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1 Samuel 26:1-28:25

David Again Spares Saul

1Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?”2So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having with him three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.3Saul camped in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, beside the road, and David was staying in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness,4David sent out spies, and he knew that Saul was definitely coming.5David then arose and came to the place where Saul had camped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army; and Saul was lying in the circle of the camp, and the people were camped around him.

6Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.”7So David and Abishai came to the people by night, and behold, Saul lay sleeping inside the circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the people were lying around him.8Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hand; now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear to the ground with one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time.”9But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the LORDS anointed and be without guilt?”10David also said, “As the LORD lives, surely the LORD will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish.11“The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORDS anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.”12So David took the spear and the jug of water from beside Saul’s head, and they went away, but no one saw or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a sound sleep from the LORD had fallen on them.

13Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance with a large area between them.14David called to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, “Will you not answer, Abner?” Then Abner replied, “Who are you who calls to the king?”15So David said to Abner, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? For one of the people came to destroy the king your lord.16“This thing that you have done is not good. As the LORD lives, all of you must surely die, because you did not guard your lord, the LORDS anointed. And now, see where the king’s spear is and the jug of water that was at his head.”

17Then Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And David said, “It is my voice, my lord the king.”18He also said, “Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?19“Now therefore, please let my lord the king listen to the words of his servant. If the LORD has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering; but if it is men, cursed are they before the LORD, for they have driven me out today so that I would have no attachment with the inheritance of the LORD, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’20“Now then, do not let my blood fall to the ground away from the presence of the LORD; for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”

21Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.”22David replied, “Behold the spear of the king! Now let one of the young men come over and take it.23“The LORD will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the LORDS anointed.24“Now behold, as your life was highly valued in my sight this day, so may my life be highly valued in the sight of the LORD, and may He deliver me from all distress.”25Then Saul said to David, “Blessed are you, my son David; you will both accomplish much and surely prevail.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

David Flees to the Philistines

1Then David said to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand.”2So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.3And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s widow.4Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

5Then David said to Achish, “If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?”6So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.7The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

8Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.9David attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish.10Now Achish said, “Where have you made a raid today?” And David said, “Against the Negev of Judah and against the Negev of the Jerahmeelites and against the Negev of the Kenites.”11David did not leave a man or a woman alive to bring to Gath, saying, “Otherwise they will tell about us, saying, ‘So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the Philistines.’”12So Achish believed David, saying, “He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever.”

Saul and the Spirit Medium

1Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men.”2David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” So Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”

3Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists.4So the Philistines gathered together and came and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped in Gilboa.5When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly.6When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.7Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”

8Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Conjure up for me, please, and bring up for me whom I shall name to you.”9But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?”10Saul vowed to her by the LORD, saying, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”11Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”12When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.”13The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being coming up out of the earth.”14He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.

15Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do.”16Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary?17“The LORD has done accordingly as He spoke through me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David.18“As you did not obey the LORD and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so the LORD has done this thing to you this day.19“Moreover the LORD will also give over Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines, therefore tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Indeed the LORD will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!”

20Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day and all night.21The woman came to Saul and saw that he was terrified, and said to him, “Behold, your maidservant has obeyed you, and I have taken my life in my hand and have listened to your words which you spoke to me.22“So now also, please listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a piece of bread before you that you may eat and have strength when you go on your way.”23But he refused and said, “I will not eat.” However, his servants together with the woman urged him, and he listened to them. So he arose from the ground and sat on the bed.24The woman had a fattened calf in the house, and she quickly slaughtered it; and she took flour, kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it.25She brought it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they arose and went away that night.

John 11:1-54

The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus

1Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.3So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”4But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.7Then after this He *said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”8The disciples *said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?”9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.10“But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”11This He said, and after that He *said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”12The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.14So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,15and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”16Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”

17So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off;19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.20Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.21Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.22“Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”23Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,26and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”27She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”

28When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”29And when she heard it, she *got up quickly and was coming to Him.

30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him.31Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.32Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”33When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled,34and said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”35Jesus wept.36So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”37But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”

38So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.39Jesus *said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, *said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”40Jesus *said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”41So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.42“I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”43When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”44The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.

Conspiracy to Kill Jesus

47Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.48“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,50nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”51Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,52and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.53So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.

54Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

Psalm 117:1-2

1Praise the LORD, all nations;

Laud Him, all peoples!

2For His lovingkindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the LORD is everlasting.

Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 15:22-23

22Without consultation, plans are frustrated,

But with many counselors they succeed.

23A man has joy in an apt answer,

And how delightful is a timely word!