Bible Reading Plan for May 1

May 1 2017

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Proverbs 14:15-16

15The naive believes everything,

But the sensible man considers his steps.

16A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,

But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Judges 13:1-14:20

Philistines Oppress Again

1Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.

2There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children.3Then the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son.4“Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing.5“For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.7“But he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”

8Then Manoah entreated the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.”9God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her.10So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, “Behold, the man who came the other day has appeared to me.”11Then Manoah arose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to the woman?” And he said, “I am.”12Manoah said, “Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy’s mode of life and his vocation?”13So the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Let the woman pay attention to all that I said.14“She should not eat anything that comes from the vine nor drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; let her observe all that I commanded.”

15Then Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain you so that we may prepare a young goat for you.”16The angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Though you detain me, I will not eat your food, but if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD.” For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.17Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?”18But the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”19So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering and offered it on the rock to the LORD, and He performed wonders while Manoah and his wife looked on.20For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground.

21Now the angel of the LORD did not appear to Manoah or his wife again. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD.22So Manoah said to his wife, “We will surely die, for we have seen God.”23But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have let us hear things like this at this time.”

24Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the LORD blessed him.25And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Samson’s Marriage

1Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.2So he came back and told his father and mother, “I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”3Then his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me.”4However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.

5Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion came roaring toward him.6The Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.7So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked good to Samson.8When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.9So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.

10Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this.11When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Samson’s Riddle

12Then Samson said to them, “Let me now propound a riddle to you; if you will indeed tell it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.13“But if you are unable to tell me, then you shall give me thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Propound your riddle, that we may hear it.”14So he said to them,

“Out of the eater came something to eat,

And out of the strong came something sweet.”

But they could not tell the riddle in three days.

15Then it came about on the fourth day that they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not so?”16Samson’s wife wept before him and said, “You only hate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, and have not told it to me.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told it to my father or mother; so should I tell you?”17However she wept before him seven days while their feast lasted. And on the seventh day he told her because she pressed him so hard. She then told the riddle to the sons of her people.18So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

“What is sweeter than honey?

And what is stronger than a lion?”

And he said to them,

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,

You would not have found out my riddle.”

19Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house.20But Samson’s wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.

John 1:29-51

29The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!30“This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’31“I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”32John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.33“I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’34“I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,36and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”37The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.38And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?”39He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.41He *found first his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

43The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me.”44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.45Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.”47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”48Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”49Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”51And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Psalm 102:1-28

1Hear my prayer, O LORD!

And let my cry for help come to You.

2Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress;

Incline Your ear to me;

In the day when I call answer me quickly.

3For my days have been consumed in smoke,

And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.

4My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away,

Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

5Because of the loudness of my groaning

My bones cling to my flesh.

6I resemble a pelican of the wilderness;

I have become like an owl of the waste places.

7I lie awake,

I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

8My enemies have reproached me all day long;

Those who deride me have used my name as a curse.

9For I have eaten ashes like bread

And mingled my drink with weeping

10Because of Your indignation and Your wrath,

For You have lifted me up and cast me away.

11My days are like a lengthened shadow,

And I wither away like grass.

12But You, O LORD, abide forever,

And Your name to all generations.

13You will arise and have compassion on Zion;

For it is time to be gracious to her,

For the appointed time has come.

14Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones

And feel pity for her dust.

15So the nations will fear the name of the LORD

And all the kings of the earth Your glory.

16For the LORD has built up Zion;

He has appeared in His glory.

17He has regarded the prayer of the destitute

And has not despised their prayer.

18This will be written for the generation to come,

That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

19For He looked down from His holy height;

From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,

20To hear the groaning of the prisoner,

To set free those who were doomed to death,

21That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion

And His praise in Jerusalem,

22When the peoples are gathered together,

And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23He has weakened my strength in the way;

He has shortened my days.

24I say, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days,

Your years are throughout all generations.

25“Of old You founded the earth,

And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

26“Even they will perish, but You endure;

And all of them will wear out like a garment;

Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.

27“But You are the same,

And Your years will not come to an end.

28“The children of Your servants will continue,

And their descendants will be established before You.”