June 2

1 Samuel 17:1-54

1Now the Philistines got their armies together for war, and came together at Socoh in the land of Judah, and took up their position between Socoh and Azekah in Ephes-dammim.

2And Saul and the men of Israel came together and took up their position in the valley of Elah, and put their forces in order against the Philistines.

3The Philistines were stationed on the mountain on one side and Israel on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

4And a fighter came out from the tents of the Philistines, named Goliath of Gath; he was more than six cubits tall.

5And he had a head-dress of brass on his head, and he was dressed in a coat of metal, the weight of which was five thousand shekels of brass.

6His legs were covered with plates of brass and hanging on his back was a javelin of brass.

7The stem of his spear was as long as a cloth-worker’s rod, and its head was made of six hundred shekels’ weight of iron: and one went before him with his body-cover.

8He took up his position and in a loud voice said to the armies of Israel, Why have you come out to make war? Am I not a Philistine and you servants of Saul? Send out a man for yourselves and let him come down to me.

9If he is able to have a fight with me and overcome me, then we will be your servants: but if I am able to overcome him, then you will be our servants and do work for us.

10And the Philistine said, I have put to shame the armies of Israel this day; give me a man so that we may have a fight together.

11And Saul and all Israel, hearing those words of the Philistine, were troubled and full of fear.

12Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah named Jesse, who had eight sons; and he was an old man in Saul’s day, and far on in years.

13And the three oldest sons of Jesse had gone with Saul to the fight: the names of the three who went to the fight were Eliab, the oldest, and Abinadab the second, and Shammah the third.

14And David was the youngest: and the three oldest were with Saul’s army.

15Now David went to and from Saul, looking after his father’s sheep at Beth-lehem.

16And the Philistine came near every morning and evening for forty days.

17And Jesse said to his son David, Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dry grain and these ten cakes of bread, and go quickly with them to the tents to your brothers;

18And take these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers are and come back with a sign to say how they are.

19Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20And David got up early in the morning, and, giving the sheep into the care of a keeper, took the things and went as Jesse had said; and he came to the lines where the carts were, when the army was going out to the fight giving their war-cry.

21And Israel and the Philistines had put their forces in position, army against army.

22And David gave his parcels into the hands of the keeper of the army stores, and went running to the army and came to his brothers to get knowledge about them.

23And while he was talking to them, the fighter, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came out from the Philistines’ lines and said the same words, in David’s hearing.

24And all the men of Israel, when they saw him, went in flight, overcome with fear.

25And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man? Clearly he has come out to put shame on Israel: and it is certain that if any man overcomes him, the king will give that man great wealth, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s family free in Israel.

26And David said to the men near him, What will be done to the man who overcomes this Philistine and takes away the shame from Israel? for who is this Philistine, a man without circumcision, that he has put shame on the armies of the living God?

27And the people gave him this answer, So it will be done to the man who overcomes him.

28And Eliab, his oldest brother, hearing what David said to the men, was moved to wrath against David, and said, Why have you come here? Into whose care have you given that little flock of sheep in the waste land? I have knowledge of your pride and the evil of your heart, you have come down to see the fight.

29And David said, What have I done now? was it not only a word?

30And turning away from him to one of the other men, he said the same words: and the people gave him the same answer.

31And, hearing what David said, they gave Saul word of it: and he sent for him.

32And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart become feeble because of him; I, your servant, will go out and have a fight with this Philistine.

33And Saul said to David, You are not able to go out against this Philistine and have a fight with him: for you are only a boy, and he has been a man of war from his earliest days.

34And David said to Saul, Your servant has been keeper of his father’s sheep; and if a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock,

35I went out after him, and overcame him, and took it out of his mouth: and if, turning on me, he came at me, I took him by the hair and overcame him and put him to death.

36Your servant has overcome lion and bear: and the fate of this Philistine, who is without circumcision, will be like theirs, seeing that he has put shame on the armies of the living God.

37And David said, The Lord, who kept me safe from the grip of the lion and the bear, will be my saviour from the hands of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go! and may the Lord be with you.

38Then Saul gave David his clothing of war, and put a head-dress of brass on his head and had him clothed with a coat of metal.

39And David took Saul’s sword and put the band round him over the metal coat, and was unable to go forward; for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, It is not possible for me to go out with these, for I am not used to them. So David took them off.

40Then he took his stick in his hand, and got five smooth stones from the bed of the stream and put them in a bag such as is used by sheep-keepers; and in his hand was a leather band used for sending stones: and so he went in the direction of the Philistine.

41And the Philistine came nearer to David; and the man who had his body-cover went before him.

42And when the Philistine, taking note, saw David, he had a poor opinion of him: for he was only a boy, red-haired and good-looking.

43And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come out to me with sticks? And the Philistine put curses on David by all his gods.

44And the Philistine said to David, Come here to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

45Then David said to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword and a spear and a javelin: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of armies, the God of the armies of Israel on which you have put shame.

46This day the Lord will give you up into my hands, and I will overcome you, and take your head off you; and I will give the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth today, so that all the earth may see that Israel has a God;

47And all these people who are here today may see that the Lord does not give salvation by sword and spear: for the fight is the Lord’s, and he will give you up into our hands.

48Now when the Philistine made a move and came near to David, David quickly went at a run in the direction of the army, meeting the Philistine face to face.

