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2 Samuel 11:1-27
1. It was spring. It was the time when kings go off to war. So David sent Joab out with the king's special troops and the whole army of Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites. They went to the city of Rabbah. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2. One evening David got up from his bed. He walked around on the roof of his palace. From the roof he saw a woman taking a bath. She was very beautiful.
3. David sent a messenger to find out who she was. The messenger returned and said, "She is Bathsheba. She's the daughter of Eliam. She's the wife of Uriah. He's a Hittite."
4. Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him. And he had sex with her. Then she went back home. All of that took place after she had already made herself "clean" from her monthly period.
5. Later, Bathsheba found out she was pregnant. She sent a message to David. It said, "I'm pregnant."
6. So David sent a message to Joab. It said, "Send me Uriah, the Hittite." Joab sent him to David.
7. Uriah came to David. David asked him how Joab and the soldiers were doing. He also asked him how the war was going.
8. David said to Uriah, "Go home and enjoy some time with your wife." So Uriah left the palace. Then the king sent him a gift.
9. But Uriah didn't go home. Instead, he slept at the entrance to the palace. He stayed there with all of his master's servants.
10. David was told, "Uriah didn't go home." So he sent for Uriah. He said to him, "You have been away for a long time. Why didn't you go home?"
11. Uriah said to David, "The ark and the army of Israel and Judah are out there in tents. My master Joab and your special troops are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink? How could I go there and make love to my wife? I could never do a thing like that. And that's just as sure as you are alive!"
12. Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day. Tomorrow I'll send you back to the battle." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13. David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him. David got him drunk. But Uriah still didn't go home. In the evening he went out and slept on his mat. He stayed there among his master's servants.
14. The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab. He sent it along with Uriah.
15. In it he wrote, "Put Uriah on the front lines. That's where the fighting is the heaviest. Then pull your men back from him. When you do, the Ammonites will strike him down and kill him."
16. So Joab attacked the city. He put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest enemy fighters were.
17. The troops came out of the city. They fought against Joab. Some of the men in David's army were killed. Uriah, the Hittite, also died.
18. Joab sent David a full report of the battle.
19. He told the messenger, "Tell the king everything that happened in the battle. When you are finished,
20. his anger might explode. He might ask you, 'Why did you go so close to the city to fight against it? Didn't you know that the enemy soldiers would shoot arrows down from the wall?
21. Don't you remember how Abimelech, the son of Jerub-Besheth, was killed? A woman dropped a large millstone on him from the wall. That's how he died in Thebez. So why did you go so close to the wall?' If the king asks you that, tell him, 'Your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead.' "
22. The messenger started out for Jerusalem. When he arrived there, he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.
23. The messenger said to David, "The men who were in the city were more powerful than we were. They came out to fight against us in the open. But we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.
24. Then those who were armed with bows shot arrows at us from the wall. Some of your special troops were killed. Your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead."
25. David told the messenger, "Tell Joab, 'Don't get upset over what happened. Swords kill one person as well as another. So keep on attacking the city. Destroy it.' Tell that to Joab. It will cheer him up."
26. Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead. She sobbed over him.
27. When her time of sadness was over, David had her brought to his house. She became his wife. And she had a son by him. But the Lord wasn't pleased with what David had done.

2 Samuel 12:1-31
1. The Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David. When Nathan came to him, he said, "Two men lived in the same town. One was rich. The other was poor.
2. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle.
3. But all the poor man had was one little female lamb. He had bought it. He raised it. It grew up with him and his children. It shared his food. It drank from his cup. It even slept in his arms. It was just like a daughter to him.
4. "One day a traveler came to the rich man. The rich man wanted to prepare a meal for him. But he didn't want to kill one of his own sheep or cattle. Instead, he took the little female lamb that belonged to the poor man. Then he cooked it for the traveler who had come to him."
5. David burned with anger against the rich man. He said to Nathan, "The man who did that is worthy of death. And that's just as sure as the Lord is alive.
6. The man must pay back four times as much as that lamb was worth. How could he do such a thing? And he wasn't even sorry he had done it."
7. Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says, 'I anointed you king over Israel. I saved you from Saul's powerful hand.
8. I gave you everything that belonged to your master Saul. I even put his wives into your arms. I made you king over the people of Israel and Judah. And if all of that had not been enough for you, I would have given you even more.
9. " 'Why did you turn your back on what I told you to do? You did what is evil in my sight. You made sure that Uriah, the Hittite, would be killed in battle. You took his wife to be your own. You let the men of Ammon kill him with their swords.
10. " 'So time after time members of your own royal house will be killed with swords. That's because you turned your back on me. You took the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, to be your own.'
11. "The Lord also says, 'I am going to bring trouble on you. It will come from your own family. I will take your wives away. Your own eyes will see it. I will give your wives to a man who is close to you. He will have sex with them in the middle of the day.
12. You committed your sins in secret. But I will make sure that the sin the man commits with your wives will take place in the middle of the day. Everyone in Israel will see it.' "
13. Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You aren't going to die.
14. But you have dared to make fun of the Lord. So the son who has been born to you will die."
15. Nathan went home. Then the Lord made the child that had been born to Uriah's wife by David very sick.
16. David begged God to heal the child. David didn't eat anything. He spent his nights lying on the ground.
17. His most trusted servants stood beside him. They wanted him to get up from the ground. But he refused to do it. And he wouldn't eat any food with them.
18. On the seventh day the child died. David's servants were afraid to tell him the child was dead. They thought, "While the child was still alive, we spoke to David. But he wouldn't listen to us. So how can we tell him the child is dead? He might do something terrible to himself."
19. David saw that his servants were whispering to each other. Then he realized the child was dead. "Has the child died?" he asked. "Yes," they replied. "He's dead."
20. Then David got up from the ground. After he washed himself, he put on lotions. He changed his clothes. He went into the house of the Lord and worshiped him. Then he went to his own house. He asked for some food. They served it to him. And he ate it.
21. His servants asked him, "Why are you acting like this? While the child was still alive, you wouldn't eat anything. You cried a lot. But now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!"
22. He answered, "While the child was still alive, I didn't eat anything. And I cried a lot. I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord might show favor to me. He might let the child live.'
23. But now he's dead. So why should I go without eating? Can I bring him back to life again? Someday I'll go to him. But he won't return to me."
24. Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and made love to her. Some time later she had a son. He was given the name Solomon. The Lord loved him.
25. So the Lord sent a message through the prophet Nathan. It said, "Name the boy Jedidiah."
26. During that time, Joab fought against Rabbah. It was the royal city of the Ammonites. It had high walls around it. Joab was about to capture it.
27. He sent messengers to David. He told them to say, "I have fought against Rabbah. I've taken control of its water supply.
28. So bring the rest of the troops together. Surround the city and get ready to attack it. Then capture it. If you don't, I'll capture it myself. Then it will be named after me."
29. So David brought the whole army together and went to Rabbah. He attacked it and captured it.
30. He took the gold crown off the head of the king of Ammon. The crown weighed 75 pounds. It had jewels in it. It was placed on David's head. He took a huge amount of goods from the city.
31. He brought out the people who were there. He made them work with saws and iron picks and axes. He forced them to make bricks. He did that to all of the towns in Ammon. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

Psalms 65:9-13
9. You take care of the land and water it. You make it very rich. You fill your streams with water. You provide the people with grain. That's how you prepare the land.
10. You water its rows. You smooth out its bumps. You soften it with showers. And you bless its crops.
11. You bring the year to a close with huge crops. You provide more than enough food.
12. The grass grows thick even in the desert. The hills are dressed with gladness.
13. The meadows are covered with flocks and herds. The valleys are dressed with grain. They sing and shout with joy.

Proverbs 16:22-24
22. Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it. But foolish people are punished for the foolish things they do.
23. The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more.
24. Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.

John 6:22-51
22. The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake realized something. They saw that only one boat had been there. They knew that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. And they knew that the disciples had gone away alone.
23. Then some boats from Tiberias landed. It was near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord gave thanks.
24. The crowd realized that Jesus and his disciples were not there. So they got into boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.
25. They found him on the other side of the lake. They asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
26. Jesus answered, "What I'm about to tell you is true. You are not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs. You are looking for me because you ate the loaves until you were full.
27. Do not work for food that spoils. Work for food that lasts forever. That is the food the Son of Man will give you. God the Father has put his seal of approval on him."
28. Then they asked him, "What does God want from us? What works does he want us to do?"
29. Jesus answered, "God's work is to believe in the One he has sent."
30. So they asked him, "What miraculous sign will you give us? What will you do so we can see it and believe you?
31. Long ago our people ate the manna in the desert. It is written in Scripture, 'The Lord gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "--(Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25)
32. Jesus said to them, "What I'm about to tell you is true. It is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven. It is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33. The bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven. He gives life to the world."
34. "Sir," they said, "give us this bread from now on."
35. Then Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever go hungry. And no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty.
36. "But it is just as I told you. You have seen me, and you still do not believe.
37. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me. I will never send away anyone who comes to me.
38. "I have not come down from heaven to do what I want to do. I have come to do what the One who sent me wants me to do.
39. The One who sent me doesn't want me to lose anyone he has given me. He wants me to raise them up on the last day.
40. My Father wants all who look to the Son and believe in him to have eternal life. I will raise them up on the last day."
41. Then the Jews began to complain about Jesus. That was because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
42. They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph? Don't we know his father and mother? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
43. "Stop complaining among yourselves," Jesus answered.
44. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me brings him. Then I will raise him up on the last day.
45. "It is written in the Prophets, 'God will teach all of them.'--(Isaiah 54:13) Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
46. "No one has seen the Father except the One who has come from God. Only he has seen the Father.
47. What I'm about to tell you is true. Everyone who believes has life forever.
48. "I am the bread of life.
49. Long ago your people ate the manna in the desert, and they still died.
50. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven. A person can eat it and not die.
51. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Everyone who eats some of this bread will live forever. The bread is my body. I will give it for the life of the world."