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1 Samuel 14:1-52

Jonathan’s Victory

1Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.2Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah under the pomegranate tree which is in Migron. And the people who were with him were about six hundred men,3and Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of the LORD at Shiloh, was wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.4Between the passes by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp crag on the one side and a sharp crag on the other side, and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.5The one crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba.

6Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”7His armor bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your desire.”8Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men and reveal ourselves to them.9“If they say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you’; then we will stand in our place and not go up to them.10“But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hands; and this shall be the sign to us.”11When both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, the Philistines said, “Behold, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”12So the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor bearer and said, “Come up to us and we will tell you something.” And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hands of Israel.”13Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer behind him; and they fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer put some to death after him.14That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armor bearer made was about twenty men within about half a furrow in an acre of land.15And there was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even the garrison and the raiders trembled, and the earth quaked so that it became a great trembling.

16Now Saul’s watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there.17Saul said to the people who were with him, “Number now and see who has gone from us.” And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.18Then Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For the ark of God was at that time with the sons of Israel.19While Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”20Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and came to the battle; and behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.21Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines previously, who went up with them all around in the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.22When all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, even they also pursued them closely in the battle.23So the LORD delivered Israel that day, and the battle spread beyond Beth-aven.

Saul’s Foolish Order

24Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food before evening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food.25All the people of the land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground.26When the people entered the forest, behold, there was a flow of honey; but no man put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath.27But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.28Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly put the people under oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today.’” And the people were weary.29Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now, how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.30“How much more, if only the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great.”

31They struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very weary.32The people rushed greedily upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.33Then they told Saul, saying, “Behold, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have acted treacherously; roll a great stone to me today.”34Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Each one of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat; and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.’” So all the people that night brought each one his ox with him and slaughtered it there.35And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

36Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” So the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.”37Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him on that day.38Saul said, “Draw near here, all you chiefs of the people, and investigate and see how this sin has happened today.39“For as the LORD lives, who delivers Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But not one of all the people answered him.40Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”41Therefore, Saul said to the LORD, the God of Israel, “Give a perfect lot.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped.42Saul said, “Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son.” And Jonathan was taken.

43Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” So Jonathan told him and said, “I indeed tasted a little honey with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am, I must die!”44Saul said, “May God do this to me and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan.”45But the people said to Saul, “Must Jonathan die, who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Far from it! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people rescued Jonathan and he did not die.46Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

Constant Warfare

47Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines; and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.48He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.

49Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger Michal.50The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name of the captain of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.51Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.

52Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul; and when Saul saw any mighty man or any valiant man, he attached him to his staff.

John 7:31-53

31But many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, “When the Christ comes, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?”

32The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to seize Him.33Therefore Jesus said, “For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me.34“You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”35The Jews then said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He?36“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

37Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.38“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”39But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division of People over Jesus

40Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.”41Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?42“Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”43So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.44Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

45The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?”46The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”47The Pharisees then answered them, “You have not also been led astray, have you?48“No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?49“But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.”50Nicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) *said to them,51“Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?”52They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”53[Everyone went to his home.

Psalm 109:1-31

1O God of my praise,

Do not be silent!

2For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;

They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

3They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,

And fought against me without cause.

4In return for my love they act as my accusers;

But I am in prayer.

5Thus they have repaid me evil for good

And hatred for my love.

6Appoint a wicked man over him,

And let an accuser stand at his right hand.

7When he is judged, let him come forth guilty,

And let his prayer become sin.

8Let his days be few;

Let another take his office.

9Let his children be fatherless

And his wife a widow.

10Let his children wander about and beg;

And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.

11Let the creditor seize all that he has,

And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.

12Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him,

Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.

13Let his posterity be cut off;

In a following generation let their name be blotted out.

14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,

And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.

15Let them be before the LORD continually,

That He may cut off their memory from the earth;

16Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness,

But persecuted the afflicted and needy man,

And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.

17He also loved cursing, so it came to him;

And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.

18But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,

And it entered into his body like water

And like oil into his bones.

19Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself,

And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.

20Let this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,

And of those who speak evil against my soul.

21But You, O GOD, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;

Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;

22For I am afflicted and needy,

And my heart is wounded within me.

23I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens;

I am shaken off like the locust.

24My knees are weak from fasting,

And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.

25I also have become a reproach to them;

When they see me, they wag their head.

26Help me, O LORD my God;

Save me according to Your lovingkindness.

27And let them know that this is Your hand;

You, LORD, have done it.

28Let them curse, but You bless;

When they arise, they shall be ashamed,

But Your servant shall be glad.

29Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,

And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

30With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the LORD;

And in the midst of many I will praise Him.

31For He stands at the right hand of the needy,

To save him from those who judge his soul.

Proverbs 15:5-7

5A fool rejects his father’s discipline,

But he who regards reproof is sensible.

6Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,

But trouble is in the income of the wicked.

7The lips of the wise spread knowledge,

But the hearts of fools are not so.