the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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Daily Bible Reading
June 9 - Bible-in-a-Year
1 Samuel 26
David Again Spares Saul's Life
1 The Ziphites(a) went to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding(b) on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?(c)"
2 So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand select Israelite troops, to search(d) there for David. 3 Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah(e) facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul had followed him there, 4 he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.
5 Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner(f) son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.
6 David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite(g) and Abishai(h) son of Zeruiah,(i) Joab's brother, "Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?"
"I'll go with you," said Abishai.
7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.
8 Abishai said to David, "Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won't strike him twice."
9 But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord 's anointed(j) and be guiltless?(k) 10 As surely as the Lord lives," he said, "the Lord himself will strike(l) him, or his time(m) will come and he will die,(n) or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord 's anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let's go."
12 So David took the spear and water jug near Saul's head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.(o)
13 Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them. 14 He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, "Aren't you going to answer me, Abner?"
Abner replied, "Who are you who calls to the king?"
15 David said, "You're a man, aren't you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn't you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king. 16 What you have done is not good. As surely as the Lord lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the Lord 's anointed. Look around you. Where are the king's spear and water jug that were near his head?"
17 Saul recognized David's voice and said, "Is that your voice,(p) David my son?"
David replied, "Yes it is, my lord the king." 18 And he added, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong(q) am I guilty of? 19 Now let my lord the king listen(r) to his servant's words. If the Lord has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering.(s) If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the Lord ! They have driven me today from my share in the Lord 's inheritance(t) and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.'(u) 20 Now do not let my blood(v) fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord . The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea(w)—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.(x)"
21 Then Saul said, "I have sinned.(y) Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious(z) today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong."
22 "Here is the king's spear," David answered. "Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord rewards(aa) everyone for their righteousness(ab) and faithfulness. The Lord delivered(ac) you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord 's anointed. 24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver(ad) me from all trouble."
25 Then Saul said to David, "May you be blessed,(ae) David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph."
So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of David.
1 Save me, O God,
for the waters(a) have come up to my neck.(b)
2 I sink in the miry depths,(c)
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;(d)
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,(e)
looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me(f) without reason(g)
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,(h)
those who seek to destroy me.(i)
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.
5 You, God, know my folly;(j)
my guilt is not hidden from you.(k)
6 Lord, the
may those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn(l) for your sake,(m)
and shame covers my face.(n)
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother's children;(o)
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,(p)
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.(q)
10 When I weep and fast,(r)
I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,(s)
people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate(t) mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.(u)
13 But I pray to you,
in the time of your favor;(v)
in your great love,(w) O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.(x)
15 Do not let the floodwaters(y) engulf me
or the depths swallow me up(z)
or the pit close its mouth over me.(aa)
16 Answer me,
, out of the goodness of your love;(ab)
in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face(ac) from your servant;
answer me quickly,(ad) for I am in trouble.(ae)
18 Come near and rescue me;
deliver(af) me because of my foes.
19 You know how I am scorned,(ag) disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters,(ah) but I found none.(ai)
21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar(aj) for my thirst.(ak)
22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and[b] a trap.(al)
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.(am)
24 Pour out your wrath(an) on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;(ao)
let there be no one to dwell in their tents.(ap)
26 For they persecute those you wound
and talk about the pain of those you hurt.(aq)
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;(ar)
do not let them share in your salvation.(as)
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life(at)
and not be listed with the righteous.(au)
29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
may your salvation, God, protect me.(av)
30 I will praise God's name in song(aw)
and glorify him(ax) with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.(ay)
32 The poor will see and be glad(az)—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!(ba)
33 The Lord hears the needy(bb)
and does not despise his captive people.
34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,(bc)
35 for God will save Zion(bd)
and rebuild the cities of Judah.(be)
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36 the children of his servants will inherit it,(bf)
and those who love his name will dwell there.(bg)
The Weak and the Strong
1 Accept the one whose faith is weak,(a) without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person's faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.(b) 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt(c) the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge(d) the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant?(e) To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another;(f) another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God;(g) and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone,(h) and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.(i) 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life(j) so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.(k)
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt?(l) For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.(m) 11 It is written:
"‘As surely as I live,'(n) says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.'"[b](o)
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.(p)
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(q) on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.(r) 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.(s) But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.(t) 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love.(u) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.(v) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.(w) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,(x) but of righteousness, peace(y) and joy in the Holy Spirit,(z) 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.(aa)
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(ab) and to mutual edification.(ac) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.(ad) All food is clean,(ae) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.(af) 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.(ag)
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn(ah) himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts(ai) is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]
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