49And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and sent it from his leather band straight at the Philistine, and the stone went deep into his brow, and he went down to the earth, falling on his face.

50So David overcame the Philistine with his leather band and a stone, wounding the Philistine and causing his death: but David had no sword in his hand.

51So running up to the Philistine and putting his foot on him, David took his sword out of its cover, and put him to death, cutting off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their fighter was dead, they went in flight.

52And the men of Israel and of Judah got up, and gave a cry, and went after the Philistines as far as Gath and the town doors of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines were falling down by the road from Shaaraim all the way to Gath and Ekron.

53Then the children of Israel came back from going after the Philistines, and took their goods from the tents.

54And David took the head of the Philistine to Jerusalem, but the metal war-dress and the arms he put in his tent.

Psalms 62

To the chief music-maker. After Jeduthun. A Psalm. Of David.

1 My soul, put all your faith in God; for from him comes my salvation.

2He only is my Rock and my salvation; he is my high tower; I will not be greatly moved.

3How long will you go on designing evil against a man? running against him as against a broken wall, which is on the point of falling?

4Their only thought is to put him down from his place of honour; their delight is in deceit: blessing is in their mouths but cursing in their hearts. (Selah.)

5My soul, put all your faith in God; for from him comes my hope.

6He only is my Rock and my salvation; he is my high tower; I will not be greatly moved.

7In God is my salvation, and my glory; the Rock of my strength, and my safe place.

8Have faith in him at all times, you people; let your hearts go flowing out before him: God is our safe place. (Selah.)

9Truly men of low birth are nothing, and men of high position are not what they seem; if they are put in the scales together they are less than a breath.

10Have no faith in the rewards of evil-doing, or in profits wrongly made: if your wealth is increased, do not put your hopes on it.

11Once has God said, twice has it come to my ears, that power is God’s:

12And mercy, O Lord, is yours, for you give to every man the reward of his work.

Romans 8

1For this cause those who are in Christ Jesus will not be judged as sinners.

2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

3For what the law was not able to do because it was feeble through the flesh, God, sending his Son in the image of the evil flesh, and as an offering for sin, gave his decision against sin in the flesh:

4So that what was ordered by the law might be done in us, who are living, not in the way of the flesh, but in the way of the Spirit.

5For those who are living in the way of the flesh give their minds to the things of the flesh, but those who go in the way of the Spirit, to the things of the Spirit.

6For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace:

7Because the mind of the flesh is opposite to God; it is not under the law of God, and is not able to be:

8So that those who are in the flesh are not able to give pleasure to God.

9You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God is in you. But if any man has not the Spirit of Christ he is not one of his.

10And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11But if the Spirit of him who made Jesus come again from the dead is in you, he who made Christ Jesus come again from the dead will in the same way, through his Spirit which is in you, give life to your bodies which now are under the power of death.

12So then, my brothers, we are in debt, not to the flesh to be living in the way of the flesh:

13For if you go in the way of the flesh, death will come on you; but if by the Spirit you put to death the works of the body, you will have life.

14And all those who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

15For you did not get the spirit of servants again to put you in fear, but the spirit of sons was given to you, by which we say, Abba, Father.

16The Spirit is witness with our spirit that we are children of God:

17And if we are children, we have a right to a part in the heritage; a part in the things of God, together with Christ; so that if we have a part in his pain, we will in the same way have a part in his glory.

18I am of the opinion that there is no comparison between the pain of this present time and the glory which we will see in the future.

19For the strong desire of every living thing is waiting for the revelation of the sons of God.

20For every living thing was put under the power of change, not by its desire, but by him who made it so, in hope

21That all living things will be made free from the power of death and will have a part with the free children of God in glory.

22For we are conscious that all living things are weeping and sorrowing in pain together till now.

23And not only so, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we have sorrow in our minds, waiting for the time when we will take our place as sons, that is, the salvation of our bodies.

24For our salvation is by hope: but hope which is seen is not hope: for who is hoping for what he sees?

25But if we have hope for that which we see not, then we will be able to go on waiting for it.

26And in the same way the Spirit is a help to our feeble hearts: for we are not able to make prayer to God in the right way; but the Spirit puts our desires into words which are not in our power to say;

27And he who is the searcher of hearts has knowledge of the mind of the Spirit, because he is making prayers for the saints in agreement with the mind of God.

28And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose.

29Because those of whom he had knowledge before they came into existence, were marked out by him to be made like his Son, so that he might be the first among a band of brothers:

30And those who were marked out by him were named; and those who were named were given righteousness; and to those to whom he gave righteousness, in the same way he gave glory.

31What may we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

32He who did not keep back his only Son, but gave him up for us all, will he not with him freely give us all things?

33Who will say anything against the saints of God? It is God who makes us clear from evil;

34Who will give a decision against us? It is Christ Jesus who not only was put to death, but came again from the dead, who is now at the right hand of God, taking our part.

35Who will come between us and the love of Christ? Will trouble, or pain, or cruel acts, or the need of food or of clothing, or danger, or the sword?

36As it is said in the holy Writings, Because of you we are put to death every day; we are like sheep ready for destruction.

37But we are able to overcome all these things and more through his love.

38For I am certain that not death, or life, or angels, or rulers, or things present, or things to come, or powers,

39Or things on high, or things under the earth, or anything which is made, will be able to come between us and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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