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Bible Study

This Bible study is an outline of selected scriptures.

It is created to offer an overview of important concepts within each of the Bible books.

The Old Testament consists of 39 books:
17 Historical, 5 Poetical and 17 Prophetical.

The New Testament consists of 27 books:
the four Gospels, Paul's letters, and an assortment of other letters.

2nd Timothy 2:15 (NIV) - "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

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Old Testament

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Genesis ("Origins")/Bereishit ("In the Beginning")
Genesis tells the story of creation, Noah and the flood, and the selection of Abraham and Sarah and their family as the bearers of God's covenant. Stories of sibling conflict and the long narratives of Jacob and his favorite son Joseph conclude with the family dwelling in Egypt.

Mesopotamia was the location of Eden, the tower of Babel, and Abram was born there.

Author: Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible (Pentateuch: "five-volumed book)). The most probable time for Moses to write was during the forty-years period of Israel's wanderings in the desert, which lasted from 1446BC to 1406BC.

Genesis is supremely a book of relationships, highlighting those between God and nature, God and man, and man and man.

Genesis gives us the first hint of God's provision for redemption from the forces of evil:

Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Romans 16:17-20 - 17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Genesis contains the oldest and most profound definition of faith:
Genesis 15:6 - Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.


  1. Light - Let there be light.
  2. Sky - Let there be an expanse between the waters.
  3. Land, vegetation, plants, trees.
  4. Sun, Moon, Stars.
  5. Fish, Birds,
  6. Living creatures on land: wild animals and livestock, Man & Woman.
  7. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Genesis - Chapter 1

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 - Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Genesis 1:3 (Day 1) - And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Genesis 1:4 - God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:5 - God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.

Genesis 1:6 (Day 2) - And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water."

Genesis 1:7 - So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.

Genesis 1:8 - God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning - the second day.

Genesis 1:9 (Day 3) - And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so.

Genesis 1:10 - God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11 - Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.

Genesis 1:12 - The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:13 - And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.

Genesis 1:14 (Day 4) - And God said, "Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

Genesis 1:15 - and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.

Genesis 1:16 - God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

Genesis 1:17 - God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,

Genesis 1:18 - to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:19 - And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day.

Genesis 1:20 (Day 5) - And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky."

Genesis 1:21 - So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:22 - God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth."

Genesis 1:23 - And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.

Genesis 1:24 (Day 6) - And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.

Genesis 1:25 - God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:26 - Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Genesis 1:27 - So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:28 - God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Genesis 1:29 - Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

Genesis 1:30 - And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

Genesis 1:31 - God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.

Genesis - Chapter 2

Genesis 2:1 (Day 7) - Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

Genesis 2:2 - By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Genesis 2:3 - Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:4 - This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Genesis 2:5 - Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,

Genesis 2:6 - but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

Genesis 2:7 - Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:8 - Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

Genesis 2:9 - The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:10 - A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.

Genesis 2:11 - The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.

Genesis 2:12 - (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)

Genesis 2:13 - The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.

Genesis 2:14 - The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Genesis 2:15 - The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Genesis 2:16 - And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;

Genesis 2:17 - but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die."

Genesis 2:18 - The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

Genesis 2:19 - Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

Genesis 2:20 - So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

Genesis 2:21 - So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

Genesis 2:22 - Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Genesis 2:23 - The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."

Genesis 2:24 - That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Genesis 2:25 - Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Genesis - Chapter 3 - The Fall

Genesis 3:1 - Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

Genesis 3:2 - The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

Genesis 3:3 - but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

Genesis 3:4 - "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman.

Genesis 3:5 - "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

Genesis 3:6 - When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:7 - Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Genesis 3:8 - Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:9 - But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"

Genesis 3:10 - He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

Genesis 3:11 - And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

Genesis 3:12 - The man said, "The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

Genesis 3:13 - Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

Genesis 3:14 - So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Genesis 3:16 - To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Genesis 3:17 - To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:18 - It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

Genesis 3:19 - By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Genesis 3:20 - Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

Genesis 3:21 - The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Genesis 3:22 - And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."

Genesis 3:23 - So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

Genesis 3:24 - After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis - Chapter 4 - Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1 - Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man."

Genesis 4:2 - Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.

Genesis 4:3 - In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.

Genesis 4:4 - And Abel also brought an offering - fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

Genesis 4:5 - but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Genesis 4:6 - Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?

Genesis 4:7 - If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."

Genesis 4:8 - Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Genesis 4:9 - Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Genesis 4:10 - The Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.

Genesis 4:11 - Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

Genesis 4:12 - When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."

Genesis 4:13 - Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is more than I can bear.

Genesis 4:14 - Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."

Genesis 4:15 - But the Lord said to him, "Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

Genesis 4:16 - So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Genesis 4:17 - Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.

Genesis 4:18 - To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

Genesis 4:19 - Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.

Genesis 4:20 - Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.

Genesis 4:21 - His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes.

Genesis 4:22 - Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.

Genesis 4:23 - Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.

Genesis 4:24 - If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."

Genesis 4:25 - Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him."

Genesis 4:26 - Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.

Genesis - Chapter 5 - From Adam to Noah

Genesis 5:1 - This is the written account of Adam's family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.

Genesis 5:2 - He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" (Hebrew for Adam) when they were created.

Genesis 5:3 - When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

Genesis 5:4 - After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:5 - Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:6 - When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh.

Genesis 5:7 - After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:8 - Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:9 - When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.

Genesis 5:10 - After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:11 - Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:12 - When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel.

Genesis 5:13 - After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:14 - Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:15 - When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.

Genesis 5:16 - After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:17 - Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:18 - When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.

Genesis 5:19 - After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:20 - Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:21 - When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.

Genesis 5:22 - After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:23 - Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.

Genesis 5:24 - Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Genesis 5:25 - When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.

Genesis 5:26 - After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:27 - Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:28 - When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.

Genesis 5:29 - He named him Noah (Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort) and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed."

Genesis 5:30 - After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 5:31 - Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

Genesis 5:32 - After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Genesis - Chapter 6 - Wickedness in the World

Genesis 6:1 - When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,

Genesis 6:2 - the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.

Genesis 6:3 - Then the Lord said, "My Spirit will not contend with (Or My spirit will not remain in) humans forever, for they are mortal (Or corrupt); their days will be a hundred and twenty years."

Genesis 6:4 - The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

Genesis 6:5 - The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Genesis 6:6 - The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

Genesis 6:7 - So the Lord said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created - and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground - for I regret that I have made them."

Genesis 6:8 - But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah and the Flood

Genesis 6:9 - This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Genesis 6:10 - Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Genesis 6:11 - Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.

Genesis 6:12 - God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.

Genesis 6:13 - So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

Genesis 6:14 - So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

Genesis 6:15 - This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. (That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high)

Genesis 6:16 - Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit (That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters) high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.

Genesis 6:17 - I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.

Genesis 6:18 - But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark - you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.

Genesis 6:19 - You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

Genesis 6:20 - Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

Genesis 6:21 - You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."

Genesis 6:22 - Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Genesis - Chapter 7

Genesis 7:1 - The Lord then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.

Genesis 7:2 - Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,

Genesis 7:3 - and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

Genesis 7:4 - Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."

Genesis 7:5 - And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

Genesis 7:6 - Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

Genesis 7:7 - And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

Genesis 7:8 - Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,

Genesis 7:9 - male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.

Genesis 7:10 - And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

Genesis 7:11 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month - on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Genesis 7:12 - And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 7:13 - On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.

Genesis 7:14 - They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.

Genesis 7:15 - Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.

Genesis 7:16 - The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

Genesis 7:17 - For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

Genesis 7:18 - The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.

Genesis 7:19 - They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.

Genesis 7:20 - The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. (That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters) (Or rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains were covered)

Genesis 7:21 - Every living thing that moved on land perished - birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.

Genesis 7:22 - Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.

Genesis 7:23 - Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

Genesis 7:24 - The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Genesis - Chapter 8

Genesis 8:3-5 - (3) The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, (4) and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountain of Ararat. (5) The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

Genesis 8:20-21 - (20) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offering on it. (21) The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destoy all living creatures, as I have done.

Genesis - Chapter 9

Genesis 9:3 - Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.

Genesis 9:6 - Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

Genesis 9:11 - I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.

Genesis 9:13 - I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis 9:20-21 - (20) Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. (21) When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.

Genesis - Chapter 10

Genesis 10:8 - Cush, was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth.

Genesis 10:10 - The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar.

Genesis - Chapter 11

Genesis 11:1 - Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.

Genesis 11:4 - (Tower of Babel) Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:5-9 - (5) But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. (6) The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (7) Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." (8) So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. (9) That is why is was called Babel--because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.

Genesis 11:29-30 - (29) ...Abram's wife was Sarai... (30) Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.

Genesis - Chapter 12

Genesis 12:3 - I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:10 - Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.

Genesis - Chapter 13

Genesis 13:6 - (Abram and Lot Separate) But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.

Genesis - Chapter 14

Genesis 14:14 - (Abram Rescues Lot) When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

Genesis 14:16 - He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

Genesis 14:18 - Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram...

Genesis - Chapter 15

Genesis 15:4 - (God's Covenant With Abram) ...a son coming from your own body will be your heir.

Genesis 15:13 - Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.

Genesis 15:14 - But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.

Genesis - Chapter 16

Genesis 16:1-2 - (Hagar and Ishmael) (1) Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; (2) so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."

Genesis 16:3 - Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wirfe. (4) He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

Genesis 16:6 - Then Sarai mistreated Hagar, so she fled from her.

Genesis 16:9-10 - (9) Then the angel of the Lord told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." (10) The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."

Genesis 16:11 - You shall name him Ishmael.

Genesis 16:12 - He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

Genesis - Chapter 17

Genesis 17:5 - No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.

Genesis 17:7 - (The Covenant of Circumcision) I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

Genesis 17:8 - The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.

Genesis 17:10 - ...the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.

Genesis 17:14 - Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.

Genesis 17:15 - As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.

Genesis 17:20-21 - (20) And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. (21) But my convenat I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.

Genesis - Chapter 18

Genesis 18:1 - (The Three Visitors) The Lord appeard to Abraham...

Genesis 18:17 - (Abraham Pleads for Sodom) Then the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

Genesis 18:23 - Will you sweep away the rightous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?

Genesis 18:28 - What if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?

Genesis 18:29 - What if only forty are found there?

Genesis 18:30 - What if only thirty can be found there?

Genesis 18:31 - What if only twenty can be found there?

Genesis 18:32 - What if only ten can be found there?

Genesis - Chapter 19

Genesis 19:1 - The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city.

Genesis 19:4-5 - (4)...all the men from every part of the city of Sodom -- both young and old -- surrounded the house. (5) They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."

Genesis 19:8 - I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.

Genesis 19:10-11 - (10) But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. (11) Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

Genesis 19:13 - We are going to destory this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.

Genesis 19:17 - Flee for your lives! Don't look back...

Genesis 19:24 - Then the Lord rained down burning fulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah...

Genesis 19:26 - But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:31-32 - (Lot and His Daughters) (31) One day the older daughter said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man around here to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth. (32) Let's get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father."

Genesis 19:33 - That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and lay with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

Genesis 19:36-38 - (36) So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father. (37) The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. (38) The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the ammonites of today.

Genesis - Chapter 20

Genesis 20:3 - You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.

Genesis - Chapter 21

Genesis 21:10 - (Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away) That slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.

Genesis - Chapter 22

Genesis 22:2 - (Abraham Tested) then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.

Genesis 22:12 - "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."

Genesis 22:14 - On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.

Genesis - Chapter 23

Genesis 23:1 - Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.

Genesis - Chapter 24

Genesis 24:4 - (Isaac and Rebekah) Go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.

Genesis 24:47 - Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms...

Genesis - Chapter 25

Genesis 25:7 - Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.

Genesis 25:9 - His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron... (10) Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah.

Genesis 25:17 - Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years.

Genesis 25:18 - His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the borderr of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers.

Genesis 25:20 - Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah...

Genesis 25:25-26 - (Sons of Isaac and Rebekah) The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. (26) After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

Genesis - Chapter 26

Genesis - Chapter 27

Genesis 27:22-24 - (22) Jacob went close to his father Isaac... (24) Are you really my son Esau?

Genesis 27:35 - Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.

Genesis 27:38 - Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!"

Genesis 27:39-40 - His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above. (40) You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck."

Genesis 27:41 - Esau held a grudge against Jacob... The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.

Genesis - Chapter 28

Genesis 28:12 - (Stairway to Heaven) Jacob ... He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Genesis 28:17-19 - ...this is the gate of heaven... (19) He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

Genesis - Chapter 29

Genesis 29:18 - (Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel) Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

Genesis 29:22-23 - (22) So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. (23) But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.

Genesis 29:27-28 - (27) ...we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work. (28) And Jacob did so.

Genesis 29:31-32 - When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. (32) Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben...

Genesis - Chapter 30

Genesis 30:3 - (Rachel) Then she said, "Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family."

Genesis 30:9 - When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

Genesis 30:15 - (Speaking to Leah) "Very well," Rachel said, "he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."

Genesis 30:25 - (Jacob's Flocks Increase) Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat.

Genesis 30:39 - They mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. (Jacob was using Laban's own tactic (deception) against him. The scheme worked -- but only because of God's intervention, not because of Jacob's superstition.)

Genesis - Chapter 31

Genesis 31:34 - Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.

Genesis - Chapter 32

Genesis 32:34 - So Jacob was left alone, and a man (God) wrestled with him till daybreak.

