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1 Samuel 20:1-21:15

David and Jonathan Covenant

1Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?”2He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”3Yet David vowed again, saying, “Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’ But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is hardly a step between me and death.”4Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”5So David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I ought to sit down to eat with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field until the third evening.6“If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city, because it is the yearly sacrifice there for the whole family.’7“If he says, ‘It is good,’ your servant will be safe; but if he is very angry, know that he has decided on evil.8“Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you. But if there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself; for why then should you bring me to your father?”9Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! For if I should indeed learn that evil has been decided by my father to come upon you, then would I not tell you about it?”10Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?”11Jonathan said to David, “Come, and let us go out into the field.” So both of them went out to the field.

12Then Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if there is good feeling toward David, shall I not then send to you and make it known to you?13“If it please my father to do you harm, may the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not make it known to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the LORD be with you as He has been with my father.14“If I am still alive, will you not show me the lovingkindness of the LORD, that I may not die?15“You shall not cut off your lovingkindness from my house forever, not even when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.”16So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD require it at the hands of David’s enemies.”17Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life.

18Then Jonathan said to him, “Tomorrow is the new moon, and you will be missed because your seat will be empty.19“When you have stayed for three days, you shall go down quickly and come to the place where you hid yourself on that eventful day, and you shall remain by the stone Ezel.20“I will shoot three arrows to the side, as though I shot at a target.21“And behold, I will send the lad, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I specifically say to the lad, ‘Behold, the arrows are on this side of you, get them,’ then come; for there is safety for you and no harm, as the LORD lives.22“But if I say to the youth, ‘Behold, the arrows are beyond you,’ go, for the LORD has sent you away.23“As for the agreement of which you and I have spoken, behold, the LORD is between you and me forever.”

24So David hid in the field; and when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food.25The king sat on his seat as usual, the seat by the wall; then Jonathan rose up and Abner sat down by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.26Nevertheless Saul did not speak anything that day, for he thought, “It is an accident, he is not clean, surely he is not clean.”27It came about the next day, the second day of the new moon, that David’s place was empty; so Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has the son of Jesse not come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”28Jonathan then answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem,29for he said, ‘Please let me go, since our family has a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to attend. And now, if I have found favor in your sight, please let me get away that I may see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”

Saul Is Angry with Jonathan

30Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?31“For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to me, for he must surely die.”32But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?”33Then Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him down; so Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death.34Then Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did not eat food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved over David because his father had dishonored him.

35Now it came about in the morning that Jonathan went out into the field for the appointment with David, and a little lad was with him.36He said to his lad, “Run, find now the arrows which I am about to shoot.” As the lad was running, he shot an arrow past him.37When the lad reached the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?”38And Jonathan called after the lad, “Hurry, be quick, do not stay!” And Jonathan’s lad picked up the arrow and came to his master.39But the lad was not aware of anything; only Jonathan and David knew about the matter.40Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and said to him, “Go, bring them to the city.”41When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more.42Jonathan said to David, “Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.’” Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.

David Takes Consecrated Bread

1Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came trembling to meet David and said to him, “Why are you alone and no one with you?”2David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, ‘Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; and I have directed the young men to a certain place.’3“Now therefore, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found.”4The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.”5David answered the priest and said to him, “Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey; how much more then today will their vessels be holy?6So the priest gave him consecrated bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.

7Now one of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds.

8David said to Ahimelech, “Now is there not a spear or a sword on hand? For I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s matter was urgent.”9Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

10Then David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish king of Gath.11But the servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying,

‘Saul has slain his thousands,

And David his ten thousands’?”

12David took these words to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.13So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard.14Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man behaving as a madman. Why do you bring him to me?15“Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

John 9:1-41

Healing the Man Born Blind

1As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.2And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”3Jesus answered, It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.4“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.5“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”6When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes,7and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.8Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?”9Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”10So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?”11He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”12They said to him, “Where is He?” He *said, “I do not know.”

Controversy over the Man

13They *brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind.14Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.15Then the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, “He applied clay to my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”16Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And there was a division among them.17So they *said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”

18The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight,19and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?”20His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;21but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.”22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.23For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.”25He then answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”26So they said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”27He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?”28They reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.29“We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.”30The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.31“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.32“Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.33“If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out.

Jesus Affirms His Deity

35Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”36He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”37Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.”38And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.39And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”40Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

Psalm 113:1-114:8

1Praise the LORD!

Praise, O servants of the LORD,

Praise the name of the LORD.

2Blessed be the name of the LORD

From this time forth and forever.

3From the rising of the sun to its setting

The name of the LORD is to be praised.

4The LORD is high above all nations;

His glory is above the heavens.

5Who is like the LORD our God,

Who is enthroned on high,

6Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are in heaven and in the earth?

7He raises the poor from the dust

And lifts the needy from the ash heap,

8To make them sit with princes,

With the princes of His people.

9He makes the barren woman abide in the house

As a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!

1When Israel went forth from Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

2Judah became His sanctuary,

Israel, His dominion.

3The sea looked and fled;

The Jordan turned back.

4The mountains skipped like rams,

The hills, like lambs.

5What ails you, O sea, that you flee?

O Jordan, that you turn back?

6O mountains, that you skip like rams?

O hills, like lambs?

7Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,

Before the God of Jacob,

8Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of water.

Proverbs 15:15-17

15All the days of the afflicted are bad,

But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16Better is a little with the fear of the LORD

Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

17Better is a dish of vegetables where love is

Than a fattened ox served with hatred.