Day 151 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. Saul's final battle against the Philistines. Jesus dies on the cross and is buried.
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1 Samuel 29
1 Samuel 30
1 Samuel 31
John 20: 1-9
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1 Samuel 29
David Can’t Come With Us
Meanwhile, the Philistines had gathered all their army camps at Aphek. The Israelites were camped by the spring near Jezreel. 2 The Philistine rulers were marching in divisions of 100 and 1000 men. David and his men were at the back with Achish.
3 The Philistine captains asked, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”
Achish told the Philistine captains, “This is David. He was one of Saul’s officers, but he has been with me for a long time. I have found nothing wrong in David since the time he left Saul and came to me.”
4 But the Philistine captains were angry with Achish. They said, “Send him back. Let him go back to the city you gave him, but he can’t go into battle with us. As long as he is here, we have an enemy in our own camp. If he wanted to make things right with his king, the best way to do it would be to cut off the heads of our men. 5 Isn’t David the one the Israelites sing about? They dance and sing this song:
‘Saul has killed thousands of enemies, but David has killed tens of thousands.’”
6 So Achish called David and said, “As surely as the LORD lives, you are loyal to me. I would be pleased to have you serve in my army. I haven’t found anything wrong with you since the day you came to me. The Philistine rulers also think you are a good man.* 7 Go back in peace. Don’t do anything against the Philistine rulers.”
8 David asked, “What have I done wrong? Have you found anything wrong with me since the day I came to you? So why won’t you let me go to fight the enemies of my lord the king?”
9 Achish answered, “I believe that you are a good man. You are like an angel from God. But the Philistine captains still say, ‘David can’t go with us into battle.’ 10 Early in the morning, you and your men should go back to the city I gave you. Don’t pay attention to the bad things the captains say about you. You are a good man, but you must leave in the morning as soon as there is enough light.”
11 So David and his men got up early in the morning and went back to the country of the Philistines, and the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
1 Samuel 30
The Amalekites Attack Ziklag
As soon as David and his men ar- rived at Ziklag on the third day, they saw that the Amalekites had at- tacked Ziklag. The Amalekites invaded the Negev area, attacked Ziklag and burned the city. 2 They took all the women in Ziklag, both young and old, as prisoners. They didn’t kill anyone; they only took them as prisoners.
3 When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found the city burning. All their wives, sons, and daughters had been taken by the Amalekites. 4 David and the other men in his army cried loudly until they were too weak to cry anymore. 5 The Amalekites had taken David’s two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, who had been the wife of Nabal from Carmel.
6 All the men in the army were sad and angry because their sons and daughters had been taken as prisoners. The men were talking about killing David with stones. This upset David very much, but
he found strength in the LORD his God. 7 David said to Abiathar the priest, “Let’s use the ephod to see what God wants us to do.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
8 Then David prayed to the LORD.
“Should I chase the people who took our families? Will I catch them?”
The Lord answered, “Chase them. You will catch them, and you will save your families.”
David Finds an Egyptian Slave
9–10 David took the 600 men with him and went to Besor Ravine. About 200 of his men stayed there because they were too weak and tired to continue. But David and the other 400 men continued to chase the Amalekites.
11 David’s men found an Egyptian in a field and took him to David. They gave the Egyptians some water to drink and some food to eat. 12 The Egyptian had not had any food or water for three days and nights, so they gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins. Then he felt better.
13 David asked the Egyptian, “Who is your master? Where do you come from?” The Egyptian answered, “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. Three days ago I got sick, and my master left me behind. 14 We had attacked the Negev area where the Kerethites* live. We also attacked Judah and the Negev area where Caleb’s people live.
We burned Ziklag.”
15 David asked the Egyptian, “Will you lead me to the people who took our families?”
The Egyptian answered, “If you make a special promise before God, I will help you find them. But you must promise that you will not kill me or give me back to my master.”
David Defeats the Amalekites
16 The Egyptian led David to the Amalekites. They were lying around on the ground, eating and drinking. They were celebrating because of the many things they had taken from the Philistines and from Judah. 17 David attacked them and killed them. They fought from sunrise until the evening of the next day. None of the Amalekites escaped, except for 400 young men who jumped onto their camels and rode away.
18 David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing. They found all the children and old people, all their sons and daughters, and all their valuables. David brought back everything the Amalekites had taken. 20 He took all the sheep and cattle. His men led these animals to the front of the group and said, “This is David’s prize.”
All Men Will Share Equally
21 Then David went back to the 200 men who had stayed at Besor Ravine. These were the men who were too weak and tired to follow David. They came out to meet David and the soldiers who went with him. They greeted David and his army as they approached. 22 There were some troublemakers in the group who went with David. They started complain- ing, “These 200 men didn’t go with us, so why should we give them any of the things we took? These men get nothing but their own wives and children.”
23 David answered, “No, my brothers. Don’t do that! Think about what the
LORD gave us. He let us defeat the enemy that attacked us. 24 No one will listen to what you say. The share will be the same for the man who stayed with the supplies and for the man who went into battle. Everyone will share alike.” 25 David made this an order and rule for Israel. This rule continues even today.
