June 11

1 Samuel 29

1Now the Philistines got all their army together at Aphek: and the Israelites put their forces in position by the fountain in Jezreel.

2And the lords of the Philistines went on with their hundreds and their thousands, and David and his men came after with Achish.

3Then the rulers of the Philistines said, What are these Hebrews doing here? And Achish said to the rulers of the Philistines, Is this not David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, who has been with me for a year or two, and I have never seen any wrong in him from the time when he came to me till now?

4But the rulers of the Philistines were angry with him, and said to him, Make the man go back to the place you have given him; do not let him go down with us to the fight, or he may be turned against us and be false to us: for how will this man make peace with his lord? will it not be with the heads of these men?

5Is this not David, who was named in their songs, when in the dance they said to one another, Saul has put to death thousands, and David tens of thousands?

6Then Achish sent for David and said to him, By the living Lord, you are upright, and everything you have done with me in the army has been pleasing to me: I have seen no evil in you from the day when you came to me till now: but still, the lords are not pleased with you.

7So now go back, and go in peace, so that you do not make the lords of the Philistines angry.

8And David said to Achish, But what have I done? what have you seen in your servant while I have been with you till this day, that I may not go and take up arms against those who are now making war on my lord the king?

9And Achish in answer said, It is true that in my eyes you are good, like an angel of God: but still, the rulers of the Philistines have said, He is not to go up with us to the fight.

10So get up early in the morning, with the servants of your lord who are with you, and go to the place I have given you, and have no evil design in your heart, for you are good in my eyes; but when there is light enough in the morning, go away.

11So David and his men got up early in the morning to go back to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

1 Samuel 30

1Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made an attack on the South and on Ziklag, and had overcome Ziklag and put it on fire;

2And had made the women and all who were there, small and great, prisoners: they had not put any of them to death, but had taken them all away.

3And when David and his men came to the town, they saw that it had been burned down, and their wives and their sons and daughters had been made prisoners.

4Then David and the people who were with him gave themselves up to weeping till they were able to go on weeping no longer.

5And David’s two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel, had been made prisoners.

6And David was greatly troubled; for the people were talking of stoning him, because their hearts were bitter, every man sorrowing for his sons and his daughters: but David made himself strong in the Lord his God.

7And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, Come here to me with the ephod. And Abiathar took the ephod to David.

8Then David, questioning the Lord, said, Am I to go after this band? will I be able to overtake them? And in answer he said, Go after them, for you will certainly overtake them, and get back everything.

9So David went, and his six hundred men went with him, and they came to the stream Besor.

10And David, with four hundred men, went on: but two hundred of them were overcome with weariness, and not able to go across the stream.

11And in the fields they saw an Egyptian whom they took to David, and they gave him bread, and he had a meal, and they gave him water for drink;

12And they gave him part of a cake of figs and some dry grapes; and after the food, his spirit came back to him, for he had had no food or drink for three days and nights.

13And David said to him, Whose man are you and where do you come from? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master went on without me because three days back I became ill.

14We made an attack on the south part of the country of the Cherethites, and on the land which is Judah’s, and on the south of Caleb; and we put Ziklag on fire.

15And David said to him, Will you take me down to this band? And he said, If you give me your oath that you will not put me to death or give me up to my master, I will take you to them.

16And when he had taken him down, they saw them all, seated about on all sides, feasting and drinking among all the mass of goods which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and the land of Judah.

17And David went on fighting them from evening till the evening of the day after; and not one of them got away but only four hundred young men who went in flight on camels.

18And David got back everything the Amalekites had taken; and he got back his two wives.

19There was no loss of anything, small or great, sons or daughters or goods or anything which they had taken away: David got it all back.

20And they took all the flocks and herds, and driving them in front of him, said, These are David’s.

21And David came to the two hundred men, who because of weariness had not gone with him, but were waiting at the stream Besor: and they went out, meeting David and the people who were with him; and when they came near them, they said, How are you?

22Then the bad and good-for-nothing men among those who went with David said, Because they did not go with us, we will give them nothing of the goods which we have got back, but only to every man his wife and children, so that he may take them and go.

23Then David said, You are not to do this, my brothers, after what the Lord has given us, who has kept us safe and given up the band which came against us into our hands.

24Who is going to give any attention to you in this question? for an equal part will be given to him who went to the fight and to him who was waiting by the goods: they are all to have the same.

25And so he made it a rule and an order for Israel from that day till now.

26And when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the goods to the responsible men of Judah, and to his friends, saying, Here is an offering for you from the goods of those who were fighting against the Lord;

27He sent to those who were in Beth-el, and in Ramah of the South, and in Jattir;

28And to those in Arara and Eshtemoa

29and Carmel and in the towns of the Jerahmeelites, and in the towns of the Kenites;

30And to those who were in Hormah and in Bor-ashan and in Athach;

31And in Hebron, and to all the places where David and his men had been living.

1 Samuel 31

1Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel: and the men of Israel went in flight before the Philistines, falling down wounded in Mount Gilboa.

