David sent Abner away. And he went in peace.
22. Just then David's men and Joab came back from attacking their enemies. They brought with them the large amount of goods they had taken. But Abner wasn't with David in Hebron anymore. That's because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
23. Joab and all of the soldiers who were with him arrived. Then he was told that Abner, the son of Ner, had come to see the king. He was told that the king had sent Abner away. He was also told that Abner had gone in peace.
24. So Joab went to the king. He said, "What have you done? Abner came to you. Why did you let him get away? Now he's gone!
25. You know what Abner, the son of Ner, is like. He came to trick you. He wanted to watch your every move. He came to find out everything you are doing."
26. Then Joab left David. He sent messengers to get Abner. They brought Abner back from the well of Sirah. But David didn't know about it.
27. When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him to one side. He brought him to the entrance of the city gate. Joab acted as if he wanted to speak to him in private. But he really wanted to get even with him. That's because Abner had spilled the blood of Joab's brother Asahel. So Joab stabbed him in the stomach. And Abner died.
28. Later on, David heard about it. He said, "I and the people of my kingdom aren't guilty of spilling the blood of Abner, the son of Ner. We are free of blame forever in the sight of the Lord.
29. "May Joab and his whole family line be held accountable for spilling Abner's blood! May someone in Joab's family always have an open sore or skin disease. May someone in his family always have to use a crutch to walk. May someone in his family be killed with a sword. And may someone in his family never have enough food to eat."
30. Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner. They did it because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.
31. David spoke to Joab and all of the people who were with him. He said, "Tear your clothes. Put on black clothes. Sob when you walk in front of Abner's body." King David himself walked behind it.
32. Abner's body was buried in Hebron. The king sobbed out loud at Abner's tomb. So did the rest of the people.
33. King David sang a song of sadness over Abner. He said, "Should Abner have died as sinful people do?
34. His hands were not tied. His feet were not chained. He died as if he had been killed by evil people." All of the people sobbed over Abner again.
35. Then all of them came and begged David to eat something. They wanted him to eat while it was still day. But David took an oath. He said, "I won't taste bread or anything else before the sun goes down. If I do, may God punish me greatly!"
36. All of the people heard it and were pleased. In fact, everything the king did pleased them.
37. So on that day all of the people of Judah and Israel understood. They knew that the king didn't have anything to do with the murder of Abner, the son of Ner.
38. The king spoke to his men. He said, "Don't you realize that a great commander has died in Israel today?
39. I'm the anointed king. But today I'm weak. These sons of Zeruiah are too powerful for me. May the Lord pay back the one who killed Abner! May he pay him back for the evil thing he has done!"

2 Samuel 4:1-12
1. Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul, heard that Abner had died in Hebron. Then he wasn't so brave anymore. And all of the people of Israel became alarmed.
2. Two men in Ish-Bosheth's army led small companies that attacked their enemies. The names of the men were Baanah and Recab. They were sons of Rimmon from the town of Beeroth. Rimmon was from the tribe of Benjamin. Beeroth is considered to be part of Benjamin.
3. That's because the people who used to live in Beeroth had run away to Gittaim. They have lived there as outsiders to this very day.
4. Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son named Mephibosheth. Both of Mephibosheth's feet were hurt. He was five years old when the news that Saul and Jonathan had died came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and ran. But as she hurried to get away, he fell down. That's how his feet were hurt.
5. Recab and Baanah started out for the house of Ish-Bosheth. They were the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth. They arrived there during the hottest time of the day. Ish-Bosheth was taking his early afternoon nap.
6. Recab and his brother Baanah went into the inside part of the house. They acted as if they were going to get some wheat. Instead, they stabbed Ish-Bosheth in the stomach. Then they slipped away.
7. They had gone into the house while Ish-Bosheth was lying on his bed in his bedroom. They stabbed him and killed him. Then they cut off his head and took it with them. They traveled all night through the Arabah Valley.
8. They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to King David at Hebron. They said to him, "Here's the head of Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul. Saul was your enemy. He often tried to kill you. Today the Lord has paid Saul and his family back. He has let you get even with them. You are our king and master."
9. David gave an answer to Recab and his brother Baanah. They were the sons of Rimmon of Beeroth. David said, "The Lord has saved me from all of my troubles.
10. A man once told me, 'Saul is dead.' He thought he was bringing me good news. But I grabbed hold of him. I had him put to death in Ziklag. That's the reward I gave him for his news! And that's just as sure as the Lord is alive.
11. "Now you evil men have killed a man in his own house. He hadn't done anything wrong. You killed him while he was lying on his own bed. You spilled his blood. So shouldn't I spill your blood? Shouldn't I wipe you off the face of the earth?"
12. Then David gave an order to his men. They killed Recab and Baanah. They cut off their hands and feet. They hung their bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they buried the head of Ish-Bosheth in Abner's tomb at Hebron.

Psalms 62:5-12
5. I will find my rest in God alone. He is the One who gives me hope.
6. He alone is my rock. He is the One who saves me. He is like a fort to me. I will always be secure.
7. I depend on God to save me and to honor me. He is my mighty rock. He is my place of safety.
8. Trust in him at all times, you people. Tell him all of your troubles. God is our place of safety. Selah
9. Ordinary people are only a breath. Important people are not what they seem to be. If they were weighed on a scale, they wouldn't amount to anything. Together they are only a breath.
10. Don't trust in money you have taken from others. Don't be proud of things you have stolen. Even if your riches grow, don't put your trust in them.
11. God, I have heard you say two things. One is that you, God, are strong.
12. The other is that you, Lord, are loving. I'm sure you will reward each person in keeping with what he has done.

Proverbs 16:13-15
13. Kings are pleased when what you say is honest. They value people who speak the truth.
14. An angry king can order your death. But a wise man will try to calm him down.
15. When a king's face is happy, it means life. His favor is like rain in the spring.

John 4:31-54
31. His disciples were saying to him, "Rabbi, eat something!"
32. But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33. Then his disciples asked each other, "Did someone bring him food?"
34. Jesus said, "My food is to do what my Father sent me to do. My food is to finish his work.
35. "You say, 'Four months more, and then it will be harvest time.' But I tell you, open your eyes! Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest right now.
36. Those who gather the crop are already getting paid. They are already harvesting the crop for eternal life. So those who plant and those who gather can now be glad together.
37. "Here is a true saying. 'One plants and another gathers.'
38. I sent you to gather what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work. You have gathered the benefits of their work."
39. Many of the Samaritans from the town of Sychar believed in Jesus. They believed because of the woman's witness. She said, "He told me everything I've ever done."
40. Then the Samaritans came to him and tried to get him to stay with them. So he stayed two days.
41. Because of his words, many more people became believers.
42. They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said. We have now heard for ourselves. We know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
43. After the two days, Jesus left for Galilee.
44. He himself had pointed out that a prophet is not respected in his own country.
45. When he arrived in Galilee, the people living there welcomed him. They had seen everything he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast. That was because they had also been there.
46. Once more, Jesus visited Cana in Galilee. Cana is where he had turned the water into wine. A royal official was there. His son was sick in bed at Capernaum.
47. The official heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea. So he went to Jesus and begged him to come and heal his son. The boy was close to death.
48. Jesus told him, "You people will never believe unless you see miraculous signs and wonders."
49. The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50. Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said, and so he left.
51. While he was still on his way home, his servants met him. They gave him the news that his boy was living.
52. He asked what time his son got better. They said to him, "The fever left him yesterday afternoon at one o'clock."
53. Then the father realized what had happened. That was the exact time Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his family became believers.
54. This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.