June 8

1 Samuel 25

1And death came to Samuel; and all Israel came together, weeping for him, and put his body in its resting-place in his house at Ramah. Then David went down to the waste land of Maon.

2Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; he was a great man and had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats: and he was cutting the wool of his sheep in Carmel.

3Now this man was named Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail: she was a woman of good sense and pleasing looks: but the man was cruel and evil in his ways; he was of the family of Caleb.

4And David had word in the waste land that Nabal was cutting the wool of his sheep.

5And David sent ten young men, and said to them, Go up to Carmel and go to Nabal, and say kind words to him in my name;

6And say this to my brother, May all be well for you: peace be to you and your house and all you have.

7I have had word that you have wool-cutters: now the keepers of your sheep have been with us, and we have done them no evil, and taken nothing of theirs while they were in Carmel.

8If your young men are questioned they will say the same thing. So now, let my young men have grace in your eyes, for we are come at a good time; please give anything you may have by you to your servants and to your son David.

9And when David’s young men came, they said all this to Nabal, in David’s name, and said nothing more.

10And Nabal gave them his answer and said, Who is David? who is the son of Jesse? there are a number of servants in these days running away from their masters.

11Am I to take my bread and my wine and the meat I have got ready for my wool-cutters and give it to men coming from I have no idea where?

12So David’s young men, turning away, went back and gave him an account of everything he had said.

13And David said to his men, Put on your swords, every one of you. And every man put on his sword; and David did the same; and about four hundred men went up with David, and two hundred kept watch over their goods.

14But one of the young men said to Nabal’s wife Abigail, David sent men from the waste land to say kind words to our master, and he gave them a rough answer.

15But these men have been very good to us; they did us no wrong and nothing of ours was touched while we were with them in the fields:

16But day and night they were like a wall round us while we were with them, looking after the sheep.

17So now, give thought to what you are going to do; for evil is in store for our master and all his house: for he is such a good-for-nothing person that it is not possible to say anything to him.

18Then Abigail quickly took two hundred cakes of bread and two skins full of wine and five sheep ready for cooking and five measures of dry grain and a hundred parcels of dry grapes and two hundred cakes of figs, and put them on asses.

19And she said to her young men, Go on in front of me and I will come after you. But she said nothing to her husband Nabal.

20Now while she was going down under cover of the mountain on her ass, David and his men came down against her, and suddenly she came face to face with them.

21Now David had said, What was the use of my taking care of this man’s goods in the waste land, so that there was no loss of anything which was his? he has only given me back evil for good.

22May God’s punishment be on David, if when morning comes there is so much as one male of his people still living.

23And when Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her ass, falling down on her face before him.

24And falling at his feet she said, May the wrong be on me, my lord, on me: let your servant say a word to you, and give ear to the words of your servant.

25Let my lord give no attention to Nabal, that good-for-nothing: for as his name is, so is he, a man without sense: but I, your servant, did not see the young men whom my lord sent.

26So now, my lord, by the living God and by your living soul, seeing that the Lord has kept you from the crime of blood and from taking into your hands the punishment for your wrongs, may all your haters, and those who would do evil to my lord, be like Nabal.

27And let this offering, which your servant gives to my lord, be given to the young men who are with my lord.

28And may the sin of your servant have forgiveness: for the Lord will certainly make your family strong, because my lord is fighting in the Lord’s war; and no evil will be seen in you all your days.

29And though a man has taken up arms against you, putting your life in danger, still the soul of my lord will be kept safe among the band of the living with the Lord your God; and the souls of those who are against you he will send violently away from him, like stones from a bag.

30And when the Lord has done for my lord all those good things which he has said he will do for you, and has made you a ruler over Israel;

31Then you will have no cause for grief, and my lord’s heart will not be troubled because you have taken life without cause and have yourself given punishment for your wrongs: and when the Lord has been good to you, then give a thought to your servant.

32And David said to Abigail, May the Lord, the God of Israel, be praised, who sent you to me today:

33A blessing on your good sense and on you, who have kept me today from the crime of blood and from taking into my hands the punishment for my wrongs.

34For truly, by the living Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from doing you evil, if you had not been so quick in coming to me and meeting me, by dawn there would not have been in Nabal’s house so much as one male living.

35Then David took from her hands her offering: and he said to her, Go back to your house in peace; see, I have given ear to your voice, and taken your offering with respect.

36And Abigail went back to Nabal; and he was feasting in his house like a king; and Nabal’s heart was full of joy, for he had taken much wine; so she said nothing to him till dawn came.

37And in the morning, when the effect of the wine was gone, Nabal’s wife gave him an account of all these things, and all the heart went out of him, and he became like stone.

38And about ten days after, the Lord sent disease on Nabal and death came to him.

