May 26

1 Samuel 9

1Now there was a man of Benjamin named Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a man of wealth.

2He had a son named Saul, a specially good-looking young man; there was no one better-looking among the children of Israel: he was taller by a head than any other of the people.

3Now the asses of Saul’s father Kish had gone wandering away. And Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you, and get up and go in search of the asses.

4So they went through the hill-country of Ephraim and through the land of Shalishah, but they saw no sign of them: then they went through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there: and they went through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not come across them.

5And when they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, Come, let us go back, or my father may give up caring about the asses and be troubled about us.

6But the servant said to him, See now, in this town there is a man of God, who is highly honoured, and everything he says comes true: let us go there now; it may be that he will give us directions about our journey.

7Then Saul said to his servant, But if we go, what are we to take the man? all our bread is gone, and we have no offering to take to the man of God: what are we to do?

8But the servant said in answer, I have here a fourth part of a shekel of silver: I will give that to the man of God, and he will give us directions about our way.

9(In the past in Israel, when a man went to get directions from God, he said, Come let us go to the Seer, for he who now is named Prophet was in those days given the name of Seer.)

10Then Saul said to his servant, You have said well; come, let us go. So they went to the town where the man of God was.

11And when they were on the way up to the town, they saw some young girls going out to get water and said to them, Is the seer here?

12And they said, He is; in fact he is before you: go quickly now, for he has come into the town today, for the people are making an offering in the high place today:

13When you come into the town you will see him straight away, before he goes up to the high place for the feast: the people are waiting for his blessing before starting the feast, and after that the guests will take part in it. So go up now and you will see him.

14So they went up to the town, and when they came inside the town, Samuel came face to face with them on his way to the high place.

15Now the day before Saul came, the word of God had come to Samuel, saying,

16Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and on him you are to put the holy oil, making him ruler over my people Israel, and he will make my people safe from the hands of the Philistines: for I have seen the sorrow of my people, whose cry has come up to me.

17And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, This is the man of whom I gave you word! he it is who is to have authority over my people.

18Then Saul came up to Samuel in the doorway of the town and said, Give me directions, if you will be so good, to the house of the seer.

19Then Samuel said to Saul, I am the seer; go up before me to the high place and take food with me today: and in the morning I will let you go, after opening to you all the secrets of your heart.

20As for your asses which have been wandering for three days, give no thought to them, for they have come back. And for whom are all the desired things in Israel? are they not for you and your father’s family?

21And Saul said, Am I not a man of Benjamin, the smallest of all the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of the families of Benjamin? why then do you say these words to me?

22Then Samuel took Saul and his servant into the guest room, and made them take the chief place among all the guests who were there, about thirty persons.

23And Samuel said to the cook, Give me that part which I gave you orders to keep by you.

24And the cook took up the leg with the fat tail on it, and put it before Saul. And Samuel said, This is the part which has been kept for you: take it as your part of the feast; because it has been kept for you till the right time came and till the guests were present. So that day Saul took food with Samuel.

25And when they had come down from the high place into the town, where a bed was made ready for Saul, he went to rest.

26And about dawn Samuel said to Saul on the roof, Get up so that I may send you away. So Saul got up, and he and Samuel went out together.

27And on their way down to the end of the town, Samuel said to Saul, Give your servant orders to go on in front of us, (so he went on,) but you keep here, so that I may give you the word of God.

1 Samuel 10:1-16

1Then Samuel took the bottle of oil, and put the oil on his head and gave him a kiss and said, Is not the Lord with the holy oil making you ruler over Israel, his people? and you will have authority over the people of the Lord, and you will make them safe from the hands of their attackers round about them, and this will be the sign for you:

2When you have gone away from me today, you will see two men by the resting-place of Rachel’s body, in the land of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, The asses which you went in search of have come back, and now your father, caring no longer for the asses, is troubled about you, saying, What am I to do about my son?

3Then you are to go on from there, and when you come to the oak-tree of Tabor, you will see three men going up to God to Beth-el, one having with him three young goats and another three cakes of bread and another a skin full of wine:

4They will say, Peace be with you, and will give you two cakes of bread, which you are to take from them.

5After that you will come to Gibeah, the hill of God, where an armed force of the Philistines is stationed: and when you come to the town, you will see a band of prophets coming down from the high place with instruments of music before them; and they will be acting like prophets:

6And the spirit of the Lord will come on you with power, and you will be acting like a prophet with them, and will be changed into another man.

7And when these signs come to you, see that you take the chance which is offered you; for God is with you.

8Then you are to go down before me to Gilgal, where I will come to you, for the offering of burned offerings and peace-offerings: go on waiting there for seven days till I come to you and make clear to you what you have to do.

