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May 1 - Old & New Testament

 

1 Samuel 20,21

David and Jonathan

1 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged(a) your father, that he is trying to kill me?"(b)

2 "Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn't so!"

3 But David took an oath(c) and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."

4 Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."

5 So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast,(d) and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide(e) in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow. 6 If your father misses me at all, tell him, ‘David earnestly asked my permission(f) to hurry to Bethlehem,(g) his hometown, because an annual(h) sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.' 7 If he says, ‘Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper,(i) you can be sure that he is determined(j) to harm me. 8 As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant(k) with you before the Lord . If I am guilty, then kill(l) me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?"

9 "Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"

10 David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"

11 "Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together.

12 Then Jonathan said to David, "I swear by the Lord , the God of Israel, that I will surely sound(m) out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know? 13 But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely,(n) if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the Lord be with(o) you as he has been with my father. 14 But show me unfailing kindness(p) like the Lord 's kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, 15 and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family(q)—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth."

16 So Jonathan(r) made a covenant(s) with the house of David, saying, "May the Lord call David's enemies to account.(t)" 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath(u) out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

18 Then Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.(v) 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid(w) when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. 20 I will shoot three arrows(x) to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the Lord lives, you are safe; there is no danger. 22 But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond(y) you,' then you must go, because the Lord has sent you away. 23 And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the Lord is witness(z) between you and me forever."

24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast(aa) came, the king sat down to eat. 25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan,[a] and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.(ab) 26 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.(ac)" 27 But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"

28 Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission(ad) to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice(ae) in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."

30 Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom(af) will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!"

32 "Why(ag) should he be put to death? What(ah) has he done?" Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended(ai) to kill David.

34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan's arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond(aj) you?" 38 Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town."

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground.(ak) Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.

42 Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace,(al) for we have sworn friendship(am) with each other in the name of the Lord ,(an) saying, ‘The Lord is witness(ao) between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.(ap)'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.[b]

David at Nob

1 [a]David went to Nob,(a) to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled(b) when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?"

2 David answered Ahimelek the priest, "The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. 3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."

4 But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread(c) on hand; however, there is some consecrated(d) bread here—provided the men have kept(e) themselves from women."

5 David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual(f) whenever[b] I set out. The men's bodies are holy(g) even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!" 6 So the priest gave him the consecrated bread,(h) since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

7 Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the Lord ; he was Doeg(i) the Edomite,(j) Saul's chief shepherd.

8 David asked Ahimelek, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's mission was urgent."

9 The priest replied, "The sword(k) of Goliath(l) the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah,(m) is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one."

David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."

David at Gath

10 That day David fled from Saul and went(n) to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances:

"‘Saul has slain his thousands,
     and David his tens of thousands'?"(o)

12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane(p) in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

14 Achish said to his servants, "Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?"

Psalms 34

Chapter 34

Psalm 34[a][b]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane(a) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;(b)
     his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory(c) in the Lord ;
     let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(d)
3 Glorify the Lord (e) with me;
     let us exalt(f) his name together.

4 I sought the Lord ,(g) and he answered me;
     he delivered(h) me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;(i)
     their faces are never covered with shame.(j)
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
     he saved him out of all his troubles.(k)
7 The angel of the Lord (l) encamps around those who fear him,
     and he delivers(m) them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;(n)
     blessed is the one who takes refuge(o) in him.
9 Fear the Lord ,(p) you his holy people,
     for those who fear him lack nothing.(q)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
     but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(r)
11 Come, my children, listen(s) to me;
     I will teach you(t) the fear of the Lord .(u)
12 Whoever of you loves life(v)
     and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(w) from evil
     and your lips from telling lies.(x)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(y)
     seek peace(z) and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord (aa) are on the righteous,(ab)
     and his ears are attentive(ac) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(ad) those who do evil,(ae)
     to blot out their name(af) from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(ag) them;
     he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close(ah) to the brokenhearted(ai)
     and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(aj)
     but the Lord delivers him from them all;(ak)
20 he protects all his bones,
     not one of them will be broken.(al)

21 Evil will slay the wicked;(am)
     the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue(an) his servants;
     no one who takes refuge(ao) in him will be condemned.

Luke 21:20-38

Chapter 21

20 "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,(q) you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.(r) 22 For this is the time of punishment(s) in fulfillment(t) of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled(u) on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.(v) 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.(w) 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man(x) coming in a cloud(y) with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."(z)

29 He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God(aa) is near.

32 "Truly I tell you, this generation(ab) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.(ac)

34 "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life,(ad) and that day will close on you suddenly(ae) like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray(af) that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple,(ag) and each evening he went out(ah) to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives,(ai) 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.(aj)

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