June 6

1 Samuel 21

1Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was full of fear at meeting David, and said to him, Why are you by yourself, having no man with you?

2And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king has given me orders and has said to me, Say nothing to anyone about the business on which I am sending you and the orders I have given you: and a certain place has been fixed to which the young men are to go.

3So now, if you have here five cakes of bread, give them into my hand, or whatever you have.

4And the priest, answering David, said, I have no common bread here but there is holy bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.

5And David in answer said to the priest, Certainly women have been kept from us; and as has been done before when I have gone out the arms of the young men were made holy, even though it was a common journey; how much more today will their arms be made holy.

6So the priest gave him the holy bread: there was no other, only the holy bread which had been taken from before the Lord, so that new bread might be put in its place on the day when it was taken away.

7Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, kept back before the Lord; his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the strongest of Saul’s runners.

8And David said to Ahimelech, Have you no sword or spear with you here? for I have come without my sword and other arms, because the king’s business had to be done quickly.

9And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you put to death in the valley of Elah, is here folded in a cloth at the back of the ephod: take that, if you will, for there is no other sword here. And David said, there is no other sword like that; give it to me.

10Then David got up and went in flight that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish, the king of Gath.

11And the servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David, the king of the land? did they not make songs about him in their dances, saying, Saul has put to death thousands, and David tens of thousands?

12And David took these words to heart, fearing Achish, the king of Gath.

13So changing his behaviour before them, he made it seem as if he was off his head, hammering on the doors of the town, and letting the water from his mouth go down his chin.

14Then Achish said to his servants, Look! the man is clearly off his head; why have you let him come before me?

15Are there not enough unbalanced men about me, that you have let this person come and do such tricks before me? is such a man to come into my house?

1 Samuel 22

1So David went away from there and took cover in a strong place at Adullam; and his brothers and all his father’s people, hearing of it, went down to him there.

2And everyone who was in trouble, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, came together to him, and he became captain over them: about four hundred men were joined to him.

3And from there David went to Mizpeh in the land of Moab: and he said to the king of Moab, Let my father and mother come and make their living-place with you till it is clear to me what God will do for me.

4And he took them to the king of Moab and they went on living with him while David was in his safe place.

5And the prophet Gad said to David, Do not go on living in this place but go into the land of Judah. Then David went away and came to the woodland of Hereth.

6And news was given to Saul that David had been seen, and the men who were with him: now Saul was in Gibeah, seated under the tree in the high place, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were in their places before him.

7Then Saul said to his servants who were there about him, Give ear now, you Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give to every one of you fields and vine-gardens, will he make you all captains of hundreds and captains of thousands;

8That all of you have made designs against me, and not one of you gave me word when my son made an agreement with the son of Jesse, and not one of you has pity for me or has made my eyes open to the fact that my servant has been moved by my son against me, as at this day?

9Then Doeg, the Edomite, who was by the side of the servants of Saul, in answer said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub.

10And he got directions from the Lord for him, and gave him food, and put in his hand the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

11Then the king sent for Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and for all the men of his father’s family who were priests in Nob: and they all came to the king.

12And Saul said, Give ear now, O son of Ahitub. And answering he said, Here I am, my lord.

13And Saul said to him, Why have you made designs against me with the son of Jesse, giving him food and a sword and getting directions from the Lord for him, and helping him to take up arms against me, and to be on the watch to make a secret attack on me as he is doing now?

14Then Ahimelech answering said to the king, Who among all your servants is so true to you as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and is a captain of your armed men, and has a place of honour in your house?

15Is this the first time I have got directions from God for him? Far be the thought! let the king make no such statement against his servant or my father’s family, for your servant has no knowledge, great or small, of this thing.

16And the king said, You will certainly be put to death, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s family.

17Then the king said to the runners who were waiting near him, Put the priests of the Lord to death; because they are on David’s side, and having knowledge of his flight, did not give me word of it. But the king’s servants would not put out their hands to make an attack on the Lord’s priests.

18Then the king said to Doeg, You are to put the priests to death. And Doeg the Edomite, turning on the priests and attacking them, put to death that day eighty-five men who took up the ephod.

19And Nob, the town of the priests, he put to the sword, all the men and women, children and babies at the breast, and oxen and asses and sheep.

20And Abiathar, one of the sons of Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub, got away and went in flight after David;

21And gave him the news of how Saul had put to death the Lord’s priests.

22And David said to Abiathar, I was certain that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would take the news to Saul: I am responsible for the lives of all your father’s family.

23Keep here with me and have no fear; for he who has designs on my life has designs on yours: but with me you will be safe.

Psalms 66

To the chief music-maker. A Song. A Psalm.

1 Send up a glad cry to God, all the earth:

2Make a song in honour of his name: give praise and glory to him.

3Say to God, How greatly to be feared are your works! because of your great power your haters are forced to put themselves under your feet.

4Let all the earth give you worship, and make songs to you; let them make songs to your name. (Selah.)

5Come and see the works of God: he is to be feared in all he does to the children of men.

6The sea was turned into dry land: they went through the river on foot: there did we have joy in him.

7He is ruling in power for ever; his eyes are watching the nations: may his haters have no strength against him. (Selah.)

8Give blessings to our God, O you peoples, let the voice of his praise be loud;

9Because he gives us life, and has not let our feet be moved.

10For you, O God, have put us to the test: testing us by fire like silver.

11You let us be put in prison; chains were put on our legs.

12You let men go driving over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but you took us out into a wide place.

13I will come into your house with burned offerings, I will make payment of my debt to you,

14Keeping the word which came from my lips, and which my mouth said, when I was in trouble.

15I will give you burned offerings of fat beasts, and the smoke of sheep; I will make offerings of oxen and goats. (Selah.)

16Come, give ear to me, all you God-fearing men, so that I may make clear to you what he has done for my soul.

17My voice went up to him, and I was lifted up from the underworld.

18I said in my heart, The Lord will not give ear to me:

19But truly God’s ear has been open; he has give attention to the voice of my prayer.

20Praise be to God who has not taken away his good faith and his mercy from me.

Romans 11:25-36

25For it is my desire, brothers, that this secret may be clear to you, so that you may not have pride in your knowledge, that Israel has been made hard in part, till all the Gentiles have come in;

26And so all Israel will get salvation: as it is said in the holy Writings, There will come out of Zion the One who makes free; by him wrongdoing will be taken away from Jacob:

27And this is my agreement with them, when I will take away their sins.

28As far as the good news is in question, they are cut off from God on account of you, but as far as the selection is in question, they are loved on account of the fathers.

29Because God’s selection and his mercies may not be changed.

30For as you, in time past, were not under the rule of God, but now have got mercy through their turning away,

31So in the same way these have gone against the orders of God, so that by the mercy given to you they may now get mercy.

32For God has let them all go against his orders, so that he might have mercy on them all.

33O how deep is the wealth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! no one is able to make discovery of his decisions, and his ways may not be searched out.

34Who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord? or who has taken part in his purposes?

35Or who has first given to him, and it will be given back to him again?

36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. So be it.

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