May 31

1 Samuel 15

1And Samuel said to Saul, The Lord sent me to put the holy oil on you and to make you king over his people, over Israel: so give ear now to the words of the Lord.

2The Lord of armies says, I will give punishment to Amalek for what he did to Israel, fighting against him on the way when Israel came out of Egypt.

3Go now and put Amalek to the sword, putting to the curse all they have, without mercy: put to death every man and woman, every child and baby at the breast, every ox and sheep, camel and ass.

4And Saul sent for the people and had them numbered in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen and ten thousand men of Judah.

5And Saul came to the town of Amalek, and took up his position in the valley secretly.

6And Saul said to the Kenites, Go away, take yourselves out from among the Amalekites, or destruction will overtake you with them: for you were kind to the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt. So the Kenites went away from among the Amalekites.

7And Saul made an attack on the Amalekites from Havilah on the road to Shur, which is before Egypt.

8He took Agag, king of the Amalekites, prisoner, and put all the people to the sword without mercy.

9But Saul and the people did not put Agag to death, and they kept the best of the sheep and the oxen and the fat beasts and the lambs, and whatever was good, not desiring to put them to the curse: but everything which was bad and of no use they put to the curse.

10Then the Lord said to Samuel,

11It is no longer my pleasure for Saul to be king; for he is turned back from going in my ways, and has not done my orders. And Samuel was very sad, crying to the Lord in prayer all night.

12And early in the morning he got up and went to Saul; and word was given to Samuel that Saul had come to Carmel and put up a pillar, and had gone from there down to Gilgal.

13And Samuel came to Saul; and Saul said to him, May the blessing of the Lord be with you: I have done what was ordered by the Lord.

14And Samuel said, What then is this sound of the crying of sheep and the noise of oxen which comes to my ears?

15And Saul said, They have taken them from the Amalekites: for the people have kept the best of the sheep and of the oxen as an offering to the Lord your God; all the rest we have given up to destruction.

16Then Samuel said to Saul, Say no more! Let me give you word of what the Lord has said to me this night. And he said to him, Say on.

17And Samuel said, Though you may seem little to yourself, are you not head of the tribes of Israel? for the Lord with the holy oil made you king over Israel,

18And the Lord sent you on a journey and said, Go and put to the curse those sinners, the Amalekites, fighting against them till every one is dead.

19Why then did you not do the orders of the Lord, but by violently taking their goods did evil in the eyes of the Lord?

20And Saul said, Truly, I have done the orders of the Lord and have gone the way the Lord sent me; I have taken Agag, the king of Amalek, and have given the Amalekites up to destruction.

21But the people took some of their goods, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which were put to the curse, to make an offering of them to the Lord your God in Gilgal.

22And Samuel said, Has the Lord as much delight in offerings and burned offerings as in the doing of his orders? Truly, to do his pleasure is better than to make offerings, and to give ear to him than the fat of sheep.

23For to go against his orders is like the sin of those who make use of secret arts, and pride is like giving worship to images. Because you have put away from you the word of the Lord, he has put you from your place as king.

24And Saul said to Samuel, Great is my sin: for I have gone against the orders of the Lord and against your words: because, fearing the people, I did what they said.

25So now, let my sin have forgiveness, and go back with me to give worship to the Lord.

26And Samuel said to Saul, I will not go back with you: for you have put away from you the word of the Lord, and the Lord has put you from your place as king over Israel.

27And when Samuel was turning round to go away, Saul took the skirt of his robe in his hand, and the cloth came away.

28And Samuel said to him, The Lord has taken away the kingdom of Israel from you this day by force, and has given it to a neighbour of yours who is better than you.

29And further, the Glory of Israel will not say what is false, and his purpose may not be changed: for he is not a man, whose purpose may be changed.

30Then he said, Great is my sin: but still, give me honour now before the heads of my people and before Israel, and come back with me so that I may give worship to the Lord your God.

31So Samuel went back after Saul, and Saul gave worship to the Lord.

32Then Samuel said, Make Agag, the king of the Amalekites, come here to me. And Agag came to him shaking with fear. And Agag said, Truly the pain of death is past.

33And Samuel said, As your sword has made women without children, so now your mother will be without children among women. And Agag was cut up by Samuel, bone from bone, before the Lord in Gilgal.

34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah, in the land of Saul.

35And Samuel never saw Saul again till the day of his death; but Samuel was sorrowing for Saul: and it was no longer the Lord’s pleasure for Saul to be king over Israel.

Psalms 60

To the chief music-maker; put to Shushan-eduth. Michtam. Of David. For teaching. When he was fighting against Aram-naharaim and Aramzobah, when Joab came back, and put twelve thousand of the Edomites to death, in the Valley of Salt.

1 God, you have put us away from you, you have sent us in all directions, you have been angry; O be turned to us again.

2By the power of your hand the earth is shaking and broken; make it strong again, for it is moved.

3You have made the people see hard times; you have given us the wine of shaking for our drink.

4Give a safe place to those who have fear of you, where they may go in flight from before the bow. (Selah.)

5So that your loved ones may be made safe, let your right hand be my salvation, and give me an answer.

6God has said in his holy place, I will be glad: I will make a division of Shechem, and the valley of Succoth will be measured out.

7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; and Ephraim is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver;

8Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I put out my shoe; over Philistia will a glad cry be sounded.

9Who will take me into the strong town? who will be my guide into Edom?

10Have not you put us away, O God? and you have not gone out with our armies.

11Give us help in our trouble; for there is no help in man.

12Through God we will do great things, for through him our haters will be crushed under our feet.

Romans 6

1What may we say, then? are we to go on in sin so that there may be more grace?

2In no way. How may we, who are dead to sin, be living in it any longer?

3Or are you without the knowledge that all we who had baptism into Christ Jesus, had baptism into his death?

4We have been placed with him among the dead through baptism into death: so that as Christ came again from the dead by the glory of the Father, we, in the same way, might be living in new life.

5For, if we have been made like him in his death, we will, in the same way, be like him in his coming to life again;

6Being conscious that our old man was put to death on the cross with him, so that the body of sin might be put away, and we might no longer be servants to sin.

7Because he who is dead is free from sin.

8But if we are dead with Christ, we have faith that we will be living with him;

9Having knowledge that because Christ has come back from the dead, he will never again go down to the dead; death has no more power over him.

10For his death was a death to sin, but his life now is a life which he is living to God.

11Even so see yourselves as dead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus.

12For this cause do not let sin be ruling in your body which is under the power of death, so that you give way to its desires;

13And do not give your bodies to sin as the instruments of wrongdoing, but give yourselves to God, as those who are living from the dead, and your bodies as instruments of righteousness to God.

14For sin may not have rule over you: because you are not under law, but under grace.

15What then? are we to go on in sin because we are not under law but under grace? Let it not be so.

16Are you not conscious that you are the servants of him to whom you give yourselves to do his desire? if to sin, the end being death, or if to do the desire of God, the end being righteousness.

17But praise be to God that though you were the servants of sin, you have now given yourselves freely to that form of teaching under which you were placed;

18And being made free from sin you have been made the servants of righteousness.

19I am using words in the way of men, because your flesh is feeble: as you gave your bodies as servants to what is unclean, and to evil to do evil, so now give them as servants to righteousness to do what is holy.

20When you were servants of sin you were free from righteousness.

21What fruit had you at that time in the things which are now a shame to you? for the end of such things is death.

22But now, being free from sin, and having been made servants to God, you have your fruit in that which is holy, and the end is eternal life.

23For the reward of sin is death; but what God freely gives is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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