Day 153 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. David battles Israel for power. Abner makes peace. Jesus appears to his disciples and cooks fish for them.

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2 Samuel 2:8-32

2 Samuel 3:1-21

John 21:1-25

Psalm 69:1-12

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2 Samuel 2:8-32

Ishbosheth Becomes King

8 Abner son of Ner was the commander of Saul’s army. Abner took Saul’s son Ish- bosheth¶ to Mahanaim 9 and made him king of Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.

10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was 40 years old when he began to rule over Israel. He ruled Israel two years, but the tribe of Judah followed David. 11 David ruled over the tribe of Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months.

The Deadly Contest

12 Abner and the soldiers of Ishbosheth left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. 13 Joab, Zeruiah’s son, also went to Gibeon with David’s soldiers. They met Abner and the soldiers of Ishbosheth at the pool of Gibeon. Abner’s men sat on one side of the pool. Joab’s men sat on the other side.

14 Abner said to Joab, “Let’s watch some of these young soldiers fight each other!”

Joab said, “Yes, let’s have a contest.”

15 So they chose twelve men from each side—twelve from the tribe of Benjamin to fight for Ishbosheth against twelve of David’s men. 16 Each man grabbed his enemy’s head and stuck his sword into the other man’s side, and they both fell down dead. That is why this place in Gibeon is called “Field of Swords”. 17 This started a violent battle, and David’s men defeated Abner and the Israelites that day.

Abner Kills Asahel

18 Zeruiah’s three sons were there that day: Joab, Abishai and Asahel. Asahel was a fast runner, as fast as a wild deer. 19 Asahel ran straight towards Abner and began chasing him. 20 Abner looked back and asked, “Is that you, Asahel?”

Asahel said, “Yes, it’s me.”

21 Abner didn’t want to hurt Asahel, so he said to Asahel, “Stop chasing me— go after one of the young soldiers. You could easily take his armour for your- self.” But Asahel refused to stop chasing Abner.

22 Abner again said to Asahel, “Stop chasing me, or I will have to kill you. Then I will not be able to look your brother Joab in the face again.”

23 But Asahel refused to stop chasing Abner. So Abner used the back end of his spear and pushed it into Asahel’s stomach. The spear went deep into Asahel’s

stomach and came out of his back. Asahel died right there.

Joab and Abishai Chase Abner

Asahel’s body lay on the ground. Everyone who came that way stopped to look at Asahel, 24 but Joab and Abishai† continued chasing Abner. The sun was just going down when they came to Ammah Hill, which is in front of Giah on the way to the desert of Gibeon. 25 The men from the tribe of Benjamin gathered around Abner at the top of the hill.

26 Abner shouted to Joab and said, “Must we fight and kill each other forever? Surely you know that this will only end in sadness. Tell the men to stop chasing their own brothers.”

27 Then Joab said, “As surely as God lives, if you had not said something, my men would still be chasing their brothers in the morning.”

28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and his men stopped chasing the Israelites. They did not try to fight the Israelites any more.

29 Abner and his men marched all night through the Jordan Valley. They crossed the Jordan River and then marched all day until they came to Mahanaim.

30 Joab stopped chasing Abner and turned back. Joab had gathered his men and found that 19 of David’s men were missing, not counting Asahel. 31 But David’s men had killed 360 of Abner’s men from the tribe of Benjamin. 32 David’s men took Asahel and buried him in the tomb of his father at Bethlehem.

Joab and his men marched all night. The sun came up just as they reached Hebron.

2 Samuel 3:1-21

War Between Israel and Judah

There was war for a long time between Saul’s family and David’s family. David became stronger and stronger, but Saul’s family became weaker and weaker.

David’s Six Sons Born at Hebron

2 These are David’s sons who were born at Hebron:

The first was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel.

3 The second son was Kileab, whose mother was Abigail. She had been the wife of Nabal from Carmel.

The third son was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur.

4 The fourth son was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith.

The fifth son was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital.

5 The sixth son was Ithream, whose mother was David’s wife Eglah. These sons were all born at Hebron.

Abner Decides to Join David

6 As the families of Saul and David fought each other, Abner became more and more powerful in Saul’s army. 7 Saul had a slave woman named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. Ishbosheth said to Ab- ner, “Why did you have sex with my father’s servant woman?”

8 This made Abner very angry. He said, “Do you think I’m like a dog out of control? Today, I have kept my promise to your father Saul and to his family and friends. I did not let you fall into David’s control. And now, on this same day, you

accuse me of doing something bad with this woman. 9–10 The LORD promised with an oath that he would take the kingdom away from Saul’s family and give it to David. And I swear, I will make sure that happens. God will make David king of Judah and Israel. He will rule from Dan to Beersheba.”