Genesis 32:28 - Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."

Genesis 32:30 - So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "Is is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Genesis - Chapter 33

Genesis - Chapter 34

Genesis 34:14 - We can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.

Genesis 34:25 - Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.

Genesis - Chapter 35

Genesis 35:23 - Jacob had twelve sons:
* The sons of Leah:
          Reuben the firstborn of Jacob
          Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zubulun
* The sons of Rachel:
          Joseph and Benjamin
* The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bihah:
          Dan and Naphtali
* The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah:
          Gad and Asher

Genesis 35:28 - Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.

Genesis - Chapter 36

Genesis - Chapter 37

Genesis 37:3 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons.

Genesis 37:5 - Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

Genesis 37:19-20 - (19) Here comes that dreamer! they said to each other. (20) Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams.

Genesis 37:26-27 - (26) Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? (27) Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.

Genesis 37:28 - His brothers ... sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 - Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

Genesis - Chapter 38

Genesis 38:7 - But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the Lord's sight; so the Lord put him to death.

Genesis 38:8-10 - (8) Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother." (9) But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. (10) What he did was wicked in the Lord's sight; so he put him to death also. (His refusal to perform his levirate duty.)

Genesis 38:15 - When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute...

Genesis 38:16 - Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you."

Genesis 38:21 - Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?

Genesis - Chapter 39

Genesis 39:5 - The Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph.

Genesis 39:6-7 - Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"

Genesis 39:10 - And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

Genesis 39:19-20 - (19) When his master heard the story his wife told him... (20) Joseph's master took him and put him in prison...

Genesis - Chapter 40

Genesis 40:8 - We both had dreams, they answered, but there is no one to interpret them.

Genesis 40:13 - Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position.

Genesis 40:16 - When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, "I too had a dream."

Genesis 40:19 - Pharaoh will lift off your head and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat away your flesh.

Genesis - Chapter 41

Genesis 41:1 - Pharaoh had a dream:...

Genesis 41:14 - So Pharaoh sent for Joseph.

Genesis 41:25 - Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same."

Genesis 41:29 - Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them.

Genesis 41:39 - Then Pharaoh said to Joseph...

Genesis 41:40 - You shall be in charge of my palace...

Genesis 41:51 - Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh.

Genesis 41:57 - And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.

Genesis - Chapter 42

Genesis 42:3 - Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.

Genesis - Chapter 43

Genesis 43:32 - Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.

Genesis - Chapter 44

Genesis 44:5 - Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination?

Genesis 44:17 - But Joseph said, "Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave."

Genesis 44:34 - How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me?

Genesis - Chapter 45

Genesis 45:26 - Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.

Genesis - Chapter 46

Genesis 46:3-4 - (3) I am God, the God of your father, he said, Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. (4) I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.

Genesis 46:34 - ...all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.

Genesis - Chapter 47

Genesis 47:7 - Jacob blessed Pharaoh

Genesis 47:11 - So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed.

Genesis 47:15 - When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, "Give us food."

Genesis 47:16 - I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.

Genesis 47:19 - Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:20 - (20) The land became Pharaoh's, (21) and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.

Genesis 47:29 - ...put your hand under my thigh and promise...Do not bury me in Egypt...

Genesis - Chapter 48

Genesis 48:17 - When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head...Manasseh's head...

Genesis 48:19 - ...his younger brother will be greater than he,...

Genesis - Chapter 49

Genesis 49:1 - Then Jacob called for his sons and said: "Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

Genesis 49:8 - Judah, your brothers will praise you;...

Genesis 49:10 - The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nation is his.

Genesis 49:13 - Zebulun

Genesis 49:14 - Issachar

Genesis 49:16 - Dan

Genesis 49:19 - Gad

Genesis 49:20 - Asher

Genesis 49:21 - Naphtali

Genesis 49:22 - Joseph

Genesis 49:27 - Benjamin is a ravenous wolf.

Genesis - Chapter 50

Genesis 50:2 - Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel.

Genesis 50:15 - What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?

Genesis 50:16 - So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died: This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.

Genesis 50:20 - You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Genesis 50:22 - He lived a hundred and ten years and saw the third generation of Ephraim's children.

Genesis 50:25 - must carry my bones up from this place.

Genesis 50:26 - And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Genesis 50 - Last Chapter

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Exodus is a Latin word derived from Greek Exodos. The word means "exit", "departure."
Exodus ("The Road Out")/Shemot ("Names")
Exodus tells of how the family of Jacob grew and then was enslaved in Egypt.
The baby Moses, born of Israelites but adopted by Pharaoh, becomes God's prophet who, after bringing 10 plagues down upon Egypt, leads the Israelites through the Red Sea to freedom and to the revelation at Mount Sinai. The story of the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, which follows soon after the revelation at Mount Sinai, is almost obscured by lengthy materials on the building of a sanctuary (tabernacle) in the wilderness.

Judgment and Salvation Through the Plagues - 7:6-11:10
  1. Water turned to blood - 7:14-24
  2. Frogs - 7:25-8:15
  3. Gnats - 8:16-19
  4. Flies - 8:20-32
  5. Against Livestock - 9:1-7
  6. Boils - 9:8-12
  7. Hail - 9:13-35
  8. Locusts - 10:1-20
  9. Darkness - 10:21-29
  10. Death of the firstborn - 11
The Passover - 12:1-28

The Exodus from Egypt - 12:29-51

The Consecration of the Firstborn - 13:1-16

Crossing The Red Sea - 13:17-15:21

Journey to Sinai - 15:22-18:27

Covenant at Sinai - 19-24
  1. Laws on Slaves - 20:22-26
  2. Laws on Homicide - 21:12-17
  3. Laws on Bodily Injuries - 21:18-32
  4. Laws on Property Damage - 21:33-22:15
  5. Laws on Society - 22:16-31
  6. Laws on Justice and Neighborliness - 23:1-9
  7. Laws on Sacred Seasons - 23:10-19

Divine Worship

  1. Instructions Concerning the Tabernacle - 25-31
  2. False Worship - 32-34
  3. The Building of the Tabernacle - 35-40

Exodus - Chapter 1

Exodus 1:6 - Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,...

Exodus 1:8 - Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

Exodus 1:9 - Look, he said to his people, the Israelites, have become much too numerous for us.

Exodus 1:11 - So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

Exodus 1:15 - The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,

Exodus 1:16 - When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.

Exodus 1:17 - The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

Exodus 1:22 - Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.

Exodus - Chapter 2

Exodus 2:1 - Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,

Exodus 2:2 - and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.

Exodus 2:3 - But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

Exodus 2:4 - His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

Exodus 2:5 - Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it.

Exodus 2:6 - She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. This is one of the Hebrew babies, she said.

Exodus 2:7 - Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?

Exodus 2:8 - Yes, go, she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother.

Exodus 2:9 - Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you. So the woman took the baby and nursed him.

Exodus 2:10 - When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daugher and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, I drew him out of the water.

Exodus 2:11 - He (Moses) saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.

Exodus 2:12 - Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Exodus 2:15 - When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.

Exodus 2:18 - When the girls returned to Reuel their father...

Exodus 2:21 - Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

Exodus 2:22 - Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, I have become an alien in a foreign land.

Exodus 2:24 - God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

Exodus - Chapter 3

Exodus 3:2 - (Horeb) There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

Exodus 3:5 - Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

Exodus 3:6 - Then he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

Exodus 3:7 - The Lord said, I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

Exodus 3:8 - So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey--the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

Exodus 3:14 - God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you.

Exodus 3:19 - But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.

Exodus 3:20 - So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them.

Exodus 3:21 - And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.

Exodus 3:22 - Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.

Exodus - Chapter 4

Exodus 4:3 - Moses threw it (a staff) on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.

Exodus 4:6 - Then the Lord said, "Put your hand inside you cloak." So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow.

Exodus 4:10 - (Moses speaking) I am slow of speech and tongue.

Exodus 4:13 - But Moses said, O Lord, please send someone else to do it.

Exodus 4:14 - Then the Lord's anger burned against Moses and he said, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite?

Exodus 4:21 - The Lord said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perfom before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given ou the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.

Exodus 4:24 - At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.

Exodus 4:25 - But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.

Exodus 4:26 - So the Lord let him alone.

Exodus - Chapter 5

Exodus 5:1 - Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.

Exodus 5:2 - Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go."

Exodus 5:6-7 - That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people: (7) You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.

Exodus 5:22 - Moses returned to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?

Exodus 5:23 - Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.

Exodus - Chapter 6

Exodus 6:1 - Then the Lord said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh..."

Exodus 6:6 - I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

Exodus 6:7 - I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

Exodus 6:8 - And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.

Exodus 6:12 - But Moses said to the Lord, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?"

Exodus 6:20 - Amram married his father's sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses.

Exodus - Chapter 7

Exodus 7:1 - Then the Lord said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.

Exodus 7:7 - Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Exodus 7:10 - So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.

Exodus 7:11 - Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:

Exodus 7:12 - Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.

Exodus 7:17 - 1. The Plague of Blood: I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.

Exodus - Chapter 8

Exodus 8:2 - 2. The Plague of Frogs: I will plague your whole country with frogs.

Exodus 8:17 - 3. The Plague of Gnats: When Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.

Exodus 8:18 - But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not.

Exodus 8:21 - 4. The Plague of Flies: If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses.

Exodus - Chapter 9

Exodus 9:6 - 5. The Plague on Livestock: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.

Exodus 9:8-9 - 6. The Plague of Boils: Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. (9) It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land."

Exodus 9:19 - 7. The Plague of Hail: Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.

Exodus 9:26 - The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.

Exodus - Chapter 10

Exodus 10:1-2 - Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them (2) that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord."

Exodus 10:4 - 8. The Plague of Locusts: If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. (5) They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields.

Exodus 10:12 - And the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.

Exodus 10:21-22 - 9. The Plague of Darkness: Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt -- darkness that can be felt." (22) So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.

Exodus 10:28-20 - Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die." (29) "Just as you say," Moses replied, "I will never appear before you again."

Exodus - Chapter 11

Exodus 11:4-5 - 10. The Plague on the Firstborn: So Moses said, "This is what the Lord says: "About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. (5) Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.

Exodus 11:6 - There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt -- worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.

Exodus - Chapter 12

Exodus 12:7 - Passover: Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.

Exodus 12:12 - On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn -- both men and animals -- and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. (13) The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Exodus 12:14 - This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord -- a lasting ordinance.

Exodus 12:17 - Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt.

Exodus 12:19 - For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born.

Exodus 12:29 - At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt..

Exodus 12:30 - There was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

Exodus 12:31 - During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.

Exodus 12:37-38 - There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. (38) Many other people went up with them as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.

Exodus 12:40 - Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 Years.

Exodus 12:43 - The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover." No foreigner is to eat of it. (44) Any slave you have bought may eat of it after you have circumcised him, (45) but a temporary resident and a hired worker may not eat of it.

Exodus - Chapter 13

Exodus 13:1 - The Lord said to Moses, (2) "Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal."

Exodus 13:19 - Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.

Exodus 13:21 - By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Exodus - Chapter 14

Exodus 14:4 - And I will harden Pharaoh's heart and he will pursue them.

Exodus 14:11 - They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?

Exodus 14:13 - Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.

Exodus 14:14 - The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:16 - Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

Exodus 14:22 - And the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Exodus 14:28 - The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen -- the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

Exodus - Chapter 15

Exodus 15:26 - He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.

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  • Leviticus means "relating to the Levites."
  • Exodus gave the directions for building the tabernacle, and now Leviticus gives the laws and regulations for worship there including instructions on ceremonial cleanness, oral laws, holy days, the sabbath year and the Year of Jubilee. These laws were given, at least for the most part, during the year that Israel camped at Mount Sinai, when God directed Moses in organizing Israel's worship, government and military forces.
  • The book of Numbers continues the history with preparations for moving on from Sinai to Canaan.
  • The key thought of Leviticus is holiness. In Leviticus spiritual holiness is symbolized by physical perfection. Therefore the book demands perfect animals for its many sacrifices and requires priests without deformity.
  • Leviticus ("Laws of the Levites")/Vayikra ("And God Called")
    Leviticus deals mostly with laws of Israelite sacrificial worship. Related rules include the basis for Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) and issues of purity and impurity. The holiness code, which describes a sanctified communal life, is a highlight of the book.

Leviticus - Chapter 1 - The Burnt Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 2 - The Grain Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 3 - The Fellowship Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 4 - The Sin Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 5 - The Guilt Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 6

Leviticus 6:8 - The Burnt Offering

Leviticus 6:14 - The Grain Offering

Leviticus 6:24 - The Sin Offering

Leviticus - Chapter 7

Leviticus 7:1 - The Guilt Offering

Leviticus 7:11 - The Fellowship Offering

Leviticus 7:22 - Eating Fat and Blood Forbidden

  • Leviticus 7:22 - The Lord said to Moses,

  • Leviticus 7:23 - "Say to the Israelites: 'Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.

  • Leviticus 7:24 - The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it.

  • Leviticus 7:25 - Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which an offering by fire may be made to the Lord must be cut off from his people.

  • Leviticus 7:26 - And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.

  • Leviticus 7:27 - If anyone eats blood, that person must be cut off from his people.'"

Leviticus 7:28 - The Priest's Share

  • Leviticus 7:31 - The priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast belongs to Aaron and his sons.

  • Leviticus 7:32 - You are to give the right thigh of your fellowship offerings to the priest as a contribution.

