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Bible in one year


May 7


1 Samuel 16:1-23
1. The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
2. But Samuel said, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me." The LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
3. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate."
4. Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, "Do you come in peace?"
5. Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."
7. But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
8. Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."
9. Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the LORD chosen this one."
10. Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these."
11. So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives."
12. So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
13. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
14. Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
15. Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.
16. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better."
17. So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays well and bring him to me."
18. One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him."
19. Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."
20. So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.
22. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."
23. Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

1 Samuel 17:1-58
1. Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Socoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah.
2. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.
3. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.
4. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall.
5. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels;
6. on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.
7. His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
8. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.
9. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us."
10. Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other."
11. On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
12. Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul's time he was old and well advanced in years.
13. Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.
14. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul,
15. but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16. For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
17. Now Jesse said to his son David, "Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.
18. Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.
19. They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines."
20. Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
21. Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.
22. David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.
23. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.
24. When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.
25. Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father's family from taxes in Israel."
26. David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
27. They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him."
28. When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."
29. "Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?"
30. He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.
31. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32. David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."
33. Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
34. But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
35. I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
36. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
37. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."
38. Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
39. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.
40. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
42. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him.
43. He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44. "Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"
45. David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
47. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
48. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
49. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
52. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.
53. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.
54. David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put the Philistine's weapons in his own tent.
55. As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is that young man?" Abner replied, "As surely as you live, O king, I don't know."
56. The king said, "Find out whose son this young man is."
57. As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine's head.
58. "Whose son are you, young man?" Saul asked him. David said, "I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem."

Psalms 57:4-11
4. I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
5. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
6. They spread a net for my feet- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path- but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
8. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
9. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
10. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

Proverbs 15:26-26
26. The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

Luke 23:26-56
26. As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
27. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
28. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
29. For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
30. Then "'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'
31. For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
32. Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
33. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left.
34. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. 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 mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar
37. and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
38. There was a written notice above him, which read:|sc THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
40. But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
41. We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
42. Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "
43. Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
44. It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
45. for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
48. When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.
49. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
50. Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
51. who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.
52. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body.
53. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.
54. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
56. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.