June 4

1 Samuel 19

1And Saul gave orders to his son Jonathan and to all his servants to put David to death. But Saul’s son Jonathan had great delight in David.

2And Jonathan said to David, Saul, my father, is purposing your death: so now, take care in the morning, and keep yourself safe in a secret place:

3And I will go out and take my place by my father’s side in the field near where you are; and I will get into talk with my father about you, and when I see how things are, I will give you word.

4And Jonathan gave his father Saul a good account of David, and said to him, Let not the king do wrong against his servant, against David; because he has done you no wrong, and all his acts have had a good outcome for you:

5For he put his life in danger and overcame the Philistine, and the Lord gave all Israel salvation: you saw it and were glad: why then are you sinning against him who has done no wrong, desiring the death of David without cause?

6And Saul gave ear to the voice of Jonathan, and said with an oath, By the living Lord, he is not to be put to death.

7Then Jonathan sent for David and gave him word of all these things. And Jonathan took David to Saul, who kept him by his side as in the past.

8And there was war again: and David went out fighting the Philistines, causing great destruction among them; and they went in flight before him.

9And an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul, when he was seated in his house with his spear in his hand; and David made music for him.

10And Saul would have sent his spear through him, pinning him to the wall, but he got away and the spear went into the wall: and that night David went in flight and got away.

11Then in that night Saul sent men to David’s house to keep watch on him so as to put him to death in the morning: and David’s wife Michal said to him, If you do not go away to a safe place tonight you will be put to death in the morning.

12So Michal let David down through the window, and he went in flight and got away.

13Then Michal took the image and put it in the bed, with a cushion of goat’s hair at its head, and she put clothing over it.

14And when Saul sent men to take David, she said, He is ill.

15And Saul sent his men to see David, saying, Do not come back without him, take him in his bed, so that I may put him to death.

16And when the men came in, there was the image in the bed, with the cushion of goat’s hair at its head

17And Saul said to Michal, why have you been false to me, letting my hater go and get safely away? And in answer Michal said to Saul, He said to me, Let me go, or I will put you to death.

18So David went in flight and got away and came to Ramah, to Samuel, and gave him an account of all Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and were living in Naioth.

19And word was given to Saul that David was at Naioth in Ramah.

20And Saul sent men to take David; and when they saw the band of prophets at work, with Samuel in his place at their head, the spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they became like prophets.

21And Saul, having news of this, sent other men, who in the same way became like prophets. And a third time Saul sent men, and they like the others became like prophets.

22Then he himself went to Ramah, and came to the great water-spring in Secu; and questioning the people he said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, They are at Naioth in Ramah.

23And he went on from there to Naioth in Ramah: and the spirit of God came on him, and he went on, acting like a prophet, till he came to Naioth in Ramah.

24And he took off his clothing, acting like a prophet before Samuel, and falling down he was stretched out, without his clothing, all that day and all that night. This is the reason for the saying, Is even Saul among the prophets?

Psalms 64

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

1 O God, let the voice of my grief come to your ear: keep my life from the fear of those who are against me.

2Keep me safe from the secret purpose of wrongdoers; from the band of the workers of evil;

3Who make their tongues sharp like a sword, and whose arrows are pointed, even bitter words;

4So that in secret they may let loose their arrows at the upright, suddenly and unseen.

5They make themselves strong in an evil purpose; they make holes for secret nets; they say, Who will see it,

6Or make discovery of our secret purpose? The design is framed with care; and the inner thought of a man, and his heart, is deep.

7But God sends out an arrow against them; suddenly they are wounded.

8The evil of their tongues is the cause of their fall; all those who see them are shaking their heads at them.

9And in fear men make public the works of God; and giving thought to his acts they get wisdom.

10The upright will be glad in the Lord and have hope in him; and all the lovers of righteousness will give him glory.

Romans 9:30-33

30What then may we say? That the nations who did not go after righteousness have got righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith:

31But Israel, going after a law of righteousness, did not get it.

32Why? Because they were not searching for it by faith, but by works. They came up against the stone which was in the way;

33As it is said, See, I am putting in Zion a stone causing a fall, and a rock in the way: but he who has faith in him will not be put to shame.

Romans 10

1Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is, that they may get salvation.

2For I give witness of them that they have a strong desire for God, but not with knowledge.

3Because, not having knowledge of God’s righteousness, and desiring to give effect to their righteousness, they have not put themselves under the righteousness of God.

4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who has faith.

5For Moses says that the man who does the righteousness which is of the law will get life by it.

6But the righteousness which is of faith says these words, Say not in your heart, Who will go up to heaven? (that is, to make Christ come down:)

7Or, Who will go down into the deep? (that is, to make Christ come again from the dead:)

8But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart: that is, the word of faith of which we are the preachers:

9Because, if you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and have faith in your heart that God has made him come back from the dead, you will have salvation:

10For with the heart man has faith to get righteousness, and with the mouth he says that Jesus is Lord to get salvation.

11Because it is said in the holy Writings, Whoever has faith in him will not be shamed.

12And the Jew is not different from the Greek: for there is the same Lord of all, who is good to all who have hope in his name:

13Because, Whoever will give worship to the name of the Lord will get salvation.

14But how will they give worship to him in whom they have no faith? and how will they have faith in him of whom they have not had news? and how will they have news without a preacher?

15And how will there be preachers if they are not sent? As it is said, How beautiful are the feet of those who give the glad news of good things.

16But they have not all given ear to the good news. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has had faith in our word?

17So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

18But I say, Did not the word come to their ears? Yes, certainly: Their sound has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.

19But I say, Had Israel no knowledge? First Moses says, You will be moved to envy by that which is not a nation, and by a foolish people I will make you angry.

20And Isaiah says without fear, Those who were not searching for me made discovery of me; and I was seen by those whose hearts were turned away from me.

21But about Israel he says; All the day my hands have been stretched out to a people whose hearts were turned away, and who put themselves against my word.

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