9And it came about, that when he went away from Samuel, God gave him a changed heart: and all those signs took place that day.

10And when they came to Gibeah, a band of prophets came face to face with him; and the spirit of God came on him with power and he took his place among them as a prophet.

11Now when Saul’s old friends saw him among the band of prophets, the people said to one another, What has come to Saul, the son of Kish? Is even Saul among the prophets?

12And one of the people of that place said in answer, And who is their father? So it became a common saying, Is even Saul among the prophets?

13Then going away from the prophets, he came to the house.

14And Saul’s father’s brother said to him and his servant, Where have you been? And he said, Searching for the asses: and when we saw no sign of them, we came to Samuel.

15Then he said, And what did Samuel say to you?

16And Saul, answering him, said, He gave us word that the asses had come back. But he said nothing to him of Samuel’s words about the kingdom.

Psalms 55

To the chief music-maker, on Neginoth. Maschil. Of David.

1 Give hearing to my prayer, O God; and let not your ear be shut against my request.

2Give thought to me, and let my prayer be answered: I have been made low in sorrow;

3I am troubled because of the voice of the cruel ones, because of the loud cry of the evil-doers; for they put a weight of evil on me, and they are cruel in their hate for me.

4My heart is deeply wounded, and the fear of death has come on me.

5Fear and shaking have come over me, with deep fear I am covered.

6And I said, If only I had wings like a dove! for then I would go in flight from here and be at rest.

7I would go wandering far away, living in the waste land. (Selah.)

8I would quickly take cover from the driving storm and from the violent wind.

9Send destruction on them, O Lord, make a division of tongues among them: for I have seen fighting and violent acts in the town.

10By day and night they go round the town, on the walls; trouble and sorrow are in the heart of it.

11Evil is there; cruel rule and deceit are ever in the streets.

12For it was not my hater who said evil of me; that would have been no grief to me; it was not one outside the number of my friends who made himself strong against me, or I would have kept myself from him in a secret place;

13But it was you, my equal, my guide, my well-loved friend.

14We had loving talk together, and went to the house of God in company.

15Let the hand of death come on them suddenly, and let them go down living into the underworld; because evil is in their houses and in their hearts.

16As for me, I will make my prayer to God, and he will be my saviour.

17In the evening and in the morning and in the middle of the day I will make my prayer with sounds of grief; and my voice will come to his ears.

18He has taken my soul away from the attack which was made against me, and given it peace; for great numbers were against me.

19God will give thought to me; he who from early times is strong will send pain and trouble on them. (Selah.) Because they are unchanged, they have no fear of God.

20He has put out his hand against those who were at peace with him; he has not kept his agreement.

21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, but they were sharp swords.

22Put your cares on the Lord, and he will be your support; he will not let the upright man be moved.

23But you, O God, will send them down into the underworld; the cruel and the false will be cut off before half their days are ended; but I will have faith in you.

Romans 1:16-32

16For I have no feeling of shame about the good news, because it is the power of God giving salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first, and then to the Greek.

17For in it there is the revelation of the righteousness of God from faith to faith: as it is said in the holy Writings, The man who does righteousness will be living by his faith.

18For there is a revelation of the wrath of God from heaven against all the wrongdoing and evil thoughts of men who keep down what is true by wrongdoing;

19Because the knowledge of God may be seen in them, God having made it clear to them.

20For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear, he having given the knowledge of them through the things which he has made, so that men have no reason for wrongdoing:

21Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark.

22Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish,

23And by them the glory of the eternal God was changed and made into the image of man who is not eternal, and of birds and beasts and things which go on the earth.

24For this reason God gave them up to the evil desires of their hearts, working shame in their bodies with one another:

25Because by them the true word of God was changed into that which is false, and they gave worship and honour to the thing which is made, and not to him who made it, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it.

26For this reason God gave them up to evil passions, and their women were changing the natural use into one which is unnatural:

27And in the same way the men gave up the natural use of the woman and were burning in their desire for one another, men doing shame with men, and getting in their bodies the right reward of their evil-doing.

28And because they had not the mind to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an evil mind, to do those things which are not right;

29Being full of all wrongdoing, evil, desire for the goods of others, hate, envy, putting to death, fighting, deceit, cruel ways, evil talk, and false statements about others;

30Hated by God, full of pride, without respect, full of loud talk, given to evil inventions, not honouring father or mother,

31Without knowledge, not true to their undertakings, unkind, having no mercy:

32Who, though they have knowledge of the law of God, that the fate of those who do these things is death, not only go on doing these things themselves, but give approval to those who do them.

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