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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
May 2 - Old & New Testament
David at Adullam and Mizpah
1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave(a) of Adullam.(b) When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered(c) around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?" 4 So he left them with the king of Moab,(d) and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
5 But the prophet Gad(e) said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.(f)
Saul Kills the Priests of Nob
6 Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul was seated,(g) spear in hand, under the tamarisk(h) tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing at his side. 7 He said to them, "Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders(i) of thousands and commanders of hundreds? 8 Is that why you have all conspired(j) against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant(k) with the son of Jesse.(l) None of you is concerned(m) about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today."
9 But Doeg(n) the Edomite, who was standing with Saul's officials, said, "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub(o) at Nob.(p) 10 Ahimelek inquired(q) of the Lord for him; he also gave him provisions(r) and the sword(s) of Goliath the Philistine."
11 Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek son of Ahitub and all the men of his family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king. 12 Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub."
"Yes, my lord," he answered.
13 Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired(t) against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"
14 Ahimelek answered the king, "Who(u) of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household? 15 Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father's family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair."
16 But the king said, "You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family.(v)"
17 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the Lord , because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me."
But the king's officials were unwilling(w) to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord .
18 The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests."(x) So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.(y) 19 He also put to the sword(z) Nob,(aa) the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.
20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub,(ab) named Abiathar,(ac) escaped and fled to join David.(ad) 21 He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord . 22 Then David said to Abiathar, "That day, when Doeg(ae) the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. 23 Stay with me; don't be afraid. The man who wants to kill you(af) is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me."
For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam.[b] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
1 Be merciful to me,(a) my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(b)
all day long they press their attack.(c)
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;(d)
in their pride many are attacking me.(e)
3 When I am afraid,(f) I put my trust in you.(g)
4 In God, whose word I praise—(h)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(i)
What can mere mortals do to me?(j)
5 All day long they twist my words;(k)
all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,(l) they lurk,
they watch my steps,(m)
hoping to take my life.(n)
7 Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;(o)
in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(p)
8 Record my misery;
list my tears on your scroll[d](q)—
are they not in your record?(r)
9 Then my enemies will turn back(s)
when I call for help.(t)
By this I will know that God is for me.(u)
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord , whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows(v) to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(w)
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.(x)
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus(a)
1 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,(b) 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus,(c) for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan(d) entered Judas, called Iscariot,(e) one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard(f) and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money.(g) 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
The Last Supper(h)(i)(j)(k)(l)
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.(m) 8 Jesus sent Peter and John,(n) saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
9 "Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
10 He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there."
13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them.(o) So they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles(p) reclined at the table.(q) 15 And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.(r) 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."(s)
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it,(t) and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant(u) in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a] 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.(v) 22 The Son of Man(w) will go as it has been decreed.(x) But woe to that man who betrays him!" 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
the Week of Proper 9 / Ordinary 14