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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
May 21 - Bible-in-a-Year
11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah,(aj) but the boy ministered(ak) before the Lord under Eli the priest.
Eli's Wicked Sons
12 Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard(al) for the Lord . 13 Now it was the practice(am) of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat(an) was being boiled 14 and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. 15 But even before the fat was burned, the priest's servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, "Give the priest some meat to roast; he won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw."
16 If the person said to him, "Let the fat(ao) be burned first, and then take whatever you want," the servant would answer, "No, hand it over now; if you don't, I'll take it by force."
17 This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord 's sight, for they[b] were treating the Lord 's offering with contempt.(ap)
18 But Samuel was ministering(aq) before the Lord —a boy wearing a linen ephod.(ar) 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual(as) sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed(at) for and gave to[c] the Lord ." Then they would go home. 21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah;(au) she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew(av) up in the presence of the Lord .
22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything(aw) his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women(ax) who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23 So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. 24 No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord 's people is not good. 25 If one person sins against another, God[d] may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord , who will(ay) intercede(az) for them?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the Lord 's will to put them to death.
26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow(ba) in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.(bb)
Prophecy Against the House of Eli
27 Now a man of God(bc) came to Eli and said to him, "This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor's family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? 28 I chose(bd) your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense,(be) and to wear an ephod(bf) in my presence. I also gave your ancestor's family all the food offerings(bg) presented by the Israelites. 29 Why do you[e] scorn my sacrifice and offering(bh) that I prescribed for my dwelling?(bi) Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?'
30 "Therefore the Lord , the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.(bj)' But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor,(bk) but those who despise(bl) me will be disdained.(bm) 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age,(bn) 32 and you will see distress(bo) in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.(bp) 33 Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants(bq) will die in the prime of life.
34 "‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign(br) to you—they will both die(bs) on the same day.(bt) 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest,(bu) who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed(bv) one always. 36 Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead,(bw) "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.(bx)"'"
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Mighty One, God, the
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(b)
2 From Zion,(c) perfect in beauty,(d)
God shines forth.(e)
3 Our God comes(f)
and will not be silent;(g)
a fire devours(h) before him,(i)
and around him a tempest(j) rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth,(k) that he may judge his people:(l)
5 "Gather to me this consecrated people,(m)
who made a covenant(n) with me by sacrifice."
6 And the heavens proclaim(o) his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.[a][b](p)
7 "Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify(q) against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.(r)
8 I bring no charges(s) against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings,(t) which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull(u) from your stall
or of goats(v) from your pens,(w)
10 for every animal of the forest(x) is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.(y)
11 I know every bird(z) in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields(aa) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world(ab) is mine, and all that is in it.(ac)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 "Sacrifice thank offerings(ad) to God,
fulfill your vows(ae) to the Most High,(af)
15 and call(ag) on me in the day of trouble;(ah)
I will deliver(ai) you, and you will honor(aj) me."
16 But to the wicked person, God says:
"What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant(ak) on your lips?(al)
17 You hate(am) my instruction
and cast my words behind(an) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(ao) with him;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.(ap)
19 You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.(aq)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(ar)
and slander your own mother's son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(as)
you thought I was exactly[c] like you.
But I now arraign(at) you
and set my accusations(au) before you.
22 "Consider this, you who forget God,(av)
or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(aw)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
and to the blameless[d] I will show my salvation.(ax)"
Paul Sails for Rome
1 When it was decided that we(a) would sail for Italy,(b) Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.(c) 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia,(d) and we put out to sea. Aristarchus,(e) a Macedonian(f) from Thessalonica,(g) was with us.
3 The next day we landed at Sidon;(h) and Julius, in kindness to Paul,(i) allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.(j) 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.(k) 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia(l) and Pamphylia,(m) we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship(n) sailing for Italy(o) and put us on board. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course,(p) we sailed to the lee of Crete,(q) opposite Salmone. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.[a](r) So Paul warned them, 10 "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also."(s) 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete,(t) facing both southwest and northwest.
the Week of Proper 8 / Ordinary 13