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May 6


1 Samuel 14:1-52
1. One day Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, "Come on, let's go over to where the Philistines have their outpost." But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing.
2. Meanwhile, Saul and his six hundred men were camped on the outskirts of Gibeah, around the pomegranate tree at Migron.
3. (Among Saul's men was Ahijah the priest, who was wearing the linen ephod. Ahijah was the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother. Ahitub was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli, the priest of the LORD who had served at Shiloh.) No one realized that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp.
4. To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh.
5. The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba.
6. "Let's go across to see those pagans," Jonathan said to his armor bearer. "Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!"
7. "Do what you think is best," the youth replied. "I'm with you completely, whatever you decide."
8. "All right then," Jonathan told him. "We will cross over and let them see us.
9. If they say to us, `Stay where you are or we'll kill you,' then we will stop and not go up to them.
10. But if they say, `Come on up and fight,' then we will go up. That will be the LORD's sign that he will help us defeat them."
11. When the Philistines saw them coming, they shouted, "Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!"
12. Then they shouted to Jonathan, "Come on up here, and we'll teach you a lesson!Come on, climb right behind me," Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "for the LORD will help us defeat them!"
13. So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell back as Jonathan and his armor bearer killed them right and left.
14. They killed about twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre.
15. Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified.
16. Saul's lookouts in Gibeah saw a strange sight--the vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction.
17. "Find out who isn't here," Saul ordered. And when they checked, they found that Jonathan and his armor bearer were gone.
18. Then Saul shouted to Ahijah, "Bring the ephod here!" For at that time Ahijah was wearing the ephod in front of the Israelites.
19. But while Saul was talking to the priest, the shouting and confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to Ahijah, "Never mind; let's get going!"
20. Then Saul and his six hundred men rushed out to the battle and found the Philistines killing each other. There was terrible confusion everywhere.
21. Even the Hebrews who had gone over to the Philistine army revolted and joined in with Saul, Jonathan, and the rest of the Israelites.
22. Likewise, the men who were hiding in the hills joined the chase when they saw the Philistines running away.
23. So the LORD saved Israel that day, and the battle continued to rage even out beyond Beth-aven.
24. Now the men of Israel were worn out that day, because Saul had made them take an oath, saying, "Let a curse fall on anyone who eats before evening--before I have full revenge on my enemies." So no one ate a thing all day,
25. even though they found honeycomb on the ground in the forest.
26. They didn't even touch the honey because they all feared the oath they had taken.
27. But Jonathan had not heard his father's command, and he dipped a stick into a piece of honeycomb and ate the honey. After he had eaten it, he felt much better.
28. But one of the men saw him and said, "Your father made the army take a strict oath that anyone who eats food today will be cursed. That is why everyone is weary and faint."
29. "My father has made trouble for us all!" Jonathan exclaimed. "A command like that only hurts us. See how much better I feel now that I have eaten this little bit of honey.
30. If the men had been allowed to eat freely from the food they found among our enemies, think how many more we could have killed!"
31. But hungry as they were, they chased and killed the Philistines all day from Micmash to Aijalon, growing more and more faint.
32. That evening they flew upon the battle plunder and butchered the sheep, cattle, and calves, but they ate them without draining the blood.
33. Someone reported to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that still has blood in it.That is very wrong," Saul said. "Find a large stone and roll it over here.
34. Then go out among the troops and tell them, `Bring the cattle and sheep here to kill them and drain the blood. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with the blood still in it.'" So that night all the troops brought their animals and slaughtered them there.
35. And Saul built an altar to the LORD, the first one he had ever built.
36. Then Saul said, "Let's chase the Philistines all night and destroy every last one of them." His men replied, "We'll do whatever you think is best." But the priest said, "Let's ask God first."
37. So Saul asked God, "Should we go after the Philistines? Will you help us defeat them?" But God made no reply that day.
38. Then Saul said to the leaders, "Something's wrong! I want all my army commanders to come here. We must find out what sin was committed today.
39. I vow by the name of the LORD who rescued Israel that the sinner will surely die, even if it is my own son Jonathan!" But no one would tell him what the trouble was.
40. Then Saul said, "Jonathan and I will stand over here, and all of you stand over there." And the people agreed.
41. Then Saul prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, please show us who is guilty and who is innocent. Are Jonathan and I guilty, or is the sin among the others?" And Jonathan and Saul were chosen as the guilty ones, and the people were declared innocent.
42. Then Saul said, "Now choose between me and Jonathan." And Jonathan was shown to be the guilty one.
43. "Tell me what you have done," Saul demanded of Jonathan. "I tasted a little honey," Jonathan admitted. "It was only a little bit on the end of a stick. Does that deserve death?"
44. "Yes, Jonathan," Saul said, "you must die! May God strike me dead if you are not executed for this."
45. But the people broke in and said to Saul, "Should Jonathan, who saved Israel today, die? Far from it! As surely as the LORD lives, not one hair on his head will be touched, for he has been used of God to do a mighty miracle today." So the people rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
46. Then Saul called back the army from chasing the Philistines, and the Philistines returned home.
47. Now when Saul had secured his grasp on Israel's throne, he fought against his enemies in every direction--against Moab, Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. And wherever he turned, he was victorious.
48. He did great deeds and conquered the Amalekites, saving Israel from all those who had plundered them.
49. Saul's sons included Jonathan, Ishbosheth, and Malkishua. He also had two daughters: Merab, who was older, and Michal.
50. Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz. The commander of Saul's army was his cousin Abner, his uncle Ner's son.
51. Abner's father, Ner, and Saul's father, Kish, were brothers; both were sons of Abiel.
52. The Israelites fought constantly with the Philistines throughout Saul's lifetime. So whenever Saul saw a young man who was brave and strong, he drafted him into his army.

