May 22

1 Samuel 3

1Now the young Samuel was the servant of the Lord before Eli. In those days the Lord kept his word secret from men; there was no open vision.

2And at that time, when Eli was resting in his place, (now his eyes were becoming clouded so that he was not able to see,)

3And the light of God was still burning, while Samuel was sleeping in the Temple of the Lord where the ark of God was,

4The voice of the Lord said Samuel’s name; and he said, Here am I.

5And running to Eli he said, Here am I, for you said my name. And Eli said, I did not say your name; go to your rest again. So he went back to his bed.

6And again the Lord said, Samuel. And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, Here am I; for you certainly said my name. But he said in answer, I said nothing, my son; go to your rest again.

7Now at that time Samuel had no knowledge of the Lord, and the revelation of the word of the Lord had not come to him.

8And for the third time the Lord said Samuel’s name. And he got up and went to Eli and said, Here am I; for you certainly said my name. Then it was clear to Eli that the voice which had said the child’s name was the Lord’s.

9So Eli said to Samuel, Go back: and if the voice comes again, let your answer be, Say on, Lord; for the ears of your servant are open. So Samuel went back to his bed.

10Then the Lord came and said as before, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel made answer, Say on, Lord; for the ears of your servant are open.

11And the Lord said to Samuel, See, I will do a thing in Israel at which the ears of everyone hearing of it will be burning.

12In that day I will do to Eli everything which I have said about his family, from first to last.

13And you are to say to him that I will send punishment on his family for ever, for the sin which he had knowledge of; because his sons have been cursing God and he had no control over them.

14So I have made an oath to the family of Eli that no offering of meat or of meal which they may make will ever take away the sin of his family.

15And Samuel kept where he was, not moving till the time came for opening the doors of the house of God in the morning. And fear kept him from giving Eli an account of his vision.

16Then Eli said, Samuel, my son. And Samuel answering said, Here am I.

17And he said, What did the Lord say to you? Do not keep it from me: may God’s punishment be on you if you keep from me anything he said to you.

18Then Samuel gave him an account of everything, keeping nothing back. And he said, It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.

19And Samuel became older, and the Lord was with him and let not one of his words be without effect.

20And it was clear to all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba that Samuel had been made a prophet of the Lord.

21And the Lord was seen again in Shiloh; for the Lord gave to Samuel in Shiloh the revelation of his word.

Psalms 51

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

1 Have pity on me, O God, in your mercy; out of a full heart, take away my sin.

2Let all my wrongdoing be washed away, and make me clean from evil.

3For I am conscious of my error; my sin is ever before me.

4Against you, you only, have I done wrong, working that which is evil in your eyes; so that your words may be seen to be right, and you may be clear when you are judging.

5Truly, I was formed in evil, and in sin did my mother give me birth.

6Your desire is for what is true in the inner parts: in the secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom.

7Make me free from sin with hyssop: let me be washed whiter than snow.

8Make me full of joy and rapture; so that the bones which have been broken may be glad.

9Let your face be turned from my wrongdoing, and take away all my sins.

10Make a clean heart in me, O God; give me a right spirit again.

11Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me.

12Give me back the joy of your salvation; let a free spirit be my support.

13Then will I make your ways clear to wrongdoers; and sinners will be turned to you.

14Be my saviour from violent death, O God, the God of my salvation; and my tongue will give praise to your righteousness.

15O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my mouth may make clear your praise.

16You have no desire for an offering or I would give it; you have no delight in burned offerings.

17The offerings of God are a broken spirit; a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from you.

18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure, building up the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then you will have delight in the offerings of righteousness, in burned offerings and offerings of beasts; then they will make offerings of oxen on your altar.

Acts 27:13-44

13And when the south wind came softly, being of the opinion that their purpose might be effected, they let the ship go and went sailing down the side of Crete, very near to the land.

14But after a little time, a very violent wind, named Euraquilo, came down from it with great force.

15And when the ship got into the grip of it, and was not able to make headway into the wind, we gave way, and went before it.

16And, sailing near the side of a small island named Cauda, we were able, though it was hard work, to make the ship’s boat safe:

17And having got it up, they put cords under and round the ship; but fearing that they might be pushed on to the Syrtis, they let down the sails and so went running before the wind.

18And, still fighting the storm with all our strength, the day after they made a start at getting the goods out of the ship;

19And on the third day, they let all the sailing apparatus go over the side.

20And as we had not seen the sun or stars for a long time, and a great storm was on us, all hope of salvation was gone.

21And when they had been without food for a long time, Paul got up among them and said, Friends, it would have been better if you had given attention to me and not gone sailing out from Crete, to undergo this damage and loss.

22But now, I say to you, be of good heart, for there will be no loss of life, but only of the ship.

23For this night there came to my side an angel of the God who is my Master and whose servant I am,

24Saying, Have no fear, Paul, for you will come before Caesar, and God has given to you all those who are sailing with you.

25And so, O men, be of good heart, for I have faith in God that it will be as he said to me.

26But we will be sent on to a certain island.

27But when the fourteenth day came, while we were going here and there in the Adriatic sea, about the middle of the night the sailors had an idea that they were getting near land;

28And they let down the lead, and saw that the sea was a hundred and twenty feet deep; and after a little time they did it again and it was ninety feet.

29Then, fearing that by chance we might come on to the rocks, they let down four hooks from the back of the ship, and made prayers for the coming of day.

30Then the sailors made attempts secretly to get away from the ship, letting down a boat as if they were about to put down hooks from the front of the ship;

31But Paul said to the captain and his men, If you do not keep these men in the ship, you will not be safe.

32Then the armed men, cutting the cords of the boat, let her go.

33And when dawn was near, Paul gave them all orders to take food, saying, This is the fourteenth day you have been waiting and taking no food.

34So I make request to you to take food; for this is for your salvation: not a hair from the head of any of you will come to destruction.

35And when he had said this and had taken bread, he gave praise to God before them all, and took a meal of the broken bread.

36Then they all took heart and did the same.

37And we were, in the ship, two hundred and seventy-six persons.

38And when they had had enough food, they made the weight of the ship less, turning the grain out into the sea.

39And when it was day, they had no knowledge of the land, but they saw an inlet of the sea with a floor of sand, and they had the idea of driving the ship up on to it if possible.

40So cutting away the hooks, and letting them go into the sea, and freeing the cords of the guiding-blades, and lifting up the sail to the wind, they went in the direction of the inlet.

41And coming to a point between two seas, they got the ship to land; and the front part was fixed in the sand and not able to be moved, but the back part was broken by the force of the waves.

42Then the armed men were for putting the prisoners to death, so that no one would get away by swimming.

43But the captain, desiring to keep Paul safe, kept them from their purpose, and gave orders that those who had knowledge of swimming were to go off the ship and get first to land:

44And the rest, some on boards and some on things from the ship. And so it came about that they all got safe to land.

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