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Daily Bible Reading
May 29 - Bible-in-a-Year
Samuel Rebukes Saul
1 Saul was thirty[a] years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty-[b] two years.
2 Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand(a) were with him at Mikmash(b) and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah(c) in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes.
3 Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost(d) at Geba,(e) and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet(f) blown throughout the land and said, "Let the Hebrews hear!" 4 So all Israel heard the news: "Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become obnoxious(g) to the Philistines." And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.
5 The Philistines assembled(h) to fight Israel, with three thousand[c] chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand(i) on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash,(j) east of Beth Aven.(k) 6 When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid(l) in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.(m) 7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad(n) and Gilead.
Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking(o) with fear. 8 He waited seven(p) days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter. 9 So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." And Saul offered(q) up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel(r) arrived, and Saul went out to greet(s) him.
11 "What have you done?" asked Samuel.
Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash,(t) 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal,(u) and I have not sought the Lord 's favor.(v)' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."
13 "You have done a foolish thing,(w)" Samuel said. "You have not kept(x) the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.(y) 14 But now your kingdom(z) will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart(aa) and appointed(ab) him ruler(ac) of his people, because you have not kept(ad) the Lord 's command."
15 Then Samuel left Gilgal[d] and went up to Gibeah(ae) in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.(af)
Israel Without Weapons
16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah[e](ag) in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash. 17 Raiding(ah) parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah(ai) in the vicinity of Shual, 18 another toward Beth Horon,(aj) and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim(ak) facing the wilderness.
19 Not a blacksmith(al) could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!(am)" 20 So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles[f] sharpened. 21 The price was two-thirds of a shekel[g] for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel[h] for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.
22 So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan(an) had a sword or spear(ao) in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.
Jonathan Attacks the Philistines
23 Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass(ap) at Mikmash.(aq)
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b]
1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(a)
Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,(b)
and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(c)
3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(d)
like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed(e) the tune of the charmer,(f)
however skillful the enchanter may be.
6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(g)
Lord , tear out the fangs of those lions!(h)
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;(i)
when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(j)
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(k)
like a stillborn child(l) that never sees the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(m)—
whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](n)
10 The righteous will be glad(o) when they are avenged,(p)
when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(q)
11 Then people will say,
"Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(r)
surely there is a God who judges the earth."(s)
Abraham Justified by Faith
1 What then shall we say(a) that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh,(b) discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God.(c) 3 What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."[a](d)
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift(e) but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.(f) 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 "Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them."[b](g)
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised?(h) We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness.(i) 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.(j) So then, he is the father(k) of all who believe(l) but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise(m) that he would be heir of the world,(n) but through the righteousness that comes by faith.(o) 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,(p) 15 because the law brings wrath.(q) And where there is no law there is no transgression.(r)
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace(s) and may be guaranteed(t) to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.(u) 17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations."[c](v) He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life(w) to the dead and calls(x) into being things that were not.(y)
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,(z) just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."[d](aa) 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead(ab)—since he was about a hundred years old(ac)—and that Sarah's womb was also dead.(ad) 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened(ae) in his faith and gave glory to God,(af) 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.(ag) 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."(ah) 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us,(ai) to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him(aj) who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.(ak) 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins(al) and was raised to life for our justification.(am)
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