Bible in one year

May 7

1 Samuel 16:1-23
1. The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you be filled with sorrow because of Saul? I have refused to have him as king over Israel. Fill your animal horn with olive oil and go on your way. I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
2. But Samuel said, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it. Then he'll kill me." The Lord said, "Take a young cow with you. Tell the elders of Bethlehem, 'I've come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.'
3. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice. Then I will show you what to do. You must anoint for me the one I point out to you."
4. Samuel did what the Lord said. He arrived at Bethlehem. The elders of the town met him. They were trembling with fear. They asked, "Have you come in peace?"
5. Samuel replied, "Yes, I've come in peace. I've come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Set yourselves apart to him and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he set Jesse and his sons apart to the Lord. He invited them to the sacrifice.
6. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab. He thought, "This has to be the one the Lord wants me to anoint for him."
7. But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider how handsome or tall he is. I have not chosen him. I do not look at the things people look at. Man looks at how someone appears on the outside. But I look at what is in the heart."
8. Then Jesse called for Abinadab. He had him walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The Lord hasn't chosen him either."
9. Then Jesse had Shammah walk by. But Samuel said, "The Lord hasn't chosen him either."
10. Jesse had seven of his sons walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said to him, "The Lord hasn't chosen any of them."
11. So he asked Jesse, "Are these the only sons you have?" "No," Jesse answered. "My youngest son is taking care of the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he arrives."
12. So Jesse sent for his son and had him brought in. His skin was tanned. He had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, "Get up and anoint him. He is the one."
13. So Samuel got the animal horn that was filled with olive oil. He anointed David in front of his brothers. From that day on, the Spirit of the Lord came on David with power. Samuel went back to Ramah.
14. The Spirit of the Lord had left Saul. And an evil spirit that was sent by the Lord terrified him.
15. Saul's attendants said to him, "An evil spirit that was sent by God is terrifying you.
16. Give us an order to look for someone who can play the harp. He will play it when the evil spirit that was sent by God comes on you. Then you will feel better."
17. So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays the harp well. Bring him to me."
18. One of the servants said, "I've seen someone who knows how to play the harp. He is a son of Jesse from Bethlehem. He's a brave man. He would make a good soldier. He's a good speaker. He's very handsome. And the Lord is with him."
19. Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse. He said, "Send me your son David, the one who takes care of your sheep."
20. So Jesse got some bread and a bottle of wine. The bottle was made out of animal skin. He also got a young goat. He loaded everything on the back of a donkey. He sent all of it to Saul with his son David.
21. David went to Saul and began to serve him. Saul liked him very much. David became one of the men who carried Saul's armor.
22. Saul sent a message to Jesse. It said, "Let David stay here. I want him to serve me. I'm pleased with him."
23. When the evil spirit that was sent by God would come on Saul, David would get his harp and play it. That would help Saul. He would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

