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Bible in one year


May 5


1 Samuel 12:1-25
1. Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to you in all that you have said to me, and have set a king over you.
2. See, it is the king who leads you now; I am old and gray, but my sons are with you. I have led you from my youth until this day.
3. Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you."
4. They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from the hand of anyone."
5. He said to them, "The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." And they said, "He is witness."
6. Samuel said to the people, "The LORD is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of the land of Egypt.
7. Now therefore take your stand, so that I may enter into judgment with you before the LORD, and I will declare to you all the saving deeds of the LORD that he performed for you and for your ancestors.
8. When Jacob went into Egypt and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your ancestors cried to the LORD and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your ancestors out of Egypt, and settled them in this place.
9. But they forgot the LORD their God; and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of King Jabin of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them.
10. Then they cried to the LORD, and said, 'We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served the Baals and the Astartes; but now rescue us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.'
11. And the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Barak, and Jephthah, and Samson, and rescued you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you lived in safety.
12. But when you saw that King Nahash of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us,' though the LORD your God was your king.
13. See, here is the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; see, the LORD has set a king over you.
14. If you will fear the LORD and serve him and heed his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well;
15. but if you will not heed the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.
16. Now therefore take your stand and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.
17. Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that the wickedness that you have done in the sight of the LORD is great in demanding a king for yourselves."
18. So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
19. All the people said to Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for your servants, so that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of demanding a king for ourselves."
20. And Samuel said to the people, "Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;
21. and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless.
22. For the LORD will not cast away his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.
23. Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
24. Only fear the LORD, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.
25. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king."

1 Samuel 13:1-23
1. Saul was... years old when he began to reign; and he reigned... and two years over Israel.
2. Saul chose three thousand out of Israel; two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin; the rest of the people he sent home to their tents.
3. Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines that was at Geba; and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear!"
4. When all Israel heard that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become odious to the Philistines, the people were called out to join Saul at Gilgal.
5. The Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude; they came up and encamped at Michmash, to the east of Beth-aven.
6. When the Israelites saw that they were in distress (for the troops were hard pressed), the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns.
7. Some Hebrews crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
8. He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people began to slip away from Saul.
9. So Saul said, "Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the offerings of well-being." And he offered the burnt offering.
10. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived; and Saul went out to meet him and salute him.
11. Samuel said, "What have you done?" Saul replied, "When I saw that the people were slipping away from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines were mustering at Michmash,
12. I said, 'Now the Philistines will come down upon me at Gilgal, and I have not entreated the favor of the LORD'; so I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering."
13. Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you. The LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever,
14. but now your kingdom will not continue; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart; and the LORD has appointed him to be ruler over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."
15. And Samuel left and went on his way from Gilgal. The rest of the people followed Saul to join the army; they went up from Gilgal toward Gibeah of Benjamin. Saul counted the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.
16. Saul, his son Jonathan, and the people who were present with them stayed in Geba of Benjamin; but the Philistines encamped at Michmash.
17. And raiders came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies; one company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,
18. another company turned toward Beth-horon, and another company turned toward the mountain that looks down upon the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
19. Now there was no smith to be found throughout all the land of Israel; for the Philistines said, "The Hebrews must not make swords or spears for themselves";
20. so all the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen their plowshare, mattocks, axes, or sickles;
21. The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares and for the mattocks, and one-third of a shekel for sharpening the axes and for setting the goads.
22. So on the day of the battle neither sword nor spear was to be found in the possession of any of the people with Saul and Jonathan; but Saul and his son Jonathan had them.
23. Now a garrison of the Philistines had gone out to the pass of Michmash.

Psalms 56:1-13
1. Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me; all day long foes oppress me;
2. my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High,
3. when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me?
5. All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6. They stir up strife, they lurk, they watch my steps. As they hoped to have my life,
7. so repay them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8. You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?
9. Then my enemies will retreat in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
10. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11. in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?
12. My vows to you I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.
13. For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Proverbs 15:21-23
21. Folly is a joy to one who has no sense, but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.
22. Without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed.
23. To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!

Luke 22:47-71
47. While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him;
48. but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?"
49. When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?"
50. Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51. But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him.
52. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit?
53. When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!"
54. Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. But Peter was following at a distance.
55. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, "This man also was with him."
57. But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him."
58. A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, "You also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!"
59. Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean."
60. But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
61. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times."
62. And he went out and wept bitterly.
63. Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;
64. they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?"
65. They kept heaping many other insults on him.
66. When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council.
67. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not believe;
68. and if I question you, you will not answer.
69. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."
70. All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am."
71. Then they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!"