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Bible in one year


May 18


2 Samuel 7:1-29
1. The king settled down in his palace. The Lord had given him peace and rest from all of his enemies who were around him.
2. Then the king spoke to the prophet Nathan. He said, "Here I am, living in a palace that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of God remains in a tent."
3. Nathan replied to the king, "Go ahead and do what you want to. The Lord is with you."
4. That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan. The Lord said,
5. "Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, 'The Lord says, "Are you the one to build me a house to live in?
6. I have not lived in a house from the day I brought the people of Israel up out of Egypt until now. I have been moving from place to place. I have been living in a tent.
7. I have moved from place to place with all of the people of Israel. I commanded their rulers to be shepherds over them. I never asked any of those rulers, 'Why haven't you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?' " '
8. "So tell my servant David, 'The Lord who rules over all says, "I took you away from the grasslands. That's where you were taking care of your father's sheep and goats. I made you ruler over my people Israel.
9. I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I cut off all of your enemies when you were attacking them. " ' "Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth.
10. I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Evil people will no longer crush them, as they did at first.
11. That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will give you peace and rest from all of them. " ' "I tell you that I myself will set up a royal house for you.
12. Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will make one of your own sons the next king after you. And I will make his kingdom secure.
13. He is the one who will build a house where I will put my Name. " ' "I will set up the throne of his kingdom. It will last forever.
14. I will be his father. And he will be my son. When he does what is wrong, I will use other men to beat him with rods and whips.
15. I took my love away from Saul. I removed him from being king. You were there when I did it. But I will never take my love away from your son.
16. " ' "Your royal house and your kingdom will last forever in my sight. Your throne will last forever." ' "
17. Nathan reported to David all of the words that the Lord had spoken to him.
18. Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said, "Lord and King, who am I? My family isn't important. So why have you brought me this far?
19. I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, Lord and King, you have also spoken about what is going to happen to my royal house in days to come. Lord and King, is this your usual way of dealing with people?
20. "What more can I say to you? Lord and King, you know all about me.
21. You have done a wonderful thing. You have made it known to me. You have done it because that's what you said you would do. It's exactly what you wanted to do for me.
22. "Lord and King, how great you are! There isn't anyone like you. There isn't any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears.
23. "Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven out nations and their gods to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt.
24. You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.
25. "And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made to me and my royal house. Do exactly as you promised.
26. Then your name will be honored forever. People will say, 'The Lord rules over all. He is God over Israel.' My royal house will be made secure in your sight.
27. "Lord who rules over all, you are the God of Israel. Here's what you have shown me. You told me, 'I will build you a royal house.' So I can boldly offer this prayer to you.
28. Lord and King, you are God! Your words can be trusted. You have promised many good things to me.
29. "Now please bless my royal house. Then it will continue forever in your sight. Lord and King, you have spoken. Because you have given my royal house your blessing, it will be blessed forever."

2 Samuel 8:1-18
1. While David was king of Israel, he won many battles over the Philistines. He brought them under his control. He took Metheg Ammah away from them.
2. David also won the battle over the people of Moab. He made them lie down on the ground. Then he measured them off with a piece of rope. He put two-thirds of them to death. He let the other third remain alive. So the Moabites were brought under David's rule. They gave him the gifts he required them to bring him.
3. David fought against Hadadezer, the son of Rehob. Hadadezer was king of Zobah. He had gone to take back control of the land along the Euphrates River.
4. David captured 1,000 of Hadadezer's chariots, 7,000 chariot riders and 20,000 soldiers on foot. He cut the legs of all but 100 of the chariot horses.
5. The Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, the king of Zobah. But David struck down 22,000 of them.
6. He stationed some soldiers in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus. The people of Aram were brought under his rule. They gave him the gifts he required them to bring him. The Lord helped David win his battles everywhere he went.
7. David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer. He brought the shields to Jerusalem.
8. He took a huge amount of bronze from Tebah and Berothai. Those towns belonged to Hadadezer.
9. Tou was king of Hamath. He heard that David had won the battle over the entire army of Hadadezer.
10. So Tou sent his son Joram to King David. Joram greeted David. He praised him because he had won the battle over Hadadezer. Hadadezer had been at war with Tou. So Joram brought with him articles that were made out of silver, gold and bronze.
11. King David set those articles apart for the Lord. He had done the same thing with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations he had brought under his control.
12. Those nations were Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia and Amalek. He also set apart for the Lord what he had taken from Hadadezer, the son of Rehob. Hadadezer was king of Zobah.
13. David returned after he had struck down 18,000 men of Edom in the Valley of Salt. He became famous for doing it.
14. He stationed some soldiers all through Edom. The whole nation of Edom was brought under his rule. The Lord helped David win his battles everywhere he went.
15. David ruled over the whole nation of Israel. He did what was fair and right for all of his people.
16. Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was commander over the army. Jehoshaphat, the son of Ahilud, kept the records.
17. Zadok, the son of Ahitub, was a priest. Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, was also a priest. Seraiah was the secretary.
18. Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was commander over the Kerethites and Pelethites. And David's sons were royal advisers.

