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Bible in one year


May 19


2 Samuel 9:1-13
1. David asked, "Is anyone left from the royal house of Saul? If there is, I want to be kind to him because of Jonathan."
2. Ziba was a servant in Saul's family. David sent for him to come and see him. The king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" "I'm ready to serve you," he replied.
3. The king asked, "Isn't anyone left from the royal house of Saul? God has been very kind to me. I would like to be kind to someone in the same way." Ziba answered the king, "A son of Jonathan is still living. Both of his feet were hurt."
4. "Where is he?" the king asked. Ziba answered, "He's in the town of Lo Debar. He's staying at the house of Makir, the son of Ammiel."
5. So King David had Mephibosheth brought from Makir's house in Lo Debar.
6. Mephibosheth came to David. He was the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul. Mephibosheth bowed down to David to show him respect. David said, "Mephibosheth!" "I'm ready to serve you," he replied.
7. "Don't be afraid," David told him. "You can be sure that I will be kind to you because of your father Jonathan. I'll give back to you all of the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul. And I'll always provide what you need."
8. Mephibosheth bowed down to David. He said, "Who am I? Why should you pay attention to me? I'm nothing but a dead dog."
9. Then the king sent for Saul's servant Ziba. He said to him, "I'm giving your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.
10. You and your sons and your servants must farm the land for him. You must bring in the crops. Then he'll be taken care of. I'll always provide what he needs." Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants.
11. Then Ziba said to the king, "I'll do anything you command me to do. You are my king and master." So David provided what Mephibosheth needed. He treated him like one of the king's sons.
12. Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. All of the members of Ziba's family became servants of Mephibosheth.
13. Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem. The king always provided what he needed. Both of his feet were hurt.

2 Samuel 10:1-19
1. The king of Ammon died. His son Hanun became the next king after him.
2. David thought, "I'm going to be kind to Hanun. His father Nahash was kind to me." So David sent messengers to Hanun. He wanted them to tell Hanun how sad he was that Hanun's father had died. David's messengers went to the land of Ammon.
3. The Ammonite nobles spoke to their master Hanun. They said, "David has sent messengers to tell you he is sad. They say he wants to honor your father. But the real reason they've come is to look the city over. They want to destroy it."
4. So Hanun grabbed hold of David's men. He shaved off half of each man's beard. He cut their clothes off just below the waist and left them half naked. Then he sent them away.
5. David was told about it. So he sent messengers to his men because they were filled with shame. King David said to them, "Stay at Jericho until your beards grow out again. Then come back here."
6. The Ammonites realized that what they had done had made David very angry with them. So they hired 20,000 Aramean soldiers who were on foot. The soldiers came from Beth Rehob and Zobah. The Ammonites also hired the king of Maacah and 1,000 men. And they hired 12,000 men from Tob.
7. David heard about it. So he sent Joab out with the entire army of Israel's fighting men.
8. The Ammonites marched out. They took up their battle positions at the entrance of their city gate. The Arameans of Zobah and Rehob gathered their troops together in the open country. So did the men of Tob and Maacah.
9. Joab saw that there were lines of soldiers in front of him and behind him. So he chose some of the best troops in Israel. He sent them to march out against the Arameans.
10. He put the rest of the men under the command of his brother Abishai. Joab sent them to march out against the Ammonites.
11. He said, "Suppose the Arameans are too strong for me. Then you must come and help me. But suppose the Ammonites are too strong for you. Then I'll come and help you.
12. "Be strong. Let's be brave as we fight for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what he thinks is best."
13. Then Joab and the troops who were with him marched out to attack the Arameans. They ran away from him.
14. The Ammonites saw that the Arameans were running away. So they ran away from Abishai. They went inside the city. After Joab had fought against the Ammonites, he went back to Jerusalem.
15. The Arameans saw that they had been driven away by Israel. So they brought their troops together.
16. Hadadezer had some Arameans brought from east of the Euphrates River. They went to Helam under the command of Shobach. He was the commander of Hadadezer's army.
17. David was told about it. So he gathered the whole army of Israel together. They went across the Jordan River to Helam. The Arameans lined up their soldiers to go to war against David. They began to fight against him.
18. But then they ran away from Israel. David killed 700 of their chariot riders. He killed 40,000 of their soldiers who were on foot. He also struck down Shobach, the commander of their army. Shobach died there.
19. All of the kings who were under the rule of Hadadezer saw that Israel had won the battle over them. So they made a peace treaty with the Israelites. They were brought under Israel's rule. After that, the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.

Psalms 65:1-8
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. God, we look forward to praising you in Zion. We will keep our promises to you.
2. All people will come to you, because you hear and answer prayer.
3. When our sins became too much for us, you forgave our lawless acts.
4. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to worship you. You bring us into the courtyards of your holy temple. There in your house we are filled with all kinds of good things.
5. God our Savior, you answer us by doing wonderful things. You save us by your power. People all over the world and beyond the farthest oceans put their hope in you.
6. You formed the mountains by your power. You showed how strong you are.
7. You calmed the oceans and their roaring waves. You calmed the angry words and actions of the nations.
8. Those who live far away are amazed at the miracles you have done. What you do makes people from one end of the earth to the other sing for joy.

Proverbs 16:20-21
20. If anyone pays attention to what he is taught, he will succeed. Blessed is the person who puts his trust in the Lord.
21. Wise hearts are known for understanding what is right. Pleasant words make people want to learn more.

John 6:1-21
1. Some time after this, Jesus crossed over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. It is also called the Sea of Tiberias.
2. A large crowd of people followed him. They had seen the miraculous signs he had done on those who were sick.
3. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside. There he sat down with his disciples.
4. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
5. Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him. So he said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?"
6. He asked this only to put Philip to the test. He already knew what he was going to do.
7. Philip answered him, "Eight months' pay would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
8. Another of his disciples spoke up. It was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
9. He said, "Here is a boy with five small loaves of barley bread. He also has two small fish. But how far will that go in such a large crowd?"
10. Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down. The number of men among them was about 5,000.
11. Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks. He handed out the bread to those who were seated. He gave them as much as they wanted. And he did the same with the fish.
12. When all of them had enough to eat, Jesus spoke to his disciples. "Gather the leftover pieces," he said. "Don't waste anything."
13. So they gathered what was left over from the five barley loaves. They filled 12 baskets with the pieces left by those who had eaten.
14. The people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did. Then they began to say, "This must be the Prophet who is supposed to come into the world."
15. But Jesus knew that they planned to come and force him to be their king. So he went away again to a mountain by himself.
16. When evening came, Jesus' disciples went down to the Sea of Galilee.
17. There they got into a boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. By now it was dark. Jesus had not yet joined them.
18. A strong wind was blowing, and the water became rough.
19. They rowed three or three and a half miles. Then they saw Jesus coming toward the boat. He was walking on the water. They were terrified.
20. But he said to them, "It is I. Don't be afraid."
21. Then they agreed to take him into the boat. Right away the boat reached the shore where they were heading.