39And David, hearing that Nabal was dead, said, May the Lord be praised, who has taken up my cause against Nabal for the shame which he put on me, and has kept back his servant from evil, and has sent on Nabal’s head the reward of his evil-doing. And David sent word to Abigail, desiring to take her as his wife.

40And when David’s servants came to Carmel, to Abigail, they said to her, David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.

41And she got up, and going down on her face to the earth, said, See, I am ready to be a servant-girl, washing the feet of the servants of my lord.

42Then Abigail got up quickly and went on her ass, with five of her young women, after the men whom David had sent; and she became David’s wife.

43And David had taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, to be his wife; these two were his wives.

44Now Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish of Gallim.

Psalms 68

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

1 Let God be seen, and let his haters be put to flight; let those who are against him be turned back before him.

2Let them be like smoke before the driving wind; as wax turning soft before the fire, so let them come to an end before the power of God.

3But let the upright be glad; let them have delight before God; let them be full of joy.

4Make songs to God, make songs of praise to his name; make a way for him who comes through the waste lands; his name is Jah; be glad before him.

5A father to those who have no father, a judge of the widows, is God in his holy place.

6Those who are without friends, God puts in families; he makes free those who are in chains; but those who are turned away from him are given a dry land.

7O God, when you went out before your people, wandering through the waste land; (Selah.)

8The earth was shaking and the heavens were streaming, because God was present; even Sinai itself was moved before God, the God of Israel.

9You, O God, did freely send the rain, giving strength to the weariness of your heritage.

10Those whose resting-place was there, even the poor, were comforted by your good things, O God.

11The Lord gives the word; great is the number of the women who make it public.

12Kings of armies quickly go in flight: and the women in the houses make a division of their goods.

13Will you take your rest among the flocks? like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and its feathers with yellow gold.

14When the Most High put the kings to flight, it was as white as snow in Salmon.

15A hill of God is the hill of Bashan; a hill with high tops is the hill of Bashan.

16Why are you looking with envy, you high hills, on the hill desired by God as his resting-place? truly, God will make it his house for ever.

17The war-carriage of God is among Israel’s thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place.

18You have gone up on high, taking your prisoners with you; you have taken offerings from men; the Lord God has taken his place on the seat of his power.

19Praise be to the Lord, who is our support day by day, even the God of our salvation. (Selah.)

20Our God is for us a God of salvation; his are the ways out of death.

21The heads of the haters of God will be crushed; even the head of him who still goes on in his evil ways.

22The Lord said, I will make them come back from Bashan, and from the deep parts of the sea;

23So that your foot may be red with blood, and the tongues of your dogs with the same.

24We see your going, O God: even the going of my God, my King, into the holy place.

25The makers of songs go before, the players of music come after, among the young girls playing on brass instruments.

26Give praise to God in the great meeting; even the Lord, you who come from the fountain of Israel.

27There is little Benjamin ruling them, the chiefs of Judah and their army, the rulers of Zebulun and the rulers of Naphtali.

28O God, send out your strength; the strength, O God, with which you have done great things for us,

29Out of your Temple in Jerusalem.

30Say sharp words to the beast among the water-plants, the band of strong ones, with the lords of the peoples, put an end to the people whose delight is in war.

31Kings will give you offerings, they will come out of Egypt; from Pathros will come offerings of silver; Ethiopia will be stretching out her hands to God.

32Make songs to God, you kingdoms of the earth; O make songs of praise to the Lord; (Selah.)

33To him who goes or the clouds of heaven, the heaven which was from earliest times; he sends out his voice of power.

34Make clear that strength is God’s: he is lifted up over Israel, and his power is in the clouds.

35O God, you are to be feared in your holy place: the God of Israel gives strength and power to his people. Praise be to God.

Romans 13

1Let everyone put himself under the authority of the higher powers, because there is no power which is not of God, and all powers are ordered by God.

2For which reason everyone who puts himself against the authority puts himself against the order of God: and those who are against it will get punishment for themselves.

3For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise;

4For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God’s servant, making God’s punishment come on the evil-doer.

5So put yourselves under the authority, not for fear of wrath, but because you have the knowledge of what is right.

6For the same reason, make payment of taxes; because the authority is God’s servant, to take care of such things at all times.

7Give to all what is their right: taxes to him whose they are, payment to him whose right it is, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour is to be given.

8Be in debt for nothing, but to have love for one another: for he who has love for his neighbour has kept all the law.

9And this, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not put to death, Do not take what is another’s, Do not have desire for what is another’s, and if there is any other order, it is covered by this word, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself.

10Love does no wrong to his neighbour, so love makes the law complete.

11See then that the time has come for you to be awake from sleep: for now is your salvation nearer than when you first had faith.

12The night is far gone, and the day is near: so let us put off the works of the dark, arming ourselves with light,

13With right behaviour as in the day; not in pleasure-making and drinking, not in bad company and unclean behaviour, not in fighting and envy.

14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not give thought to the flesh to do its desires.

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