May 28

1 Samuel 12

1And Samuel said to all Israel, You see that I have given ear to everything you said to me, and have made a king over you.

2And now, see, the king is before you: and I am old and grey-headed, and my sons are with you: I have been living before your eyes from my early days till now.

3Here I am: give witness against me before the Lord and before the man on whom he has put the holy oil: whose ox or ass have I taken? to whom have I been untrue? who has been crushed down by me? from whose hand have I taken a price for the blinding of my eyes? I will give it all back to you.

4And they said, You have never been untrue to us or cruel to us; you have taken nothing from any man.

5Then he said, The Lord is witness against you, and the man on whom he has put the holy oil is witness this day that you have seen no wrong in me. And they said, He is witness.

6And Samuel said to the people, The Lord is witness, who gave authority to Moses and Aaron, and who took your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.

7Keep your places now, while I take up the argument with you before the Lord, and give you the story of the righteousness of the Lord, which he has made clear by his acts to you and to your fathers.

8When Jacob and his sons had come into Egypt, and were crushed by the Egyptians, the prayers of your fathers came up to the Lord, and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who took your fathers out of Egypt, and he put them into this place.

9But they were false to the Lord their God, and he gave them up into the hands of Sisera, captain of the army of Jabin, king of Hazor, and into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the king of Moab, who made war against them.

10Then crying out to the Lord, they said, We have done evil, because we have been turned away from the Lord, worshipping the Baals and the Astartes: but now, make us safe from those who are against us and we will be your servants.

11So the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and took you out of the power of those who were fighting against you on every side, and made you safe.

12And when you saw that Nahash, the king of the Ammonites, was coming against you, you said to me, No more of this; we will have a king for our ruler: when the Lord your God was your king.

13Here, then, is the king marked out by you: the Lord has put a king over you.

14If in the fear of the Lord you are his servants, hearing his voice and not going against the orders of the Lord, but being true to the Lord your God, you and the king ruling over you, then all will be well:

15But if you do not give ear to the voice of the Lord, but go against his orders, then the hand of the Lord will be against you and against your king for your destruction, as it was against your fathers.

16Now keep where you are and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes.

17Is it not now the time of the grain cutting? My cry will go up to the Lord and he will send thunder and rain: so that you may see and be conscious of your great sin which you have done in the eyes of the Lord in desiring a king for yourselves.

18So Samuel made prayer to the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people were in fear of the Lord and of Samuel.

19And all the people said to Samuel, Make prayer for us to the Lord your God so that death may not overtake us: for in addition to all our sins we have done this evil, in desiring a king.

20Then Samuel said to the people, Have no fear: truly you have done evil, but do not be turned away from the Lord; be his servants with all your heart;

21And do not go from the right way turning to those false gods in which there is no profit and no salvation, for they are false.

22For the Lord will not give his people up, because of the honour of his name; for it was the Lord’s pleasure to make of you a people for himself.

23And as for me, never will I go against the orders of the Lord by giving up my prayers for you: but I will go on teaching you the good and right way.

24Only go in the fear of the Lord, and be his true servants with all your heart, keeping in mind what great things he has done for you.

25But if you still do evil, destruction will overtake you and your king.

Psalms 57

To the chief music-maker; put to Al-tashheth. Michtam. Of David. When he went in flight from Saul, in the hole of the rock.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me; for the hope of my soul is in you: I will keep myself safely under the shade of your wings, till these troubles are past.

2I will send up my cry to the Most High God; to God who does all things for me.

3He will send from heaven, and take me from the power of him whose desire is for my destruction. God will send out his mercy and his good faith.

4My soul is among lions; I am stretched out among those who are on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and whose tongue is a sharp sword.

5O God, be lifted up higher than the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

6They have made ready a net for my steps; my soul is bent down; they have made a great hole before me, and have gone down into it themselves. (Selah.)

7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will make songs, and give praise.

8You are my glory; let the instruments of music be awake; I myself will be awake with the dawn.

9I will give you praise, O Lord, among the peoples; I will make songs to you among the nations.

10For your mercy is great, stretching up to the heavens, and your righteousness goes up to the clouds.

11Be lifted up, O God, higher than the heavens, let your glory be over all the earth.

Romans 3:9-31

9What then? are we worse off than they? In no way: because we have before made it clear that Jews as well as Greeks are all under the power of sin;

10As it is said in the holy Writings, There is not one who does righteousness;

11Not one who has the knowledge of what is right, not one who is a searcher after God;

12They have all gone out of the way, there is no profit in any of them; there is not one who does good, not so much as one:

13Their throat is like an open place of death; with their tongues they have said what is not true: the poison of snakes is under their lips:

14Whose mouth is full of curses and bitter words:

15Their feet are quick in running after blood;

16Destruction and trouble are in their ways;

17And of the way of peace they have no knowledge:

18There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19Now, we have knowledge that what the law says is for those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and all men may be judged by God:

20Because by the works of the law no man is able to have righteousness in his eyes, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

21But now without the law there is a revelation of the righteousness of God, to which witness is given by the law and the prophets;

22That is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all those who have faith; and one man is not different from another,

23For all have done wrong and are far from the glory of God;

24And they may have righteousness put to their credit, freely, by his grace, through the salvation which is in Christ Jesus:

25Whom God has put forward as the sign of his mercy, through faith, by his blood, to make clear his righteousness when, in his pity, God let the sins of earlier times go without punishment;

26And to make clear his righteousness now, so that he might himself be upright, and give righteousness to him who has faith in Jesus.

27What reason, then, is there for pride? It is shut out. By what sort of law? of works? No, but by a law of faith.

28For this reason, then, a man may get righteousness by faith without the works of the law.

29Or is God the God of Jews only? is he not in the same way the God of Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles:

30If God is one; and he will give righteousness because of faith to those who have circumcision, and through faith to those who have not circumcision.

31Do we, then, through faith make the law of no effect? in no way: but we make it clear that the law is important.

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