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Bible in one year


May 10


1 Samuel 22:1-23
1. So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and other relatives joined him there.
2. Then others began coming--men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented--until David was the leader of about four hundred men.
3. Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, "Would you let my father and mother live here under royal protection until I know what God is going to do for me?"
4. The king agreed, and David's parents stayed in Moab while David was living in his stronghold.
5. One day the prophet Gad told David, "Leave the stronghold and return to the land of Judah." So David went to the forest of Hereth.
6. The news of his arrival in Judah soon reached Saul. At the time, the king was sitting beneath a tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, holding his spear and surrounded by his officers.
7. "Listen here, you men of Benjamin!" Saul shouted when he heard the news. "Has David promised you fields and vineyards? Has he promised to make you commanders in his army?
8. Is that why you have conspired against me? For not one of you has ever told me that my own son is on David's side. You're not even sorry for me. Think of it! My own son--encouraging David to try and kill me!"
9. Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing there with Saul's men, spoke up. "When I was at Nob," he said, "I saw David talking to Ahimelech the priest.
10. Ahimelech consulted the LORD to find out what David should do. Then he gave David food and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."
11. King Saul immediately sent for Ahimelech and all his family, who served as priests at Nob.
12. When they arrived, Saul shouted at him, "Listen to me, you son of Ahitub!What is it, my king?" Ahimelech asked.
13. "Why have you and David conspired against me?" Saul demanded. "Why did you give him food and a sword? Why have you inquired of God for him? Why did you encourage him to revolt against me and to come here and attack me?"
14. "But sir," Ahimelech replied, "is there anyone among all your servants who is as faithful as David, your son-in-law? Why, he is the captain of your bodyguard and a highly honored member of your household!
15. This was certainly not the first time I had consulted God for him! Please don't accuse me and my family in this matter, for I knew nothing of any plot against you."
16. "You will surely die, Ahimelech, along with your entire family!" the king shouted.
17. And he ordered his bodyguards, "Kill these priests of the LORD, for they are allies and conspirators with David! They knew he was running away from me, but they didn't tell me!" But Saul's men refused to kill the LORD's priests.
18. Then the king said to Doeg, "You do it." So Doeg turned on them and killed them, eighty-five priests in all, all still wearing their priestly tunics.
19. Then he went to Nob, the city of the priests, and killed the priests' families--men and women, children and babies, and all the cattle, donkeys, and sheep.
20. Only Abiathar, one of the sons of Ahimelech, escaped and fled to David.
21. When he told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD,
22. David exclaimed, "I knew it! When I saw Doeg there that day, I knew he would tell Saul. Now I have caused the death of all your father's family.
23. Stay here with me, and I will protect you with my own life, for the same person wants to kill us both."

1 Samuel 23:1-29
1. One day news came to David that the Philistines were at Keilah stealing grain from the threshing floors.
2. David asked the LORD, "Should I go and attack them?Yes, go and save Keilah," the LORD told him.
3. But David's men said, "We're afraid even here in Judah. We certainly don't want to go to Keilah to fight the whole Philistine army!"
4. So David asked the LORD again, and again the LORD replied, "Go down to Keilah, for I will help you conquer the Philistines."
5. So David and his men went to Keilah. They slaughtered the Philistines and took all their livestock and rescued the people of Keilah.
6. Abiathar the priest went to Keilah with David, taking the ephod with him to get answers for David from the LORD.
7. Saul soon learned that David was at Keilah. "Good!" he exclaimed. "We've got him now! God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself in a walled city!"
8. So Saul mobilized his entire army to march to Keilah and attack David and his men.
9. But David learned of Saul's plan and told Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod and ask the LORD what he should do.
10. And David prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here.
11. Will the men of Keilah surrender me to him? And will Saul actually come as I have heard? O LORD, God of Israel, please tell me." And the LORD said, "He will come."
12. Again David asked, "Will these men of Keilah really betray me and my men to Saul?" And the LORD replied, "Yes, they will betray you."
13. So David and his men--about six hundred of them now--left Keilah and began roaming the countryside. Word soon reached Saul that David had escaped, so he didn't go to Keilah after all.
14. David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn't let him be found.
15. One day near Horesh, David received the news that Saul was on the way to Ziph to search for him and kill him.
16. Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.
17. "Don't be afraid," Jonathan reassured him. "My father will never find you! You are going to be the king of Israel, and I will be next to you, as my father is well aware."
18. So the two of them renewed their covenant of friendship before the LORD. Then Jonathan returned home, while David stayed at Horesh.
19. But now the men of Ziph went to Saul in Gibeah and betrayed David to him. "We know where David is hiding," they said. "He is in the strongholds of Horesh on the hill of Hakilah, which is in the southern part of Jeshimon.
20. Come down whenever you're ready, O king, and we will catch him and hand him over to you!"
21. "The LORD bless you," Saul said. "At last someone is concerned about me!
22. Go and check again to be sure of where he is staying and who has seen him there, for I know that he is very crafty.
23. Discover his hiding places, and come back with a more definite report. Then I'll go with you. And if he is in the area at all, I'll track him down, even if I have to search every hiding place in Judah!"
24. So the men of Ziph returned home ahead of Saul. Meanwhile, David and his men had moved into the wilderness of Maon in the Arabah Valley south of Jeshimon.
25. When David heard that Saul and his men were searching for him, he went even farther into the wilderness to the great rock, and he remained there in the wilderness of Maon. But Saul kept after him.
26. He and David were now on opposite sides of a mountain. Just as Saul and his men began to close in on David and his men,
27. an urgent message reached Saul that the Philistines were raiding Israel again.
28. So Saul quit the chase and returned to fight the Philistines. Ever since that time, the place where David was camped has been called the Rock of Escape.
29. David then went to live in the strongholds of En-gedi.

Psalms 59:6-17
6. They come at night, snarling like vicious dogs as they prowl the streets.
7. Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths, the piercing swords that fly from their lips. "Who can hurt us?" they sneer.
8. But LORD, you laugh at them. You scoff at all the hostile nations.
9. You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my place of safety.
10. In his unfailing love, my God will come and help me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
11. Don't kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons; stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees, O Lord our shield.
12. Because of the sinful things they say, because of the evil that is on their lips, let them be captured by their pride, their curses, and their lies.
13. Destroy them in your anger! Wipe them out completely! Then the whole world will know that God reigns in Israel.
14. My enemies come out at night, snarling like vicious dogs as they prowl the streets.
15. They scavenge for food but go to sleep unsatisfied.
16. But as for me, I will sing about your power. I will shout with joy each morning because of your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety in the day of distress.
17. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

Proverbs 16:1-2
1. We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer.
2. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.

John 1:1-28
1. In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God.
2. He was in the beginning with God.
3. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make.
4. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.
5. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6. God sent John the Baptist
7. to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.
8. John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light.
9. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.
10. But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came.
11. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted.
12. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
13. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan--this rebirth comes from God.
14. So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
15. John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.'"
16. We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us--one gracious blessing after another.
17. For the law was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
18. No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.
19. This was the testimony of John when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John whether he claimed to be the Messiah.
20. He flatly denied it. "I am not the Messiah," he said.
21. "Well then, who are you?" they asked. "Are you Elijah?No," he replied. "Are you the Prophet?No."
22. "Then who are you? Tell us, so we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?"
23. John replied in the words of Isaiah: "I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare a straight pathway for the Lord's coming!'"
24. Then those who were sent by the Pharisees
25. asked him, "If you aren't the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?"
26. John told them, "I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know,
27. who will soon begin his ministry. I am not even worthy to be his slave. "
28. This incident took place at Bethany, a village east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.