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Bible in one year


May 2


1 Samuel 6:1-21
1. The Ark of the LORD remained in Philistine territory seven months in all.
2. Then the Philistines called in their priests and diviners and asked them, "What should we do about the Ark of the LORD? Tell us how to return it to its own land."
3. "Send the Ark of the God of Israel back, along with a gift," they were told. "Send a guilt offering so the plague will stop. Then, if the plague doesn't stop, you will know that God didn't send the plague after all."
4. "What sort of guilt offering should we send?" they asked. And they were told, "Since the plague has struck both you and your five rulers, make five gold tumors and five gold rats, just like those that have ravaged your land.
5. Make these things to show honor to the God of Israel. Perhaps then he will stop afflicting you, your gods, and your land.
6. Don't be stubborn and rebellious as Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. They wouldn't let Israel go until God had ravaged them with dreadful plagues.
7. Now build a new cart, and find two cows that have just had calves. Make sure the cows have never been yoked to a cart. Hitch the cows to the cart, but shut their calves away from them in a pen.
8. Put the Ark of the LORD on the cart, and beside it place a chest containing the gold rats and gold tumors. Then let the cows go wherever they want.
9. If they cross the border of our land and go to Beth-shemesh, we will know it was the LORD who brought this great disaster upon us. If they don't, we will know that the plague was simply a coincidence and was not sent by the LORD at all."
10. So these instructions were carried out. Two cows with newborn calves were hitched to the cart, and their calves were shut up in a pen.
11. Then the Ark of the LORD and the chest containing the gold rats and gold tumors were placed on the cart.
12. And sure enough, the cows went straight along the road toward Beth-shemesh, lowing as they went. The Philistine rulers followed them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh.
13. The people of Beth-shemesh were harvesting wheat in the valley, and when they saw the Ark, they were overjoyed!
14. The cart came into the field of a man named Joshua and stopped beside a large rock. So the people broke up the wood of the cart for a fire and killed the cows and sacrificed them to the LORD as a burnt offering.
15. Several men of the tribe of Levi lifted the Ark of the LORD and the chest containing the gold rats and gold tumors from the cart and placed them on the large rock. Many burnt offerings and sacrifices were offered to the LORD that day by the people of Beth-shemesh.
16. The five Philistine rulers watched all this and then returned to Ekron that same day.
17. The five gold tumors that were sent by the Philistines as a guilt offering to the LORD were gifts from the rulers of Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron.
18. The five gold rats represented the five Philistine cities and their surrounding villages, which were controlled by the five rulers. The large rock at Beth-shemesh, where they set the Ark of the LORD, still stands in the field of Joshua as a reminder of what happened there.
19. But the LORD killed seventy men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark of the LORD. And the people mourned greatly because of what the LORD had done.
20. "Who is able to stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God?" they cried out. "Where can we send the Ark from here?"
21. So they sent messengers to the people at Kiriath-jearim and told them, "The Philistines have returned the Ark of the LORD. Please come here and get it!"

1 Samuel 7:1-17
1. So the men of Kiriath-jearim came to get the Ark of the LORD. They took it to the hillside home of Abinadab and ordained Eleazar, his son, to be in charge of it.
2. The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time--twenty years in all. During that time, all Israel mourned because it seemed that the LORD had abandoned them.
3. Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, "If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines."
4. So the Israelites destroyed their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.
5. Then Samuel told them, "Come to Mizpah, all of you. I will pray to the LORD for you."
6. So they gathered there and, in a great ceremony, drew water from a well and poured it out before the LORD. They also went without food all day and confessed that they had sinned against the LORD. So it was at Mizpah that Samuel became Israel's judge.
7. When the Philistine rulers heard that all Israel had gathered at Mizpah, they mobilized their army and advanced. The Israelites were badly frightened when they learned that the Philistines were approaching.
8. "Plead with the LORD our God to save us from the Philistines!" they begged Samuel.
9. So Samuel took a young lamb and offered it to the LORD as a whole burnt offering. He pleaded with the LORD to help Israel, and the LORD answered.
10. Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived for battle. But the LORD spoke with a mighty voice of thunder from heaven, and the Philistines were thrown into such confusion that the Israelites defeated them.
11. The men of Israel chased them from Mizpah to Beth-car, slaughtering them all along the way.
12. Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer--"the stone of help"--for he said, "Up to this point the LORD has helped us!"
13. So the Philistines were subdued and didn't invade Israel again for a long time. And throughout Samuel's lifetime, the LORD's powerful hand was raised against the Philistines.
14. The Israelite towns near Ekron and Gath that the Philistines had captured were restored to Israel, along with the rest of the territory that the Philistines had taken. And there was also peace between Israel and the Amorites in those days.
15. Samuel continued as Israel's judge for the rest of his life.
16. Each year he traveled around, setting up his court first at Bethel, then at Gilgal, and then at Mizpah. He judged the people of Israel at each of these places.
17. Then he would return to his home at Ramah, and he would hear cases there, too. And Samuel built an altar to the LORD at Ramah.

Psalms 55:1-8
1. Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help!
2. Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
3. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me, hunting me down in their anger.
4. My heart is in anguish. The terror of death overpowers me.
5. Fear and trembling overwhelm me. I can't stop shaking.
6. Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!
7. I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.
8. How quickly I would escape--far away from this wild storm of hatred.

Proverbs 15:14-14
14. A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.

Luke 21:20-38
20. "And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived.
21. Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Let those in Jerusalem escape, and those outside the city should not enter it for shelter.
22. For those will be days of God's vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled.
23. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.
24. They will be brutally killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end.
25. "And there will be strange events in the skies--signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.
26. The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up.
27. Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory.
28. So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!"
29. Then he gave them this illustration: "Notice the fig tree, or any other tree.
30. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near.
31. Just so, when you see the events I've described taking place, you can be sure that the Kingdom of God is near.
32. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these events have taken place.
33. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.
34. "Watch out! Don't let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,
35. as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
36. Keep a constant watch. And pray that, if possible, you may escape these horrors and stand before the Son of Man."
37. Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.
38. The crowds gathered early each morning to hear him.