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May 19 - Old & New Testament

 

2 Samuel 21,22

The Gibeonites Avenged

1 During the reign of David, there was a famine(a) for three successive years; so David sought(b) the face of the Lord . The Lord said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death."

2 The king summoned the Gibeonites(c) and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.) 3 David asked the Gibeonites, "What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the Lord 's inheritance?"(d)

4 The Gibeonites answered him, "We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death."(e)

"What do you want me to do for you?" David asked.

5 They answered the king, "As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel, 6 let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed(f) before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul—the Lord 's chosen(g) one."

So the king said, "I will give them to you."

7 The king spared Mephibosheth(h) son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath(i) before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul. 8 But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah's daughter Rizpah,(j) whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul's daughter Merab,[a] whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite.(k) 9 He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the Lord . All seven of them fell together; they were put to death(l) during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.(m)

10 Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night.(n) 11 When David was told what Aiah's daughter Rizpah, Saul's concubine, had done, 12 he went and took the bones of Saul(o) and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead.(p) (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan,(q) where the Philistines had hung(r) them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)(s) 13 David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.

14 They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul's father Kish, at Zela(t) in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that,(u) God answered prayer(v) in behalf of the land.(w)

Wars Against the Philistines(x)

15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines(y) and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels[b] and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai(z) son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, saying, "Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp(aa) of Israel will not be extinguished.(ab)"

18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai(ac) the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.

19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair[c] the Bethlehemite killed the brother of[d] Goliath the Gittite,(ad) who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.(ae)

20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted(af) Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah,(ag) David's brother, killed him.

22 These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

David's Song of Praise(a)

1 David sang(b) to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said:

"The Lord is my rock,(c) my fortress(d) and my deliverer;(e)
3       my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(f)
     my shield[a](g) and the horn[b](h) of my salvation.
He is my stronghold,(i) my refuge and my savior—
     from violent people you save me.

4 "I called to the Lord , who is worthy(j) of praise,
     and have been saved from my enemies.
5 The waves(k) of death swirled about me;
     the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
6 The cords of the grave(l) coiled around me;
     the snares of death confronted me.

7 "In my distress(m) I called(n) to the Lord ;
     I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
     my cry came to his ears.
8 The earth(o) trembled and quaked,(p)
     the foundations(q) of the heavens[c] shook;
     they trembled because he was angry.
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
     consuming fire(r) came from his mouth,
     burning coals(s) blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down;
     dark clouds(t) were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim(u) and flew;
     he soared[d] on the wings of the wind.(v)
12 He made darkness(w) his canopy around him—
     the dark[e] rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence
     bolts of lightning(x) blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered(y) from heaven;
     the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot his arrows(z) and scattered the enemy,
     with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed
     and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at the rebuke(aa) of the Lord ,
     at the blast(ab) of breath from his nostrils.

17 "He reached down from on high(ac) and took hold of me;
     he drew(ad) me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued(ae) me from my powerful enemy,
     from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
     but the Lord was my support.(af)
20 He brought me out into a spacious(ag) place;
     he rescued(ah) me because he delighted(ai) in me.(aj)

21 "The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(ak)
     according to the cleanness(al) of my hands(am) he has rewarded me.
22 For I have kept(an) the ways of the Lord ;
     I am not guilty of turning from my God.
23 All his laws are before me;(ao)
     I have not turned(ap) away from his decrees.
24 I have been blameless(aq) before him
     and have kept myself from sin.
25 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(ar)
     according to my cleanness[f] in his sight.

26 "To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
     to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 to the pure(as) you show yourself pure,
     but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(at)
28 You save the humble,(au)
     but your eyes are on the haughty(av) to bring them low.(aw)
29 You, Lord , are my lamp;(ax)
     the Lord turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop[g];
     with my God I can scale a wall.

31 "As for God, his way is perfect:(ay)
     The Lord 's word is flawless;(az)
     he shields(ba) all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord ?
     And who is the Rock(bb) except our God?(bc)
33 It is God who arms me with strength[h]
     and keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(bd)
     he causes me to stand on the heights.(be)
35 He trains my hands(bf) for battle;
     my arms can bend a bow(bg) of bronze.
36 You make your saving help my shield;(bh)
     your help has made[i] me great.
37 You provide a broad path(bi) for my feet,
     so that my ankles do not give way.

38 "I pursued my enemies and crushed them;
     I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed(bj) them completely, and they could not rise;
     they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle;
     you humbled my adversaries before me.(bk)
41 You made my enemies turn their backs(bl) in flight,
     and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help,(bm) but there was no one to save them—(bn)
     to the Lord , but he did not answer.(bo)
43 I beat them as fine as the dust(bp) of the earth;
     I pounded and trampled(bq) them like mud(br) in the streets.

44 "You have delivered(bs) me from the attacks of the peoples;
     you have preserved(bt) me as the head of nations.
People(bu) I did not know now serve me,
45       foreigners cower(bv) before me;
     as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.(bw)
46 They all lose heart;
     they come trembling[j](bx) from their strongholds.

