Day 213 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. The Heroes of King David. Romans 14: Do not cause others to sin

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1 Chronicles 11

1 Chronicles 12:1-22

Romans 14:19-23

Romans 15:1-13

Psalm 89:46-52

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1 Chronicles 11

David Becomes King Over Israel

All the Israelites came to David at the town of Hebron. They said to David, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past you led us in war. You led us even though Saul was the king. The LORD said to you ‘David, you will be the shepherd of my people, the Israelites. You will become the leader over my people.’”

3 There at Hebron, David made an agreement with the leaders of Israel before the LORD. The leaders anointed David to make him king over Israel. The LORD had promised through Samuel that this would happen.

David Captures Jerusalem

4 David and all the Israelites went to the city of Jerusalem, which was called Jebus at that time. The people living there were the Jebusites, who had long been in control of that territory. 5 The Jebusites said to David, “You will never enter our city!” But David captured the fortress of Zion, which became the City of David.

6 David said, “The one who leads the attack on the Jebusites will become the commander over all my army.” So Joab son of Zeruiah led the attack. Joab became the commander of the army.

7 David made the fortress his home.

That’s why it is named the City of David. 8 David built up the whole city inside the walls, beginning from the lowest part that needed to be built up. And Joab repaired the other parts of the city. 9 David’s power increased more and more because the LORD All-Powerful was with him.

The Three Heroes

10 These were David’s best warriors. Together with all the Israelites, they supported David and made him king, just as the LORD had promised. And they helped his kingdom become strong.

11 Here are the names of David’s best warriors:

Jashobeam the Hacmonite* was the leader of the king’s special forces.† Jashobeam used his spear to kill 300 men at one time.

12 Next, there was Eleazar son of Dodai from Ahoah. Eleazar was one of the Three Heroes.¶ 13 Eleazar was with David at Pasdammim. The Philistines had come to that place to fight a war. There was a field full of barley there. The Israelites ran away from the Philistines. 14 But Eleazar and David stood there in that field and defended it. They defeated the Philistines. The LORD gave the Israelites a great victory.

15 Once David was at the cave of Adullam, and three of the Thirty Heroes§went down to meet him by a rock near the cave. At the same time, the Philistine army was camped in the Valley of Rephaim.

16 Another time David was in the fortress and a group of Philistine soldiers was stationed in Bethlehem.

17 David was thirsty and said, “Oh, if only I could have some water from that well by the gate in Bethlehem.” 18 So the Three Heroes fought their way through the Philistine army and got some water from the well near the city gate in Bethlehem. They took it to David, but he refused to drink it. He poured it on the ground as an offering to the LORD. 19 David said, “God, I cannot drink this water. It would be like drinking the blood of the men who risked their lives to get this water for me.” This is why David refused to drink the water. The Three Heroes did many brave things like that.

Other Brave Soldiers

20 Joab’s brother, Abishai, was the leader of the Three Heroes. Abishai used his spear against 300 enemies and killed them. He was as famous as the Three Heroes. 21 In fact, Abishai was given more honor than the Three Heroes.** He became their commander, even though he was not one of them.

22 Then there was Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel. He was the son of a powerful man.†† Benaiah did many brave things. He killed two of the best soldiers in Moab. One day when it was snowing, Benaiah went down into a hole in the ground and killed a lion. 23 Benaiah also killed a big Egyptian soldier.

That man was over 2 meters tall. The Egyptian had a spear that was very large and heavy. It was as big as the rod on a weaver’s loom. Benaiah had only a club. He grabbed the spear in the Egyptian’s hand and took it away from him. Then Benaiah killed the Egyptian with his own spear. 24 Benaiah son of Jehoiada did many brave things like that. He was as famous as the Three Heroes. 25 Benaiah was even more famous than the Thirty Heroes, but he was not one of the Three Heroes. David made Benaiah the leader of his bodyguards.

The Thirty Heroes

26 The following men were among the king’s special forces:

Asahel, Joab’s brother;

Elhanan son of Dodai from Bethlehem;

27 Shammoth the Harodite; Helez the Pelonite;

28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa;

Abiezer from Anathoth;

29 Sibbecai the Hushathite; Ilai from Ahoah;

30 Maharai from Netophah;

Heled son of Baanah from Netophah;

31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin;

Benaiah the Pirathonite;

32 Hurai from the Brooks of Gaash; Abiel the Arbathite;

33 Azmaveth the Baharumite;

Eliahba the Shaalbonite;

34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite;

Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite; 35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite; Eliphal son of Ur;

36 Hepher the Mekerathite; Ahijah the Pelonite;

37 Hezro the Carmelite;

Naarai son of Ezbai;

38 Joel, Nathan’s brother;

Mibhar son of Hagri;

39 Zelek the Ammonite;

Naharai the officer from Beeroth, who carried the armor for Joab son of Zeruiah;

40 Ira the Ithrite;

Gareb the Ithrite;

41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai;

42 Adina who was the son of Shiza from

the tribe of Reuben and was the leader of the tribe of Reuben, but he was also one of the Thirty Heroes;

43 Hanan son of Maacah;

Joshaphat the Mithnite;

44 Uzzia the Ashterathite;

Shama and Jeiel sons of Hotham from Aroer;