2And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and they put to death Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.

3And the fight was going badly for Saul, and the archers came across him, and he was wounded by the archers.

4Then Saul said to the servant who had the care of his arms, Take out your sword and put it through me, before these men without circumcision come and make sport of me. But his servant, full of fear, would not do so. Then Saul took out his sword, and falling on it, put an end to himself.

5And when his servant saw that Saul was dead, he did the same, and was united with him in death.

6So death overtook Saul and his three sons and his servant on the same day.

7And when the men of Israel across the valley and on the other side of Jordan saw that the army of Israel was in flight and that Saul and his sons were dead, they came out of their towns and went in flight; and the Philistines came and took them for themselves.

8Now on the day after, when the Philistines came to take their goods from the dead, they saw Saul and his three sons dead on the earth in Mount Gilboa.

9And cutting off his head and taking away his war-dress, they sent word into the land of the Philistines round about, to take the news to their gods and to the people.

10His war-dress they put in the house of Astarte; and his body was fixed on the wall of Beth-shan.

11And when the people of Jabesh-gilead had news of what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12All the fighting men got up and, travelling all night, took Saul’s body and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan; and they came to Jabesh and had them burned there.

13And their bones they put in the earth under a tree in Jabesh; and for seven days they took no food.

Psalms 71

1In you, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me never be shamed.

2Keep me safe in your righteousness, and come to my help; give ear to my voice, and be my saviour.

3Be my strong Rock, the strong place of my salvation; for you are my Rock, and my safe place.

4O my God, take me out of the hand of the sinner, out of the hand of the evil and cruel man.

5For you are my hope, O Lord God; I have had faith in you from the time when I was young.

6You have been my support from the day of my birth; you took me out of my mother’s body; my praise will be ever of you.

7I am a wonder to all; but you are my strong tower.

8My mouth will be full of your praise and glory all the day.

9Do not give me up when I am old; be my help even when my strength is gone.

10For my haters are waiting secretly for me; and those who are watching for my soul are banded together in their evil designs,

11Saying, God has given him up; go after him and take him, for he has no helper.

12O God, be not far from me; O my God, come quickly to my help.

13Let those who say evil against my soul be overcome and put to shame; let my haters be made low and have no honour.

14But I will go on ever hoping, and increasing in all your praise.

15My mouth will make clear your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for they are more than may be measured.

16I will give news of the great acts of the Lord God; my words will be of your righteousness, and of yours only.

17O God, you have been my teacher from the time when I was young; and I have been talking of your works of wonder even till now.

18Now when I am old and grey-headed, O God, give me not up; till I have made clear your strength to this generation, and your power to all those to come.

19Your righteousness, O God, is very high; you have done great things; O God, who is like you?

20You, who have sent great and bitter troubles on me, will give me life again, lifting me up from the deep waters of the underworld.

21You will make me greater than before, and give me comfort on every side.

22I will give praise to you with instruments of music, O my God, for you are true; I will make songs to you with music, O Holy One of Israel.

23Joy will be on my lips when I make melody to you; and in my soul, to which you have given salvation.

24My tongue will be talking of your righteousness all the day; for those whose purpose is to do me evil have been crushed and put to shame.

Romans 15:14-33

14And I myself am certain of you, brothers, that you are full of what is good, complete in all knowledge, able to give direction to one another.

15But I have, in some measure, less fear in writing to you to put these things before you again, because of the grace which was given to me by God,

16To be a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, doing the work of a priest in the good news of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles might be pleasing to God, being made holy by the Holy Spirit.

17So I have pride in Christ Jesus in the things which are God’s.

18And I will keep myself from talking of anything but those things which Christ has done by me to put the Gentiles under his rule in word and in act,

19By signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have given all the good news of Christ;

20Making it my purpose not to take the good news where Christ was named, so that my work might not be resting on that of others;

21But as it is said in the holy Writings, They will see, to whom the news of him had not been given, and those to whose ears it had not come will have knowledge.

22For which reason I was frequently kept from coming to you:

23But now, having no longer any place in these parts and having had for a number of years a great desire to come to you,

24Whenever I go to Spain (for it is my hope to see you on my way, and to be sent on there by you, if first I may in some measure have been comforted by your company)–

25But now I go to Jerusalem, taking help for the saints.

26For it has been the good pleasure of those of Macedonia and Achaia to send a certain amount of money for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.

27Yes, it has been their good pleasure; and they are in their debt. For if the Gentiles have had a part in the things of the Spirit which were theirs, it is right for them, in the same way, to give them help in the things of the flesh.

28So when I have done this, and have given them this fruit of love, I will go on by you into Spain.

29And I am certain that when I come, I will be full of the blessing of Christ.

30Now I make request to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, that you will be working together with me in your prayers to God for me;

31So that I may be kept safe from those in Judaea who have not put themselves under the rule of God, and that the help which I am taking for Jerusalem may be pleasing to the saints;

32So that I may come to you in joy by the good pleasure of God, and have rest with you.

33Now may the God of peace be with you all. So be it.

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