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Bible in one year


May 4


1 Samuel 10:1-27
1. Then Samuel took a bottle of olive oil. He poured it on Saul's head and kissed him. He said, "The Lord has anointed you to be the leader of his people.
2. When you leave me today, you will meet two men. They will be near Rachel's tomb at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They'll say to you, 'The donkeys you have been looking for have been found. Now your father has stopped thinking about them. Instead, he's worried about you. He's asking, "What can I do to find my son?" '
3. "You will go on from Zelzah until you come to the large tree at Tabor. Three men will meet you there. They'll be on their way up to Bethel to worship God. One of them will be carrying three young goats. Another will be carrying three loaves of bread. A third will be carrying a bottle of wine. It will be a bottle that is made out of animal skin.
4. The men will greet you. They'll offer you two loaves of bread. You will accept the loaves from them.
5. "After that, you will go to Gibeah of God. Some Philistine soldiers are stationed there. As you approach the town, you will meet a group of prophets. They'll be coming down from the high place where they worship. People will be playing lyres, tambourines, flutes and harps at the head of the group. The prophets will be prophesying.
6. The Spirit of the Lord will come on you with power. Then you will prophesy along with them. You will become a different person.
7. "All of those things will happen. Then do what you want to do. God is with you.
8. "Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. You can be sure that I'll come down to you there. I'll come and sacrifice burnt offerings and friendship offerings. But you must wait there for seven days until I come to you. Then I'll tell you what to do."
9. As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart. All of those things happened that day.
10. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met Saul. Then the Spirit of God came on him with power. He prophesied along with them.
11. Those who had known Saul before saw him prophesying with the prophets. They asked one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also one of the prophets?"
12. A man who lived in Gibeah answered, "Yes, he is. In fact, he's their leader." That's why people say, "Is Saul also one of the prophets?"
13. After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place to worship.
14. Later, Saul's uncle spoke to him and his servant. He asked, "Where have you been?" "Looking for the donkeys," he said. "But we couldn't find them. So we went to Samuel."
15. Saul's uncle said, "Tell me what Samuel said to you."
16. Saul replied, "He told us the donkeys had been found." But Saul didn't tell his uncle that Samuel had said he would become king.
17. Samuel sent a message to the people of Israel. He told them to meet with the Lord at Mizpah.
18. He said to them, "The Lord is the God of Israel. He says, 'Israel, I brought you up out of Egypt. I saved you from their powerful hand. I also saved you from the powerful hand of all of the kingdoms that had beaten you down.'
19. "But now you have turned your backs on your God. He saves you out of all of your trouble and suffering. In spite of that, you have said, 'We refuse to listen. Place a king over us.' "So now gather together to meet with the Lord. Do it tribe by tribe and family group by family group."
20. Then Samuel had each tribe of Israel come forward. The tribe of Benjamin was chosen.
21. Next he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward, family group by family group. Matri's group was chosen. Finally Saul, the son of Kish, was chosen. But when people looked for him, they realized he wasn't there.
22. They needed more help from the Lord. So they asked him, "Has the man come here yet?" The Lord said, "Yes. He has hidden himself among the supplies."
23. So they ran over there and brought him out. When he stood up, the people saw that he was a head taller than any of them.
24. Samuel spoke to all of the people. He said, "Look at the man the Lord has chosen! There isn't anyone like him among all of the people." Then the people shouted, "May the king live a long time!"
25. Samuel explained to the people what the king who ruled over them should do. He wrote it down on a scroll. He placed it in front of the Lord in the holy tent. Then he sent the people away. He sent each of them to their own homes.
26. Saul also went to his home in Gibeah. Some brave men whose hearts God had touched went with Saul.
27. But some evil people who wanted to stir up trouble said, "How can this fellow save us?" They looked down on him. They didn't bring him any gifts. But Saul kept quiet about it.

