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May 16


2 Samuel 3:1-39
1. That was the beginning of a long war between those who had been loyal to Saul and those who were loyal to David. As time passed David became stronger and stronger, while Saul's dynasty became weaker and weaker.
2. These were the sons who were born to David in Hebron: The oldest was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam of Jezreel.
3. The second was Kileab, whose mother was Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.
4. The fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith. The fifth was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital.
5. The sixth was Ithream, whose mother was David's wife Eglah. These sons were all born to David in Hebron.
6. As the war went on, Abner became a powerful leader among those who were loyal to Saul's dynasty.
7. One day Ishbosheth, Saul's son, accused Abner of sleeping with one of his father's concubines, a woman named Rizpah.
8. Abner became furious. "Am I a Judean dog to be kicked around like this?" he shouted. "After all I have done for you and your father by not betraying you to David, is this my reward--that you find fault with me about this woman?
9. May God deal harshly with me if I don't help David get all that the LORD has promised him!
10. I should just go ahead and give David the rest of Saul's kingdom. I should set him up as king over Israel as well as Judah, from Dan to Beersheba."
11. Ishbosheth didn't dare say another word because he was afraid of what Abner might do.
12. Then Abner sent messengers to David, saying, "Let's make an agreement, and I will help turn the entire nation of Israel over to you."
13. "All right," David replied, "but I will not negotiate with you unless you bring back my wife Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come."
14. David then sent this message to Ishbosheth, Saul's son: "Give me back my wife Michal, for I bought her with the lives of one hundred Philistines."
15. So Ishbosheth took Michal away from her husband Palti son of Laish.
16. Palti followed along behind her as far as Bahurim, weeping as he went. Then Abner told him, "Go back home!" So Palti returned.
17. Meanwhile, Abner had consulted with the leaders of Israel. "For some time now," he told them, "you have wanted to make David your king.
18. Now is the time! For the LORD has said, `I have chosen David to save my people from the Philistines and from all their other enemies.'"
19. Abner also spoke with the leaders of the tribe of Benjamin. Then he went to Hebron to tell David that all the people of Israel and Benjamin supported him.
20. When Abner came to Hebron with his twenty men, David entertained them with a great feast.
21. Then Abner said to David, "Let me go and call all the people of Israel to your side. They will make a covenant with you to make you their king. Then you will be able to rule over everything your heart desires." So David sent Abner safely on his way.
22. But just after Abner left, Joab and some of David's troops returned from a raid, bringing much plunder with them.
23. When Joab was told that Abner had just been there visiting the king and had been sent away in safety,
24. he rushed to see the king. "What have you done?" he demanded. "What do you mean by letting Abner get away?
25. You know perfectly well that he came to spy on you and to discover everything you are doing!"
26. Joab then left David and sent messengers to catch up with Abner. They found him at the pool of Sirah and brought him back with them. But David knew nothing about it.
27. When Abner arrived at Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gateway as if to speak with him privately. But then he drew his dagger and killed Abner in revenge for killing his brother Asahel.
28. When David heard about it, he declared, "I vow by the LORD that I and my people are innocent of this crime against Abner.
29. Joab and his family are the guilty ones. May his family in every generation be cursed with a man who has open sores or leprosy or who walks on crutches or who dies by the sword or who begs for food!"
30. So Joab and his brother Abishai killed Abner because Abner had killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon.
31. Then David said to Joab and all those who were with him, "Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth. Go into deep mourning for Abner." And King David himself walked behind the procession to the grave.
32. They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king and all the people wept at his graveside.
33. Then the king sang this funeral song for Abner: "Should Abner have died as fools die?
34. Your hands were not bound; your feet were not chained. No, you were murdered--the victim of a wicked plot." All the people wept again for Abner.
35. David had refused to eat anything the day of the funeral, and now everyone begged him to eat. But David had made a vow, saying, "May God kill me if I eat anything before sundown."
36. This pleased the people very much. In fact, everything the king did pleased them!
37. So everyone in Judah and Israel knew that David was not responsible for Abner's death.
38. Then King David said to the people, "Do you not realize that a great leader and a great man has fallen today in Israel?
39. And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah--Joab and Abishai--are too strong for me to control. So may the LORD repay these wicked men for their wicked deeds."

2 Samuel 4:1-12
1. When Ishbosheth heard about Abner's death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and his people were paralyzed with fear.
2. Now there were two brothers, Baanah and Recab, who were captains of Ishbosheth's raiding parties. They were sons of Rimmon, a member of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Beeroth. The town of Beeroth is now part of Benjamin's territory
3. because the original people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim, where they still live as foreigners.
4. (Saul's son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when Saul and Jonathan were killed at the battle of Jezreel. When news of the battle reached the capital, the child's nurse grabbed him and fled. But she fell and dropped him as she was running, and he became crippled as a result.)
5. One day Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ishbosheth's home around noon as he was taking a nap.
6. The doorkeeper, who had been sifting wheat, became drowsy and fell asleep. So Recab and Baanah slipped past the doorkeeper, went into Ishbosheth's bedroom, and stabbed him in the stomach. Then they escaped.
7. But before leaving, they cut off his head as he lay there on his bed. Taking his head with them, they fled across the Jordan Valley through the night.
8. They arrived at Hebron and presented Ishbosheth's head to David. "Look!" they exclaimed. "Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the LORD has given you revenge on Saul and his entire family!"
9. But David said to Recab and Baanah, "As surely as the LORD lives, the one who saves me from my enemies, I will tell you the truth.
10. Once before, someone told me, `Saul is dead,' thinking he was bringing me good news. But I seized him and killed him at Ziklag. That's the reward I gave him for his news!
11. Now what reward should I give the wicked men who have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed? Should I not also demand your very lives?"
12. So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth's head and buried it in Abner's tomb in Hebron.

Psalms 62:5-12
5. I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
6. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7. My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
8. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
9. From the greatest to the lowliest--all are nothing in his sight. If you weigh them on the scales, they are lighter than a puff of air.
10. Don't try to get rich by extortion or robbery. And if your wealth increases, don't make it the center of your life.
11. God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you;
12. unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you judge all people according to what they have done.

Proverbs 16:13-15
13. The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.
14. The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it.
15. When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain.

John 4:31-54
31. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat.
32. "No," he said, "I have food you don't know about."
33. "Who brought it to him?" the disciples asked each other.
34. Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
35. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest.
36. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!
37. You know the saying, 'One person plants and someone else harvests.' And it's true.
38. I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest."
39. Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I ever did!"
40. When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay at their village. So he stayed for two days,
41. long enough for many of them to hear his message and believe.
42. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed the Savior of the world."
43. At the end of the two days' stay, Jesus went on into Galilee.
44. He had previously said, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own country."
45. The Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen all his miraculous signs.
46. In the course of his journey through Galilee, he arrived at the town of Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in the city of Capernaum whose son was very sick.
47. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was traveling in Galilee, he went over to Cana. He found Jesus and begged him to come to Capernaum with him to heal his son, who was about to die.
48. Jesus asked, "Must I do miraculous signs and wonders before you people will believe in me?"
49. The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies."
50. Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed Jesus' word and started home.
51. While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well.
52. He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, "Yesterday afternoon at one o'clock his fever suddenly disappeared!"
53. Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus.
54. This was Jesus' second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea.