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1 Samuel 18:5-19:24

5So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

6It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.7The women sang as they played, and said,

“Saul has slain his thousands,

And David his ten thousands.”

8Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”9Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

Saul Turns against David

10Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.11Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice.

12Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.13Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.14David was prospering in all his ways for the LORDwas with him.15When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.16But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.

17Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the LORDS battles.” For Saul thought, “My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”18But David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be the king’s son-in-law?”19So it came about at the time when Merab, Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife.

David Marries Saul’s Daughter

20Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him.21Saul thought, “I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David, “For a second time you may be my son-in-law today.”22Then Saul commanded his servants, “Speak to David secretly, saying, ‘Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king’s son-in-law.’”23So Saul’s servants spoke these words to David. But David said, “Is it trivial in your sight to become the king’s son-in-law, since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?”24The servants of Saul reported to him according to these words which David spoke.25Saul then said, “Thus you shall say to David, ‘The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king’s enemies.’” Now Saul planned to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.26When his servants told David these words, it pleased David to become the king’s son-in-law. Before the days had expired27David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.28When Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him,29then Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David’s enemy continually.

30Then the commanders of the Philistines went out to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul. So his name was highly esteemed.

David Protected from Saul

1Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David.2So Jonathan told David saying, “Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.3“I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you; if I find out anything, then I will tell you.”4Then Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Do not let the king sin against his servant David, since he has not sinned against you, and since his deeds have been very beneficial to you.5“For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?”6Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul vowed, “As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death.”7Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.

8When there was war again, David went out and fought with the Philistines and defeated them with great slaughter, so that they fled before him.9Now there was an evil spirit from the LORD on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand.10Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, so that he stuck the spear into the wall. And David fled and escaped that night.

11Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, in order to put him to death in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.”12So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.13Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed, and put a quilt of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.14When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”15Then Saul sent messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me on his bed, that I may put him to death.”16When the messengers entered, behold, the household idol was on the bed with the quilt of goats’ hair at its head.17So Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” And Michal said to Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I put you to death?’”

18Now David fled and escaped and came to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.19It was told Saul, saying, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.”20Then Saul sent messengers to take David, but when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing and presiding over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied.21When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. So Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.22Then he himself went to Ramah and came as far as the large well that is in Secu; and he asked and said, “Where are Samuel and David?” And someone said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”23He proceeded there to Naioth in Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also, so that he went along prophesying continually until he came to Naioth in Ramah.24He also stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

John 8:31-59

31So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”33They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.37“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.38“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

39They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.40“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.41“You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.43“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.44“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.45“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.46“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?47“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

48The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”49Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.50“But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.51“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”52The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’53“Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?54Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;55and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.56“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”57So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”59Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

Psalm 112:1-10

1Praise the LORD!

How blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

Who greatly delights in His commandments.

2His descendants will be mighty on earth;

The generation of the upright will be blessed.

3Wealth and riches are in his house,

And his righteousness endures forever.

4Light arises in the darkness for the upright;

He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

5It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;

He will maintain his cause in judgment.

6For he will never be shaken;

The righteous will be remembered forever.

7He will not fear evil tidings;

His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

8His heart is upheld, he will not fear,

Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.

9He has given freely to the poor,

His righteousness endures forever;

His horn will be exalted in honor.

10The wicked will see it and be vexed,

He will gnash his teeth and melt away;

The desire of the wicked will perish.

Proverbs 15:12-14

12A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,

He will not go to the wise.

13A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,

But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

14The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,

But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.