Partner with as God uses us to make a difference for those displaced by Russia's war on Ukraine.
Click to donate today!

Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 11 - Old & New Testament


2 Samuel 8,9

David's Victories(a)

1 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines(b) and subdued(c) them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

2 David also defeated the Moabites.(d) He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.(e)

3 Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer(f) son of Rehob, king of Zobah,(g) when he went to restore his monument at[a] the Euphrates(h) River. 4 David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers[b] and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung(i) all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

5 When the Arameans of Damascus(j) came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them. 6 He put garrisons(k) in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject(l) to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.(m)

7 David took the gold shields(n) that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 From Tebah[c] and Berothai,(o) towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

9 When Tou[d] king of Hamath(p) heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,(q) 10 he sent his son Joram[e] to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

11 King David dedicated(r) these articles to the Lord , as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: 12 Edom[f](s) and Moab,(t) the Ammonites(u) and the Philistines,(v) and Amalek.(w) He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David became famous(x) after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites[g] in the Valley of Salt.(y)

14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites(z) became subject to David.(aa) The Lord gave David victory(ab) wherever he went.(ac)

David's Officials(ad)

15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right(ae) for all his people. 16 Joab(af) son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat(ag) son of Ahilud was recorder;(ah) 17 Zadok(ai) son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar(aj) were priests; Seraiah was secretary;(ak) 18 Benaiah(al) son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites(am) and Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.[h]

David and Mephibosheth

1 David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?"(a)

2 Now there was a servant of Saul's household named Ziba.(b) They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?"

"At your service," he replied.

3 The king asked, "Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?"

Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan;(c) he is lame(d) in both feet."

4 "Where is he?" the king asked.

Ziba answered, "He is at the house of Makir(e) son of Ammiel in Lo Debar."

5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.(f)

David said, "Mephibosheth!"

"At your service," he replied.

7 "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.(g) I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.(h)"

8 Mephibosheth(i) bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog(j) like me?"

9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's steward, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master's grandson(k) may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table." (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, "Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do." So Mephibosheth ate at David's[a] table like one of the king's sons.(l)

12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba's household were servants of Mephibosheth.(m) 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king's table; he was lame in both feet.

Psalms 60

Chapter 60

Psalm 60[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A miktam[b] of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim[c] and Aram Zobah,[d] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.(b)

1 You have rejected us,(c) God, and burst upon us;
     you have been angry(d)—now restore us!(e)
2 You have shaken the land(f) and torn it open;
     mend its fractures,(g) for it is quaking.
3 You have shown your people desperate times;(h)
     you have given us wine that makes us stagger.(i)
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner(j)
     to be unfurled against the bow.[e]

5 Save us and help us with your right hand,(k)
     that those you love(l) may be delivered.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
     "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(m)
     and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(n)
7 Gilead(o) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
     Ephraim(p) is my helmet,
     Judah(q) is my scepter.(r)
8 Moab is my washbasin,
     on Edom I toss my sandal;
     over Philistia I shout in triumph.(s)"

9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
     Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
     and no longer go out with our armies?(t)
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
     for human help is worthless.(u)
12 With God we will gain the victory,
     and he will trample down our enemies.(v)

John 2

Chapter 2

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.(a) Jesus' mother(b) was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

4 "Woman,[a](c) why do you involve me?"(d) Jesus replied. "My hour(e) has not yet come."

5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."(f)

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing,(g) each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water" ; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.(h) He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs(i) through which he revealed his glory;(j) and his disciples believed in him.(k)

12 After this he went down to Capernaum(l) with his mother(m) and brothers(n) and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts(o)

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,(p) Jesus went up to Jerusalem.(q) 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves,(r) and others sitting at tables exchanging money.(s) 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house(t) into a market!" 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."[c](u)

18 The Jews(v) then responded to him, "What sign(w) can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"(x)

19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."(y)

20 They replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.(z) 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.(aa) Then they believed the scripture(ab) and the words that Jesus had spoken.

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival,(ac) many people saw the signs(ad) he was performing and believed(ae) in his name.[d] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind,(af) for he knew what was in each person.(ag)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.