May 30

1 Samuel 14

1Now one day Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was with him, looking after his arms, Come, let us go over to the Philistine force over there. But he said nothing to his father.

2And Saul was still waiting in the farthest part of Geba, under the fruit-tree in Migron: there were about six hundred men with him;

3And Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, brother of Ichabod, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh, who had the ephod. And the people had no idea that Jonathan had gone.

4Now between the narrow roads over the mountains by which Jonathan was making his way to the Philistines’ forces, there was a sharp overhanging rock on one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: one was named Bozez and the other Seneh.

5The one rock went up on the north in front of Michmash and the other on the south in front of Geba.

6And Jonathan said to his young servant who had his arms, Come, let us go over to the armies of these men who have no circumcision: it may be that the Lord will give us help, for there is no limit to his power; the Lord is able to give salvation by a great army or by a small band.

7And his servant said to him, Do whatever is in your mind: see, I am with you in every impulse of your heart.

8Then Jonathan said, Now we will go over to these men and let them see us.

9If they say to us, Keep quiet where you are till we come to you; then we will keep our places and not go up to them.

10But if they say, Come up to us; then we will go up, for the Lord has given them into our hands: and this will be the sign to us.

11And they let the Philistine force see the two of them: and the Philistines said, Look! the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have taken cover.

12And the armed men of the force gave Jonathan and his servant their answer, saying, Come up here to us, and we will let you see something. Then Jonathan said to his servant, Come up after me: for the Lord has given them up into the hands of Israel.

13And Jonathan went up, gripping with his hands and his feet, his servant going up after him; and the Philistines gave way before Jonathan when he made an attack on them, and his servant put them to death after him.

14And at their first attack, Jonathan and his servant put to the sword about twenty men, all inside the space of half an acre of land.

15And there was great fear in the tents and in the field and among all the men of the armed force, and the attackers were shaking with fear; even the earth was moved with a great shaking and there was a fear as from God.

16And the watchmen of Saul, looking out from Geba in the land of Benjamin, saw all the army flowing away and running here and there.

17Then Saul said to the people who were with him, Let everyone be numbered and let us see who has gone from us. And when they had been numbered, it was seen that Jonathan and his servant were not there.

18And Saul said to Ahijah, Let the ephod come here. For he went before Israel with the ephod at that time.

19Now while Saul was talking to the priest, the noise in the tents of the Philistines became louder and louder; and Saul said to the priest, Take back your hand.

20And Saul and all the people with him came together and went forward to the fight: and every man’s sword was turned against the man at his side, and there was a very great noise.

21Then the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines for some time, and had gone up with them to their tents, turning round were joined to those who were with Saul and Jonathan.

22And all the men of Israel who had taken cover in the hill-country of Ephraim, hearing that the Philistines had been put to flight, went after them, attacking them.

23So the Lord made Israel safe that day: and the fight went over to Beth-aven.

24And all the people were with Saul, about twenty thousand men, and the fight was general through all the hill-country of Ephraim; but Saul made a great error that day, by putting the people under an oath, saying, Let that man be cursed who takes food before evening comes and I have given punishment to those who are against me. So the people had not a taste of food.

25And there was honey on the face of the field, and all the people came to the honey, the bees having gone from it;

26But not a man put his hand to his mouth for fear of the curse.

27But Jonathan, having no knowledge of the oath his father had put on the people, stretching out the rod which was in his hand, put the end of it in the honey, and put it to his mouth; then his eyes were made bright.

28Then one of the people said to him, Your father put the people under an oath, saying, Let that man be cursed who takes any food this day. And the people were feeble, needing food.

29Then Jonathan said, My father has made trouble come on the land: now see how bright my eyes have become because I have taken a little of this honey.

30How much more if the people had freely taken their food from the goods of those who were fighting against them! would there not have been much greater destruction among the Philistines?

31That day they overcame the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were feeble from need of food.

32And rushing at the goods taken in the fight, the people took oxen and sheep and young oxen, and put them to death there on the earth, and had a meal, taking the flesh with the blood in it.

33Then it was said to Saul, See, the people are sinning against the Lord, taking the blood with the flesh. And he said to those who gave him the news, Now let a great stone be rolled to me here.

34And Saul said, Go about among the people and say to them, Let every man come here to me with his ox and his sheep, and put them to death here, and take his meal: do no sin against the Lord by taking the blood with the flesh. So all the people took their oxen with them that night and put them to death there.

35And Saul put up an altar to the Lord: this was the first altar which he put up to the Lord.

36And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, attacking them till the morning, till there is not a man of them living. And they said, Do whatever seems right to you. Then the priest said, Let us come near to God.

37And Saul, desiring directions from God, said, Am I to go down after the Philistines? will you give them up into the hands of Israel? But he gave him no answer that day.

38And Saul said, Come near, all you chiefs of the people, and let us get word from God and see in whom is this sin today.

39For, by the living Lord, the saviour of Israel, even if the sinner is Jonathan, my son, death will certainly be his fate. But not a man among all the people gave him any answer.

40Then he said to all Israel, You be on one side, and I with Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said to Saul, Do whatever seems good to you.