  • Leviticus 7:33 - The son of Aaron who offers the blood and the fat of the fellowhip offering shall have the right thigh as his share.

Leviticus - Chapter 8 - The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons

Leviticus - Chapter 9 - The Priests Begin Their Ministry

Leviticus - Chapter 10 - The Death of Nadab and Abihu

Leviticus - Chapter 11

Leviticus 11 - Clean and Unclean Food

  • Leviticus 11:3 - You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud.

  • Leviticus 11:4 - The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you.

  • Leviticus 11:6 - The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you.

  • Leviticus 11:7 - And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.

  • Leviticus 11:8 - You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

  • Leviticus 11:9 - Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams, you may eat any that have fins and scales.

  • Leviticus 11:12 - Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

  • Leviticus 11:13 - These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,

  • Leviticus 11:14 - the red kite, any kind of black kite,

  • Leviticus 11:15 - any kind of raven,

  • Leviticus 11:16 - the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,

  • Leviticus 11:17 - the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

  • Leviticus 11:18 - the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,

  • Leviticus 11:19 - the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

  • Leviticus 11:20 - All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detesable to you.

  • Leviticus 11:22 - Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.

  • Leviticus 11:27 - Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you;...

  • Leviticus 11:29 - Of the animals that move about on the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,

  • Leviticus 11:30 - the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.

  • Leviticus 11:41 - Every creature tht moves about on the ground is detestable; it is not to be eaten.

  • Leviticus 11:44 - I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground.

Leviticus - Chapter 12

Leviticus 12 - Purification After Childbirth

  • Leviticus 12:2 - A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.

  • Leviticus 12:3 - On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised.

Leviticus - Chapter 13

Leviticus 13:1 - Regulations About Infectious Skin Diseases

Leviticus 13:47 - Regulations About Mildew

  • Leviticus 13:47 - If any clothing is contaminated with mildew --

  • Leviticus 13:52 - ... the article must be burned up.

Leviticus - Chapter 14

Leviticus 14:1 - Cleansing From Infectious Skin Diseases

Leviticus 14:33 - Cleansing From Mildew

Leviticus - Chapter 15

Leviticus 15 - Discharges Causing Uncleanness

Leviticus - Chapter 16

Leviticus 16 - The Day of Atonement

Leviticus - Chapter 17

Leviticus 17 - Eating Blood Forbidden

  • Leviticus 17:11 - For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.

  • Leviticus 17:12 - Therefore I say to the Israelites, "None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood."

Leviticus - Chapter 18

Leviticus 18 - Unlawful Sexual Relations

  • Leviticus 18:6 - No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations.

  • Leviticus 18:7 - Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother.

  • Leviticus 18:8 - Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

  • Leviticus 18:9 - Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mothers daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

  • Leviticus 18:10 - Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter: that would dishonor you.

  • Leviticus 18:11 - Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

  • Leviticus 18:12 - Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.

  • Leviticus 18:13 - Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.

  • Leviticus 18:14 - Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

  • Leviticus 18:15 - Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.

  • Leviticus 18:16 - Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

  • Leviticus 18:17 - Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

  • Leviticus 18:18 - Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

  • Leviticus 18:19 - Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

  • Leviticus 18:20 - Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.

  • Leviticus 18:21 - Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God.

  • Leviticus 18:22 - Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

  • Leviticus 18:23 - Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

  • Leviticus 18:24 - Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

  • Leviticus 18:25 - Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.

  • Leviticus 18:26 - But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things,

  • Leviticus 18:27 - for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land becamse defiled.

  • Leviticus 18:28 - And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

  • Leviticus 18:29 - Everyone who does any of these detestable things -- such persons must be cut off from their people.

  • Leviticus 18:30 - Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus - Chapter 19

Leviticus 19 - Various Laws

  • Leviticus 19:2 - Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

  • Leviticus 19:3 - Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths.

  • Leviticus 19:4 - Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves.

  • Leviticus 19:9 - When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleaning of your harvest.

  • Leviticus 19:10 - Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien.

  • Leviticus 19:11 - Do not steal, Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.

  • Leviticus 19:12 - Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God.

  • Leviticus 19:13 - Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.

  • Leviticus 19:14 - Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God.

  • Leviticus 19:15 - Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

  • Leviticus 19:16 - Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life.

  • Leviticus 19:17 - Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.

  • Leviticus 19:18 - Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.

  • Leviticus 19:19 - Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

  • Leviticus 19:20 - If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed.

  • Leviticus 19:21 - The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for a guilt offering to the Lord.

  • Leviticus 19:22 - With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the Lord for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.

  • Leviticus 19:23 - When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.

  • Leviticus 19:24 - In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord.

  • Leviticus 19:25 - But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased.

  • Leviticus 19:26 - Do not eat an meat with the blood still in it. Do not practice divination or sorcery.

  • Leviticus 19:27 - Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.

  • Leviticus 19:28 - Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.

  • Leviticus 19:29 - Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.

  • Leviticus 19:30 - Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary.

  • Leviticus 19:31 - Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.

  • Leviticus 19:32 - Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.

  • Leviticus 19:33 - When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him.

  • Leviticus 19:34 - The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt.

  • Leviticus 19:35 - Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.

  • Leviticus 19:36 - Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin.

  • Leviticus 19:37 - Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.

Leviticus - Chapter 20 - Punishments for Sin

  • Leviticus 20:1 - The Lord said to Moses,

  • Leviticus 20:2 - "Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him.'"

  • Leviticus 20:6 -I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.

  • Leviticus 20:9 - If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head.

  • Leviticus 20:10 - If a man commits adultery with another man's wife -- with the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

  • Leviticus 20:11 - If a man sleeps with his father's wife, he has dishonered his father. Both the man and the woman must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

  • Leviticus 20:12 - If a man sleeps with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death.

  • Leviticus 20:13 - If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

  • Leviticus 20:14 - If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you.

  • Leviticus 20:15 - If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.

  • Leviticus 20:16 - If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal.

  • Leviticus 20:17 - If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people.

  • Leviticus 20:18 - If a man lies with a woman during her monthly period and has sexual relations with her, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them must be cut off from their people.

  • Leviticus 20:23 - You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.

  • Leviticus 20:27 - A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.

Leviticus - Chapter 21 - Rules for Priests

  • Leviticus 21:5 - Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.

  • Leviticus 21:7 - They must not marry women defiled by prostituion or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.

  • Leviticus 21:9 - If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.

  • Leviticus 21:11 - He (priest) must not enter a place where there is a dead body.

  • Leviticus 21:13 - The woman he marries must be a virgin.

  • Leviticus 21:18 - No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;

  • Leviticus 21:19 - no man with a crippled foot or hand,

  • Leviticus 21:20 - or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.

  • Leviticus 21:21 - No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offering made to the Lord by fire.

Leviticus - Chapter 22 - Rules for Priests (continued)

  • Leviticus 22:8 - He must not eat anything found dead or torn by wild animals, and so become unclean through it.

  • Leviticus 22:17 - Unacceptable Sacrifices

  • Leviticus 22:18 - If any of you -- either an Israelite or an alien living in Israel -- presents a gift for a burnt offereing to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,

  • Leviticus 22:19 - you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.

  • Leviticus 22:20 - Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

  • Leviticus 22:22 - Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores.

  • Leviticus 22:28 - Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.

Leviticus - Chapter 23 - Appointed Feasts and Sacred Assemblies

  • Leviticus 23:3 - The Sabbath

  • Leviticus 23:3 - There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.

  • Leviticus 23:4 - The Passover and Unleavened Bread

  • Leviticus 23:9 - Firstfruits

  • Leviticus 23:15 - Feast of Weeks

  • Leviticus 23:23 - Feast of Trumpets

  • Leviticus 23:26 - Day of Atonement

  • Leviticus 23:33 - Feast of Tabernacles

Leviticus - Chapter 24

Leviticus 24:1 - Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord

Leviticus 24:10 - A Blasphemer Stoned

  • Leviticus 24:16 - anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him.

  • Leviticus 24:17 - Anyone who takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death.

  • Leviticus 24:18 - Anyone who takes the life of someone's animal must make restitution -- life for life.

  • Leviticus 24:19 - If anyone injures his neighbor, whatever he has done must be done to him.

  • Leviticus 24:20 - fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he has injured the other, so he is to be injured.

  • Leviticus 24:21 - Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a man must be put to death.

Leviticus - Chapter 25 - The Sabbath Year

  • Leviticus 25:4 - But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.

  • Leviticus 25:5 - Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.

  • Leviticus 25:6 - Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you -- for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worked and temporary resident who live among you,

  • Leviticus 25:7 - as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.

Leviticus 25:8 - The Year of Jubilee

  • Leviticus 25:8 - Count off seven sabbaths of years -- seven times seven years -- so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years .

  • Leviticus 25:9 - Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.

  • Leviticus 25:10 - Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants, it shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.

  • Leviticus 25:11 - The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.

  • Leviticus 25:12 - For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.

  • Leviticus 25:13 - In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property.

  • Leviticus 25:14 - If you sell land to one of your countrymen or buy any from him, do not take advantage of each other.

  • Leviticus 25:15 - You are to buy from your countryman on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. And he is to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops.

  • Leviticus 25:16 - When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price, because what he is really selling you is the number of crops.

  • Leviticus 25:20 - You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?"

  • Leviticus 25:21 - I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.

  • Leviticus 25:22 - While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.

  • Leviticus 25:23 - The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.

  • Leviticus 25:24 - Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.

  • Leviticus 25:25 - If one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells some of his property, his nearest relative is to come and redeem what his countryman has sold.

  • Leviticus 25:29 - If a man sells a house in a walled city, he retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale. During that time he may redeem it.

  • Leviticus 25:30 - If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house in the walled city shall belong permanently to the buyer and his descendants. It is not to be returned in the Jubilee.

  • Leviticus 25:31 - But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee.

  • Leviticus 25:35 - If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.

  • Leviticus 25:36 - Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you.

  • Leviticus 25:37 - You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit.

  • Leviticus 25:42 - Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.

  • Leviticus 25:43 - Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.

  • Leviticus 25:44 - Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.

  • Leviticus 25:45 -You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.

Leviticus - Chapter 26 - Reward for Obedience

  • Leviticus 26:3 - If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,

  • Leviticus 26:4 - I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.

  • Leviticus 26:5 - Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

  • Leviticus 26:6 - I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.

  • Leviticus 26:7 - You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.

  • Leviticus 26:8 - Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

  • Leviticus 26:12 - I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

  • Leviticus 26:13 - I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Leviticus 26:14 - Punishment for Disobedience

  • Leviticus 26:14 - But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,

  • Leviticus 26:15 - and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,

  • Leviticus 26:16 - then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life, you will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.

  • Leviticus 26:17 - I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies, those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.

  • Leviticus 26:18 - If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over. (7x)

  • Leviticus 26:19 - I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

  • Leviticus 26:20 - Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.

  • Leviticus 26:21 - If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. (7x7=49)

  • Leviticus 26:22 - I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of yor children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.

  • Leviticus 26:23 - If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me,

  • Leviticus 26:24 - I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over. (7x7x7=343)

  • Leviticus 26:25 - And I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands.

  • Leviticus 26:26 - When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

  • Leviticus 26:27 - If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me,

  • Leviticus 26:28 - then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. (7x7x7x7=2401)

  • Leviticus 26:29 - You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.

  • Leviticus 26:31 - I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.

  • Leviticus 26:32 - I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appaled.

  • Leviticus 26:33 - I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.

  • Leviticus 26:34 - Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

  • Leviticus 26:35 - All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.

  • Leviticus 26:39 - Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sins they will waste away.

  • Leviticus 26:40 - But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers -- their treachery against me and their hostility toward me,

  • Leviticus 26:41 - which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies -- then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin,

  • Leviticus 26:42 - I will remember my covenant with Jocob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

  • Leviticus 26:43 - For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees.

  • Leviticus 26:44 - Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them, I am the Lord their God.

  • Leviticus 26:46 - These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the Lord established on Mount Sinai between himself and the Israelites through Moses.

Leviticus - Chapter 27 - Redeeming What Is The Lord's

  • Leviticus 27:1 - The Lord said to Moses,

  • Leviticus 27:2 - Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate persons to the Lord by giving equivalent values,

Age Gender Value in Silver Shekels Ranking
One Month -> 5 Years Male 5 7/8
One Month -> 5 Years Female 3 8/8
5 - 20 Male 20 3/8
5 - 20 Female 10 5/8 - Tie
20 - 60 Male 50 1/8
20 - 60 Female 30 2/8
60+ Male 15 4/8
60+ Female 10 5/8 - Tie

  • Leviticus 27:3 - set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel,

  • Leviticus 27:4 - and if it is a female, set her value at thirty shekels.

  • Leviticus 27:5 - If it is a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels and of a female at ten shekels.

  • Leviticus 27:6 - If it is a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels of silver and that of a female at three shekels of silver.

  • Leviticus 27:7 - If it is a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels and of a female at ten shekels.

  • Leviticus 27:8 - If anyone making the vow is too poor to pay the specified amount, he is to present the person to the priest, who will set the value for him according to what the man making the vow can afford.

  • Leviticus 27:26 - No one, however, may dedicate the firstborn of an animal, since the firstborn already belongs to the Lord; whether an ox or a sheep, it is the Lord's.

  • Leviticus 27:29 - No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; he must be put to death.

