June 7

1 Samuel 23

1And they sent word to David, saying, The Philistines are fighting against Keilah and taking the grain from the grain-floors.

2So David, questioning the Lord, said, Am I to go and make an attack on these Philistines? And the Lord said to David, Go and make an attack on the Philistines so that Keilah may be kept from falling into their hands.

3And David’s men said to him, Even here in Judah we are full of fear: how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?

4Then David put the question to the Lord again, and the Lord answering said, Up! go down to Keilah; for I will give the Philistines into your hands.

5So David and his men went to Keilah, and had a fight with the Philistines, and took away their cattle, and put them to the sword with great destruction. So David was the saviour of the people of Keilah.

6Now when Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, went in flight to David, he came down to Keilah with the ephod in his hand.

7And news was given to Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, Now God has given him into my hands; for by going into a walled town with locked doors, he has let himself be shut in.

8And Saul sent for all the people to come to the fight, and go down to Keilah to make an attack on David and his men.

9And it was clear to David that Saul had evil designs against him, and he said to Abiathar the priest, Come here with the ephod.

10Then David said, O Lord, the God of Israel, news has been given to your servant that it is Saul’s purpose to come to Keilah and send destruction on the town because of me.

11And now, is it true, as they have said to me, that Saul is coming? O Lord, the God of Israel, give ear to your servant, and say if these things are so. And the Lord said, He is coming down.

12Then David said, Will the men of Keilah give me and my men up to Saul? and the Lord said, They will give you up.

13Then David and his men, about six hundred of them, went out of Keilah, and got away wherever they were able to go. And Saul, hearing that David had got away from Keilah, did not go there.

14And David kept in the waste land, in safe places, waiting in the hill-country in the waste land of Ziph. And Saul was searching for him every day, but God did not give him up into his hands.

15And David was full of fear, in the knowledge that Saul had come out to take his life; and David was in the waste land of Ziph, in Horesh.

16And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David in Horesh, and made his hands strong in God;

17And said to him, Have no fear, for Saul my father will not get you into his power; and you will be king of Israel, and I will be by your side, and my father Saul is certain of this.

18And the two of them made an agreement before the Lord: and David went on living in Horesh, and Jonathan went back to his house.

19Then the Ziphites came up to Gibeah to see Saul, and said, Is not David living secretly among us in the strong places in Horesh, in the hill of Hachilah to the south of the waste land?

20So now, O king, have your soul’s desire and come down, and we, for our part, will give him up into the king’s hands.

21And Saul said, The Lord’s blessing will be yours, for you have had pity on me.

22Go now, and take more steps, and see where he is living: for they say that he is expert in deceit.

23So take care to get knowledge of all the secret places where he is taking cover, and be certain to come back to me, and I will go with you: and without doubt, if he is anywhere in the land, I will get him, among all the families of Judah.

24And they went back and came to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the waste land of Maon, in the dry land south of the waste land.

25And Saul and his men went in search of him. And David had word of it, so he came down to the rock in the waste land of Maon. And Saul, hearing of this, went after David into the waste land of Maon.

26And Saul and his men went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men went on the other: and David’s purpose was to get away as quickly as possible, for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men were making a circle round David and his men in order to take them.

27But a man came to Saul saying, Be quick and come; for the Philistines have made an attack on the land.

28So turning back from going after David, Saul went against the Philistines: so that place was named Sela-hammah-lekoth.

29And from there, David went up and took cover in the safe place of En-gedi.

1 Samuel 24

1Now when Saul came back from fighting the Philistines, news was given him that David was in the waste land of En-gedi.

2Then Saul took three thousand of the best men out of all Israel, and went in search of David and his men on the rocks of the mountain goats.

3And on the way he came to a place where sheep were kept, where there was a hollow in the rock; and Saul went in for a private purpose. Now David and his men were in the deepest part of the hollow.

4And David’s men said to him, Now is the time when the Lord says to you, I will give up your hater into your hands to do with him whatever seems good to you. Then David, getting up, took the skirt of Saul’s robe in his hand, cutting off the end of it without his knowledge.

5And later, David was full of regret for cutting off Saul’s skirt.

6And David said to his men, Before the Lord, never let it be said that my hand was lifted up against my lord, the man of the Lord’s selection, for the Lord’s holy oil has been put on him.

