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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 25 - Bible-in-a-Year

 

1 Samuel 8

Chapter 8

Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed(a) his sons as Israel's leaders.[a] 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,(b) and they served at Beersheba.(c) 3 But his sons(d) did not follow his ways. They turned aside(e) after dishonest gain and accepted bribes(f) and perverted(g) justice.

4 So all the elders(h) of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.(i) 5 They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king(j) to lead[b](k) us, such as all the other nations(l) have."

6 But when they said, "Give us a king(m) to lead us," this displeased(n) Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord . 7 And the Lord told him: "Listen(o) to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected,(p) but they have rejected me as their king.(q) 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking(r) me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know(s) what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights."

10 Samuel told(t) all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take(u) your sons and make them serve(v) with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.(w) 12 Some he will assign to be commanders(x) of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your(y) fields and vineyards(z) and olive groves and give them to his attendants.(aa) 15 He will take a tenth(ab) of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer(ac) you in that day.(ad)"

19 But the people refused(ae) to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want(af) a king(ag) over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations,(ah) with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated(ai) it before the Lord . 22 The Lord answered, "Listen(aj) to them and give them a king."

Then Samuel said to the Israelites, "Everyone go back to your own town."

Psalms 54

Chapter 54

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites(a) had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"

1 Save me(b), O God, by your name;(c)
     vindicate me by your might.(d)
2 Hear my prayer, O God;(e)
     listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;(f)
     ruthless people(g) are trying to kill me(h)
     people without regard for God.[c](i)

4 Surely God is my help;(j)
     the Lord is the one who sustains me.(k)

5 Let evil recoil(l) on those who slander me;
     in your faithfulness(m) destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering(n) to you;
     I will praise(o) your name, Lord , for it is good.(p)
7 You have delivered me(q) from all my troubles,
     and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(r)

Romans 1:1-15

Chapter 1

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle(a) and set apart(b) for the gospel of God(c) 2 the gospel he promised beforehand(d) through his prophets(e) in the Holy Scriptures(f) 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a](g) was a descendant of David,(h) 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b](i) by his resurrection from the dead:(j) Jesus Christ our Lord.(k) 5 Through him we received grace(l) and apostleship to call all the Gentiles(m) to the obedience that comes from[c] faith(n) for his name's sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.(o)

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God(p) and called to be his holy people:(q)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.(r)

Paul's Longing to Visit Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,(s) because your faith is being reported all over the world.(t) 9 God, whom I serve(u) in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness(v) how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times;(w) and I pray that now at last by God's will(x) the way may be opened for me to come to you.(y)

11 I long to see you(z) so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift(aa) to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware,(ab) brothers and sisters,[d](ac) that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)(ad) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14 I am obligated(ae) both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.(af)

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