  • Leviticus 27:30 - A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

Leviticus 27 - Last Chapter

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Numbers ("The Census")/Bamidbar ("In the Wilderness")
Numbers begins with a census of the Israelites and the tribe of Levi. A group of Israelites spy out the land of Canaan; their discouraging report sends them back into the desert for an additional 38 years, during which the Israelites continue to behave badly, rebelling against the authority of Moses and his brother Aaron, and having illicit relations with Moabite women.

Numbers - Chapter 1

Numbers 36 - Last Chapter

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Deuteronomy ("Second Law")/Devarim ("Words")
Deuteronomy is Moses' final message to the people of Israel before they cross over the Jordan River into Israel. Moses reminds the people of how God has redeemed the people from Egypt and of the details of the covenant between Israel and God. In stark language, Moses describes the rewards for observance of the laws of the covenant and the punishment for disobedience. Finally, Moses passes along his authority to Joshua who will lead the people into the land.

Deuteronomy - Chapter 6

Deuteronomy 6:7 - Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy - Chapter 10

Deuteronomy 10:12 - And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 34 - Last Chapter

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Joshua - Chapter 7

Joshua 7 - Achan's Sin

Joshua 7:11 - he took some of the devoted things and hid them.

Joshua 7:12 - That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They have been liable to destruction.

Joshua 7:15 - He who is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him.

Joshua 7:20 - Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done:

Joshua 7:21 - When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.

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Judge Year Opponent Captivity/Peace Scripture
1 Othniel 1367-1327 Cushan-Rishathaim
king of Aram
8/40 Judges 3:7-11
2 Ehud 1309-1229 Eglon king of Moab 18/80 Judges 3:12-30
3 Shamgar / Judges 3:31
4 Deborah 1209-1169 Jabin king of Canaan 20/40 Judges 4 & 5
5 Gideon 1162-1122 Midianites 7/40 Judges 6-8
6 Tola Judges 10:1-2
7 Jair Ammon Judges 10:3-5
8 Jephthah Judges 10:6-12:7
9 Ibzan Judges 12:8-10
10 Elon Judges 12:11-12
11 Abdon Judges 12:13-15
12 Sampson Judges 13-16

Judges - Chapter 1

Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

Judges 1:1 - After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, "Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?"

Judges 1:2 - The Lord answered, "Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands."

Judges 1:3 - The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, "Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours." So the Simeonites went with them.

Judges 1:4 - When Judah attacked, the Lord gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.

Judges 1:5 - It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.

Judges 1:6 - Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Judges 1:7 - Then Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them." They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

Judges 1:8 - The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.

Judges 1:9 - After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills.

Judges 1:10 - They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.

Judges 1:11 - From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).

Judges 1:12 - And Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher."

Judges 1:13 - Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

Judges 1:14 - One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?"

Judges 1:15 - She replied, "Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water." So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

Judges 1:16 - The descendants of Moses' father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.

Judges 1:17 - Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.

Judges 1:18 - Judah also took Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron - each city with its territory.

Judges 1:19 - The Lord was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.

Judges 1:20 - As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak.

Judges 1:21 - The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.

Judges 1:22 - Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with them.

Judges 1:23 - When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),

Judges 1:24 - the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, "Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well."

Judges 1:25 - So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family.

Judges 1:26 - He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.

Judges 1:27 - But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.

Judges 1:28 - When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.

Judges 1:29 - Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them.

Judges 1:30 - Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor.

Judges 1:31 - Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob.

Judges 1:32 - The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out.

Judges 1:33 - Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them.

Judges 1:34 - The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain.

Judges 1:35 - And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor.

Judges 1:36 - The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.

Judges - Chapter 2

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

Judges 2:1 - The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you,

Judges 2:2 - and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.' Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this?

Judges 2:3 - And I have also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.'"

Judges 2:4 - When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,

Judges 2:5 - and they called that place Bokim. There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

Disobedience and Defeat

Judges 2:6 - After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance.

Judges 2:7 - The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

Judges 2:8 - Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten.

Judges 2:9 - And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Judges 2:10 - After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.

Judges 2:11 - Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.

Judges 2:12 - They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord's anger

Judges 2:13 - because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Judges 2:14 - In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.

Judges 2:15 - Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.

Judges 2:16 - Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.

Judges 2:17 - Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord's commands.

Judges 2:18 - Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them.

Judges 2:19 - But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

Judges 2:20 - Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me,

Judges 2:21 - I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.

Judges 2:22 - I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did."

Judges 2:23 - The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.

Judges - Chapter 3

Judges 3:1 - These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan

Judges 3:2 - (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):

Judges 3:3 - the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath.

Judges 3:4 - They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord's commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses.

Judges 3:5 - The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

Judges 3:6 - They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.


Judges 3:7 - The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.

Judges 3:8 - The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.

Judges 3:9 - But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them.

Judges 3:10 - The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel's judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.

Judges 3:11 - So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.


Judges 3:12 - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.

Judges 3:13 - Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.

Judges 3:14 - The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.

Judges 3:15 - Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer - Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.

Judges 3:16 - Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.

Judges 3:17 - He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.

Judges 3:18 - After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it.

Judges 3:19 - But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, "Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you." The king said to his attendants, "Leave us!" And they all left.

Judges 3:20 - Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose from his seat,

Judges 3:21 - Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly.

Judges 3:22 - Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.

Judges 3:23 - Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

Judges 3:24 - After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, "He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace."

Judges 3:25 - They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.

Judges 3:26 - While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah.

Judges 3:27 - When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.

Judges 3:28 - "Follow me," he ordered, "for the Lord has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands." So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.

Judges 3:29 - At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped.

Judges 3:30 - That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.


Judges 3:31 - After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

Judges - Chapter 4


Judges 4:1 - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead.

Judges 4:2 - So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim.

Judges 4:3 - Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

Judges 4:4 - Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.

Judges 4:5 - She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.

Judges 4:6 - She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor.

Judges 4:7 - - I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.'"

Judges 4:8 - - Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go."

Judges 4:9 - "Certainly I will go with you," said Deborah. "But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.

Judges 4:10 - There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.

Judges 4:11 - Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses' brother-in-law, and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.

Judges 4:12 - When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,

Judges 4:13 - Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.

Judges 4:14 - Then Deborah said to Barak, "Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?" So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him.

Judges 4:15 - At Barak's advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

Judges 4:16 - Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera's troops fell by the sword; not a man was left.

Judges 4:17 - Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite.

Judges 4:18 - Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, "Come, my lord, come right in. Don't be afraid." So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

Judges 4:19 - "I'm thirsty," he said. "Please give me some water." She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.

Judges 4:20 - "Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "If someone comes by and asks you, 'Is anyone in there?' say 'No.'"

Judges 4:21 - But Jael, Heber's wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

Judges 4:22 - Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. "Come," she said, "I will show you the man you're looking for." So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple - dead.

Judges 4:23 - On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.

Judges 4:24 - And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.

Judges - Chapter 5

The Song of Deborah

Judges 5:1 - On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

Judges 5:2 - "When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves - praise the Lord!

Judges 5:3 - "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.

Judges 5:4 - "When you, Lord, went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water.

Judges 5:5 - The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.

Judges 5:6 - "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.

Judges 5:7 - Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.

Judges 5:8 - God chose new leaders when war came to the city gates, but not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.

Judges 5:9 - My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the Lord!

Judges 5:10 - "You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider

Judges 5:11 - the voice of the singers at the watering places. They recite the victories of the Lord, the victories of his villagers in Israel. "Then the people of the Lord went down to the city gates.

Judges 5:12 - 'Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, Barak! Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.'

Judges 5:13 - "The remnant of the nobles came down; the people of the Lord came down to me against the mighty.

Judges 5:14 - Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander's staff.

Judges 5:15 - The princes of Issachar were with Deborah; yes, Issachar was with Barak, sent under his command into the valley. In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.

Judges 5:16 - Why did you stay among the sheep pens to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.

Judges 5:17 - Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher remained on the coast and stayed in his coves.

Judges 5:18 - The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.

Judges 5:19 - "Kings came, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, they took no plunder of silver.

Judges 5:20 - From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.

Judges 5:21 - The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong!

Judges 5:22 - Then thundered the horses' hooves - galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.

Judges 5:23 - 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the Lord. 'Curse its people bitterly, because they did not come to help the Lord, to help the Lord against the mighty.'

Judges 5:24 - "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.

Judges 5:25 - He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.

Judges 5:26 - Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman's hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.

Judges 5:27 - At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell - dead.

Judges 5:28 - "Through the window peered Sisera's mother; behind the lattice she cried out, 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?'

Judges 5:29 - The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,

Judges 5:30 - 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman or two for each man, colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, colorful garments embroidered, highly embroidered garments for my neck - all this as plunder?'

Judges 5:31 - "So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Then the land had peace forty years.

Judges - Chapter 6


Judges 6:1 - The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.

Judges 6:2 - Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds.

Judges 6:3 - Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.

Judges 6:4 - They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.

Judges 6:5 - They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it.

Judges 6:6 - Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.

Judges 6:7 - When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian,

Judges 6:8 - he sent them a prophet, who said, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Judges 6:9 - I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land.

Judges 6:10 - I said to you, 'I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.' But you have not listened to me."

Judges 6:11 - The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.

Judges 6:12 - When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior."

Judges 6:13 - "Pardon me, my lord," Gideon replied, "but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, 'Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian."

Judges 6:14 - The Lord turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"

Judges 6:15 - "Pardon me, my lord," Gideon replied, "but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."

Judges 6:16 - The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive."

Judges 6:17 - Gideon replied, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me

Judges 6:18 - Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you." And the Lord said, "I will wait until you return."

Judges 6:19 - Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.

Judges 6:20 - The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth." And Gideon did so.

Judges 6:21 - Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.

Judges 6:22 - When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, "Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!"

Judges 6:23 - But the Lord said to him, "Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die."

Judges 6:24 - So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Judges 6:25 - That same night the Lord said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

Judges 6:26 - Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering."

Judges 6:27 - So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.

Judges 6:28 - In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal's altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!

Judges 6:29 - They asked each other, "Who did this?" When they carefully investigated, they were told, "Gideon son of Joash did it."

Judges 6:30 - The people of the town demanded of Joash, "Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal's altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it."

Judges 6:31 - But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, "Are you going to plead Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar."

Judges 6:32 - So because Gideon broke down Baal's altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal that day, saying, "Let Baal contend with him."

Judges 6:33 - Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel.

Judges 6:34 - Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.

Judges 6:35 - He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them.

Judges 6:36 - Gideon said to God, "If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised -

Judges 6:37 - look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said."

Judges 6:38 - And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew - a bowlful of water.

Judges 6:39 - Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew." 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

Judges - Chapter 7

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

Judges 7:1 - Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.

Judges 7:2 - The Lord said to Gideon, "You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, 'My own strength has saved me.'

Judges 7:3 - Now announce to the army, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.'" So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

Judges 7:4 - But the Lord said to Gideon, "There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go; but if I say, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go."

Judges 7:5 - So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, "Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink."

Judges 7:6 - Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

Judges 7:7 - The Lord said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home."

Judges 7:8 - So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others. Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley.

Judges 7:9 - During that night the Lord said to Gideon, "Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.

Judges 7:10 - If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah

Judges 7:11 - and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp." So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.

Judges 7:12 - The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.

Judges 7:13 - Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. "I had a dream," he was saying. "A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed."

Judges 7:14 - His friend responded, "This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands."

Judges 7:15 - When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands."

Judges 7:16 - Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.

Judges 7:17 - "Watch me," he told them. "Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.

Judges 7:18 - When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, 'For the Lord and for Gideon.'"

Judges 7:19 - Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands.

Judges 7:20 - The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!"

Judges 7:21 - While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

Judges 7:22 - When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.

Judges 7:23 - Israelites from Naphtali, Asher and all Manasseh were called out, and they pursued the Midianites.

Judges 7:24 - Gideon sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, "Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters of the Jordan ahead of them as far as Beth Barah." So all the men of Ephraim were called out and they seized the waters of the Jordan as far as Beth Barah.

Judges 7:25 - They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the Midianites and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.

Judges - Chapter 8

Zebah and Zalmunna

Judges 8:1 - Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, "Why have you treated us like this? Why didn't you call us when you went to fight Midian?" And they challenged him vigorously.

Judges 8:2 - But he answered them, "What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren't the gleanings of Ephraim's grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer?

Judges 8:3 - God gave Oreb and Zeeb, the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?" At this, their resentment against him subsided.

Judges 8:4 - Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.

Judges 8:5 - He said to the men of Sukkoth, "Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian."

Judges 8:6 - But the officials of Sukkoth said, "Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your troops?"

Judges 8:7 - Then Gideon replied, "Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers."

Judges 8:8 - From there he went up to Peniel and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had.

Judges 8:9 - So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."

Judges 8:10 - Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen.

Judges 8:11 - Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the unsuspecting army.

Judges 8:12 - Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.

Judges 8:13 - Gideon son of Joash then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.

Judges 8:14 - He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth, the elders of the town.

Judges 8:15 - Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, 'Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?'"

Judges 8:16 - He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.

Judges 8:17 - He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.

Judges 8:18 - Then he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?" "Men like you," they answered, "each one with the bearing of a prince."

Judges 8:19 - Gideon replied, "Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the Lord lives, if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you."

Judges 8:20 - Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, "Kill them!" But Jether did not draw his sword, because he was only a boy and was afraid.

Judges 8:21 - Zebah and Zalmunna said, "Come, do it yourself. 'As is the man, so is his strength.'" So Gideon stepped forward and killed them, and took the ornaments off their camels' necks.