Psalms 64:1-10
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David. God, hear me as I tell you my problem. Don't let my enemies kill me.
2. Hide me from those who make evil plans against me. Hide me from that crowd of people who are doing evil.
3. They make their tongues like sharp swords. They aim their words like deadly arrows.
4. They shoot from their hiding places at people who aren't guilty of doing anything wrong. They shoot quickly. They aren't afraid of being caught.
5. They help each other make evil plans. They talk about hiding their traps. They say, "Who can see what we are doing?"
6. They make plans to do what is evil. They say, "We have thought up a perfect plan!" The hearts and minds of people are so clever!
7. But God will shoot my enemies with his arrows. He will suddenly strike them down.
8. He will turn their own words against them. He will destroy them. All those who see them will shake their heads and look down on them.
9. Everyone will respect God. They will tell about his works. They will think about what he has done.
10. Let godly people be full of joy because of what the Lord has done. Let them go to him for safety. Let all those whose hearts are honest praise him.

Proverbs 16:18-19
18. If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall.
19. Suppose you are lowly in spirit and are with those who are beaten down. That's better than sharing stolen goods with those who are proud.

John 5:24-47
24. "What I'm about to tell you is true. Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He will not be found guilty. He has crossed over from death to life.
25. "What I'm about to tell you is true. A time is coming for me to give life. In fact, it has already begun. The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. Those who hear it will live.
26. "The Father has life in himself. He has also allowed the Son to have life in himself.
27. And the Father has given him the authority to judge. This is because he is the Son of Man.
28. "Do not be amazed at this. A time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice.
29. They will all come out of their graves. Those who have done good will rise and live again. Those who have done evil will rise and be found guilty.
30. "I can do nothing by myself. I judge only as I hear. And my judging is fair. I do not try to please myself. I try only to please the One who sent me.
31. "If I give witness about myself, it doesn't count.
32. There is someone else who gives witness in my favor. And I know that his witness about me counts.
33. "You have sent people to John. He has given witness to the truth.
34. I do not accept human witness. I only talk about it so you can be saved.
35. John was like a lamp that burned and gave light. For a while you chose to enjoy his light.
36. "The witness I have is more important than John's. I am doing the very work the Father gave me to finish. It gives witness that the Father has sent me.
37. "The Father who sent me has himself given witness about me. You have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he really looks like.
38. And his word does not live in you. This is because you do not believe the One he sent.
39. "You study the Scriptures carefully. You study them because you think they will give you eternal life. The Scriptures you study give witness about me.
40. But you refuse to come to me and receive life.
41. "I do not accept praise from people.
42. But I know you. I know that you do not have love for God in your hearts.
43. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me. But if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44. "You accept praise from one another. But you make no effort to receive the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe?
45. "Do not think I will bring charges against you in front of the Father. Moses is the one who does that. And he is the one you build your hopes on.
46. "Do you believe Moses? Then you should believe me. He wrote about me.
47. But you do not believe what he wrote. So how are you going to believe what I say?"