May 21

1 Samuel 2:11-36

11Then Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child became the servant of the Lord under the direction of Eli the priest.

12Now the sons of Eli were evil and good-for-nothing men, having no knowledge of the Lord.

13And the priests’ way with the people was this: when any man made an offering, the priest’s servant came while the flesh was being cooked, having in his hand a meat-hook with three teeth;

14This he put into the pot, and everything which came up on the hook the priest took for himself. This they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.

15And more than this, before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was making the offering, Give me some of the flesh to be cooked for the priest; he has no taste for meat cooked in water, but would have you give it uncooked.

16And if the man said to him, First let the fat be burned, then take as much as you will; then the servant would say, No, you are to give it to me now, or I will take it by force.

17And the sin of these young men was very great before the Lord; for they gave no honour to the Lord’s offerings.

18But Samuel did the work of the Lord’s house, while he was a child, dressed in a linen ephod.

19And his mother made him a little robe and took it to him every year when she came with her husband for the year’s offering.

20And every year Eli gave Elkanah and his wife a blessing, saying, May the Lord give you offspring by this woman in exchange for the child you have given to the Lord. And they went back to their house.

21And the Lord had mercy on Hannah and she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. And the young Samuel became older before the Lord.

22Now Eli was very old; and he had news from time to time of what his sons were doing to all Israel.

23And he said to them, Why are you doing such things? for from all this people I get accounts of your evil ways.

24No, my sons, the account which is given me, which the Lord’s people are sending about, is not good.

25If one man does wrong to another, God will be his judge: but if a man’s sin is against the Lord, who will take up his cause? But they gave no attention to the voice of their father, for it was the Lord’s purpose to send destruction on them.

26And the young Samuel, becoming older, had the approval of the Lord and of men.

27And a man of God came to Eli and said to him, The Lord says, Did I let myself be seen by your father’s people when they were in Egypt, servants in Pharaoh’s house?

28Did I take him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest and to go up to my altar to make the smoke of the offerings go up and to take up the ephod? Did I give to your father’s family all the offerings made by fire by the children of Israel?

29Why then are you looking with envy on my offerings of meat and of meal which were ordered by my word, honouring your sons before me, and making yourselves fat with all the best of the offerings of Israel, my people?

30For this reason the Lord God of Israel has said, Truly I did say that your family and your father’s people would have their place before me for ever: but now the Lord says, Let it not be so; I will give honour to those by whom I am honoured, and those who have no respect for me will be of small value in my eyes.

31See, the days are coming when your arm and the arm of your father’s people will be cut off;

32And never again will there be an old man in your family.

33But one man of your family will not be cut off by my hand, and his eyes will be made dark, and grief will be in his heart: and all the offspring of your family will come to their end by the sword of men.

34And this will be the sign to you, which will come on Hophni and Phinehas, your sons; death will overtake them on the same day.

35And I will make a true priest for myself, one who will do what is in my heart and in my mind: and I will make for him a family which will not come to an end; and his place will be before my holy one for ever.

36Then it will be that the rest of your family, anyone who has not been cut off, will go down on his knees to him for a bit of silver or a bit of bread, and say, Be pleased to put me into one of the priest’s places so that I may have a little food.

Psalms 50

A Psalm. Of Asaph.

1 The God of gods, even the Lord, has sent out his voice, and the earth is full of fear; from the coming up of the sun to its going down.

2From Zion, most beautiful of places, God has sent out his light.

3Our God will come, and will not keep quiet; with fire burning before him, and storm-winds round him.

4His voice will go out to the heavens and to the earth, for the judging of his people:

5Let my saints come together to me; those who have made an agreement with me by offerings.

6And let the heavens make clear his righteousness; for God himself is the judge. (Selah.)

7Give ear, O my people, to my words; O Israel, I will be a witness against you; I am God, even your God.

8I will not take up a cause against you because of your offerings, or because of your burned offerings, which are ever before me.

9I will take no ox out of your house, or he-goats from your flocks;

10For every beast of the woodland is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11I see all the birds of the mountains, and the beasts of the field are mine.

12If I had need of food, I would not give you word of it; for the earth is mine and all its wealth.

13Am I to take the flesh of the ox for my food, or the blood of goats for my drink?

14Make an offering of praise to God; keep the agreements which you have made with the Most High;

15Let your voice come up to me in the day of trouble; I will be your saviour, so that you may give glory to me.

16But to the sinner, God says, What are you doing, talking of my laws, or taking the words of my agreement in your mouth?

17Seeing that you have no desire for my teaching, turning your back on my words.

18When you saw a thief, you were in agreement with him, and you were joined with those who took other men’s wives.

19You have given your mouth to evil, your tongue to words of deceit.

20You say evil of your brother; you make false statements against your mother’s son.

21These things have you done, and I said nothing; it seemed to you that I was such a one as yourself; but I will make a protest against you, and put them in order before your eyes.

22Now keep this in mind, you who have no memory of God, for fear that you may be crushed under my hand, with no one to give you help:

23Whoever makes an offering of praise gives glory to me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will make clear the salvation of God.

Acts 27:1-12

1And when the decision had been made that we were to go by sea to Italy, they gave Paul and certain other prisoners into the care of a captain named Julius, of the Augustan band.

2And we went to sea in a ship of Adramyttium which was sailing to the sea towns of Asia, Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3And on the day after, we came to Sidon; and Julius was kind to Paul, and let him go to see his friends and take a rest.

4And sailing again from there, we went on under cover of Cyprus, because the wind was against us.

5And having gone across the sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia we came to Myra, in Lycia.

6And there the captain came across a ship of Alexandria, sailing for Italy, and put us in it.

7And when we had gone on slowly for a long time, and had had hard work getting across to Cnidus, for the wind was against us, we went under cover of Crete, in the direction of Salmone;

8And sailing down the side of it, as well as we were able, we came to a certain place named Fair Havens, near which was the town of Lasea.

9And as a long time had gone by, and the journey was now full of danger, because it was late in the year, Paul put the position before them,

10Saying, Friends, I see that this journey will be one of great damage and loss, not only to the goods and the ship, but to ourselves.

11But the captain gave more attention to the master and the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

12And as the harbour was not a good one in which to be for the winter, the greater number of them were for going out to sea, in order, if possible, to put in for the winter at Phoenix, a harbour of Crete, looking to the north-east and south-east.

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