Gideon's Ephod

Judges 8:22 - The Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over us - you, your son and your grandson - because you have saved us from the hand of Midian."

Judges 8:23 - But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you."

Judges 8:24 - And he said, "I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder." (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites to wear gold earrings.)

Judges 8:25 - They answered, "We'll be glad to give them." So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it.

Judges 8:26 - The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels' necks.

Judges 8:27 - Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.

Gideon's Death

Judges 8:28 - Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon's lifetime, the land had peace forty years.

Judges 8:29 - Jerub-Baal son of Joash went back home to live.

Judges 8:30 - He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.

Judges 8:31 - His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.

Judges 8:32 - Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Judges 8:33 - No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god

Judges 8:34 - and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.

Judges 8:35 - They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.

Judges - Chapter 9


Judges 9:1 - Abimelek son of Jerub-Baal went to his mother's brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother's clan,

Judges 9:2 - "Ask all the citizens of Shechem, 'Which is better for you: to have all seventy of Jerub-Baal's sons rule over you, or just one man?' Remember, I am your flesh and blood."

Judges 9:3 - When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelek, for they said, "He is related to us."

Judges 9:4 - They gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelek used it to hire reckless scoundrels, who became his followers.

Judges 9:5 - He (Abimelek) went to his father's home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding.

Judges 9:6 - Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king.

Judges 9:7 - When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, "Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.

Judges 9:8 - One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, 'Be our king.'

Judges 9:9 - "But the olive tree answered, 'Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the trees?'

Judges 9:10 - "Next, the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and be our king.'

Judges 9:11 - "But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'

Judges 9:12 - "Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'

Judges 9:13 - "But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?'

Judges 9:14 - "Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and be our king.'

Judges 9:15 - "The thornbush said to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!'

Judges 9:16 - "Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves?

Judges 9:17 - Remember that my father fought for you and risked his life to rescue you from the hand of Midian.

Judges 9:18 - But today you have revolted against my father's family. You have murdered his seventy sons on a single stone and have made Abimelek, the son of his female slave, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is related to you.

Judges 9:19 - So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his, too!

Judges 9:20 - But if you have not, let fire come out from Abimelek and consume you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and let fire come out from you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelek!"

Judges 9:21 - Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek.

Judges 9:22 - After Abimelek had governed Israel three years,

Judges 9:23 - God stirred up animosity between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek.

Judges 9:24 - God did this in order that the crime against Jerub-Baal's seventy sons, the shedding of their blood, might be avenged on their brother Abimelek and on the citizens of Shechem, who had helped him murder his brothers.

Judges 9:25 - In opposition to him these citizens of Shechem set men on the hilltops to ambush and rob everyone who passed by, and this was reported to Abimelek.

Judges 9:26 - Now Gaal son of Ebed moved with his clan into Shechem, and its citizens put their confidence in him.

Judges 9:27 - After they had gone out into the fields and gathered the grapes and trodden them, they held a festival in the temple of their god. While they were eating and drinking, they cursed Abimelek.

Judges 9:28 - Then Gaal son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelek, and why should we Shechemites be subject to him? Isn't he Jerub-Baal's son, and isn't Zebul his deputy? Serve the family of Hamor, Shechem's father! Why should we serve Abimelek?

Judges 9:29 - If only this people were under my command! Then I would get rid of him. I would say to Abimelek, 'Call out your whole army!'"

Judges 9:30 - When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry.

Judges 9:31 - Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelek, saying, "Gaal son of Ebed and his clan have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you.

Judges 9:32 - Now then, during the night you and your men should come and lie in wait in the fields.

Judges 9:33 - In the morning at sunrise, advance against the city. When Gaal and his men come out against you, seize the opportunity to attack them."

Judges 9:34 - So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies.

Judges 9:35 - Now Gaal son of Ebed had gone out and was standing at the entrance of the city gate just as Abimelek and his troops came out from their hiding place.

Judges 9:36 - When Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, "Look, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains!" Zebul replied, "You mistake the shadows of the mountains for men."

Judges 9:37 - But Gaal spoke up again: "Look, people are coming down from the central hill, and a company is coming from the direction of the diviners' tree."

Judges 9:38 - Then Zebul said to him, "Where is your big talk now, you who said, 'Who is Abimelek that we should be subject to him?' Aren't these the men you ridiculed? Go out and fight them!"

Judges 9:39 - So Gaal led out the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek.

Judges 9:40 - Abimelek chased him all the way to the entrance of the gate, and many were killed as they fled.

Judges 9:41 - Then Abimelek stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his clan out of Shechem.

Judges 9:42 - The next day the people of Shechem went out to the fields, and this was reported to Abimelek.

Judges 9:43 - So he took his men, divided them into three companies and set an ambush in the fields. When he saw the people coming out of the city, he rose to attack them.

Judges 9:44 - Abimelek and the companies with him rushed forward to a position at the entrance of the city gate. Then two companies attacked those in the fields and struck them down.

Judges 9:45 - All that day Abimelek pressed his attack against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he destroyed the city and scattered salt over it.

Judges 9:46 - On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith.

Judges 9:47 - When Abimelek heard that they had assembled there,

Judges 9:48 - he and all his men went up Mount Zalmon. He took an ax and cut off some branches, which he lifted to his shoulders. He ordered the men with him, "Quick! Do what you have seen me do!"

Judges 9:49 - So all the men cut branches and followed Abimelek. They piled them against the stronghold and set it on fire with the people still inside. So all the people in the tower of Shechem, about a thousand men and women, also died.

Judges 9:50 - Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it.

Judges 9:51 - Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women - all the people of the city - had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof.

Judges 9:52 - Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire,

Judges 9:53 - a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.

Judges 9:54 - Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can't say, 'A woman killed him.'" So his servant ran him through, and he died.

Judges 9:55 - When the Israelites saw that Abimelek was dead, they went home.

Judges 9:56 - Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers.

Judges 9:57 - God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness. The curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal came on them.

Judges - Chapter 10


Judges 10:1 - After the time of Abimelek, a man of Issachar named Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim.

Judges 10:2 - He led Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.


Judges 10:3 - He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years.

Judges 10:4 - He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.

Judges 10:5 - When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.


Judges 10:6 - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him,

Judges 10:7 - he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites,

Judges 10:8 - who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites.

Judges 10:9 - The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim; Israel was in great distress.

Judges 10:10 - Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, "We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals."

Judges 10:11 - The Lord replied, "When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines,

Judges 10:12 - the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands?

Judges 10:13 - But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you.

Judges 10:14 - Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!"

Judges 10:15 - But the Israelites said to the Lord, "We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now."

Judges 10:16 - Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel's misery no longer.

Judges 10:17 - When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.

Judges 10:18 - The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, "Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head over all who live in Gilead."

Judges - Chapter 11

Judges 11:1 - Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute.

Judges 11:2 - Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. "You are not going to get any inheritance in our family," they said, "because you are the son of another woman."

Judges 11:3 - So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.

Judges 11:4 - Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel,

Judges 11:5 - the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.

Judges 11:6 - "Come," they said, "be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites."

Judges 11:7 - Jephthah said to them, "Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house? Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?"

Judges 11:8 - The elders of Gilead said to him, "Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head over all of us who live in Gilead."

Judges 11:9 - Jephthah answered, "Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives them to me - will I really be your head?"

Judges 11:10 - The elders of Gilead replied, "The Lord is our witness; we will certainly do as you say."

Judges 11:11 - So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.

Judges 11:12 - Then Jephthah sent messengers to the Ammonite king with the question: "What do you have against me that you have attacked my country?"

Judges 11:13 - The king of the Ammonites answered Jephthah's messengers, "When Israel came up out of Egypt, they took away my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, all the way to the Jordan. Now give it back peaceably."

Judges 11:14 - Jephthah sent back messengers to the Ammonite king,

Judges 11:15 - saying: "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.

Judges 11:16 - But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and on to Kadesh.

Judges 11:17 - Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Give us permission to go through your country,' but the king of Edom would not listen. They sent also to the king of Moab, and he refused. So Israel stayed at Kadesh.

Judges 11:18 - "Next they traveled through the wilderness, skirted the lands of Edom and Moab, passed along the eastern side of the country of Moab, and camped on the other side of the Arnon. They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was its border.

Judges 11:19 - "Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and said to him, 'Let us pass through your country to our own place.'

Judges 11:20 - Sihon, however, did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. He mustered all his troops and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel.

Judges 11:21 - "Then the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and his whole army into Israel's hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country,

Judges 11:22 - capturing all of it from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan.

Judges 11:23 - "Now since the Lord, the God of Israel, has driven the Amorites out before his people Israel, what right have you to take it over?

Judges 11:24 - Will you not take what your god Chemosh gives you? Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us, we will possess.

Judges 11:25 - Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them?

Judges 11:26 - For three hundred years Israel occupied Heshbon, Aroer, the surrounding settlements and all the towns along the Arnon. Why didn't you retake them during that time?

Judges 11:27 - I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the Lord, the Judge, decide the dispute this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites."

Judges 11:28 - The king of Ammon, however, paid no attention to the message Jephthah sent him.

Judges 11:29 - Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.

Judges 11:30 - And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: "If you give the Ammonites into my hands,

Judges 11:31 - whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering."

Judges 11:32 - Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands.

Judges 11:33 - He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.

Judges 11:34 - When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.

Judges 11:35 - When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, "Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break."

Judges 11:36 - "My father," she replied, "you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.

Judges 11:37 - But grant me this one request," she said. "Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry."

Judges 11:38 - "You may go," he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry.

Judges 11:39 - After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin. From this comes the Israelite tradition 40 that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

Judges - Chapter 12

Jephthah and Ephraim

Judges 12:1 - The Ephraimite forces were called out, and they crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, "Why did you go to fight the Ammonites without calling us to go with you? We're going to burn down your house over your head."

Judges 12:2 - Jephthah answered, "I and my people were engaged in a great struggle with the Ammonites, and although I called, you didn't save me out of their hands.

Judges 12:3 - When I saw that you wouldn't help, I took my life in my hands and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave me the victory over them. Now why have you come up today to fight me?"

Judges 12:4 - Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. The Gileadites struck them down because the Ephraimites had said, "You Gileadites are renegades from Ephraim and Manasseh."

Judges 12:5 - The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he replied, "No,"

Judges 12:6 - they said, "All right, say 'Shibboleth.'" If he said, "Sibboleth," because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.

Judges 12:7 - Jephthah led Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in a town in Gilead. Ibzan, Elon and Abdon

Judges 12:8 - After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem led Israel.

Judges 12:9 - He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in thirty young women as wives from outside his clan. Ibzan led Israel seven years.

Judges 12:10 - Then Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem.

Judges 12:11 - After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years.

Judges 12:12 - Then Elon died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

Judges 12:13 - After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel.

Judges 12:14 - He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years.

Judges 12:15 - Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges - Chapter 13

The Birth of Samson

Judges 13:1 - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

Judges 13:2 - A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth.

Judges 13:3 - The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, "You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.

Judges 13:4 - Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean.

Judges 13:5 - You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines."

Judges 13:6 - Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name.

Judges 13:7 - But he said to me, 'You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.'"

Judges 13:8 - Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: "Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born."

Judges 13:9 - God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.

Judges 13:10 - The woman hurried to tell her husband, "He's here! The man who appeared to me the other day!"

Judges 13:11 - Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, "Are you the man who talked to my wife?" "I am," he said.

Judges 13:12 - So Manoah asked him, "When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy's life and work?"

Judges 13:13 - The angel of the Lord answered, "Your wife must do all that I have told her.

Judges 13:14 - She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her."

Judges 13:15 - Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, "We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goat for you."

Judges 13:16 - The angel of the Lord replied, "Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the Lord." (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the Lord.)

Judges 13:17 - Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the Lord, "What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?"

Judges 13:18 - He replied, "Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding."

Judges 13:19 - Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched:

Judges 13:20 - As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground.

Judges 13:21 - When the angel of the Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the Lord.

Judges 13:22 - "We are doomed to die!" he said to his wife. "We have seen God!"

Judges 13:23 - But his wife answered, "If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this."

Judges 13:24 - The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him,

Judges 13:25 - and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges - Chapter 14

Samson's Marriage

Judges 14:1 - Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman.

Judges 14:2 - When he returned, he said to his father and mother, "I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife."

Judges 14:3 - His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me."

Judges 14:4 - (His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)

Judges 14:5 - Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.

Judges 14:6 - The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.

Judges 14:7 - Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.

Judges 14:8 - Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion's carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey.

Judges 14:9 - He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion's carcass.

Judges 14:10 - Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men.

Judges 14:11 - When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.

Judges 14:12 - "Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.

Judges 14:13 - If you can't tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes." "Tell us your riddle," they said. "Let's hear it."

Judges 14:14 - He replied, "Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet." For three days they could not give the answer.

Judges 14:15 - On the fourth day, they said to Samson's wife, "Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father's household to death. Did you invite us here to steal our property?"

Judges 14:16 - Then Samson's wife threw herself on him, sobbing, "You hate me! You don't really love me. You've given my people a riddle, but you haven't told me the answer." "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother," he replied, "so why should I explain it to you?"

Judges 14:17 - She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.

Judges 14:18 - Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" Samson said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle."

Judges 14:19 - Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father's home.

Judges 14:20 - And Samson's wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.

