Reading for May 26 (WEB)
1SA 24:20 Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.
1SA 24:21 Swear now therefore to me by Yahweh, that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father’s house.”
1SA 24:22 David swore to Saul. Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
1SA 25:1 Samuel died; and all Israel gathered themselves together, and mourned for him, and buried him at his house at Ramah. Then David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
1SA 25:2 There was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats; and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
1SA 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail. This woman was intelligent and had a beautiful face; but the man was surly and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb.
1SA 25:4 David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
1SA 25:5 David sent ten young men, and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.
1SA 25:6 Tell him, ‘Long life to you! Peace be to you! Peace be to your house! Peace be to all that you have!
1SA 25:7 Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds have now been with us, and we didn’t harm them. Nothing was missing from them all the time they were in Carmel.
1SA 25:8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let the young men find favor in your eyes; for we come on a good day. Please give whatever comes to your hand, to your servants, and to your son David.’”
1SA 25:9 When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal all those words in the name of David, and waited.
1SA 25:10 Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants who break away from their masters these days.
1SA 25:11 Shall I then take my bread, my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men who I don’t know where they come from?”
1SA 25:12 So David’s young men turned on their way, and went back, and came and told him all these words.
1SA 25:13 David said to his men, “Every man put on his sword!” Every man put on his sword. David also put on his sword. About four hundred men followed David, and two hundred stayed by the baggage.
1SA 25:14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to Greet our master; and he insulted them.
1SA 25:15 But the men were very good to us, and we were not harmed, and we didn’t miss anything, as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields.
1SA 25:16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
1SA 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can’t speak to him.”
1SA 25:18 Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread, two containers of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five seahs of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.
1SA 25:19 She said to her young men, “Go on before me. Behold, I am coming after you.” But she didn’t tell her husband, Nabal.
1SA 25:20 As she rode on her donkey, and came down by the covert of the mountain, that behold, David and his men came down toward her, and she met them.
1SA 25:21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained to him. He has returned me evil for good.
1SA 25:22 God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if I leave of all that belongs to him by the morning light so much as one who urinates on a wall.”
1SA 25:23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got off her donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.
1SA 25:24 She fell at his feet, and said, “On me, my lord, on me be the blame! Please let your servant speak in your ears. Hear the words of your servant.
1SA 25:25 Please don’t let my lord pay attention to this worthless fellow, Nabal; for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your servant, didn’t see my lord’s young men, whom you sent.
1SA 25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, since Yahweh has withheld you from blood guiltiness, and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now therefore let your enemies, and those who seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
1SA 25:27 Now this present which your servant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.
1SA 25:28 Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For Yahweh will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord fights Yahweh’s battles. Evil will not be found in you all your days.
1SA 25:29 Though men may rise up to pursue you, and to seek your soul, yet the soul of my lord will be bound in the bundle of life with Yahweh your God. He will sling out the souls of your enemies, as from the hollow of a sling.
1SA 25:30 It will come to pass, when Yahweh has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you prince over Israel,
1SA 25:31 that this shall be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. When Yahweh has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant.”
1SA 25:32 David said to Abigail, “Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sent you today to meet me!
1SA 25:33 Blessed is your discretion, and blessed are you, who have kept me today from blood guiltiness, and from avenging myself with my own hand.
1SA 25:34 For indeed, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, who has withheld me from harming you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely there wouldn’t have been left to Nabal by the morning light so much as one who urinates on a wall.”
1SA 25:35 So David received from her hand that which she had brought him. Then he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. Behold, I have listened to your voice, and have granted your request.”
1SA 25:36 Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. Therefore she told him nothing until the morning light.
1SA 25:37 In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
1SA 25:38 About ten days later, Yahweh struck Nabal, so that he died.
1SA 25:39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed is Yahweh, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from evil. Yahweh has returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head.” David sent and spoke concerning Abigail, to take her to himself as wife.
1SA 25:40 When David’s servants had come to Abigail to Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, “David has sent us to you, to take you to him as wife.”
1SA 25:41 She arose, and bowed herself with her face to the earth, and said, “Behold, your servant is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”
1SA 25:42 Abigail hurried, and arose, and rode on a donkey, with five ladies of hers who followed her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.
1SA 25:43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they both became his wives.
1SA 25:44 Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.
1SA 26:1 The Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, “Doesn’t David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert?”
1SA 26:2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
1SA 26:3 Saul encamped in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert, by the way. But David stayed in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.
1SA 26:4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had certainly come.
1SA 26:5 Then David arose, and came to the place where Saul had encamped; and David saw the place where Saul lay, with Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his army. Saul lay within the place of the wagons, and the people were encamped around him.
1SA 26:6 Then David answered and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother of Joab, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp?” Abishai said, “I will go down with you.”
1SA 26:7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the place of the wagons, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the people lay around him.
PSA 85:3 You have taken away all your wrath. You have turned from the fierceness of your anger.
PSA 85:4 Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause your indignation toward us to cease.
PSA 85:5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you draw out your anger to all generations?
PSA 85:6 Won’t you revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
PSA 85:7 Show us your loving kindness, Yahweh. Grant us your salvation.
PSA 85:8 I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, his saints; but let them not turn again to folly.
PSA 85:9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
PSA 85:10 Mercy and truth meet together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
PSA 85:11 Truth springs out of the earth. Righteousness has looked down from heaven.
JOH 6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died.
JOH 6:50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
JOH 6:51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
JOH 6:52 The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
JOH 6:53 Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have life in yourselves.
JOH 6:54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
JOH 6:55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
JOH 6:56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.
JOH 6:57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.
JOH 6:58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven—not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
JOH 6:59 He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
JOH 6:60 Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?”
JOH 6:61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?
JOH 6:62 Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
JOH 6:63 It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.
JOH 6:64 But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him.
JOH 6:65 He said, “For this cause I have said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.”
JOH 6:66 At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
JOH 6:67 Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?”
JOH 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
JOH 6:69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
JOH 6:70 Jesus answered them, “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”