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1 Samuel 10:1-11:15

Saul among Prophets

1Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?2“When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’3“Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;4and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.5“Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.6“Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.7“It shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires, for God is with you.8“And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.”

9Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.10When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.11It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”12A man there said, “Now, who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”13When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

14Now Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they could not be found, we went to Samuel.”15Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”16So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned.

Saul Publicly Chosen King

17Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah;18and he said to the sons of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’19“But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.”

20Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.21Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found.22Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” So the LORD said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.”23So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.24Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”

25Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.26Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.27But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

Saul Defeats the Ammonites

1Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.”2But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.”3The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you.”4Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.

5Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said, “What is the matter with the people that they weep?” So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.6Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry.7He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” Then the dread of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out as one man.8He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000, and the men of Judah 30,000.9They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’” So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.10Then the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.”11The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

12Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is he that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Bring the men, that we may put them to death.”13But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has accomplished deliverance in Israel.”

14Then Samuel said to the people, “Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.”15So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they also offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

John 6:43-71

43Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.44“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.45“It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BETAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.46“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.47“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.48“I am the bread of life.49“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.50“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Words to the Disciples

59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?62What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Peter’s Confession of Faith

66As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”68Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.69“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”70Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”71Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.

Psalm 107:1-43

1Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary

3And gathered from the lands,

From the east and from the west,

From the north and from the south.

4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;

They did not find a way to an inhabited city.

5They were hungry and thirsty;

Their soul fainted within them.

6Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;

He delivered them out of their distresses.

7He led them also by a straight way,

To go to an inhabited city.

8Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

9For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,

And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

10There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Prisoners in misery and chains,

11Because they had rebelled against the words of God

And spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;

They stumbled and there was none to help.

13Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;

He saved them out of their distresses.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

And broke their bands apart.

15Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

16For He has shattered gates of bronze

And cut bars of iron asunder.

17Fools, because of their rebellious way,

And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

18Their soul abhorred all kinds of food,

And they drew near to the gates of death.

19Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;

He saved them out of their distresses.

20He sent His word and healed them,

And delivered them from their destructions.

21Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

22Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,

And tell of His works with joyful singing.

23Those who go down to the sea in ships,

Who do business on great waters;

24They have seen the works of the LORD,

And His wonders in the deep.

25For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,

Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;

Their soul melted away in their misery.

27They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,

And were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

And He brought them out of their distresses.

29He caused the storm to be still,

So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

30Then they were glad because they were quiet,

So He guided them to their desired haven.

31Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

32Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,

And praise Him at the seat of the elders.

33He changes rivers into a wilderness

And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

34A fruitful land into a salt waste,

Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

35He changes a wilderness into a pool of water

And a dry land into springs of water;

36And there He makes the hungry to dwell,

So that they may establish an inhabited city,

37And sow fields and plant vineyards,

And gather a fruitful harvest.

38Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly,

And He does not let their cattle decrease.

39When they are diminished and bowed down

Through oppression, misery and sorrow,

40He pours contempt upon princes

And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

41But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction,

And makes his families like a flock.

42The upright see it and are glad;

But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.

43Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,

And consider the lovingkindnesses of the LORD.

Proverbs 15:1-3

1A gentle answer turns away wrath,

But a harsh word stirs up anger.

2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,

But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

3The eyes of the LORD are in every place,

Watching the evil and the good.