Judges - Chapter 15

Samson's Vengeance on the Philistines

Judges 15:1 - Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room." But her father would not let him go in.

Judges 15:2 - "I was so sure you hated her," he said, "that I gave her to your companion. Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead."

Judges 15:3 - Samson said to them, "This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them."

Judges 15:4 - So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,

Judges 15:5 - lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.

Judges 15:6 - When the Philistines asked, "Who did this?" they were told, "Samson, the Timnite's son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion." So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.

Judges 15:7 - Samson said to them, "Since you've acted like this, I swear that I won't stop until I get my revenge on you."

Judges 15:8 - He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.

Judges 15:9 - The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.

Judges 15:10 - The people of Judah asked, "Why have you come to fight us?" "We have come to take Samson prisoner," they answered, "to do to him as he did to us."

Judges 15:11 - Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, "Don't you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?" He answered, "I merely did to them what they did to me."

Judges 15:12 - They said to him, "We've come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines." Samson said, "Swear to me that you won't kill me yourselves."

Judges 15:13 - "Agreed," they answered. "We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you." So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.

Judges 15:14 - As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.

Judges 15:15 - Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

Judges 15:16 - Then Samson said, "With a donkey's jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey's jawbone I have killed a thousand men."

Judges 15:17 - When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.

Judges 15:18 - Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, "You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"

Judges 15:19 - Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.

Judges 15:20 - Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Judges - Chapter 16

Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:1 - One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.

Judges 16:2 - The people of Gaza were told, "Samson is here!" So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, "At dawn we'll kill him."

Judges 16:3 - But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

Judges 16:4 - Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.

Judges 16:5 - The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, "See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver."

Judges 16:6 - So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."

Judges 16:7 - Samson answered her, "If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I'll become as weak as any other man."

Judges 16:8 - Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them.

Judges 16:9 - With men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

Judges 16:10 - Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied."

Judges 16:11 - He said, "If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I'll become as weak as any other man."

Judges 16:12 - So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.

Judges 16:13 - Delilah then said to Samson, "All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied." He replied, "If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I'll become as weak as any other man." So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric

Judges 16:14 - and tightened it with the pin. Again she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.

Judges 16:15 - Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength."

Judges 16:16 - With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Judges 16:17 - So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother's womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man."

Judges 16:18 - When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, "Come back once more; he has told me everything." So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands.

Judges 16:19 - After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

Judges 16:20 - Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Judges 16:21 - Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.

Judges 16:22 - But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

The Death of Samson

Judges 16:23 - Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, "Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands."

Judges 16:24 - When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, "Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain."

Judges 16:25 - While they were in high spirits, they shouted, "Bring out Samson to entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars,

Judges 16:26 - Samson said to the servant who held his hand, "Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them."

Judges 16:27 - Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.

Judges 16:28 - Then Samson prayed to the Lord, "Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes."

Judges 16:29 - Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,

Judges 16:30 - Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

Judges 16:31 - Then his brothers and his father's whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led Israel twenty years.

Judges - Chapter 17

Micah's Idols

Judges 17:1 - Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim

Judges 17:2 - said to his mother, "The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse - I have that silver with me; I took it." Then his mother said, "The Lord bless you, my son!"

Judges 17:3 - When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, "I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you."

Judges 17:4 - So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah's house.

Judges 17:5 - Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest.

Judges 17:6 - In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

Judges 17:7 - A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah,

Judges 17:8 - left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way he came to Micah's house in the hill country of Ephraim.

Judges 17:9 - Micah asked him, "Where are you from?" "I'm a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah," he said, "and I'm looking for a place to stay."

Judges 17:10 - Then Micah said to him, "Live with me and be my father and priest, and I'll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food."

Judges 17:11 - So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him.

Judges 17:12 - Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house.

Judges 17:13 - And Micah said, "Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest."

Judges - Chapter 18

The Danites Settle in Laish

Judges 18:1 - In those days Israel had no king. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

Judges 18:2 - So the Danites sent five of their leading men from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out the land and explore it. These men represented all the Danites. They told them, "Go, explore the land." So they entered the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah, where they spent the night.

Judges 18:3 - When they were near Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they turned in there and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? Why are you here?"

Judges 18:4 - He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest."

Judges 18:5 - Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful."

Judges 18:6 - The priest answered them, "Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord's approval."

Judges 18:7 - So the five men left and came to Laish, where they saw that the people were living in safety, like the Sidonians, at peace and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous. Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonians and had no relationship with anyone else.

Judges 18:8 - When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their fellow Danites asked them, "How did you find things?"

Judges 18:9 - They answered, "Come on, let's attack them! We have seen the land, and it is very good. Aren't you going to do something? Don't hesitate to go there and take it over.

Judges 18:10 - When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever."

Judges 18:11 - Then six hundred men of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 18:12 - On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan to this day.

Judges 18:13 - From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah's house.

Judges 18:14 - Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their fellow Danites, "Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, some household gods and an image overlaid with silver? Now you know what to do."

Judges 18:15 - So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him.

Judges 18:16 - The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate.

Judges 18:17 - The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance of the gate.

Judges 18:18 - When the five men went into Micah's house and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"

Judges 18:19 - They answered him, "Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?"

Judges 18:20 - The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people.

Judges 18:21 - Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.

Judges 18:22 - When they had gone some distance from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.

Judges 18:23 - As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, "What's the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?"

Judges 18:24 - He replied, "You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, 'What's the matter with you?'"

Judges 18:25 - The Danites answered, "Don't argue with us, or some of the men may get angry and attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives."

Judges 18:26 - So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.

Judges 18:27 - Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city.

Judges 18:28 - There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.

Judges 18:29 - They named it Dan after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel - though the city used to be called Laish.

Judges 18:30 - There the Danites set up for themselves the idol, and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land.

Judges 18:31 - They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.

Judges - Chapter 19

A Levite and His Concubine

Judges 19:1 - In those days Israel had no king. Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.

Judges 19:2 - But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her parents' home in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months,

Judges 19:3 - her husband went to her to persuade her to return. He had with him his servant and two donkeys. She took him into her parents' home, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him.

Judges 19:4 - His father-in-law, the woman's father, prevailed on him to stay; so he remained with him three days, eating and drinking, and sleeping there.

Judges 19:5 - On the fourth day they got up early and he prepared to leave, but the woman's father said to his son-in-law, "Refresh yourself with something to eat; then you can go."

Judges 19:6 - So the two of them sat down to eat and drink together. Afterward the woman's father said, "Please stay tonight and enjoy yourself."

Judges 19:7 - And when the man got up to go, his father-in-law persuaded him, so he stayed there that night.

Judges 19:8 - On the morning of the fifth day, when he rose to go, the woman's father said, "Refresh yourself. Wait till afternoon!" So the two of them ate together.

Judges 19:9 - Then when the man, with his concubine and his servant, got up to leave, his father-in-law, the woman's father, said, "Now look, it's almost evening. Spend the night here; the day is nearly over. Stay and enjoy yourself. Early tomorrow morning you can get up and be on your way home."

Judges 19:10 - But, unwilling to stay another night, the man left and went toward Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), with his two saddled donkeys and his concubine.

Judges 19:11 - When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, "Come, let's stop at this city of the Jebusites and spend the night."

Judges 19:12 - His master replied, "No. We won't go into any city whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah."

Judges 19:13 - He added, "Come, let's try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places."

Judges 19:14 - So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.

Judges 19:15 - There they stopped to spend the night. They went and sat in the city square, but no one took them in for the night.

Judges 19:16 - That evening an old man from the hill country of Ephraim, who was living in Gibeah (the inhabitants of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields.

Judges 19:17 - When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, "Where are you going? Where did you come from?"

Judges 19:18 - He answered, "We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the Lord. No one has taken me in for the night.

Judges 19:19 - We have both straw and fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for ourselves your servants - me, the woman and the young man with us. We don't need anything."

Judges 19:20 - "You are welcome at my house," the old man said. "Let me supply whatever you need. Only don't spend the night in the square."

Judges 19:21 - So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.

Judges 19:22 - While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him."

Judges 19:23 - The owner of the house went outside and said to them, "No, my friends, don't be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don't do this outrageous thing.

Judges 19:24 - Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don't do such an outrageous thing."

Judges 19:25 - But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.

Judges 19:26 - At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.

Judges 19:27 - When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold.

Judges 19:28 - He said to her, "Get up; let's go." But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.

Judges 19:29 - When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.

Judges 19:30 - Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, "Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!"

Judges - Chapter 20

The Israelites Punish the Benjamites

Judges 20:1 - Then all Israel from Dan to Beersheba and from the land of Gilead came together as one and assembled before the Lord in Mizpah.

Judges 20:2 - The leaders of all the people of the tribes of Israel took their places in the assembly of God's people, four hundred thousand men armed with swords.

Judges 20:3 - (The Benjamites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said, "Tell us how this awful thing happened."

Judges 20:4 - So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, "I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night.

Judges 20:5 - During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died.

Judges 20:6 - I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel's inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel.

Judges 20:7 - Now, all you Israelites, speak up and tell me what you have decided to do."

Judges 20:8 - All the men rose up together as one, saying, "None of us will go home. No, not one of us will return to his house.

Judges 20:9 - But now this is what we'll do to Gibeah: We'll go up against it in the order decided by casting lots.

Judges 20:10 - We'll take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred from a thousand, and a thousand from ten thousand, to get provisions for the army. Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel."

Judges 20:11 - So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city.

Judges 20:12 - The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What about this awful crime that was committed among you?

Judges 20:13 - Now turn those wicked men of Gibeah over to us so that we may put them to death and purge the evil from Israel." But the Benjamites would not listen to their fellow Israelites.

Judges 20:14 - From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites.

Judges 20:15 - At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen from their towns, in addition to seven hundred able young men from those living in Gibeah.

Judges 20:16 - Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

Judges 20:17 - Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand swordsmen, all of them fit for battle.

Judges 20:18 - The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, "Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Benjamites?" The Lord replied, "Judah shall go first."

Judges 20:19 - The next morning the Israelites got up and pitched camp near Gibeah.

Judges 20:20 - The Israelites went out to fight the Benjamites and took up battle positions against them at Gibeah.

Judges 20:21 - The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day.

Judges 20:22 - But the Israelites encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day.

Judges 20:23 - The Israelites went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and they inquired of the Lord. They said, "Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites?" The Lord answered, "Go up against them."

Judges 20:24 - Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day.

Judges 20:25 - This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords.

Judges 20:26 - Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord.

Judges 20:27 - And the Israelites inquired of the Lord. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there,

Judges 20:28 - with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, ministering before it.) They asked, "Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites, or not?" The Lord responded, "Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands."

Judges 20:29 - Then Israel set an ambush around Gibeah.

Judges 20:30 - They went up against the Benjamites on the third day and took up positions against Gibeah as they had done before.

Judges 20:31 - The Benjamites came out to meet them and were drawn away from the city. They began to inflict casualties on the Israelites as before, so that about thirty men fell in the open field and on the roads - the one leading to Bethel and the other to Gibeah.

Judges 20:32 - While the Benjamites were saying, "We are defeating them as before," the Israelites were saying, "Let's retreat and draw them away from the city to the roads."

Judges 20:33 - All the men of Israel moved from their places and took up positions at Baal Tamar, and the Israelite ambush charged out of its place on the west of Gibeah.

Judges 20:34 - Then ten thousand of Israel's able young men made a frontal attack on Gibeah. The fighting was so heavy that the Benjamites did not realize how near disaster was.

Judges 20:35 - The Lord defeated Benjamin before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords.

Judges 20:36 - Then the Benjamites saw that they were beaten. Now the men of Israel had given way before Benjamin, because they relied on the ambush they had set near Gibeah.

Judges 20:37 - Those who had been in ambush made a sudden dash into Gibeah, spread out and put the whole city to the sword.

Judges 20:38 - The Israelites had arranged with the ambush that they should send up a great cloud of smoke from the city,

Judges 20:39 - and then the Israelites would counterattack. The Benjamites had begun to inflict casualties on the Israelites (about thirty), and they said, "We are defeating them as in the first battle."

Judges 20:40 - But when the column of smoke began to rise from the city, the Benjamites turned and saw the whole city going up in smoke.

Judges 20:41 - Then the Israelites counterattacked, and the Benjamites were terrified, because they realized that disaster had come on them.

Judges 20:42 - So they fled before the Israelites in the direction of the wilderness, but they could not escape the battle. And the Israelites who came out of the towns cut them down there.

Judges 20:43 - They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east.

Judges 20:44 - Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters.

Judges 20:45 - As they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, the Israelites cut down five thousand men along the roads. They kept pressing after the Benjamites as far as Gidom and struck down two thousand more.

Judges 20:46 - On that day twenty-five thousand Benjamite swordsmen fell, all of them valiant fighters.

Judges 20:47 - But six hundred of them turned and fled into the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, where they stayed four months.

Judges 20:48 - The men of Israel went back to Benjamin and put all the towns to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found. All the towns they came across they set on fire.

Judges - Chapter 21

Wives for the Benjamites

Judges 21:1 - The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: "Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite."

Judges 21:2 - The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.

Judges 21:3 - "Lord, God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?"

Judges 21:4 - Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.

Judges 21:5 - Then the Israelites asked, "Who from all the tribes of Israel has failed to assemble before the Lord?" For they had taken a solemn oath that anyone who failed to assemble before the Lord at Mizpah was to be put to death.

Judges 21:6 - Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said.

