June 10

1 Samuel 27

1And David said to himself, Some day death will come to me by the hand of Saul: the only thing for me to do is to get away into the land of the Philistines; then Saul will give up hope of taking me in any part of the land of Israel: and so I may be able to get away from him.

2So David and the six hundred men who were with him went over to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

3And David and his men were living with Achish at Gath; every man had his family with him, and David had his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, who had been the wife of Nabal.

4And Saul, hearing that David had gone to Gath, went after him no longer.

5Then David said to Achish, If now I have grace in your eyes, let me have a place in one of the smaller towns of your land, to be my living-place; for it is not right for your servant to be living with you in the king’s town.

6So Achish straight away gave him Ziklag: and for that reason Ziklag has been the property of the kings of Judah to this day.

7And David was living in the land of the Philistines for the space of a year and four months.

8And David and his men went up and made attacks on the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for these were the people who were living in the land from Telam on the way to Shur, as far as Egypt.

9And David again and again made attacks on the land till not a man or a woman was still living; and he took away the sheep and the oxen and the asses and the camels and the clothing; and he came back to Achish.

10And every time Achish said, Where have you been fighting today? David said, Against the South of Judah and the South of the Jerahmeelites and the South of the Kenites.

11Not one living man or woman did David ever take back with him to Gath, fearing that they might give an account of what had taken place, and say, This is what David did, and so has he been doing all the time while he has been living in the land of the Philistines.

12And Achish had belief in what David said, saying, He has made himself hated by all his people Israel, and so he will be my servant for ever.

1 Samuel 28

1Now in those days the Philistines got their forces together to make war on Israel. And Achish said to David, Certainly you and your men are to go out with me to the fight.

2And David said to Achish, You will see now what your servant will do. And Achish said to David, Then I will make you keeper of my head for ever.

3Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel, after weeping for him, had put his body in its last resting-place in Ramah, his town. And Saul had put away from the land all those who had control of spirits and who made use of secret arts.

4And the Philistines came together and put their forces in position in Shunem; and Saul got all Israel together and they took up their positions in Gilboa.

5And when Saul saw the Philistine army he was troubled, and his heart was moved with fear.

6And when Saul went for directions to the Lord, the Lord gave him no answer, by a dream or by the Urim or by the prophets.

7Then Saul said to his servants, Get me a woman who has control of a spirit so that I may go to her and get directions. And his servants said to him, There is such a woman at En-dor.

8So Saul, putting on other clothing, so that he might not be seen to be the king, took two men with him and went to the woman by night; and he said, Now, with the help of the spirit which you have, make the person whose name I will give you come up.

9And the woman said to him, But you have knowledge of what Saul has done, how he has put away out of the land those who have control of spirits and the users of secret arts: why would you, by a trick, put me in danger of death?

10And Saul made an oath to her by the Lord, saying, By the living Lord, no punishment will come to you for this.

11Then the woman said, Who am I to let you see? And he said, Make Samuel come up for me.

12And the woman saw that it was Saul, and she gave a loud cry, and said to Saul, Why have you made use of deceit? for you are Saul.

13And the king said to her, Have no fear: what do you see? And the woman said to Saul, I see a god coming up out of the earth.

14And he said to her, What is his form? And she said, It is an old man coming up covered with a robe. And Saul saw that it was Samuel, and with his face bent down to the earth he gave him honour.

15And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you made me come up, troubling my rest? And Saul in answer said, I am in great danger; for the Philistines are making war on me, and God has gone away from me and will no longer give me any answer, by the prophets or by dreams: so I have sent for you to make clear to me what I am to do.

16And Samuel said, Why do you put your questions to me, seeing that God has gone away from you and is on the side of him who is against you?

17And the Lord himself has done what I said: the Lord has taken the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbour David;

18Because you did not do what the Lord said, and did not give effect to his burning wrath against Amalek. So the Lord has done this thing to you today.

19And more than this, the Lord will give Israel up with you into the hands of the Philistines: and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me: and the Lord will give up the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.

20Then Saul went down flat on the earth, and was full of fear because of Samuel’s words: and there was no strength in him, for he had taken no food all that day or all that night.

21And the woman came to Saul and saw that he was in great trouble, and said to him, See now, your servant has given ear to your words, and I have put my life in danger by doing what you said.

22So now, give ear to the voice of your servant, and let me give you a little bread; and take some food to give you strength when you go on your way.

23But he would not, saying, I have no desire for food. But his servants, together with the woman, made him take food, and he gave way to them. So he got up from the earth, and took his seat on the bed.

24And the woman had in the house a young cow, made fat for food; and she put it to death straight away; and she took meal and got it mixed and made unleavened bread;

25And she put it before Saul and his servants, and they had a meal. Then they got up and went away the same night.

Psalms 70

To the chief music-maker. Of David. To keep in memory.

1 Let your salvation come quickly, O God; come quickly to my help, O Lord.

2Let those who go after my soul have shame and trouble; let those who have evil designs against me be turned back and made foolish.

3Let those who say Aha, aha! be turned back as a reward of their shame.

4Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May God be great.

5But I am poor and in need; come to me quickly, O God; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O Lord.

Romans 15:1-13

1We who are strong have to be a support to the feeble, and not give pleasure to ourselves.

2Let every one of us give pleasure to his neighbour for his good, to make him strong.

3For Christ did not give pleasure to himself, but, as it is said, The bitter words of those who were angry with you came on me.

4Now those things which were put down in writing before our time were for our learning, so that through quiet waiting and through the comfort of the holy Writings we might have hope.

5Now may the God who gives comfort and strength in waiting make you of the same mind with one another in harmony with Christ Jesus:

6So that with one mouth you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7So then, take one another to your hearts, as Christ took us, to the glory of God.

8Now I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision to give effect to the undertakings given by God to the fathers,

9And so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercy; as it is said, For this reason I will give praise to you among the Gentiles, and I will make a song to your name.

10And again he says, Take part, you Gentiles, in the joy of his people.

11And again, Give praise to the Lord, all you Gentiles; and let all the nations give praise to him.

12And again Isaiah says, There will be the root of Jesse, and he who comes to be the ruler over the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles put their hope.

13Now may the God of hope make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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