47 "The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
     Exalted(by) be my God, the Rock, my Savior!(bz)
48 He is the God who avenges(ca) me,(cb)
     who puts the nations under me,
49       who sets me free from my enemies.(cc)
You exalted me(cd) above my foes;
     from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord , among the nations;
     I will sing the praises(ce) of your name.(cf)

51 "He gives his king great victories;(cg)
     he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,(ch)
     to David(ci) and his descendants forever."(cj)

Psalms 18

Chapter 18

Psalm 18[a](a)

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord . He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, Lord , my strength.(b)

2 The Lord is my rock,(c) my fortress(d) and my deliverer;(e)
     my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(f)
     my shield[b](g) and the horn[c] of my salvation,(h) my stronghold.

3 I called to the Lord , who is worthy of praise,(i)
     and I have been saved from my enemies.(j)
4 The cords of death(k) entangled me;
     the torrents(l) of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
     the snares of death(m) confronted me.

6 In my distress(n) I called to the Lord ;(o)
     I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;(p)
     my cry came(q) before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled(r) and quaked,(s)
     and the foundations of the mountains shook;(t)
     they trembled because he was angry.(u)
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;(v)
     consuming fire(w) came from his mouth,
     burning coals(x) blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;(y)
     dark clouds(z) were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim(aa) and flew;
     he soared(ab) on the wings of the wind.(ac)
11 He made darkness his covering,(ad) his canopy(ae) around him—
     the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence(af) clouds advanced,
     with hailstones(ag) and bolts of lightning.(ah)
13 The Lord thundered(ai) from heaven;
     the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows(aj) and scattered the enemy,
     with great bolts of lightning(ak) he routed them.(al)
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
     and the foundations(am) of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke,(an) Lord ,
     at the blast of breath from your nostrils.(ao)

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
     he drew me out of deep waters.(ap)
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,(aq)
     from my foes, who were too strong for me.(ar)
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,(as)
     but the Lord was my support.(at)
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;(au)
     he rescued me because he delighted in me.(av)

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(aw)
     according to the cleanness of my hands(ax) he has rewarded me.(ay)
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord ;(az)
     I am not guilty of turning(ba) from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;(bb)
     I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless(bc) before him
     and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(bd)
     according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful(be) you show yourself faithful,(bf)
     to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure(bg) you show yourself pure,
     but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(bh)
27 You save the humble(bi)
     but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.(bj)
28 You, Lord , keep my lamp(bk) burning;
     my God turns my darkness into light.(bl)
29 With your help(bm) I can advance against a troop[e];
     with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:(bn)
     The Lord 's word is flawless;(bo)
     he shields(bp) all who take refuge(bq) in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord ?(br)
     And who is the Rock(bs) except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength(bt)
     and keeps my way secure.(bu)
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(bv)
     he causes me to stand on the heights.(bw)
34 He trains my hands for battle;(bx)
     my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
     and your right hand sustains(by) me;
     your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path(bz) for my feet,
     so that my ankles do not give way.(ca)

37 I pursued my enemies(cb) and overtook them;
     I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them(cc) so that they could not rise;(cd)
     they fell beneath my feet.(ce)
39 You armed me with strength(cf) for battle;
     you humbled my adversaries(cg) before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs(ch) in flight,
     and I destroyed(ci) my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them(cj)
     to the Lord , but he did not answer.(ck)
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;(cl)
     I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
     you have made me the head of nations.(cm)
People I did not know(cn) now serve me,
44       foreigners(co) cower before me;
     as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;(cp)
     they come trembling(cq) from their strongholds.(cr)

46 The Lord lives!(cs) Praise be to my Rock!(ct)
     Exalted be God(cu) my Savior!(cv)
47 He is the God who avenges(cw) me,
     who subdues nations(cx) under me,
48       who saves(cy) me from my enemies.(cz)
You exalted me above my foes;
     from a violent man(da) you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord , among the nations;(db)
     I will sing(dc) the praises of your name.(dd)

50 He gives his king great victories;
     he shows unfailing love to his anointed,(de)
     to David(df) and to his descendants forever.(dg)

John 6:22-40

Chapter 6

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake(p) realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.(q) 23 Then some boats from Tiberias(r) landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.(s) 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi,(t) when did you get here?"

26 Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,(u) not because you saw the signs(v) I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures(w) to eternal life,(x) which the Son of Man(y) will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal(z) of approval."

28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe(aa) in the one he has sent."(ab)

30 So they asked him, "What sign(ac) then will you give that we may see it and believe you?(ad) What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna(ae) in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'[c]"(af)

32 Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven(ag) and gives life to the world."

34 "Sir," they said, "always give us this bread."(ah)

35 Then Jesus declared, "I am(ai) the bread of life.(aj) Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes(ak) in me will never be thirsty.(al) 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me(am) will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven(an) not to do my will but to do the will(ao) of him who sent me.(ap) 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,(aq) but raise them up at the last day.(ar) 40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son(as) and believes in him shall have eternal life,(at) and I will raise them up at the last day."

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