Judges 21:7 - "How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oath by the Lord not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?"

Judges 21:8 - Then they asked, "Which one of the tribes of Israel failed to assemble before the Lord at Mizpah?" They discovered that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come to the camp for the assembly.

Judges 21:9 - For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there.

Judges 21:10 - So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.

Judges 21:11 - "This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."

Judges 21:12 - They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.

Judges 21:13 - Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.

Judges 21:14 - So the Benjamites returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there were not enough for all of them.

Judges 21:15 - The people grieved for Benjamin, because the Lord had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.

Judges 21:16 - And the elders of the assembly said, "With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?

Judges 21:17 - The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out.

Judges 21:18 - We can't give them our daughters as wives, since we Israelites have taken this oath: 'Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to a Benjamite.'

Judges 21:19 - But look, there is the annual festival of the Lord in Shiloh, which lies north of Bethel, east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah."

Judges 21:20 - So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards

Judges 21:21 - and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife. Then return to the land of Benjamin.

Judges 21:22 - When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us the favor of helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war. You will not be guilty of breaking your oath because you did not give your daughters to them.'"

Judges 21:23 - So that is what the Benjamites did. While the young women were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.

Judges 21:24 - At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.

Judges 21:25 - In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

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Ruth - Chapter 1

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

Ruth 1:1 - In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.

Ruth 1:2 - The man's name was Elimelek, his wife's name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Ruth 1:3 - Now Elimelek, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.

Ruth 1:4 - They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,

Ruth 1:5 - both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

Ruth 1:6 - When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.

Ruth 1:7 - With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

Ruth 1:8 - Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go back, each of you, to your mother's home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me.

Ruth 1:9 - May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband." Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud

Ruth 1:10 - and said to her, "We will go back with you to your people."

Ruth 1:11 - But Naomi said, "Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands?

Ruth 1:12 - Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me - even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons -

Ruth 1:13 - would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord's hand has turned against me!"

Ruth 1:14 - At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

Ruth 1:15 - "Look," said Naomi, "your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her."

Ruth 1:16 - But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Ruth 1:17 - Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me."

Ruth 1:18 - When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

Ruth 1:19 - So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, "Can this be Naomi?"

Ruth 1:20 - "Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.

Ruth 1:21 - I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."

Ruth 1:22 - So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

Ruth - Chapter 2

Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field

Ruth 2:1 - Now Naomi had a relative on her husband's side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.

Ruth 2:2 - And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor." Naomi said to her, "Go ahead, my daughter."

Ruth 2:3 - So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.

Ruth 2:4 - Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, "The Lord be with you!" "The Lord bless you!" they answered.

Ruth 2:5 - Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, "Who does that young woman belong to?"

Ruth 2:6 - The overseer replied, "She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi.

Ruth 2:7 - She said, 'Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.' She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter."

Ruth 2:8 - So Boaz said to Ruth, "My daughter, listen to me. Don't go and glean in another field and don't go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me.

Ruth 2:9 - Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled."

Ruth 2:10 - At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me - a foreigner?"

Ruth 2:11 - Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband - how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.

Ruth 2:12 - May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."

Ruth 2:13 - "May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord," she said. "You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant - though I do not have the standing of one of your servants."

Ruth 2:14 - At mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar." When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over.

Ruth 2:15 - As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, "Let her gather among the sheaves and don't reprimand her.

Ruth 2:16 - Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don't rebuke her."

Ruth 2:17 - So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.

Ruth 2:18 - She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.

Ruth 2:19 - Her mother-in-law asked her, "Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!" Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. "The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz," she said.

Ruth 2:20 - "The Lord bless him!" Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. "He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead." She added, "That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers."

Ruth 2:21 - Then Ruth the Moabite said, "He even said to me, 'Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.'"

Ruth 2:22 - Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else's field you might be harmed."

Ruth 2:23 - So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Ruth - Chapter 3

Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

Ruth 3:1 - One day Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi said to her, "My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for.

Ruth 3:2 - Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.

Ruth 3:3 - Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.

Ruth 3:4 - When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do."

Ruth 3:5 - "I will do whatever you say," Ruth answered.

Ruth 3:6 - So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

Ruth 3:7 - When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.

Ruth 3:8 - In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned - and there was a woman lying at his feet!

Ruth 3:9 - "Who are you?" he asked. "I am your servant Ruth," she said. "Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family."

Ruth 3:10 - "The Lord bless you, my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.

Ruth 3:11 - And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.

Ruth 3:12 - Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.

Ruth 3:13 - Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning."

Ruth 3:14 - So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, "No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor."

Ruth 3:15 - He also said, "Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out." When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town.

Ruth 3:16 - When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, "How did it go, my daughter?" Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her

Ruth 3:17 - and added, "He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, 'Don't go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'"

Ruth 3:18 - Then Naomi said, "Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today."

Ruth - Chapter 4

Boaz Marries Ruth

Ruth 4:1 - Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.

Ruth 4:2 - Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, "Sit here," and they did so.

Ruth 4:3 - Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek.

Ruth 4:4 - I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line." "I will redeem it," he said.

Ruth 4:5 - Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man's widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property."

Ruth 4:6 - At this, the guardian-redeemer said, "Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it."

Ruth 4:7 - (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.)

Ruth 4:8 - So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, "Buy it yourself." And he removed his sandal.

Ruth 4:9 - Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, "Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon.

Ruth 4:10 - I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!"

Ruth 4:11 - Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.

Ruth 4:12 - Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah."

Naomi Gains a Son

Ruth 4:13 - So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.

Ruth 4:14 - The women said to Naomi: "Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!

Ruth 4:15 - He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."

Ruth 4:16 - Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.

Ruth 4:17 - The women living there said, "Naomi has a son!" And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

The Genealogy of David

Ruth 4:18 - This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron,

Ruth 4:19 - Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab,

Ruth 4:20 - Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,

Ruth 4:21 - Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed,

Ruth 4:22 - Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.

Ruth 4 - Last Chapter

I Samuel
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1 Samuel - Introduction

1 and 2 Samuel are named after the person God used to establish kingship in Israel. Samuel not only anointed both Saul and David, Israel's first two kings, but he also gave definition to the new order of God's rule over Israel that began with the incorporation of kingship into its structure. Samuel's importance as God's representative in this period of Israel's history is close to that of Moses since he, more than any other person, provided for covenant continuity in the transition from the rule of the judges to that of the monarchy.

1 Samuel Chapters 4-6: This section describes how the ark of God was captured by the Philistines and then, after God wreaked havoc on several Philistine cities, how it was returned to Israel. These narratives reveal the folly of Israel's notion that possession of the ark automatically guaranteed victory over her enemies.

1 Samuel 7: Samuel calls Israel to repentance and renewed dedication to the Lord.

1 Samuel Chapter 8, 9, 10, & 12: On the one hand, Samuel is commanded by the Lord to give the people a king, on the other hand, their request for a king is considered a sinful rejection of the Lord.

The king in Israel was not to be autonomous in his authority and power; rather, he was to be subject to the law of the Lord and the word of the prophet (10:25 & 12:23)

Saul very quickly demonstrated that he was unwilling to submit to the requirements of his theocratic office.

Saul was wounded in a battle with the Philistines and, fearing capture, took his own life. Three of Saul's sons, including David's loyal friend Jonathan, were killed in the same battle.

1 Samuel - Chapter 1

The Birth of Samuel

1 Samuel 1:1 - There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.

1 Samuel 1:2 - He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

1 Samuel 1:3 - Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:4 - Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.

1 Samuel 1:5 - But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.

1 Samuel 1:6 - Because the Lord had closed Hannah's womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.

1 Samuel 1:7 - This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.

1 Samuel 1:8 - Her husband Elkanah would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?"

1 Samuel 1:9 - Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord's house.

1 Samuel 1:10 - In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.

1 Samuel 1:11 - And she made a vow, saying, "Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."

1 Samuel 1:12 - As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.

1 Samuel 1:13 - Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk

1 Samuel 1:14 - and said to her, "How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine."

1 Samuel 1:15 - "Not so, my lord," Hannah replied, "I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:16 - Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief."

1 Samuel 1:17 - Eli answered, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."

1 Samuel 1:18 - She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes." Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

1 Samuel 1:19 - Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:20 - So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the Lord for him."

Hannah Dedicates Samuel

1 Samuel 1:21 - When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow,

1 Samuel 1:22 - Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, "After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always."

1 Samuel 1:23 - "Do what seems best to you," her husband Elkanah told her. "Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word." So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

1 Samuel 1:24 - After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh.

1 Samuel 1:25 - When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli,

1 Samuel 1:26 - and she said to him, "Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:27 - I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.

1 Samuel 1:28 - So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." And he worshiped the Lord there.

1 Samuel - Chapter 2

Hannah's Prayer

1 Samuel 2:1 - Then Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.

1 Samuel 2:2 - "There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:3 - "Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:4 - "The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.

1 Samuel 2:5 - Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.

1 Samuel 2:6 - "The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.

1 Samuel 2:7 - The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.

1 Samuel 2:8 - He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's; on them he has set the world.

1 Samuel 2:9 - He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;

1 Samuel 2:10 - those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed."

1 Samuel 2:11 - Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest.

Eli's Wicked Sons

1 Samuel 2:12 - Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:13 - Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled

1 Samuel 2:14 - and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.

1 Samuel 2:15 - But even before the fat was burned, the priest's servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, "Give the priest some meat to roast; he won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw."

1 Samuel 2:16 - If the person said to him, "Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want," the servant would answer, "No, hand it over now; if you don't, I'll take it by force."

1 Samuel 2:17 - This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord's sight, for they were treating the Lord's offering with contempt.

1 Samuel 2:18 - But Samuel was ministering before the Lord - a boy wearing a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 2:19 - Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:20 - Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the Lord." Then they would go home.

1 Samuel 2:21 - And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:22 - Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

1 Samuel 2:23 - So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.

1 Samuel 2:24 - No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord's people is not good.

1 Samuel 2:25 - If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the Lord's will to put them to death.

1 Samuel 2:26 - And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.

Prophecy Against the House of Eli

1 Samuel 2:27 - Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "This is what the Lord says: 'Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor's family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh?

1 Samuel 2:28 - I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor's family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.

1 Samuel 2:29 - Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?'

1 Samuel 2:30 - "Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the Lord declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.

1 Samuel 2:31 - The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age,

1 Samuel 2:32 - and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.

1 Samuel 2:33 - Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.

1 Samuel 2:34 - "'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you - they will both die on the same day.

1 Samuel 2:35 - I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.

1 Samuel 2:36 - Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat."'"

1 Samuel - Chapter 3

The Lord Calls Samuel

1 Samuel 3:1 - The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

1 Samuel 3:2 - One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.

1 Samuel 3:3 - The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

1 Samuel 3:4 - Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am."

1 Samuel 3:5 - And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down.

1 Samuel 3:6 - Again the Lord called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down."

1 Samuel 3:7 - Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

1 Samuel 3:8 - A third time the Lord called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.

1 Samuel 3:9 - So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

1 Samuel 3:10 - The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."

1 Samuel 3:11 - And the Lord said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

1 Samuel 3:12 - At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family - from beginning to end.

1 Samuel 3:13 - For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.

1 Samuel 3:14 - Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, 'The guilt of Eli's house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.'"

1 Samuel 3:15 - Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,

1 Samuel 3:16 - but Eli called him and said, "Samuel, my son." Samuel answered, "Here I am."

1 Samuel 3:17 - "What was it he said to you?" Eli asked. "Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you."

1 Samuel 3:18 - So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes."

1 Samuel 3:19 - The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground.

1 Samuel 3:20 - And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.

1 Samuel 3:21 - The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

1 Samuel - Chapter 4

1 Samuel 4:1 And Samuel's word came to all Israel.

The Philistines Capture the Ark

1 Samuel 4:1 - Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek.

1 Samuel 4:2 - The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield.

1 Samuel 4:3 - When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, "Why did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the Lord's covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies."

1 Samuel 4:4 - So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

1 Samuel 4:5 - When the ark of the Lord's covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook.

1 Samuel 4:6 - Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, "What's all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?" When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp,

1 Samuel 4:7 - the Philistines were afraid. "A god has come into the camp," they said. "Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before.

1 Samuel 4:8 - We're doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.

1 Samuel 4:9 - Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!"

1 Samuel 4:10 - So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.

1 Samuel 4:11 - The ark of God was captured, and Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

Death of Eli

1 Samuel 4:12 - That same day a Benjamite ran from the battle line and went to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dust on his head.

1 Samuel 4:13 - When he arrived, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road, watching, because his heart feared for the ark of God. When the man entered the town and told what had happened, the whole town sent up a cry.

1 Samuel 4:14 - Eli heard the outcry and asked, "What is the meaning of this uproar?" The man hurried over to Eli,

1 Samuel 4:15 - who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see.

1 Samuel 4:16 - He told Eli, "I have just come from the battle line; I fled from it this very day." Eli asked, "What happened, my son?"

1 Samuel 4:17 - The man who brought the news replied, "Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured."

1 Samuel 4:18 - When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years.

1 Samuel 4:19 - His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains.

1 Samuel 4:20 - As she was dying, the women attending her said, "Don't despair; you have given birth to a son." But she did not respond or pay any attention.

1 Samuel 4:21 - She named the boy Ichabod, saying, "The Glory has departed from Israel" - because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.

