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Bible in one year


May 3


1 Samuel 8:1-22
1. When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
2. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.
3. Yet his sons did not follow in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.
4. Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
5. and said to him, "You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations."
6. But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." Samuel prayed to the LORD,
7. and the LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
8. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you.
9. Now then, listen to their voice; only-- you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them."
10. So Samuel reported all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.
11. He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots;
12. and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
13. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers.
15. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers.
16. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work.
17. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.
18. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the LORD will not answer you in that day."
19. But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, "No! but we are determined to have a king over us,
20. so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles."
21. When Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD.
22. The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice and set a king over them." Samuel then said to the people of Israel, "Each of you return home."

1 Samuel 9:1-27
1. There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.
2. He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.
3. Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys."
4. He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.
5. When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with him, "Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and worry about us."
6. But he said to him, "There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honor. Whatever he says always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about the journey on which we have set out."
7. Then Saul replied to the boy, "But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have we?"
8. The boy answered Saul again, "Here, I have with me a quarter shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way."
9. (Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God would say, "Come, let us go to the seer"; for the one who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
10. Saul said to the boy, "Good; come, let us go." So they went to the town where the man of God was.
11. As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"
12. They answered, "Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the shrine.
13. As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those eat who are invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately."
14. So they went up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the shrine.
15. Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:
16. "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to me."
17. When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people."
18. Then Saul approached Samuel inside the gate, and said, "Tell me, please, where is the house of the seer?"
19. Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer; go up before me to the shrine, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.
20. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, give no further thought to them, for they have been found. And on whom is all Israel's desire fixed, if not on you and on all your ancestral house?"
21. Saul answered, "I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in this way?"
22. Then Samuel took Saul and his servant-boy and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, of whom there were about thirty.
23. And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion I gave you, the one I asked you to put aside."
24. The cook took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul. Samuel said, "See, what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the guests." So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25. When they came down from the shrine into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep.
26. Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul upon the roof, "Get up, so that I may send you on your way." Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.
27. As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God."

Psalms 55:9-15
9. Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech; for I see violence and strife in the city.
10. Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;
11. ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.
12. It is not enemies who taunt me-- I could bear that; it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me-- I could hide from them.
13. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend,
14. with whom I kept pleasant company; we walked in the house of God with the throng.
15. Let death come upon them; let them go down alive to Sheol; for evil is in their homes and in their hearts.

Proverbs 15:15-17
15. All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16. Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.
17. Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

Luke 22:1-23
1. Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.
2. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.
3. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve;
4. he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them.
5. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money.
6. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
7. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
8. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it."
9. They asked him, "Where do you want us to make preparations for it?"
10. "Listen," he said to them, "when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters
11. and say to the owner of the house, 'The teacher asks you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'
12. He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there."
13. So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
14. When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.
15. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
16. for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
17. Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves;
18. for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19. Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
20. And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
21. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table.
22. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!"
23. Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this.