1 Samuel 11:1-15
1. Nahash was the king of Ammon. He and his army went up to Jabesh Gilead. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. All of the men of Jabesh spoke to Nahash. They said, "Make a peace treaty with us. Then we'll be under your control."
2. Nahash, the king of Ammon, replied, "I will make a peace treaty with you. But I'll do it only on one condition. You must let me put out the right eye of every one of you. I want to bring shame on the whole nation of Israel."
3. The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days to report back to you. We'll send messengers all through Israel. If no one comes to save us, we'll hand ourselves over to you."
4. The messengers came to Gibeah of Saul. They reported to the people the terms Nahash had required. Then all of the people sobbed out loud.
5. Just then Saul was coming in from the fields. He was walking behind his oxen. He asked, "What's wrong with the people? Why are they sobbing?" He was told what the men of Jabesh had said.
6. When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came on him with power. He burned with anger.
7. He got a pair of oxen and cut them into pieces. He sent the pieces by messengers all through Israel. They announced, "You must follow Saul and Samuel. If you don't, this is what will happen to your oxen." The terror of the Lord fell on the people. So all of them came together with one purpose in mind.
8. Saul brought his army together at Bezek. There were 300,000 men from Israel and 30,000 from Judah.
9. The messengers who had come were told, "Go back and report to the men of Jabesh Gilead. Tell them, 'By the hottest time of the day tomorrow, you will be saved.' " The messengers went and reported it to the men of Jabesh. It made those men very happy.
10. They said to the people of Ammon, "Tomorrow we'll hand ourselves over to you. Then you can do to us what seems best to you."
11. The next day Saul separated his men into three groups. While it was still dark, they broke into the camp of the Ammonite army. They kept killing the men of Ammon until the hottest time of the day. Those who got away alive were scattered. There weren't two of them left together anywhere.
12. The people said to Samuel, "Who asked, 'Is Saul going to rule over us?' Bring those people to us. We'll put them to death."
13. But Saul said, "We won't put anyone to death today! After all, this is the day the Lord has saved Israel."
14. Then Samuel said to the people, "Come on. Let's go to Gilgal. There we'll agree to have Saul as our king."
15. So all of the people went to Gilgal. There, with the Lord as witness, they agreed to have Saul as their king. There they sacrificed friendship offerings to the Lord. And there Saul and all of the people of Israel celebrated with great joy.

Psalms 55:16-23
16. But I call out to God. And the Lord saves me.
17. Evening, morning and noon I groan and cry out. And he hears my voice.
18. Even though many enemies are fighting against me, he brings me safely back from the battle.
19. God sits on his throne forever. He hears my prayers and makes my enemies suffer. Selah They never change their ways. They don't have any respect for God.
20. My companion attacks his friends. He breaks his promise.
21. His talk is as smooth as butter. But he has war in his heart. His words flow like olive oil. But they are like swords ready for battle.
22. Turn your worries over to the Lord. He will keep you going. He will never let godly people fall.
23. God, you will bring sinners down to the grave. Murderers and liars won't live out even half of their lives. But I trust in you.

Proverbs 15:18-20
18. A man who burns with anger stirs up fights. But a person who is patient calms things down.
19. The way of people who don't want to work is blocked with thorns. But the path of honest people is a wide road.
20. A wise son makes his father glad. But a foolish son hates his mother.

Luke 22:24-46
24. They also started to argue. They disagreed about which of them was thought to be the most important person.
25. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the nations hold power over their people. And those who order them around call themselves Protectors.
26. But you must not be like that. Instead, the most important among you should be like the youngest. The one who rules should be like the one who serves.
27. "Who is more important? Is it the one at the table, or the one who serves? Isn't it the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28. You have stood by me during my troubles.
29. And I give you a kingdom, just as my Father gave me a kingdom.
30. Then you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
31. "Simon, Simon! Satan has asked to sift you disciples like wheat.
32. But I have prayed for you, Simon. I have prayed that your faith will not fail. When you have turned back, help your brothers to be strong."
33. But Simon replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."
34. Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, you will say three times that you don't know me. And you will do it before the rooster crows today."
35. Then Jesus asked the disciples, "Did you need anything when I sent you without a purse, bag or sandals?" "Nothing," they answered.
36. He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it. And also take a bag. If you don't have a sword, sell your coat and buy one.
37. It is written, 'He was counted among those who had committed crimes.'--(Isaiah 53:12) I tell you that what is written about me must come true. Yes, it is already coming true."
38. The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.
39. Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives. His disciples followed him.
40. When they reached the place, Jesus spoke. "Pray that you won't fall into sin when you are tempted," he said to them.
41. Then he went a short distance away from them. There he got down on his knees and prayed.
42. He said, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup of suffering away from me. But do what you want, not what I want."
43. An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave him strength.
44. Because he was very sad and troubled, he prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45. After that, he got up from prayer and went back to the disciples. He found them sleeping. They were worn out because they were very sad.
46. "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up! Pray that you won't fall into sin when you are tempted."