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1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

David Spares Saul’s Life

1Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.3He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.4The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.5It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.6So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORDS anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORDS anointed.”7David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.

8Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.9David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’?10“Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORDS anointed.’11“Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.12“May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.13“As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.14“After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?15“The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me; and may He see and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”

16When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept.17He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.18“You have declared today that you have done good to me, that the LORD delivered me into your hand and yet you did not kill me.19“For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.20“Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.21“So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”22David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Samuel’s Death

1Then Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him, and buried him at his house in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

Nabal and Abigail

2Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; and the man was very rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while he was shearing his sheep in Carmel3(now the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his dealings, and he was a Calebite),4that David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.5So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, visit Nabal and greet him in my name;6and thus you shall say, ‘Have a long life, peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.7‘Now I have heard that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us and we have not insulted them, nor have they missed anything all the days they were in Carmel.8‘Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on a festive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

9When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in David’s name; then they waited.10But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.11“Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men whose origin I do not know?”12So David’s young men retraced their way and went back; and they came and told him according to all these words.13David said to his men, “Each of you gird on his sword.” So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David while two hundred stayed with the baggage.

14But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them.15“Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not insulted, nor did we miss anything as long as we went about with them, while we were in the fields.16“They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.17“Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

Abigail Intercedes

18Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.19She said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.20It came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.21Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has returned me evil for good.22“May God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if by morning I leave as much as one male of any who belong to him.”

23When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground.24She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.25“Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.

26“Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal.27“Now let this gift which your maidservant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who accompany my lord.28“Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the LORD will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil will not be found in you all your days.29“Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.30“And when the LORD does for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and appoints you ruler over Israel,31this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the LORD deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

32Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me,33and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.34“Nevertheless, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one male.”35So David received from her hand what she had brought him and said to her, “Go up to your house in peace. See, I have listened to you and granted your request.”

36Then Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; so she did not tell him anything at all until the morning light.37But in the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him so that he became as a stone.38About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.

David Marries Abigail

39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the LORD, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal and has kept back His servant from evil. The LORD has also returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head.” Then David sent a proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife.40When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, “David has sent us to you to take you as his wife.”41She arose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your maidservant is a maid to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”42Then Abigail quickly arose, and rode on a donkey, with her five maidens who attended her; and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife.

43David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives.

44Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.

John 10:22-42

22At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem;23it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.24The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.26“But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.27“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.29“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.30“I and the Father are one.”

31The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.32Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”33The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”34Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?35“If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),36do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?37“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”39Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.

40And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there.41Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.”42Many believed in Him there.

Psalm 116:1-19

1I love the LORD, because He hears

My voice and my supplications.

2Because He has inclined His ear to me,

Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3The cords of death encompassed me

And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;

I found distress and sorrow.

4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:

“O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”

5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;

Yes, our God is compassionate.

6The LORD preserves the simple;

I was brought low, and He saved me.

7Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8For You have rescued my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

My feet from stumbling.

9I shall walk before the LORD

In the land of the living.

10I believed when I said,

“I am greatly afflicted.”

11I said in my alarm,

“All men are liars.”

12What shall I render to the LORD

For all His benefits toward me?

13I shall lift up the cup of salvation

And call upon the name of the LORD.

14I shall pay my vows to the LORD,

Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.

15Precious in the sight of the LORD

Is the death of His godly ones.

16O LORD, surely I am Your servant,

I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,

You have loosed my bonds.

17To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And call upon the name of the LORD.

18I shall pay my vows to the LORD,

Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,

19In the courts of the LORDS house,

In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 15:20-21

20A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish man despises his mother.

21Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,

But a man of understanding walks straight.