Bible in one year

May 22

2 Samuel 15:1-37
1. After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty footmen to run ahead of him.
2. He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where they were from, and they would tell him their tribe.
3. Then Absalom would say, "You've really got a strong case here! It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear it.
4. I wish I were the judge. Then people could bring their problems to me, and I would give them justice!"
5. And when people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn't let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and embraced them.
6. So in this way, Absalom stole the hearts of all the people of Israel.
7. After four years, Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron to offer a sacrifice to the LORD in fulfillment of a vow I made to him.
8. For while I was at Geshur, I promised to sacrifice to him in Hebron if he would bring me back to Jerusalem."
9. "All right," the king told him. "Go and fulfill your vow." So Absalom went to Hebron.
10. But while he was there, he sent secret messengers to every part of Israel to stir up a rebellion against the king. "As soon as you hear the trumpets," his message read, "you will know that Absalom has been crowned king in Hebron."
11. He took two hundred men from Jerusalem with him as guests, but they knew nothing of his intentions.
12. While he was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of David's counselors who lived in Giloh. Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum.
13. A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell King David, "All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!"
14. "Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!" David urged his men. "Hurry! If we get out of the city before he arrives, both we and the city of Jerusalem will be spared from disaster."
15. "We are with you," his advisers replied. "Do what you think is best."
16. So the king and his household set out at once. He left no one behind except ten of his concubines to keep the palace in order.
17. The king and his people set out on foot, and they paused at the edge of the city
18. to let David's troops move past to lead the way. There were six hundred Gittites who had come with David from Gath, along with the king's bodyguard.
19. Then the king turned to Ittai, the captain of the Gittites, and asked, "Why are you coming with us? Go on back with your men to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile.
20. You arrived only yesterday, and now should I force you to wander with us? I don't even know where we will go. Go on back and take your troops with you, and may the LORD show you his unfailing love and faithfulness. "
21. But Ittai said to the king, "I vow by the LORD and by your own life that I will go wherever you go, no matter what happens--whether it means life or death."
22. David replied, "All right, come with us." So Ittai and his six hundred men and their families went along.
23. There was deep sadness throughout the land as the king and his followers passed by. They crossed the Kidron Valley and then went out toward the wilderness.
24. Abiathar and Zadok and the Levites took the Ark of the Covenant of God and set it down beside the road. Then they offered sacrifices there until everyone had passed by.
25. David instructed Zadok to take the Ark of God back into the city. "If the LORD sees fit," David said, "he will bring me back to see the Ark and the Tabernacle again.
26. But if he is through with me, then let him do what seems best to him."
27. Then the king told Zadok the priest, "Look, here is my plan. You and Abiathar should return quietly to the city with your son Ahimaaz and Abiathar's son Jonathan.
28. I will stop at the shallows of the Jordan River and wait there for a message from you. Let me know what happens in Jerusalem before I disappear into the wilderness."
29. So Zadok and Abiathar took the Ark of God back to the city and stayed there.
30. David walked up the road that led to the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went. His head was covered and his feet were bare as a sign of mourning. And the people who were with him covered their heads and wept as they climbed the mountain.
31. When someone told David that his adviser Ahithophel was now backing Absalom, David prayed, "O LORD, let Ahithophel give Absalom foolish advice!"
32. As they reached the spot at the top of the Mount of Olives where people worshiped God, David found Hushai the Arkite waiting for him. Hushai had torn his clothing and put dirt on his head as a sign of mourning.
33. But David told him, "If you go with me, you will only be a burden.
34. Return to Jerusalem and tell Absalom, `I will now be your adviser, just as I was your father's adviser in the past.' Then you can frustrate and counter Ahithophel's advice.
35. Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, are there. Tell them the plans that are being made to capture me,
36. and they will send their sons Ahimaaz and Jonathan to find me and tell me what is going on."
37. So David's friend Hushai returned to Jerusalem, getting there just as Absalom arrived.

