June 13

2 Samuel 2

1Now after this, David, questioning the Lord, said, Am I to go up into any of the towns of Judah? And the Lord said to him, Go up. And David said, Where am I to go? And he said, To Hebron.

2So David went there, taking with him his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel.

3And David took all his men with him, every man with his family: and they were living in the towns round Hebron.

4And the men of Judah came there, and with the holy oil made David king over the people of Judah. And word came to David that it was the men of Jabesh-gilead who put Saul’s body in its last resting-place.

5And David sent to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, May the Lord give you his blessing, because you have done this kind act to Saul your lord, and have put his body to rest!

6May the Lord be good and true to you: and I myself will see that your kind act is rewarded, because you have done this thing.

7Then let your hands be strong, and have no fear: though Saul your lord is dead, the people of Judah have made me their king.

8Now Abner, the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s army, had taken Saul’s son Ish-bosheth over to Mahanaim,

9And made him king over Gilead and the Asherites and over Jezreel and Ephraim and Benjamin, that is, over all Israel.

10(Saul’s son Ish-bosheth was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he was ruler for two years.) But Judah was on the side of David.

11And the time when David was king in Hebron over the people of Judah was seven years and six months.

12And Abner, the son of Ner, with the servants of Saul’s son Ish-bosheth, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

13And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out and came face to face with them by the pool of Gibeon; and they took up their position, facing one another on opposite sides of the pool.

14And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men give a test of their strength before us. And Joab said, Let them do so.

15So they got up and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin and Ish-bosheth and twelve of the servants of David.

16And every one got the other by the head, driving his sword into the other’s side, so they all went down together: and that place was named the Field of Sides, and it is in Gibeon.

17And there was hard fighting that day; and Abner and the men of Israel gave way before the servants of David.

18There were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab and Abishai and Asahel: and Asahel was as quick-footed as a roe of the fields.

19Asahel went running after Abner, not turning to the right or to the left.

20Then Abner, looking back, said, Is it you, Asahel? And he said, It is I.

21And Abner said, Then go to the right or to the left and put your hands on one of the fighting-men and take his arms. But Asahel would not be turned away from going after Abner.

22Then again Abner said to Asahel, Go to one side, do not keep on coming after me: why will you make me put an end to you? for then I will be shamed before your brother Joab.

23But still he did not go to one side: so Abner gave him a back blow in the stomach with his spear, so that the spear came out at his back; and he went down on the earth, wounded to death: and all those who came to the place where Asahel went down dead, came to a stop.

24But Joab and Abishai went after Abner: and the sun went down when they came to the hill of Ammah, which is to the east of the road through the waste land of Geba.

25And the men of Benjamin came together after Abner in one band, and took their places on the top of a hill.

26Then crying out to Joab, Abner said, Are fighting and destruction to go on for ever? do you not see that the end will only be bitter? how long will it be before you send the people back and make them give up attacking their countrymen?

27And Joab said, By the living God, if you had not given the word, the people would have gone on attacking their countrymen till the morning.

28So Joab had a horn sounded, and all the people came to a stop, and gave up going after Israel and fighting them.

29And all that night Abner and his men went through the Arabah; they went over Jordan and through all Bithron and came to Mahanaim.

30And Joab came back from fighting Abner: and when he had got all his men together, it was seen that nineteen of David’s men, in addition to Asahel, were not with them.

31But David’s men had put to death three hundred and sixty of the men of Benjamin and of Abner’s men

32And they took Asahel’s body and put it in the last resting-place of his father in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men, travelling all night, came to Hebron at dawn.

2 Samuel 3:1

1Now there was a long war between Saul’s people and David’s people; and David became stronger and stronger, but those on Saul’s side became more and more feeble.

Daniel 1

1In the third year of the rule of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem, shutting it in with his forces.

2And the Lord gave into his hands Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he took them away into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he put the vessels into the store-house of his god.

3And the king gave orders to Ashpenaz, the captain of his unsexed servants, to take in some of the children of Israel, certain of the king’s family, and those of high birth;

4Young men who were strong and healthy, good-looking, and trained in all wisdom, having a good education and much knowledge, and able to take positions in the king’s house; and to have them trained in the writing and language of the Chaldaeans.

5And a regular amount of food and wine every day from the king’s table was ordered for them by the king; and they were to be cared for for three years so that at the end of that time they might take their places before the king.

6And among these there were, of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

7And the captain of the unsexed servants gave them names; to Daniel he gave the name of Belteshazzar, to Hananiah the name of Shadrach, to Mishael the name of Meshach, and to Azariah the name of Abed-nego.

8And Daniel had come to the decision that he would not make himself unclean with the king’s food or wine; so he made a request to the captain of the unsexed servants that he might not make himself unclean.

9And God put into the heart of the captain of the unsexed servants kind feelings and pity for Daniel.

10And the captain of the unsexed servants said to Daniel, I am in fear of my lord the king, who has given orders about your food and your drink; what if he sees you looking less happy than the other young men of your generation? then you would have put my head in danger from the king.

11Then Daniel said to the keeper in whose care the captain of the unsexed servants had put Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

12Put your servants to the test for ten days; let them give us grain for our food and water for our drink.

13Then take a look at our faces and the faces of the young men who have food from the king’s table; and, having seen them, do to your servants as it seems right to you.

14So he gave ear to them in this thing and put them to the test for ten days.

15And at the end of ten days their faces seemed fairer and they were fatter in flesh than all the young men who had their food from the king’s table.

16So the keeper regularly took away their meat and the wine which was to have been their drink, and gave them grain.

17Now as for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and made them expert in all book-learning and wisdom: and Daniel was wise in all visions and dreams.

18Now at the end of the time fixed by the king for them to go in, the captain of the unsexed servants took them in to Nebuchadnezzar.

19And the king had talk with them; and among them all there was no one like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; so they were given places before the king.

20And in any business needing wisdom and good sense, about which the king put questions to them, he saw that they were ten times better than all the wonder-workers and users of secret arts in all his kingdom.

21And Daniel went on till the first year of King Cyrus.

Mark 1:1-20

1The first words of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2Even as it is said in the book of Isaiah the prophet, See, I send my servant before your face, who will make ready your way;

3The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight;

4John came, and gave baptism in the waste land, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed.

5And there went out to him all the people of Judaea, and all those of Jerusalem, and they were given baptism by him in the river Jordan, saying that they were sinners.

6And John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather band about him; and his food was locusts and honey.

7And he said to them all, There is one coming after me who is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to undo.

8I have given you baptism with water, but he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit.

9And it came about in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was given baptism by John in the Jordan.

10And straight away, coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens broken open and the Spirit coming down on him as a dove:

11And a voice came out of heaven, You are my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

12And straight away the Spirit sent him out into the waste land.

13And he was in the waste land for forty days, being tested by Satan; and he was with the beasts; and the angels took care of him.

14Now after John had been put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news of God,

15And saying, The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near: let your hearts be turned from sin and have faith in the good news.

16And going by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, the brother of Simon, putting a net into the sea: for they were fishermen.

17And Jesus said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.

18And they went straight from their nets, and came after him.

19And going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were in their boat stitching up their nets.

20And he said, Come after me: and they went away from their father Zebedee, who was in the boat with the servants, and came after him.

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