7So with these words David kept his servants back, and did not let them make an attack on Saul. And Saul got up and went on his way.

8And after that David came out of the hollow rock, and crying after Saul said, My lord the king. And when Saul gave a look back, David went down on his face and gave him honour.

9And David said to Saul, Why do you give any attention to those who say that it is my desire to do you wrong?

10Look! you have seen today how the Lord gave you up into my hands even now in the hollow of the rocks: and some would have had me put you to death, but I had pity on you: for I said, Never will my hand be lifted up against my lord, who has been marked with the holy oil.

11And see, my father, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: for the fact that I took off the skirt of your robe and did not put you to death is witness that I have no evil purpose, and I have done you no wrong, though you are waiting for my life to take it.

12May the Lord be judge between me and you, and may the Lord give me my rights against you, but my hand will never be lifted up against you.

13There is an old saying, From the evil-doer comes evil: but my hand will never be lifted up against you.

14After whom has the king of Israel come out? for whom are you searching? for a dead dog, an insect.

15So let the Lord be judge, and give a decision between me and you, and see and give support to my cause, and keep me from falling into your hands.

16Now when David had said these words to Saul, Saul said, Is this your voice, David, my son? And Saul was overcome with weeping.

17And he said to David, You are right and I am wrong: for you have given me back good, but I have given you evil.

18And you have made clear to me how good you have been to me today: because, when the Lord gave me up into your hands, you did not put me to death.

19If a man comes across his hater, will he let him get away safe? so may you be rewarded by the Lord for what you have done for me today.

20And now I am certain that you will be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be made strong under your authority.

21So give me your oath by the Lord, that you will not put an end to my seed after me or let my name be cut off from my father’s family.

22And David gave Saul his oath. And Saul went back to his house; but David and his men went up to their safe place.

Psalms 67

To the chief music-maker. With corded instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

1 May God give us mercy and blessing, and let the light of his face be shining on us; (Selah.)

2So that men may see your way on the earth, and your salvation among all nations.

3Let the peoples give you praise, O God; let all the peoples give you praise.

4O let the nations be glad, and make song of joy; for you will be the judge of the peoples in righteousness, guiding the nations of the earth. (Selah.)

5Let the peoples give you praise, O God; let all the peoples give you praise.

6The earth has given her increase; and God, even our God, will give us his blessing.

7God will give us his blessing; so let all the ends of the earth be in fear of him.

Romans 12

1For this reason I make request to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you will give your bodies as a living offering, holy, pleasing to God, which is the worship it is right for you to give him.

2And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.

3But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as God has given to every one a measure of faith.

4For, as we have a number of parts in one body, but all the parts have not the same use,

5So we, though we are a number of persons, are one body in Christ, and are dependent on one another;

6And having different qualities by reason of the grace given to us, such as the quality of a prophet, let it be made use of in relation to the measure of our faith;

7Or the position of a Deacon of the church, let a man give himself to it; or he who has the power of teaching, let him make use of it;

8He who has the power of comforting, let him do so; he who gives, let him give freely; he who has the power of ruling, let him do it with a serious mind; he who has mercy on others, let it be with joy.

9Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good.

10Be kind to one another with a brother’s love, putting others before yourselves in honour;

11Be not slow in your work, but be quick in spirit, as the Lord’s servants;

12Being glad in hope, quiet in trouble, at all times given to prayer,

13Giving to the needs of the saints, ready to take people into your houses.

14Give blessing and not curses to those who are cruel to you.

15Take part in the joy of those who are glad, and in the grief of those who are sorrowing.

16Be in harmony with one another. Do not have a high opinion of yourselves, but be in agreement with common people. Do not give yourselves an air of wisdom.

17Do not give evil for evil to any man. Let all your business be well ordered in the eyes of all men.

18As far as it is possible for you be at peace with all men.

19Do not give punishment for wrongs done to you, dear brothers, but give way to the wrath of God; for it is said in the holy Writings, Punishment is mine, I will give reward, says the Lord.

20But if one who has hate for you is in need of food or of drink, give it to him, for in so doing you will put coals of fire on his head.

21Do not let evil overcome you, but overcome evil by good.

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