• 1 Samuel 14
    • Luke 19
    • Psalms 20
    • Proverbs 20

    1 Samuel 14

    1 Now it happened one day that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, let us go over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the other side." But he did not tell his father.
    2 And Saul was sitting in the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men.
    3 Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, was wearing an ephod. But the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.
    4 Between the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on one side and a sharp rock on the other side. And the name of one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
    5 The front of one faced northward opposite Michmash, and the other southward opposite Gibeah.
    6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few."
    7 So his armorbearer said to him, "Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart."
    8 Then Jonathan said, "Very well, let us cross over to these men, and we will show ourselves to them.
    9 If they say thus to us, "Wait until we come to you,' then we will stand still in our place and not go up to them.
    10 But if they say thus, "Come up to us,' then we will go up. For the LORD has delivered them into our hand, and this will be a sign to us."
    11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, "Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden."
    12 Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, "Come up to us, and we will show you something." Jonathan said to his armorbearer, "Come up after me, for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel."
    13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and knees with his armorbearer after him; and they fell before Jonathan. And as he came after him, his armorbearer killed them.
    14 That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about half an acre of land.
    15 And there was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and the raiders also trembled; and the earth quaked, so that it was a very great trembling.
    16 Now the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and there was the multitude, melting away; and they went here and there.
    17 Then Saul said to the people who were with him, "Now call the roll and see who has gone from us." And when they had called the roll, surprisingly, Jonathan and his armorbearer were not there.
    18 And Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God here" (for at that time the ark of God was with the children of Israel).
    19 Now it happened, while Saul talked to the priest, that the noise which was in the camp of the Philistines continued to increase; so Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."
    20 Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed every man's sword was against his neighbor, and there was very great confusion.
    21 Moreover the Hebrews who were with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp from the surrounding country, they also joined the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
    22 Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden in the mountains of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, they also followed hard after them in the battle.
    23 So the LORD saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.
    24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under oath, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies." So none of the people tasted food.
    25 Now all the people of the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground.
    26 And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath.
    27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened.
    28 Then one of the people said, "Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats food this day."' And the people were faint.
    29 But Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.
    30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?"
    31 Now they had driven back the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. So the people were very faint.
    32 And the people rushed on the spoil, and took sheep, oxen, and calves, and slaughtered them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
    33 Then they told Saul, saying, "Look, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood!" So he said, "You have dealt treacherously; roll a large stone to me this day."
    34 Then Saul said, "Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, "Bring me here every man's ox and every man's sheep, slaughter them here, and eat; and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood."' So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night, and slaughtered it there.
    35 Then Saul built an altar to the LORD. This was the first altar that he built to the LORD.
    36 Now Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and plunder them until the morning light; and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." Then the priest said, "Let us draw near to God here."
    37 So Saul asked counsel of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel?" But He did not answer him that day.
    38 And Saul said, "Come over here, all you chiefs of the people, and know and see what this sin was today.
    39 For as the LORD lives, who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die." But not a man among all the people answered him.
    40 Then he said to all Israel, "You be on one side, and my son Jonathan and I will be on the other side." And the people said to Saul, "Do what seems good to you."
    41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, "Give a perfect lot." So Saul and Jonathan were taken, but the people escaped.
    42 And Saul said, "Cast lots between my son Jonathan and me." So Jonathan was taken.
    43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." And Jonathan told him, and said, "I only tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand. So now I must die!"
    44 Saul answered, "God do so and more also; for you shall surely die, Jonathan."
    45 But the people said to Saul, "Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great deliverance in Israel? Certainly not! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day." So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.
    46 Then Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.
    47 So Saul established his sovereignty over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, against the people of Ammon, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he harassed them.
    48 And he gathered an army and attacked the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.
    49 The sons of Saul were Jonathan, Jishui, and Malchishua. And the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal.
    50 The name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name of the commander of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
    51 Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
    52 Now there was fierce war with the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man or any valiant man, he took him for himself.

    Luke 19

    1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
    2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
    3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
    4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
    5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
    6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
    7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."
    8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold."
    9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;
    10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
    11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.
    12 Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
    13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, "Do business till I come.'
    14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us.'
    15 "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
    16 Then came the first, saying, "Master, your mina has earned ten minas.'
    17 And he said to him, "Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'
    18 And the second came, saying, "Master, your mina has earned five minas.'
    19 Likewise he said to him, "You also be over five cities.'
    20 "Then another came, saying, "Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
    21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'
    22 And he said to him, "Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
    23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'
    24 "And he said to those who stood by, "Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.'
    25 (But they said to him, "Master, he has ten minas.')
    26 "For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
    27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me."'
    28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
    29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,
    30 saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
    31 And if anyone asks you, "Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, "Because the Lord has need of it."'
    32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.
    33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing the colt?"
    34 And they said, "The Lord has need of him."
    35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.
    36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
    37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
    38 saying: ""Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
    39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
    40 But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."
    41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,
    42 saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
    43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,
    44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."
    45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,
    46 saying to them, "It is written, "My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a "den of thieves."'
    47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,
    48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

    Psalms 20

    1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
    2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;
    3 May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice.Selah
    4 May He grant you according to your heart's desire, And fulfill all your purpose.
    5 We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
    6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
    7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
    8 They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.
    9 Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call.

    Proverbs 20

    1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
    2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
    3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
    4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
    5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.
    6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?
    7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
    8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes.
    9 Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin"?
    10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.
    11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.
    12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.
    13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
    14 "It is good for nothing," cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
    15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
    16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
    17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
    18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.
    19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
    20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
    21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.
    22 Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
    23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good.
    24 A man's steps are of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?
    25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows.
    26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.
    27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
    28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.
    29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head.
    30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

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