• 2 Samuel 13
    • Acts 4
    • Psalms 50
    • Proverbs 20

    2 Samuel 13

    1 After this Absalom the son of David had a lovely sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
    2 Amnon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin. And it was improper for Amnon to do anything to her.
    3 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man.
    4 And he said to him, "Why are you, the king's son, becoming thinner day after day? Will you not tell me?" Amnon said to him, "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."
    5 So Jonadab said to him, "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, "Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand."'
    6 Then Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, "Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me in my sight, that I may eat from her hand."
    7 And David sent home to Tamar, saying, "Now go to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him."
    8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was lying down. Then she took flour and kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.
    9 And she took the pan and placed them out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, "Have everyone go out from me." And they all went out from him.
    10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand." And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon her brother in the bedroom.
    11 Now when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, "Come, lie with me, my sister."
    12 But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!
    13 And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you."
    14 However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her.
    15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Arise, be gone!"
    16 So she said to him, "No, indeed! This evil of sending me away is worse than the other that you did to me." But he would not listen to her.
    17 Then he called his servant who attended him, and said, "Here! Put this woman out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her."
    18 Now she had on a robe of many colors, for the king's virgin daughters wore such apparel. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her.
    19 Then Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her robe of many colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly.
    20 And Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this thing to heart." So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
    21 But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry.
    22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad. For Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
    23 And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim; so Absalom invited all the king's sons.
    24 Then Absalom came to the king and said, "Kindly note, your servant has sheepshearers; please, let the king and his servants go with your servant."
    25 But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be a burden to you." Then he urged him, but he would not go; and he blessed him.
    26 Then Absalom said, "If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us." And the king said to him, "Why should he go with you?"
    27 But Absalom urged him; so he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.
    28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, "Watch now, when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, "Strike Amnon!' then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and valiant."
    29 So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and each one got on his mule and fled.
    30 And it came to pass, while they were on the way, that news came to David, saying, "Absalom has killed all the king's sons, and not one of them is left!"
    31 So the king arose and tore his garments and lay on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.
    32 Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, "Let not my lord suppose they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for only Amnon is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
    33 Now therefore, let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead. For only Amnon is dead."
    34 Then Absalom fled. And the young man who was keeping watch lifted his eyes and looked, and there, many people were coming from the road on the hillside behind him.
    35 And Jonadab said to the king, "Look, the king's sons are coming; as your servant said, so it is."
    36 So it was, as soon as he had finished speaking, that the king's sons indeed came, and they lifted up their voice and wept. Also the king and all his servants wept very bitterly.
    37 But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
    38 So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
    39 And King David longed to go to Absalom. For he had been comforted concerning Amnon, because he was dead.

    Acts 4

    1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
    2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
    3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
    4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
    5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,
    6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
    7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this?"
    8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
    9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,
    10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
    11 This is the "stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
    12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
    13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
    14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
    15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
    16 saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
    17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."
    18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
    19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
    20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
    21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
    22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
    23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
    24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
    25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: "Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?
    26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.'
    27 "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together
    28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.
    29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
    30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
    31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
    32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
    33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
    34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,
    35 and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
    36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,
    37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

    Psalms 50

    1 The Mighty One, God the LORD, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
    2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.
    3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
    4 He shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
    5 "Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
    6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge.Selah
    7 "Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God!
    8 I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.
    9 I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
    10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
    11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
    12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
    13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
    14 Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
    15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
    16 But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth,
    17 Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?
    18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.
    19 You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit.
    20 You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son.
    21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes.
    22 "Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver:
    23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God."

    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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