1 Samuel 17:1-58
1. The Philistines gathered their army together for war. They came to Socoh in Judah. They set up camp at Ephes Dammim. It was between Socoh and Azekah.
2. Saul and the army of Israel gathered together. They camped in the Valley of Elah. They lined up their men to fight against the Philistines.
3. The Philistine army was camped on one hill. Israel's army was on another. The valley was between them.
4. A mighty hero named Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. He was from Gath. He was more than nine feet tall.
5. He had a bronze helmet on his head. He wore a coat of bronze armor. It weighed 125 pounds.
6. On his legs he wore bronze guards. He carried a bronze javelin on his back.
7. His spear was as big as a weaver's rod. Its iron point weighed 15 pounds. The man who carried his shield walked along in front of him.
8. Goliath stood and shouted to the soldiers of Israel. He said, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? I'm a Philistine. You are servants of Saul. Choose one of your men. Have him come down and face me.
9. If he's able to fight and kill me, we'll become your slaves. But if I win and kill him, you will become our slaves and serve us."
10. Goliath continued, "This very day I dare the soldiers of Israel to send a man down to fight against me."
11. Saul and the whole army of Israel heard what the Philistine said. They were terrified.
12. David was the son of an Ephrathite. His name was Jesse. He was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons. When Saul was king, Jesse was already very old.
13. Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul into battle. The oldest son was Eliab. The second was Abinadab. The third was Shammah.
14. David was the youngest. The three oldest sons followed Saul.
15. But David went back and forth from Saul's camp to Bethlehem. He went to Bethlehem to take care of his father's sheep.
16. Every morning and evening Goliath came forward and stood there. He did it for 40 days.
17. Jesse said to his son David, "Get at least half a bushel of grain that has been cooked. Also get ten loaves of bread. Take all of it to your brothers. Hurry to their camp.
18. Take along these ten chunks of cheese to the commander of their company. Find out how your brothers are doing. Bring me back some word about them.
19. They are with Saul and all of the men of Israel. They are in the Valley of Elah. They are fighting against the Philistines."
20. Early in the morning David left his father's flock in the care of a shepherd. David loaded up the food and started out, just as Jesse had directed. David reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions. The soldiers were shouting the war cry.
21. Israel and the Philistines were lining up their armies for battle. The armies were facing each other.
22. David left what he had brought with the man who took care of the supplies. He ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.
23. As David was talking with them, Goliath stepped forward from his line. Goliath was a mighty Philistine hero from Gath. He again dared someone to fight him, and David heard it.
24. When Israel's army saw Goliath, all of them ran away from him. That's because they were filled with fear.
25. The men of Israel had been saying, "Just look at how this man keeps stepping forward! Again and again he dares Israel to fight him. The king will make the man who kills him very wealthy. He will also give him his daughter to be his wife. He won't require anyone in his family to pay any taxes in Israel."
26. David spoke to the men who were standing near him. He asked them, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine? Goliath is bringing shame on Israel. What will be done for the one who removes it? This Philistine isn't even circumcised. He dares the armies of the living God to fight him. Who does he think he is?"
27. The men told David what Israel's soldiers had been saying. The men told him what would be done for the man who killed Goliath.
28. David's oldest brother Eliab heard him speaking with the men. So he burned with anger at him. He asked him, "Why have you come down here? Who did you leave those few sheep in the desert with? I know how proud you are. I know how evil your heart is. The only reason you came down here was to watch the battle."
29. "What have I done now?" said David. "Can't I even speak?"
30. Then he turned away to speak to some other men. He asked them the same question he had asked before. And they gave him the same answer.
31. Someone heard what David said and reported it to Saul. So Saul sent for him.
32. David said to Saul, "Don't let anyone lose hope because of that Philistine. I'll go out and fight him."
33. Saul replied, "You aren't able to go out there and fight that Philistine. You are too young. He's been a fighting man ever since he was a boy."
34. But David said to Saul, "I've been taking care of my father's sheep. Sometimes a lion or a bear would come and carry off a sheep from the flock.
35. Then I would go after it and hit it. I would save the sheep it was carrying in its mouth. If it turned around to attack me, I would grab hold of its hair. I would strike it down and kill it.
36. In fact, I've killed both a lion and a bear. I'll do the same thing to this Philistine. He isn't even circumcised. He has dared the armies of the living God to fight him.
37. "The Lord saved me from the paw of the lion. He saved me from the paw of the bear. And he'll save me from the powerful hand of this Philistine too." Saul said to David, "Go. And may the Lord be with you."
38. Then Saul dressed David in his own military clothes. He put a coat of armor on him. He put a bronze helmet on his head.
39. David put on Saul's sword over his clothes. He walked around for a while in all of that armor because he wasn't used to it. "I can't go out there in all of this armor," he said to Saul. "I'm not used to it." So he took it off.
40. Then David picked up his wooden staff. He went down to a stream and chose five smooth stones. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd's bag. Then he took his sling in his hand and approached Goliath.
41. At that same time, the Philistine kept coming closer to David. The man who was carrying Goliath's shield walked along in front of him.
42. Goliath looked David over. He saw how young he was. He also saw how tanned and handsome he was. And he hated him.
43. He said to David, "Why are you coming at me with sticks? Do you think I'm only a dog?" The Philistine called down curses on David in the name of his god.
44. "Come over here," he said. "I'll feed your body to the birds of the air! I'll feed it to the wild animals!"
45. David said to Goliath, "You are coming to fight against me with a sword, a spear and a javelin. But I'm coming against you in the name of the Lord who rules over all. He is the God of the armies of Israel. He's the one you have dared to fight against.
46. "This very day the Lord will hand you over to me. I'll strike you down. I'll cut your head off. This very day I'll feed the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air. I'll feed them to the wild animals. Then the whole world will know there is a God in Israel.
47. "The Lord doesn't save by using a sword or a spear. And everyone who is here will know it. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will hand all of you over to us."
48. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet him.
49. He reached into his bag. He took out a stone. He put it in his sling. He slung it at Goliath. The stone hit him on the forehead and sank into it. He fell to the ground on his face.
50. So David won the fight against Goliath with a sling and a stone. He struck the Philistine down and killed him. He did it without even using a sword.
51. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of Goliath's sword and pulled it out. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. The Philistines saw that their hero was dead. So they turned around and ran away.
52. Then the men of Israel and Judah shouted and rushed forward. They chased the Philistines to the entrance of Gath. They chased them to the gates of Ekron. The dead bodies of the Philistines were scattered all along the road to Gath and Ekron. That's the road that leads to Shaaraim.
53. Israel's army returned from chasing the Philistines. They had taken everything from the Philistine camp.
54. David picked up Goliath's head. He brought it to Jerusalem. He put Goliath's weapons in his own tent.
55. Saul had been watching David as he went out to meet the Philistine. He spoke to Abner, the commander of the army. He said to him, "Abner, whose son is that young man?" Abner replied, "King Saul, I don't know. And that's just as sure as you are alive."
56. The king said, "Find out whose son that young man is."
57. After David killed Goliath, he returned to the camp. Then Abner brought him to Saul. David was still carrying Goliath's head.
58. "Young man, whose son are you?" Saul asked him. David said, "I'm the son of Jesse from Bethlehem."