41Then Saul said to the Lord, the God of Israel, Why have you not given me an answer today? If the sin is in me or in Jonathan my son, O Lord God of Israel, give Urim, and if it is in your people Israel, give Thummim. And by the decision of the Lord, Saul and Jonathan were marked out, and the people went free.

42And Saul said, Give your decision between my son Jonathan and me. And Jonathan was taken.

43Then Saul said to Jonathan, Give me an account of what you have done. And Jonathan gave him the story and said, Certainly I took a little honey on the end of my rod; and now death is to be my fate.

44And Saul said, May God’s punishment be on me if death is not your fate, Jonathan.

45And the people said to Saul, Is death to come to Jonathan, the worker of this great salvation for Israel? Let it not be so: by the living Lord, not one hair of his head is to be touched, for he has been working with God today. So the people kept Jonathan from death.

46Then Saul, turning back, went after the Philistines no longer: and the Philistines went back to their place.

47Now when Saul had taken his place as ruler of Israel, he made war on those who were against him on every side, Moab and the Ammonites and Edom and the kings of Zobah and the Philistines: and whichever way he went, he overcame them.

48And he did great things, and overcame the Amalekites, and made Israel safe from the hands of their attackers.

49Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua; and these are the names of his daughters: the older was named Merab and the younger Michal;

50The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz; the captain of his army was Abner, the son of Ner, brother of Saul’s father.

51Kish, the father of Saul, and Ner, the father of Abner, were sons of Abiel.

52All through the life of Saul there was bitter war against the Philistines; and whenever Saul saw any strong man or any good fighting man, he kept him near himself.

Psalms 59

To the chief music-maker; put to At-tashheth. Michtam. Of David. When Saul sent, and they were watching the house, to put him to death.

1 Take me out of the hands of the cruel ones, O my God; keep me safe from those who come up against me.

2Take me out of the power of the workers of evil, and keep me safe from the men of blood.

3For see, they are watching in secret for my soul; the strong have come together against me? but not because of my sin, or my evil-doing, O Lord.

4For no sin of mine they go quickly and get themselves ready; be awake and come to my help, and see.

5You, O Lord God of armies, are the God of Israel; come now and give punishment to the nations; have no mercy on any workers of deceit. (Selah.)

6They come back in the evening; they make a noise like a dog, and go round the town.

7See, hate is dropping from their lips; curses are on their tongues: they say, Who gives attention to it?

8But you are laughing at them, O Lord; you will make sport of all the nations.

9O my strength, I will put my hope in you; because God is my strong tower.

10The God of my mercy will go before me: God will let me see my desire effected on my haters.

11Put them not to death, for so my people will keep the memory of them: let them be sent in all directions by your power; make them low, O Lord our saviour.

12Because of the sin of their mouths and the word of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride; and for their curses and their deceit,

13Put an end to them in your wrath, put an end to them, so that they may not be seen again; let them see that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the earth. (Selah.)

14And in the evening let them come back, and make a noise like a dog, and go round the town.

15Let them go wandering up and down in search of food, and be there all night if they have not enough.

16But I will make songs of your power; yes, I will give cries of joy for your mercy in the morning; because you have been my strength and my high tower in the day of my trouble.

17To you, O my strength, will I make my song: because God is my high tower, even the God of my mercy.

Romans 5

1For which reason, because we have righteousness through faith, let us be at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

2Through whom, in the same way, we have been able by faith to come to this grace in which we now are; and let us have joy in hope of the glory of God.

3And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting;

4And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope:

5And hope does not put to shame; because our hearts are full of the love of God through the Holy Spirit which is given to us.

6For when we were still without strength, at the right time Christ gave his life for evil-doers.

7Now it is hard for anyone to give his life even for an upright man, though it might be that for a good man someone would give his life.

8But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us.

9Much more, if we now have righteousness by his blood, will salvation from the wrath of God come to us through him.

10For if, when we were haters of God, the death of his Son made us at peace with him, much more, now that we are his friends, will we have salvation through his life;

11And not only so, but we have joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are now at peace with God.

12For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil:

13Because, till the law came, sin was in existence, but sin is not put to the account of anyone when there is no law to be broken.

14But still death had power from Adam till Moses, even over those who had not done wrong like Adam, who is a picture of him who was to come.

15But the free giving of God is not like the wrongdoing of man. For if, by the wrongdoing of one man death came to numbers of men, much more did the grace of God, and the free giving by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, come to men.

16And the free giving has not the same effect as the sin of one: for the effect of one man’s sin was punishment by the decision of God, but the free giving had power to give righteousness to wrongdoers in great number.

17For, if by the wrongdoing of one, death was ruling through the one, much more will those to whom has come the wealth of grace and the giving of righteousness, be ruling in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.

18So then, as the effect of one act of wrongdoing was that punishment came on all men, even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men.

19Because, as numbers of men became sinners through the wrongdoing of one man, even so will great numbers get righteousness through the keeping of the word of God by one man.

20And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace:

21That, as sin had power in death, so grace might have power through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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