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1 Samuel 12:1-13:23

Samuel Addresses Israel

1Then Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you.2“Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.3“Here I am; bear witness against me before the LORD and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.”4They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.”5He said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day that you have found nothing in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”

6Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.7“So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.8“When Jacob went into Egypt and your fathers cried out to the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.9“But they forgot the LORD their God, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.10“They cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’11“Then the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.

The King Confirmed

12“When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ although the LORD your God was your king.13“Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen, whom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a king over you.14“If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the command of the LORD, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God.15“If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the command of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.16“Even now, take your stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes.17“Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to the LORD, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king.”18So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

19Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.”20Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.21“You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.22“For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.23“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.24“Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.25“But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.”

War with the Philistines

1Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty two years over Israel.

2Now Saul chose for himself 3,000 men of Israel, of which 2,000 were with Saul in Michmash and in the hill country of Bethel, while 1,000 were with Jonathan at Gibeah of Benjamin. But he sent away the rest of the people, each to his tent.3Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.”4All Israel heard the news that Saul had smitten the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become odious to the Philistines. The people were then summoned to Saul at Gilgal.

5Now the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen, and people like the sand which is on the seashore in abundance; and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of Beth-aven.6When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.7Also some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

8Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him.9So Saul said, “Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering.10As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him and to greet him.11But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,12therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”13Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.14“But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”

15Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.16Now Saul and his son Jonathan and the people who were present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin while the Philistines camped at Michmash.17And the raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,18and another company turned toward Beth-horon, and another company turned toward the border which overlooks the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

19Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears.”20So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe.21The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the hoes.22So it came about on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear was found in the hands of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan, but they were found with Saul and his son Jonathan.23And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

John 7:1-30

Jesus Teaches at the Feast

1After these things Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.2Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near.3Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing.4“For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”5For not even His brothers were believing in Him.6So Jesus *said to them, “My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.7“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.8“Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.”9Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.

10But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret.11So the Jews were seeking Him at the feast and were saying, “Where is He?”12There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”13Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

14But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.15The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”16So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.17“If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.18“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

19“Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?”21Jesus answered them, “I did one deed, and you all marvel.22“For this reason Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man.23“If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?24“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

25So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill?26“Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they?27“However, we know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from.”28Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.29“I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.”30So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

Psalm 108:1-13

1My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul.

2Awake, harp and lyre;

I will awaken the dawn!

3I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples,

And I will sing praises to You among the nations.

4For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,

And Your truth reaches to the skies.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

And Your glory above all the earth.

6That Your beloved may be delivered,

Save with Your right hand, and answer me!

7God has spoken in His holiness:

“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem

And measure out the valley of Succoth.

8“Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;

Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;

Judah is My scepter.

9“Moab is My washbowl;

Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;

Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”

10Who will bring me into the besieged city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

11Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?

And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?

12Oh give us help against the adversary,

For deliverance by man is in vain.

13Through God we will do valiantly,

And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.

Proverbs 15:4

4A soothing tongue is a tree of life,

But perversion in it crushes the spirit.