2 Samuel 16:1-23
1. David was just past the top of the hill when Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, caught up with him. He was leading two donkeys loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred clusters of raisins, one hundred bunches of summer fruit, and a skin of wine.
2. "What are these for?" the king asked Ziba. And Ziba replied, "The donkeys are for your people to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine is to be taken with you into the wilderness for those who become faint."
3. "And where is Mephibosheth?" the king asked him. "He stayed in Jerusalem," Ziba replied. "He said, `Today I will get back the kingdom of my grandfather Saul.'"
4. "In that case," the king told Ziba, "I give you everything Mephibosheth owns.Thank you, sir," Ziba replied. "I will always do whatever you want me to do."
5. As David and his party passed Bahurim, a man came out of the village cursing them. It was Shimei son of Gera, a member of Saul's family.
6. He threw stones at the king and the king's officers and all the mighty warriors who surrounded them.
7. "Get out of here, you murderer, you scoundrel!" he shouted at David.
8. "The LORD is paying you back for murdering Saul and his family. You stole his throne, and now the LORD has given it to your son Absalom. At last you will taste some of your own medicine, you murderer!"
9. "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?" Abishai son of Zeruiah demanded. "Let me go over and cut off his head!"
10. "No!" the king said. "What am I going to do with you sons of Zeruiah! If the LORD has told him to curse me, who am I to stop him?"
11. Then David said to Abishai and the other officers, "My own son is trying to kill me. Shouldn't this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to do it.
12. And perhaps the LORD will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses."
13. So David and his men continued on, and Shimei kept pace with them on a nearby hillside, cursing as he went and throwing stones at David and tossing dust into the air.
14. The king and all who were with him grew weary along the way, so they rested when they reached the Jordan River.
15. Meanwhile, Absalom and his men arrived at Jerusalem, accompanied by Ahithophel.
16. When David's friend Hushai the Arkite arrived, he went immediately to see Absalom. "Long live the king!" he exclaimed. "Long live the king!"
17. "Is this the way you treat your friend David?" Absalom asked him. "Why aren't you with him?"
18. "I'm here because I work for the man who is chosen by the LORD and by Israel," Hushai replied.
19. "And anyway, why shouldn't I serve you? I helped your father, and now I will help you!"
20. Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, "What should I do next?"
21. Ahithophel told him, "Go and sleep with your father's concubines, for he has left them here to keep the house. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted him beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will give you their support."
22. So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went into the tent to sleep with his father's concubines.
23. Absalom followed Ahithophel's advice, just as David had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.

Psalms 66:8-15
8. Let the whole world bless our God and sing aloud his praises.
9. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
10. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver melted in a crucible.
11. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
12. You sent troops to ride across our broken bodies. We went through fire and flood. But you brought us to a place of great abundance.
13. Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you--
14. yes, the sacred vows you heard me make when I was in deep trouble.
15. That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you--the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma. And I will sacrifice bulls and goats.

Proverbs 16:27-30
27. Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive blaze.
28. A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
29. Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
30. With narrowed eyes, they plot evil; without a word, they plan their mischief.

John 7:1-27
1. After this, Jesus stayed in Galilee, going from village to village. He wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.
2. But soon it was time for the Festival of Shelters,
3. and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where your followers can see your miracles!" they scoffed.
4. "You can't become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it to the world!"
5. For even his brothers didn't believe in him.
6. Jesus replied, "Now is not the right time for me to go. But you can go anytime, and it will make no difference.
7. The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of sin and evil.
8. You go on. I am not yet ready to go to this festival, because my time has not yet come."
9. So Jesus remained in Galilee.
10. But after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view.
11. The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him.
12. There was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some said, "He's a wonderful man," while others said, "He's nothing but a fraud, deceiving the people."
13. But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.
14. Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach.
15. The Jewish leaders were surprised when they heard him. "How does he know so much when he hasn't studied everything we've studied?" they asked.
16. So Jesus told them, "I'm not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me.
17. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.
18. Those who present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves, but those who seek to honor the one who sent them are good and genuine.
19. None of you obeys the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me."
20. The crowd replied, "You're demon possessed! Who's trying to kill you?"
21. Jesus replied, "I worked on the Sabbath by healing a man, and you were offended.
22. But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses' law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision is older than the law of Moses; it goes back to Abraham.)
23. For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it, so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should I be condemned for making a man completely well on the Sabbath?
24. Think this through and you will see that I am right."
25. Some of the people who lived there in Jerusalem said among themselves, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?
26. But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that our leaders know that he really is the Messiah?
27. But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from."