1 Samuel 15:1-35
1. One day Samuel said to Saul, "I anointed you king of Israel because the LORD told me to. Now listen to this message from the LORD!
2. This is what the LORD Almighty says: `I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt.
3. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation--men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys.'"
4. So Saul mobilized his army at Telaim. There were 200,000 troops in addition to 10,000 men from Judah.
5. Then Saul went to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley.
6. Saul sent this message to the Kenites: "Move away from where the Amalekites live or else you will die with them. For you were kind to the people of Israel when they came up from Egypt." So the Kenites packed up and left.
7. Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt.
8. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else.
9. Saul and his men spared Agag's life and kept the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs--everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.
10. Then the LORD said to Samuel,
11. "I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has again refused to obey me." Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the LORD all night.
12. Early the next morning Samuel went to find Saul. Someone told him, "Saul went to Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal."
13. When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. "May the LORD bless you," he said. "I have carried out the LORD's command!"
14. "Then what is all the bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle I hear?" Samuel demanded.
15. "It's true that the army spared the best of the sheep and cattle," Saul admitted. "But they are going to sacrifice them to the LORD your God. We have destroyed everything else."
16. Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! Listen to what the LORD told me last night!What was it?" Saul asked.
17. And Samuel told him, "Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The LORD has anointed you king of Israel.
18. And the LORD sent you on a mission and told you, `Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.'
19. Why haven't you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do exactly what the LORD said not to do?"
20. "But I did obey the LORD," Saul insisted. "I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else.
21. Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep and cattle and plunder to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal."
22. But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.
23. Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you from being king."
24. Then Saul finally admitted, "Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD's command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.
25. Oh, please, forgive my sin now and go with me to worship the LORD."
26. But Samuel replied, "I will not return with you! Since you have rejected the LORD's command, he has rejected you from being the king of Israel."
27. As Samuel turned to go, Saul grabbed at him to try to hold him back and tore his robe.
28. And Samuel said to him, "See? The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else--one who is better than you.
29. And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!"
30. Then Saul pleaded again, "I know I have sinned. But please, at least honor me before the leaders and before my people by going with me to worship the LORD your God."
31. So Samuel finally agreed and went with him, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
32. Then Samuel said, "Bring King Agag to me." Agag arrived full of smiles, for he thought, "Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!"
33. But Samuel said, "As your sword has killed the sons of many mothers, now your mother will be childless." And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.
34. Then Samuel went home to Ramah, and Saul returned to his house at Gibeah.
35. Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the LORD was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.

Psalms 57:1-3
1. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past.
2. I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
3. He will send help from heaven to save me, rescuing me from those who are out to get me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

Proverbs 15:24-25
24. The path of the wise leads to life above; they leave the grave behind.
25. The LORD destroys the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.

Luke 23:1-25
1. Then the entire council took Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman governor.
2. They began at once to state their case: "This man has been leading our people to ruin by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king."
3. So Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say."
4. Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, "I find nothing wrong with this man!"
5. Then they became desperate. "But he is causing riots everywhere he goes, all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!"
6. "Oh, is he a Galilean?" Pilate asked.
7. When they answered that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod's jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time.
8. Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle.
9. He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer.
10. Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations.
11. Now Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Then they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate.
12. Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.
13. Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people,
14. and he announced his verdict. "You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent.
15. Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.
16. So I will have him flogged, but then I will release him."
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18. Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, "Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!"
19. (Barabbas was in prison for murder and for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government.)
20. Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus.
21. But they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
22. For the third time he demanded, "Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. I will therefore flog him and let him go."
23. But the crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus' death, and their voices prevailed.
24. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded.
25. As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished.