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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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May 28 - Bible-in-a-Year


1 Samuel 12

Chapter 12

Samuel's Farewell Speech

1 Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened(a) to everything you said to me and have set a king(b) over you. 2 Now you have a king as your leader.(c) As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons(d) are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. 3 Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed.(e) Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey(f) have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe(g) to make me shut my eyes? If I have done(h) any of these things, I will make it right."(i)

4 "You have not cheated or oppressed us," they replied. "You have not taken anything from anyone's hand."

5 Samuel said to them, "The Lord is witness(j) against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything(k) in my hand.(l)"

"He is witness," they said.

6 Then Samuel said to the people, "It is the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought(m) your ancestors up out of Egypt. 7 Now then, stand(n) here, because I am going to confront(o) you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts(p) performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors.

8 "After Jacob(q) entered Egypt, they cried(r) to the Lord for help, and the Lord sent(s) Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.

9 "But they forgot(t) the Lord their God; so he sold them(u) into the hand of Sisera,(v) the commander of the army of Hazor,(w) and into the hands of the Philistines(x) and the king of Moab,(y) who fought against them. 10 They cried(z) out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned; we have forsaken(aa) the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths.(ab) But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.' 11 Then the Lord sent Jerub-Baal,[a](ac) Barak,[b](ad) Jephthah(ae) and Samuel,[c](af) and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.

12 "But when you saw that Nahash(ag) king(ah) of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule(ai) over us'—even though the Lord your God was your king. 13 Now here is the king(aj) you have chosen, the one you asked(ak) for; see, the Lord has set a king over you. 14 If you fear(al) the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel(am) against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! 15 But if you do not obey the Lord , and if you rebel against(an) his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.

16 "Now then, stand still(ao) and see(ap) this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes! 17 Is it not wheat harvest(aq) now? I will call(ar) on the Lord to send thunder(as) and rain.(at) And you will realize what an evil(au) thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king."

18 Then Samuel called on the Lord ,(av) and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe(aw) of the Lord and of Samuel.

19 The people all said to Samuel, "Pray(ax) to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die,(ay) for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king."

20 "Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil;(az) yet do not turn away from the Lord , but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless(ba) idols.(bb) They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake(bc) of his great name(bd) the Lord will not reject(be) his people, because the Lord was pleased to make(bf) you his own. 23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray(bg) for you. And I will teach(bh) you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear(bi) the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart;(bj) consider(bk) what great(bl) things he has done for you. 25 Yet if you persist(bm) in doing evil, both you and your king(bn) will perish."(bo)

Psalms 57

Chapter 57

Psalm 57[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(b)

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
     for in you I take refuge.(c)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(d)
     until the disaster has passed.(e)

2 I cry out to God Most High,
     to God, who vindicates me.(f)
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,(g)
     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[c](h)
     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(i)

4 I am in the midst of lions;(j)
     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
     whose tongues are sharp swords.(k)

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
     let your glory be over all the earth.(l)

6 They spread a net for my feet(m)
     I was bowed down(n) in distress.
They dug a pit(o) in my path—
     but they have fallen into it themselves.(p)

7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
     my heart is steadfast;(q)
     I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
     Awake, harp and lyre!(r)
     I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(s)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(t)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(u)

Romans 3:9-31

Chapter 3

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage?(n) Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.(o) 10 As it is written:

"There is no one righteous, not even one;
11       there is no one who understands;
     there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
     they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
     not even one."[b](p)
13 "Their throats are open graves;
     their tongues practice deceit."[c](q)
"The poison of vipers is on their lips."[d](r)
14       "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."[e](s)
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16       ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know."[f](t)
18       "There is no fear of God before their eyes."[g](u)

19 Now we know that whatever the law says,(v) it says to those who are under the law,(w) so that every mouth may be silenced(x) and the whole world held accountable to God.(y) 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law;(z) rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.(aa)

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God(ab) has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.(ac) 22 This righteousness(ad) is given through faith(ae) in[h] Jesus Christ(af) to all who believe.(ag) There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,(ah) 23 for all have sinned(ai) and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified(aj) freely by his grace(ak) through the redemption(al) that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i](am) through the shedding of his blood(an)—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished(ao) 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting?(ap) It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.(aq) 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,(ar) 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.(as) 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

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