11 Ishbosheth was too afraid of Abner to say anything in response.

12 Abner sent messengers to David and said, “Who do you think should rule this country? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you become the ruler of all the people of Israel.”

13 David answered, “Good! I will make an agreement with you. But I ask you only one thing: I will not meet with you until you bring Saul’s daughter Michal to me.”

14 David then sent messengers to Saul’s son Ishbosheth. David said, “Give me my wife Michal. She was promised to me. I killed 100 Philistines to get her."

15 Then Ishbosheth told the men to go and take Michal away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish. 16 Her husband followed her, crying all the way to Bahurim. Finally, Abner said to him, “Go back home.” So Paltiel went back home. 17 Abner sent this message to the leaders of Israel. He said, “For a long time you have wanted to make David your king. 18 Now do it! The LORD was talking about David when he said, ‘I will save my people, the Israelites, from the Philistines and all their other enemies. I will do this through my servant David.’” 19 Abner also talked to the people of

Benjamin’s tribe. Then he went to Hebron so that he could tell David what Israel and the tribe of Benjamin had agreed to.

20 When Abner came to David at Hebron with 20 soldiers, David gave a party for them.

21 Abner said to David, “My lord and king, let me go and bring all the Israelites to you. Then they will make an agreement with you, and you will rule over all Israel, as you wanted.”

John 21:1-25

Jesus Appears to Seven Followers

Later, Jesus appeared again to his followers by Lake Galilee.

This is how it happened: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called “the Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers were together. 3 Simon Peter said, “I am going out to fish.”

The other followers said, “We will go with you.” So they all went out and got into the boat. They fished all night but caught nothing.

4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore. But the followers did not know it was Jesus. 5 Then he said to them, “Friends, have you caught any fish?”

They answered, “No.”

6 He said, “Throw your net into the water on the right side of your boat. You will find some fish there.” So they did this. They caught so many fish that they could not pull the net back into the boat. 7 The follower Jesus loved very much said to Peter, “That man is the Lord!” When Peter heard him say it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around himself. (He had taken his clothes off to work.) Then he jumped into the water. 8 The other followers went to shore in the boat. They pulled the net full of fish. They were not very far from shore, only about 100 meters. 9 When they stepped out of the boat and onto the shore, they saw some fish cooking over a charcoal fire. There was also some bread to eat. 10 Then Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish that you caught.”

11 Simon Peter got into the boat and pulled the net to the shore. It was full of big fish—153 of them! But even with that many fish, the net did not tear. 12 Je- sus said to them, “Come and eat.” None of the followers wanted to look foolish by asking him, “Who are you?” They knew he was the Lord. 13 Jesus walked over to get the bread and gave it to them. He also gave them the fish.

14 This was now the third time Jesus

appeared to his followers after he was raised from death.

Jesus Talks to Peter

15 When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these other men love me?”

Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Take care of my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Then Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 A third time Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was sad because Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!”

Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep. 18 The truth is, when you were young, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands, and someone else will tie your belt. They will lead you where you don’t want to go.” 19 (Jesus said this to give a sign of how Peter would die to give glory to God.) Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!”

20 Peter turned and saw the follower Jesus loved very much walking behind them. (This was the follower who had leaned against Jesus at the supper and said, “Lord, who is it that will hand you over?”) 21 When Peter saw him behind them, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “Maybe I want him to live until I come. That should not matter to you. You follow me!”

23 So a story spread among the followers of Jesus. They were saying that this follower would not die. But Jesus did not say he would not die. He only said, “Maybe I want him to live until I come. That should not matter to you.”

24 That follower is the one who is telling these things. He is the one who has now written them all down. We know that what he says is true.

25 There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I think the whole world would not be big enough for all the books that would be written.

Psalm 69:1-12

For the music director: to the tune “The Lilies”. A song of David.

God, save me from all my troubles!

The rising water has reached my neck.

2 I have nothing to stand on.

I am sinking down, down into the mud. I am in deep water,

and the waves are about to cover me.

3 I am getting weak from calling for help. My throat is sore.

I have waited and looked for your help until my eyes are hurting.

4 I have more enemies

than the hairs on my head. They hate me for no reason; they try hard to destroy me.

My enemies tell lies about me. They say I stole from them,

and they demand that I pay for things I did not steal.

5 God, you know my faults;

I cannot hide my sins from you.

6 My Lord GOD All-Powerful, don’t let me embarrass

those who put their hope in you.

God of Israel, don’t let me bring disgrace to those who worship you.

7 My face is covered with shame.

I carry this shame for you.

8 My own brothers treat me like a stranger.

They act as if I came from a foreign land.

9 My love for your Temple causes me to suffer!

When people insult you, they insult me as well.

10 When I spend time crying and fasting, they make fun of me.

11 When I wear rags to show my sorrow,

they tell jokes about me.

12 They talk about me in public places.

The beer drinkers make up songs about me.