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Saturday: Mark 1-2
Sunday: I Corinthians 5-6
Monday: Genesis 44-47
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Books of History
I Samuel 6-10
Wednesday: Psalms 33-35
Thursday: Job 23-24
Friday: Isaiah 62-66

1 Samuel 6

1
Now the ark of the LORD had been in the country of the Philistines seven months.
2
And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we shall send it to its place.'
3
They said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.'
4
Then they said, "What shall be the guilt offering which we shall return to Him?' And they said, "Five golden tumors and five golden mice according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for one plague was on all of you and on your lords.
5
"So you shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will ease His hand from you, your gods, and your land.
6
"Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not allow the people to go, and they departed?
7
"Now therefore, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never been a yoke; and hitch the cows to the cart and take their calves home, away from them.
8
"Take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you return to Him as a guilt offering in a box by its side. Then send it away that it may go.
9
"Watch, if it goes up by the way of its own territory to Beth-shemesh, then He has done us this great evil. But if not, then we will know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.'
10
Then the men did so, and took two milch cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.
11
They put the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the box with the golden mice and the likenesses of their tumors.
12
And the cows took the straight way in the direction of Beth-shemesh; they went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. And the lords of the Philistines followed them to the border of Beth-shemesh.
13
Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they raised their eyes and saw the ark and were glad to see it.
14
The cart came into the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite and stood there where there was a large stone; and they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.
15
The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the box that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone; and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices that day to the LORD.
16
When the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned to Ekron that day.
17
These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned for a guilt offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron;
18
and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fortified cities and of country villages. The large stone on which they set the ark of the LORD is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite.
19
He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter.
20
The men of Beth-shemesh said, " Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?'
21
So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, "The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up to you.' 7

1 Samuel 7

1
And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the LORD and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
2
From the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
3
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, " If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.'
4
So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone.
5
Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the LORD for you.'
6
They gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day and said there, " We have sinned against the LORD.' And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.
7
Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8
Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, " Do not cease to cry to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.'
9
Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it for a whole burnt offering to the LORD; and Samuel cried to the LORD for Israel and the LORD answered him.
10
Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel.
11
The men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as below Beth-car.
12
Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us.'
13
So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore within the border of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
14
The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. So there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
15
Now Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
16
He used to go annually on circuit to Bethel and Gilgal and Mizpah, and he judged Israel in all these places.
17
Then his return was to Ramah, for his house was there, and there he judged Israel; and he built there an altar to the LORD. 8

1 Samuel 8

1
And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.
2
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.
3
His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
4
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;
5
and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.'
6
But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us.' And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
7
The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.
8
"Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this dayin that they have forsaken Me and served other godsso they are doing to you also.
9
"Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.'
10
So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.
11
He said, " This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots.
12
" He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13
"He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14
" He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants.
15
"He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants.
16
"He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.
17
"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.
18
"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.'
19
Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us,
20
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.'
21
Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the LORD'S hearing.
22
The LORD said to Samuel, " Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.' So Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city.' 9

1 Samuel 9

1
Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.
2
He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.
3
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys.'
4
He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.
5
When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, or else my father will cease to be concerned about the donkeys and will become anxious for us.'
6
He said to him, "Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out.'
7
Then Saul said to his servant, "But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?'
8
The servant answered Saul again and said, "Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way.'
9
(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, "Come, and let us go to the seer'; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)
10
Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go.' So they went to the city where the man of God was.
11
As they went up the slope to the city, they found young women going out to draw water and said to them, "Is the seer here?'
12
They answered them and said, "He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.
13
"As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once.'
14
So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high place.
15
Now a day before Saul's coming, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel saying,
16
"About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.'
17
When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, " Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people.'
18
Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is.'
19
Samuel answered Saul and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is on your mind.
20
" As for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's household?'
21
Saul replied, " Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?'
22
Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men.
23
Samuel said to the cook, " Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, "Set it aside.'
24
Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, "Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people.' So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25
When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.
26
And they arose early; and at daybreak Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away.' So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.
27
As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you.' 10

1 Samuel 10

1
Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?
2
"When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, " The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, "What shall I do about my son?'
3
"Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;
4
and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.
5
"Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.
6
"Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.
7
"It shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires, for God is with you.
8
"And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.'
9
Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.
10
When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.
11
It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?'
12
A man there said, "Now, who is their father?' Therefore it became a proverb: " Is Saul also among the prophets?'
13
When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.
14
Now Saul's uncle said to him and his servant, "Where did you go?' And he said, " To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they could not be found, we went to Samuel.'
15
Saul's uncle said, "Please tell me what Samuel said to you.'
16
So Saul said to his uncle, " He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.' But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned.
17
Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah;
18
and he said to the sons of Israel, " Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.'
19
"But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, "No, but set a king over us!' Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.'
20
Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.
21
Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found.
22
Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, "Has the man come here yet?' So the LORD said, "Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.'
23
So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.
24
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.' So all the people shouted and said, " Long live the king!'
25
Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.
26
Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
27
But certain worthless men said, "How can this one deliver us?' And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent. 11

Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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