45 Jediael son of Shimri and his brother

Joha the Tizite;

46 Eliel the Mahavite;

Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam;

Ithmah the Moabite;

47 Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

1 Chronicles 12:1-22

The Brave Men Who Joined David

These are the men who came to David while he was at Ziklag hiding from Saul son of Kish. These men helped David in battle. 2 They could shoot arrows from their bows with either their right or left hand. They could also throw stones from their slings with either their right or left hand. They were Saul’s relatives from the tribe of Benjamin. They were

3 Ahiezer, their leader and Joash (sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite); Jeziel and Pelet (sons of Azmaveth); Beracah and Jehu from the town of Anathoth; 4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite (a hero and leader of the Thirty Heroes); Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan and Jozabad from the Gederathites; 5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah and Shemariah; Shephatiah from Haruph; 6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, all from the tribe of Ko- rah; 7 and Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham from the town of Gedor.

The Gadites

8 Part of the tribe of Gad joined David at his fortress in the desert. They were brave soldiers trained for battle and skilled with the shield and spear. They looked as fierce as lions, and they could run as fast as gazelles through the mountains.

9 Ezer was the leader of the army from

the tribe of Gad. Obadiah was the second in command. Eliab was the third in command. 10 Mishmannah was the fourth in command. Jeremiah was the fifth in command. 11 Attai was the sixth in command. Eliel was the seventh in command. 12 Johanan was the eighth in command. Elzabad was the ninth in command. 13 Jeremiah was the tenth in command. Macbannai was the eleventh in command.

14 These men were leaders of the Gadite army. The weakest was worth 100 men, and the strongest was worth 1000 men.* 15 They were the soldiers who crossed the Jordan River in the first month of the year, when it was flooded over its banks. They chased away the people in the valley who were on both sides of the river.


Other Soldiers Join David

16 Other men from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah also came to David at the fortress. 17 David went out to meet them and said, “If you have come in peace to help me, I welcome you. Join me. But if you have come to spy on me when I have done nothing wrong, may the God who was worshipped by our ancestors see what you did and punish you.”

18 Amasai was the leader of the Thirty

Heroes.† Then the Spirit came on Ama- sai, and he said,

“We are yours, David!

We are with you, son of Jesse. Peace, peace to you.

Peace to those who help you, because your God helps you.”

So David welcomed these men into his group and put them in charge of the troops.

19 Some of the men from the tribe of

Manasseh also joined David when he went with the Philistines to fight Saul. But the Philistine leaders finally decided that they did not want David’s help, and they sent him away. They said, “If David turns against us and goes back to his master Saul, our heads will be cut off!” 20 These were the men from Manasseh who joined David when he went to the town of Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai. All of them were commanders‡ from the tribe of Manasseh. 21 They helped David fight against bad men who were going around the country and stealing things from people. All these men of Manasseh were brave soldiers. They became leaders in David’s army.

22 More and more men came every day to help David. So he had a large and powerful army.

Romans 14:19-23

19 So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith. 20 Don’t let the eating of food destroy the work of God. All food is right to eat, but it is wrong for anyone to eat something that hurts the faith of another person. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that hurts the faith of your brother or sister.

22 You should keep your beliefs about these things a secret between yourself and God. It is a blessing to be able to do what you think is right without feeling guilty. 23 But if you eat something without being sure it is right, you are doing wrong. That’s because you did not believe it was right. And if you do anything you believe is not right, it is sin.

Romans 15:1-13

Some of us have no problem with these things. So we should be patient with those who are not so strong and have doubts. We should not do what pleases us 2 but do what pleases them and is for their good. We should do whatever helps everyone grow stronger in faith. 3 Even Christ did not live trying to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “When people insult you, they insult me as well.”† 4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those Scriptures were written to give us hope, which comes from the patience and encouragement we find in them. 5 All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you


all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. 6 Then you will all be joined together. And together you will give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Je- sus Christ. 7 Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God. 8 I tell you that Christ became a servant of the Jewish people to show that God has done what he promised their great ancestors. 9 And he also did this so that the non-Jewish people could praise God for the mercy he gives to them. The Scriptures say,

“So I will give thanks to you among the people of other nations;

I will sing praise to your name.”

10 And the Scriptures say,

“You people of other nations should celebrate with God’s people.”‡

11 The Scriptures also say,

“Praise the Lord all you people of other nations;

all people should praise the Lord.”

12 And Isaiah says,

“Someone will come from Jesse’s family.

He will rise to rule over the nations,

and they will put their hope in him.”

13 I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him. And may this cause your hope to increase until it fills you com- pletely by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 89:46-52

46 LORD, how long will this continue? Will you hide yourself from us forever?

How long will your anger burn like a fire?

47 Remember how short my life is.

You created us to live a short life and then die.

48 Is there anyone alive who will never die?

Will anyone escape the grave? Selah

49 Lord, where is the love you showed in the past?

You promised David that you would be loyal to his family.

50 My Lord, remember how people have

insulted me, your servant.

The insults of people everywhere have hurt me deeply.

51 LORD, those hurtful words have come

from your enemies.

They insult your chosen king wherever he goes.

52 Praise the LORD forever!

Amen and Amen!