Psalms 57:4-11
4. Men who are like lions are all around me. I am lying down among hungry animals. Their teeth are like spears and arrows. Their tongues are like sharp swords.
5. God, may you be honored above the heavens. Let your glory be over the whole earth.
6. My enemies spread a net to catch me by the feet. I felt helpless. They dug a pit in my path. But they fell into it themselves. Selah
7. God, my heart feels secure. My heart feels secure. I will sing and make music to you.
8. My spirit, wake up! Harp and lyre, wake up! I want to sing and make music before the sun rises.
9. Lord, I will praise you among the nations. I will sing about you among the people of the earth.
10. Great is your love. It reaches to the heavens. Your truth reaches to the skies.
11. God, may you be honored above the heavens. Let your glory be over the whole earth.

Proverbs 15:26-26
26. The Lord hates the thoughts of sinful people. But the thoughts of pure people are pleasing to him.

Luke 23:26-56
26. As they led Jesus away, they took hold of Simon. Simon was from Cyrene. He was on his way in from the country. They put a wooden cross on his shoulders. Then they made him carry it behind Jesus.
27. A large number of people followed Jesus. Some were women whose hearts were filled with sorrow. They cried loudly because of him.
28. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children.
29. The time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the women who can't have children! Blessed are those who never gave birth or nursed babies!'
30. It is written, " 'The people will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" They'll say to the hills, "Cover us!" ' --(Hosea 10:8)
31. People do these things when trees are green. So what will happen when trees are dry?"
32. Two other men were also led out with Jesus to be killed. Both of them had broken the law.
33. The soldiers brought them to the place called The Skull. There they nailed Jesus to the cross. He hung between the two criminals. One was on his right and one was on his left.
34. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they are doing." The soldiers divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35. The people stood there watching. The rulers even made fun of Jesus. They said, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."
36. The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him. They offered him wine vinegar.
37. They said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
38. A written sign had been placed above him. It read, ~this is the king of the jews.=
39. One of the criminals hanging there made fun of Jesus. He said, "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself! Save us!"
40. But the other criminal scolded him. "Don't you have any respect for God?" he said. "Remember, you are under the same sentence of death.
41. We are being punished fairly. We are getting just what our actions call for. But this man hasn't done anything wrong."
42. Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
43. Jesus answered him, "What I'm about to tell you is true. Today you will be with me in paradise."
44. It was now about noon. The whole land was covered with darkness until three o'clock.
45. The sun had stopped shining. The temple curtain was torn in two.
46. Jesus called out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my very life." After he said this, he took his last breath.
47. The Roman commander saw what had happened. He praised God and said, "Jesus was surely a man who did what was right."
48. The people had gathered to watch that sight. When they saw what happened, they beat their chests and went away.
49. But all those who knew Jesus stood not very far away, watching those things. They included the women who had followed him from Galilee.
50. A man named Joseph was a member of the Jewish Council. He was a good and honest man.
51. He had not agreed with what the leaders had decided and done. He was from Arimathea, a town in Judea. He was waiting for God's kingdom.
52. Joseph went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
53. He took it down and wrapped it in linen cloth. Then he put it in a tomb cut in the rock. No one had ever been buried there.
54. It was Preparation Day. The Sabbath was about to begin.
55. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph. They saw the tomb and how Jesus' body was placed in it.
56. Then they went home. There they prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath day in order to obey the Law.