Day 152 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. David hears of Saul's death. Jesus appears to his disciples. Thomas doubts and wants evidence from Jesus (Doubting Thomas)
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2 Samuel: Introduction
2 Samuel 1
2 Samuel 2:1-7
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2 Samuel 1
David Learns About Saul’s Death
After David defeated the Amalekites, he went back to Ziklag. This was just after Saul had been killed. David had been there for two days. 2 Then, on the third day, a man from Saul’s camp came to Ziklag. His clothes were torn, and he had dirt on his head.* He came to David and bowed down with his face to the ground.
3 David asked him, “Where have you come from?”
The man answered, “I have just come from the Israelite camp.”
4 David said, “Who won the battle? Tell me!”
The man answered, “Our army ran away from the battle. Many of them were killed in the battle. Even Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
5 David said to this young soldier, “How do you know Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6 The young soldier said, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and I saw Saul leaning on his spear. The Philistine chariots and horsemen were coming closer and closer to Saul. 7 Saul looked back and saw me. He called to me, and I answered him. 8 Then Saul asked me who I was. I told him that I was an Amalekite. 9 Then Saul said, ‘Please kill me. I am hurt badly. And I am about to die any- way.’ 10 He was hurt so badly that I knew he wouldn’t live, so I stopped and killed him. Then I took the crown from his head and the bracelet from his arm and brought them here to you, my lord.”
11 Then David tore his clothes to show his great sorrow. All the men with him did the same thing. 12 They mourned, cried loudly and did not eat anything all that day. They were sad because Saul and his son Jonathan were dead. And they were sad for all the LORD’s people, the descendants of Israel, who had been killed in battle.
David Orders the Amalekite Killed
13 Then David talked with the young soldier who had told him about Saul’s death. David asked, “Where are you from?”
The young soldier answered, “I am the son of an immigrant. I am an Amalekite.” 14 David said to the young soldier, “Why were you not afraid to kill the
LORD’s chosen king?”*
15–16 Then David told the Amalekite, “You are responsible for your own death. You said you killed the LORD’s chosen king, so your own words prove you are guilty.” Then David called one of his young servants and told him to kill the Amalekite. So the young Israelite killed him.
David’s Song About Saul and Jonathan
17 David sang a funeral song about Saul and his son Jonathan. 18 David told his men to teach the song to the people of Judah. This song is called “The Bow”, and it is included in the Book of Jashar.† 19 Israel, your glorious leaders lie dead in the hill country.
Oh, how bravely those heroes died!
20 Don’t tell the news in Gath.
Don’t announce it in the streets of Ashkelon.
I don’t want the Philistine women to be happy
or the daughters of those foreigners to be glad.
21 May no rain or dew fall on you, mountains of Gilboa.
May there be no offerings coming from your fields.
That’s where the shields of the heroes were disgraced.
Saul’s shield has no one to care for it.
22 Jonathan was fearless with his bow.
With its arrows he spilled enemy blood! Saul was skilful with the sword.
He swung it, and mighty men fell wounded.
23 Saul and Jonathan—how dear they were to us!
In life they loved being together,
and even death did not separate them!
They were faster than eagles and stronger than lions.
24 Daughters of Israel, cry for Saul!
Saul gave you beautiful red dresses
and covered them with gold jewellery! 25 The brave heroes have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies dead in the hills.
26 Jonathan, my brother, I miss you so much!
You were very dear to me.
Your love for me was amazing,
more faithful than the love of a woman for her husband.
27 The brave heroes have fallen in battle.
Their weapons of war are lost.
2 Samuel 2:1-7
David Is Anointed King of Judah
After this, David asked the LORD for advice. David said, “Should I take control of any of the cities of Judah?” The LORD said to David, “Yes.”
David asked, “Where should I go?”
The Lord answered, “To Hebron.”
2 So David and his two wives moved to Hebron. (His wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, who had been the wife of Nabal from Carmel.) 3 David also brought his men and their families. All of them made their homes in Hebron and the towns nearby.
4 The men of Judah came to Hebron and anointed David to be the king of Ju- dah. Then they told David, “The men of Jabesh Gilead buried Saul.”
5 David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead. These messengers told the men in Jabesh: “The LORD bless you, because you have shown kindness to your lord Saul by burying him.‡ 6 The LORD will be kind and true to you, and so will I. 7 Now be strong and brave. Your lord, Saul, is dead, but the tribe of Judah has anointed me to be their king.”
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
10 Then the followers went back home. 11 But Mary stood outside the tomb, cry- ing. While she was crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb. 12 She saw two angels dressed in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was sitting where the head had been; the other was sitting where the feet had been.
13 The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?”
Mary answered, “They have taken away the body of my Lord, and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the man in charge of the garden. So she said to him, “Did you take him away, sir? Tell me where you have put him. I will go and get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned towards him and said in Aramaic, “Rabboni”, which means “Teacher”.
17 Jesus said to her, “You don’t need to hold on to me! I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my followers* and tell them this: ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the followers and told them, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her.
Jesus Appears to His Followers
(Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:36-49)
19 The day was Sunday, and that same evening the followers were together. They had the doors locked because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” 20 As soon as he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the followers saw the Lord, they were very happy.
21 Then Jesus said again, “Peace be with you. It was the Father who sent me, and I am now sending you in the same way.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of anyone, their sins are forgiven. If there is anyone whose sins you don’t forgive, their sins are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Thomas (called “the Twin”) was one of the twelve, but he was not with the other followers when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We saw the Lord.” Thomas said, “That’s hard to believe. I will have to see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side. Only then will I believe it.”
26 A week later the followers were in
the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “You believe because you see me. Great blessings belong to the people who believe without seeing me!”
Why John Wrote This Book
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs that his followers saw, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you can believe that Je- sus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.
20 Be friends with those who are wise,
and you will become wise.
Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble.
21 Trouble chases sinners wherever they go,
but good things happen to good people.
22 It is good to have something to pass down to your grandchildren,
but wealth hidden away by sinners will be given to those who live right.
23 A poor person’s field might produce
plenty of food, but unjust people often take it away.
24 Parents who will not correct their children have no love for them.
Those who love their children are careful to discipline them.
25 Good people will have plenty to eat,
but the wicked will go hungry.
A wise woman makes her home what it should be,
but the home of a foolish woman is destroyed by her own actions.†
2 Those who do what is right honor the LORD,
but dishonest people hate him.
3 Foolish words cause you trouble; wise words protect you.
4 A barn with no cattle might be clean,
but strong bulls are needed for a good harvest.
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