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1 Samuel 22:1-23:29

The Priests Slain at Nob

1So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.2Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him.

3And David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother come and stay with you until I know what God will do for me.”4Then he left them with the king of Moab; and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.5The prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.

6Then Saul heard that David and the men who were with him had been discovered. Now Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him.7Saul said to his servants who stood around him, “Hear now, O Benjamites! Will the son of Jesse also give to all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?8“For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush, as it is this day.”9Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing by the servants of Saul, said, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.10“He inquired of the LORD for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

11Then the king sent someone to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s household, the priests who were in Nob; and all of them came to the king.12Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”13Saul then said to him, “Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he would rise up against me by lying in ambush as it is this day?”

14Then Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king’s son-in-law, who is captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?15“Did I just begin to inquire of God for him today? Far be it from me! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servant knows nothing at all of this whole affair.”16But the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s household!”17And the king said to the guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not reveal it to me.” But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to attack the priests of the LORD.18Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn around and attack the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests, and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.19And he struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants; also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword.

20But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.21Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD.22Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have brought about the death of every person in your father’s household.23“Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life, for you are safe with me.”

David Delivers Keilah

1Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.”2So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah.”3But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?”4Then David inquired of the LORD once more. And the LORD answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”5So David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines; and he led away their livestock and struck them with a great slaughter. Thus David delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

6Now it came about, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.7When it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah, Saul said, “God has delivered him into my hand, for he shut himself in by entering a city with double gates and bars.”8So Saul summoned all the people for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.9Now David knew that Saul was plotting evil against him; so he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.”10Then David said, “O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to destroy the city on my account.11“Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down just as Your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will come down.”12Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will surrender you.”13Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the pursuit.14David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

Saul Pursues David

15Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.16And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.17Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.”18So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.

19Then Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding with us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?20“Now then, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to do so; and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”21Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.22“Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his haunt is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.23“So look, and learn about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”

24Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.25When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.26Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them.27But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.”28So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape.29David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.

John 10:1-21

Parable of the Good Shepherd

1“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.2“But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.3“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4“When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.5“A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”6This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

7So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.8“All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.9“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.12“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.13He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.14“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,15even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.16“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.17“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.18“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

19A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.20Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”21Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?”

Jesus Asserts His Deity

Psalm 115:1-18

1Not to us, O LORD, not to us,

But to Your name give glory

Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

2Why should the nations say,

“Where, now, is their God?”

3But our God is in the heavens;

He does whatever He pleases.

4Their idols are silver and gold,

The work of man’s hands.

5They have mouths, but they cannot speak;

They have eyes, but they cannot see;

6They have ears, but they cannot hear;

They have noses, but they cannot smell;

7They have hands, but they cannot feel;

They have feet, but they cannot walk;

They cannot make a sound with their throat.

8Those who make them will become like them,

Everyone who trusts in them.

9O Israel, trust in the LORD;

He is their help and their shield.

10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD;

He is their help and their shield.

11You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;

He is their help and their shield.

12The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us;

He will bless the house of Israel;

He will bless the house of Aaron.

13He will bless those who fear the LORD,

The small together with the great.

14May the LORD give you increase,

You and your children.

15May you be blessed of the LORD,

Maker of heaven and earth.

16The heavens are the heavens of the LORD,

But the earth He has given to the sons of men.

17The dead do not praise the LORD,

Nor do any who go down into silence;

18But as for us, we will bless the LORD

From this time forth and forever.

Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 15:18-19

18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,

But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

19The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,

But the path of the upright is a highway.