May 27

1 Samuel 10:17-27

17Then Samuel sent for the people to come together before the Lord at Mizpah;

18And he said to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of Israel, has said, I took Israel out of Egypt, and made you free from the hands of the Egyptians and from all the kingdoms which kept you down:

19But today you are turned away from your God, who himself has been your saviour from all your troubles and sorrows; and you have said to him, Put a king over us. So now, take your places before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.

20So Samuel made all the tribes of Israel come near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

21Then he made the tribe of Benjamin come near by families, and the family of the Matrites was taken: and from them, Saul, the son of Kish, was taken: but when they went in search of him he was nowhere to be seen.

22So they put another question to the Lord, Is the man present here? And the answer of the Lord was, He is keeping himself from view among the goods.

23So they went quickly and made him come out; and when he took his place among the people, he was taller by a head than any of the people.

24And Samuel said to all the people, Do you see the man of the Lord’s selection, how there is no other like him among all the people? And all the people with loud cries said, Long life to the king!

25Then Samuel gave the people the laws of the kingdom, writing them in a book which he put in a safe place before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

26And Saul went to Gibeah, to his house; and with him went the men of war whose hearts had been touched by God.

27But certain good-for-nothing persons said, How is this man to be our saviour? And having no respect for him, they gave him no offering.

1 Samuel 11

1Then about a month after this, Nahash the Ammonite came up and put his forces in position for attacking Jabesh-gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, Make an agreement with us and we will be your servants.

2And Nahash the Ammonite said to them, I will make an agreement with you on this condition, that all your right eyes are put out; so that I may make it a cause of shame to all Israel.

3Then the responsible men of Jabesh said to him, Give us seven days, so that we may send men to every part of Israel: and then, if no one comes to our help, we will come out to you.

4So they sent representatives to Saul’s town Gibeah, and these gave the news to the people: and all the people gave themselves to weeping.

5Now Saul came from the field, driving the oxen before him; and he said, Why are the people weeping? And they gave him word of what the men of Jabesh had said.

6And at their words, the spirit of God came on Saul with power, and he became very angry.

7And he took two oxen and, cutting them up, sent them through all the land of Israel by the hand of runners, saying, If any man does not come out after Saul and Samuel, this will be done to his oxen. And the fear of the Lord came on the people and they came out like one man.

8And he had them numbered in Bezek: the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

9Then he said to the representatives who had come, Say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, Tomorrow, by the time the sun is high, you will be made safe. And the representatives came and gave the news to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

10So the men of Jabesh said, Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.

11Now on the day after, Saul put the people into three bands, and in the morning watch they came to the tents of the Ammonites, and they went on attacking them till the heat of the day: and those who were not put to death were put to flight in every direction, so that no two of them were together.

12And the people said to Samuel, Who was it who said, Is Saul to be our king? give the men up, so that we may put them to death.

13And Saul said, Not a man is to be put to death today: for today the Lord has made Israel safe.

14Then Samuel said to the people, Come, let us go to Gilgal and there make the kingdom strong in the hands of Saul.

15So all the people went to Gilgal; and there in Gilgal they made Saul king before the Lord; and peace-offerings were offered before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel were glad with great joy.

Psalms 56

To the chief music-maker; put to Jonath elem rehokim. Of David. Michtam. When the Philistines took him in Gath.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, for man is attempting my destruction; every day he makes cruel attacks against me.

2My haters are ever ready to put an end to me; great numbers are lifting themselves up against me.

3In the time of my fear, I will have faith in you.

4In God will I give praise to his word; in God have I put my hope; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.

5Every day they make wrong use of my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6They come together, they are waiting in secret places, they take note of my steps, they are waiting for my soul.

7By evil-doing they will not get free from punishment. In wrath, O God, let the peoples be made low.

8You have seen my wanderings; put the drops from my eyes into your bottle; are they not in your record?

9When I send up my cry to you, my haters will be turned back; I am certain of this, for God is with me.

10In God will I give praise to his word; in the Lord will I give praise to his word.

11In God have I put my hope, I will have no fear of what man may do to me.

12I keep the memory of my debt to you, O God; I will give you the offerings of praise.

13Because you have taken my soul from the power of death; and kept my feet from falling, so that I may be walking before God in the light of life.

Romans 2

1So you have no reason, whoever you are, for judging: for in judging another you are judging yourself, for you do the same things.

2And we are conscious that God is a true judge against those who do such things.

3But you who are judging another for doing what you do yourself, are you hoping that God’s decision will not take effect against you?

4Or is it nothing to you that God had pity on you, waiting and putting up with you for so long, not seeing that in his pity God’s desire is to give you a change of heart?

5But by your hard and unchanged heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of the revelation of God’s judging in righteousness;

6Who will give to every man his right reward:

7To those who go on with good works in the hope of glory and honour and salvation from death, he will give eternal life:

8But to those who, from a love of competition, are not guided by what is true, will come the heat of his wrath,

9Trouble and sorrow on all whose works are evil, to the Jew first and then to the Greek;

10But glory and honour and peace to all whose works are good, to the Jew first and then to the Greek:

11For one man is not different from another before God.

12All those who have done wrong without the law will get destruction without the law: and those who have done wrong under the law will have their punishment by the law;

13For it is not the hearers of the law who will be judged as having righteousness before God, but only the doers:

14For when the Gentiles without the law have a natural desire to do the things in the law, they are a law to themselves;

15Because the work of the law is seen in their hearts, their sense of right and wrong giving witness to it, while their minds are at one time judging them and at another giving them approval;

16In the day when God will be a judge of the secrets of men, as it says in the good news of which I am a preacher, through Jesus Christ.

17But as for you who have the name of Jew, and are resting on the law, and take pride in God,

18And have knowledge of his desires, and are a judge of the things which are different, having the learning of the law,

19In the belief that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those in the dark,

20A teacher of the foolish, having in the law the form of knowledge and of what is true;

21You who give teaching to others, do you give it to yourself? you who say that a man may not take what is not his, do you take what is not yours?

22You who say that a man may not be untrue to his wife, are you true to yours? you who are a hater of images, do you do wrong to the house of God?

23You who take pride in the law, are you doing wrong to the honour of God by behaviour which is against the law?

24For the name of God is shamed among the Gentiles because of you, as it is said in the holy Writings.

25It is true that circumcision is of use if you keep the law, but if you go against the law it is as if you had it not.

26If those who have not circumcision keep the rules of the law, will it not be credited to them as circumcision?

27And they, by their keeping of the law without circumcision, will be judges of you, by whom the law is broken though you have the letter of the law and circumcision.

28The true Jew is not one who is only so publicly, and circumcision is not that which may be seen in the flesh:

29But he is a Jew who is a secret one, whose circumcision is of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.

Romans 3:1-8

1How then is the Jew better off? or what profit is there in circumcision?

2Much in every way: first of all because the words of God were given to them.

3And if some have no faith, will that make the faith of God without effect?

4In no way: but let God be true, though every man is seen to be untrue; as it is said in the Writings, That your words may be seen to be true, and you may be seen to be right when you are judged.

5But if the righteousness of God is supported by our wrongdoing what is to be said? is it wrong for God to be angry (as men may say)?

6In no way: because if it is so, how is God able to be the judge of all the world?

7But if, because I am untrue, God being seen to be true gets more glory, why am I to be judged as a sinner?

8Let us not do evil so that good may come (a statement which we are falsely said by some to have made), because such behaviour will have its right punishment.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s