26 When David got to Ziklag, he sent some of the things he took from the Amalekites to his friends, the leaders of Judah. David said, “Here is a present for you that we took from the LORD’s enemies.”
27 David sent some of the gifts to the leaders in Bethel, Ramoth in the Negev, Jattir, 28 Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa, 29 Racal, the cities of the Jerahmeelites and the cities of the Kenites, 30 Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athach 31 and Hebron, and to all the other places where David and his men had stayed.
1 Samuel 31
The Death of Saul
Meanwhile, the Philistines fought against the Israelites, and the Israelites ran from them. There were many dead bodies that fell at Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines fought hard against Saul and his sons. They killed Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki Shua.
3 The battle grew fierce around Saul. The archers closed in and wounded him badly with their arrows. 4 Then Saul told the helper who carried his armor, “Pull out your sword and kill me with it or else these foreigners* will come and make fun of me and kill me!” But Saul’s helper was afraid and refused to kill him. So Saul used his own sword to kill himself by falling on it.
5 When the helper saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died there with Saul. 6 So Saul, his three sons, the helper who carried his armor, and his troops all died together that day.
The Philistines Rejoice at Saul’s Death
7 The Israelites who lived on the other side of the valley saw the Israelite army running away. They also saw that Saul and his sons were dead, so they left their towns and ran away. Then the Philistines came and lived in their towns.
8 The next day, the Philistines went back to take things from the dead bodies. They found Saul and his three sons dead on Mount Gilboa. 9 The Philistines cut off Saul’s head and took all his armor. They sent the news to the Philistines and
to all the temples of their idols. 10 They put Saul’s armor in the temple of Ashtoreth. The Philistines also hung Saul’s body on the wall of Beth Shan.
11 The people living in Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines did to Saul. 12 So all the soldiers of Jabesh went to Beth Shan. They marched all night, went to the wall of Beth Shan and took down the bodies of Saul and his sons. Then they carried them to Jabesh. There the people of Jabesh burned the bodies of Saul and his three sons. 13 Later, they buried the bones of Saul and his three sons under the big tree in Jabesh. Then the people of Jabesh showed their sorrow—they did not eat for seven days.
(Matt. 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49)
28 Later, Jesus knew that everything had been done. To make the Scriptures come true he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 There was a jar full of sour wine there, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant and lifted it to Jesus’ mouth. 30 When he tasted the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.
31 This day was Preparation Day. The next day was a special Sabbath day. The Jewish leaders did not want the bod- ies to stay on the cross on the Sabbath day. So they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be broken. And they asked that the bodies be taken down from the crosses. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs‡ of the two men on the crosses beside Jesus. 33 But when the soldiers came close to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead. So they did not break his legs.
34 But one of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus’ side. Immediately blood and water came out. 35 The one who reports this saw it happen. So he knows that what he says is true. He is sharing these truths with you so that you also can believe. 36 These things happened to give full meaning to the Scriptures that said, “None of his bones will be broken” 37 and “People will look at the one they stabbed.”
Jesus Is Buried
(Matt. 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56)
38 Later, a man named Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but he did not tell anyone, because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders.) Pilate said Joseph could take Jesus’ body, so he came and took it away.
39 Nicodemus went with Joseph. He was the man who had come to Je- sus before and talked to him at night. He brought about 30 kilogrammes‡ of spices—a mixture of myrrh and aloes. 40 These two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in pieces of linen cloth with the spices. (This is how the Jews bury people.) 41 In the place where Jesus was killed on the cross, there was a garden. In the garden, there was a new tomb. No one had ever been buried there before. 42 The tomb was nearby. So the men put Jesus in that tomb. They didn’t have much time because it was the Jewish day of preparation for the Sabbath.
John 20: 1-9
Jesus Has Risen From Death
(Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12)
Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. She saw that the large stone had been moved away from the entrance. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter and the other follower (the one Jesus loved very much). She said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.”
3 So Peter and the other follower started going to the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down and looked in. He saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in.
6 When Simon Peter finally reached the tomb, he went in and saw the pieces of linen lying there. 7 He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. It was rolled up and laid in a different place from the pieces of linen. 8 Then the other follower went in—the one who had reached the tomb first. He saw what had happened and believed. 9 (These followers did not yet understand from the Scriptures that Jesus must rise from death.)
28 God, show us your power!
Show us the power you used for us in the past.
29 Kings will bring their wealth to you,
to your Temple in Jerusalem.
30 Punish the people in Egypt.
They are like cattle in the marshes, like bulls among the calves.
You humiliated them.
You scattered them in war.
Now let them come crawling to you, bringing their pieces of silver.
31 Messengers will come from Egypt.
Ethiopia will offer gifts to God.
32 Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God! Sing songs of praise to the Lord! Selah
33 Sing to him who rides his chariot
through the ancient skies. Listen to his powerful voice!
34 Tell everyone how powerful he is!
He rules over Israel,
and his power fills the skies.
35 God, you are awesome in your Temple!
You are the God of Israel,
the one who gives strength and power to the people.
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