1 Samuel 4:22 - She said, "The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured."

1 Samuel - Chapter 5

The Ark in Ashdod and Ekron

1 Samuel 5:1 - After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

1 Samuel 5:2 - Then they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon.

1 Samuel 5:3 - When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place.

1 Samuel 5:4 - But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained.

1 Samuel 5:5 - That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon's temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.

1 Samuel 5:6 - The Lord's hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation on them and afflicted them with tumors.

1 Samuel 5:7 - When the people of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, "The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy on us and on Dagon our god."

1 Samuel 5:8 - So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, "What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?" They answered, "Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath." So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.

1 Samuel 5:9 - But after they had moved it, the Lord's hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors.

1 Samuel 5:10 - So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, "They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people."

1 Samuel 5:11 - So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, "Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people." For death had filled the city with panic; God's hand was very heavy on it.

1 Samuel 5:12 - Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.

1 Samuel - Chapter 6

The Ark Returned to Israel

1 Samuel 6:1 - When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months,

1 Samuel 6:2 - the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it back to its place."

1 Samuel 6:3 - They answered, "If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you."

1 Samuel 6:4 - The Philistines asked, "What guilt offering should we send to him?" They replied, "Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers.

1 Samuel 6:5 - Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel's god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land.

1 Samuel 6:6 - Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel's god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?

1 Samuel 6:7 - "Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up.

1 Samuel 6:8 - Take the ark of the Lord and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way,

1 Samuel 6:9 - but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the Lord has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance."

1 Samuel 6:10 - So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves.

1 Samuel 6:11 - They placed the ark of the Lord on the cart and along with it the chest containing the gold rats and the models of the tumors.

1 Samuel 6:12 - Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left. The rulers of the Philistines followed them as far as the border of Beth Shemesh.

1 Samuel 6:13 - Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.

1 Samuel 6:14 - The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord.

1 Samuel 6:15 - The Levites took down the ark of the Lord, together with the chest containing the gold objects, and placed them on the large rock. On that day the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the Lord.

1 Samuel 6:16 - The five rulers of the Philistines saw all this and then returned that same day to Ekron.

1 Samuel 6:17 - These are the gold tumors the Philistines sent as a guilt offering to the Lord - one each for Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron.

1 Samuel 6:18 - And the number of the gold rats was according to the number of Philistine towns belonging to the five rulers - the fortified towns with their country villages. The large rock on which the Levites set the ark of the Lord is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.

1 Samuel 6:19 - But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they looked into the ark of the Lord. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the Lord had dealt them.

1 Samuel 6:20 - And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, "Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?"

1 Samuel 6:21 - Then they sent messengers to the people of Kiriath Jearim, saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord. Come down and take it up to your town."

1 Samuel = 31 Chapters

1 Samuel - Chapter 7

1 Samuel 7:1 - So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord. They brought it to Abinadab's house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:2 - The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time - twenty years in all.

Samuel Subdues the Philistines at Mizpah

1 Samuel 7:2 - Then all the people of Israel turned back to the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:3 - So Samuel said to all the Israelites, "If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 7:4 - So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only.

1 Samuel 7:5 - Then Samuel said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the Lord for you."

1 Samuel 7:6 - When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the Lord." Now Samuel was serving as leader of Israel at Mizpah.

1 Samuel 7:7 - When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. When the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 7:8 - They said to Samuel, "Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 7:9 - Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel's behalf, and the Lord answered him.

1 Samuel 7:10 - While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.

1 Samuel 7:11 - The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.

1 Samuel 7:12 - Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us."

1 Samuel 7:13 - So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel's territory. Throughout Samuel's lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines.

1 Samuel 7:14 - The towns from Ekron to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to Israel, and Israel delivered the neighboring territory from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

1 Samuel 7:15 - Samuel continued as Israel's leader all the days of his life.

1 Samuel 7:16 - From year to year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all those places.

1 Samuel 7:17 - But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the Lord.

1 Samuel - Chapter 8

Israel Asks for a King

1 Samuel 8:1 - When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel's leaders.

1 Samuel 8:2 - The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.

1 Samuel 8:3 - But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 8:4 - So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

1 Samuel 8:5 - They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."

1 Samuel 8:6 - But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.

1 Samuel 8:7 - And the Lord told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

1 Samuel 8:8 - As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

1 Samuel 8:9 - Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights."

1 Samuel 8:10 - Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.

1 Samuel 8:11 - He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.

1 Samuel 8:12 - Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.

1 Samuel 8:13 - He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.

1 Samuel 8:14 - He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.

1 Samuel 8:15 - He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.

1 Samuel 8:16 - Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.

1 Samuel 8:17 - He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.

1 Samuel 8:18 - When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day."

1 Samuel 8:19 - But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us.

1 Samuel 8:20 - Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."

1 Samuel 8:21 - When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.

1 Samuel 8:22 - The Lord answered, "Listen to them and give them a king." Then Samuel said to the Israelites, "Everyone go back to your own town."

1 Samuel - Chapter 9

Samuel Anoints Saul

1 Samuel 9:1 - There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.

1 Samuel 9:2 - Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.

1 Samuel 9:3 - Now the donkeys belonging to Saul's father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys."

1 Samuel 9:4 - So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

1 Samuel 9:5 - When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, "Come, let's go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us."

1 Samuel 9:6 - But the servant replied, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take."

1 Samuel 9:7 - Saul said to his servant, "If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?"

1 Samuel 9:8 - The servant answered him again. "Look," he said, "I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take."

1 Samuel 9:9 - (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, "Come, let us go to the seer," because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)

1 Samuel 9:10 - "Good," Saul said to his servant. "Come, let's go." So they set out for the town where the man of God was.

1 Samuel 9:11 - As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, "Is the seer here?"

1 Samuel 9:12 - "He is," they answered. "He's ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place.

1 Samuel 9:13 - As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time."

1 Samuel 9:14 - They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

1 Samuel 9:15 - Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel:

1 Samuel 9:16 - "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me."

1 Samuel 9:17 - When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, "This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people."

1 Samuel 9:18 - Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, "Would you please tell me where the seer's house is?"

1 Samuel 9:19 - "I am the seer," Samuel replied. "Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart.

1 Samuel 9:20 - As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?"

1 Samuel 9:21 - Saul answered, "But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?"

1 Samuel 9:22 - Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited - about thirty in number.

1 Samuel 9:23 - Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside."

1 Samuel 9:24 - So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, "Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, 'I have invited guests.'" And Saul dined with Samuel that day.

1 Samuel 9:25 - After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.

1 Samuel 9:26 - They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Get ready, and I will send you on your way." When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.

1 Samuel 9:27 - As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to go on ahead of us" - and the servant did so - "but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God."

1 Samuel - Chapter 10

1 Samuel 10:1 - Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him, saying, "Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?

1 Samuel 10:2 - When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel's tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, 'The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, "What shall I do about my son?"'

1 Samuel 10:3 - "Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine.

1 Samuel 10:4 - They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.

1 Samuel 10:5 - "After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.

1 Samuel 10:6 - The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.

1 Samuel 10:7 - Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

1 Samuel 10:8 - "Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do."

Saul Made King

1 Samuel 10:9 - As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.

1 Samuel 10:10 - When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying.

1 Samuel 10:11 - When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, "What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel 10:12 - A man who lived there answered, "And who is their father?" So it became a saying: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel 10:13 - After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.

1 Samuel 10:14 - Now Saul's uncle asked him and his servant, "Where have you been?" "Looking for the donkeys," he said. "But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel."

1 Samuel 10:15 - Saul's uncle said, "Tell me what Samuel said to you."

1 Samuel 10:16 - Saul replied, "He assured us that the donkeys had been found." But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

1 Samuel 10:17 - Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah

1 Samuel 10:18 - and said to them, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.'

1 Samuel 10:19 - But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, 'No, appoint a king over us.' So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans."

1 Samuel 10:20 - When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.

1 Samuel 10:21 - Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri's clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.

1 Samuel 10:22 - So they inquired further of the Lord, "Has the man come here yet?" And the Lord said, "Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies."

1 Samuel 10:23 - They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.

1 Samuel 10:24 - Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live the king!"

1 Samuel 10:25 - Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.

1 Samuel 10:26 - Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched.

1 Samuel 10:27 - But some scoundrels said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.

1 Samuel - Chapter 11

Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh

1 Samuel 11:1 - Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him, "Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you."

1 Samuel 11:2 - But Nahash the Ammonite replied, "I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel."

1 Samuel 11:3 - The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you."

1 Samuel 11:4 - When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud.

1 Samuel 11:5 - Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, "What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?" Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.

1 Samuel 11:6 - When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger.

1 Samuel 11:7 - He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel." Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one.

1 Samuel 11:8 - When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.

1 Samuel 11:9 - They told the messengers who had come, "Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, 'By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be rescued.'" When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated.

1 Samuel 11:10 - They said to the Ammonites, "Tomorrow we will surrender to you, and you can do to us whatever you like."

1 Samuel 11:11 - The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

Saul Confirmed as King

1 Samuel 11:12 - The people then said to Samuel, "Who was it that asked, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death."

1 Samuel 11:13 - But Saul said, "No one will be put to death today, for this day the Lord has rescued Israel."

1 Samuel 11:14 - Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship."

1 Samuel 11:15 - So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

1 Samuel - Chapter 12

Samuel's Farewell Speech

1 Samuel 12:1 - Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.

1 Samuel 12:2 - Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.

1 Samuel 12:3 - Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right."

1 Samuel 12:4 - "You have not cheated or oppressed us," they replied. "You have not taken anything from anyone's hand."

1 Samuel 12:5 - Samuel said to them, "The Lord is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." "He is witness," they said.

1 Samuel 12:6 - Then Samuel said to the people, "It is the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt.

1 Samuel 12:7 - Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors.

1 Samuel 12:8 - "After Jacob entered Egypt, they cried to the Lord for help, and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.

1 Samuel 12:9 - "But they forgot the Lord their God; so he sold them into the hand of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hands of the Philistines and the king of Moab, who fought against them.

1 Samuel 12:10 - They cried out to the Lord and said, 'We have sinned; we have forsaken the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.'

1 Samuel 12:11 - Then the Lord sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.

1 Samuel 12:12 - "But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, 'No, we want a king to rule over us' - even though the Lord your God was your king.

1 Samuel 12:13 - Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you.

1 Samuel 12:14 - If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God - good!

1 Samuel 12:15 - But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.

1 Samuel 12:16 - "Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!

1 Samuel 12:17 - Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call on the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king."

1 Samuel 12:18 - Then Samuel called on the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel.

1 Samuel 12:19 - The people all said to Samuel, "Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king."

1 Samuel 12:20 - "Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.

1 Samuel 12:21 - Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.

1 Samuel 12:22 - For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

1 Samuel 12:23 - As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.

1 Samuel 12:24 - But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

1 Samuel 12:25 - Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish."

1 Samuel - Chapter 13

Samuel Rebukes Saul

1 Samuel 13:1 - Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty- two years.

1 Samuel 13:2 - Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Mikmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes.

1 Samuel 13:3 - Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, "Let the Hebrews hear!"

1 Samuel 13:4 - So all Israel heard the news: "Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become obnoxious to the Philistines." And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.

1 Samuel 13:5 - The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven.

1 Samuel 13:6 - When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.

1 Samuel 13:7 - Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.

1 Samuel 13:8 - He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter.

1 Samuel 13:9 - So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." And Saul offered up the burnt offering.

1 Samuel 13:10 - Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

1 Samuel 13:11 - "What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash,

1 Samuel 13:12 - I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord's favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."

1 Samuel 13:13 - "You have done a foolish thing," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.

1 Samuel 13:14 - But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord's command."

1 Samuel 13:15 - Then Samuel left Gilgal and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.

Israel Without Weapons

1 Samuel 13:16 - Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.

1 Samuel 13:17 - Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual,

1 Samuel 13:18 - another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness.

1 Samuel 13:19 - Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!"

1 Samuel 13:20 - So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened.

1 Samuel 13:21 - The price was two-thirds of a shekel for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.

1 Samuel 13:22 - So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

Jonathan Attacks the Philistines

1 Samuel 13:23 Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.

1 Samuel - Chapter 14

1 Samuel 14:1 - 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side." But he did not tell his father.

1 Samuel 14:2 - Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,

1 Samuel 14:3 - among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod's brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

1 Samuel 14:4 - On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.

1 Samuel 14:5 - One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.

1 Samuel 14:6 - Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few."

1 Samuel 14:7 - "Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul."

1 Samuel 14:8 - Jonathan said, "Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.

1 Samuel 14:9 - If they say to us, 'Wait there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are and not go up to them.

1 Samuel 14:10 - But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands."

1 Samuel 14:11 - So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. "Look!" said the Philistines. "The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in."

1 Samuel 14:12 - The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson." So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, "Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel."

1 Samuel 14:13 - Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.

1 Samuel 14:14 - In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

Israel Routs the Philistines

1 Samuel 14:15 - Then panic struck the whole army - those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties - and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.

1 Samuel 14:16 - Saul's lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.

1 Samuel 14:17 - Then Saul said to the men who were with him, "Muster the forces and see who has left us." When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.

1 Samuel 14:18 - Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God." (At that time it was with the Israelites.)

1 Samuel 14:19 - While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."

1 Samuel 14:20 - Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.

1 Samuel 14:21 - Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.

1 Samuel 14:22 - When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit.

1 Samuel 14:23 - So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.

Jonathan Eats Honey

1 Samuel 14:24 - Now the Israelites were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, "Cursed be anyone who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!" So none of the troops tasted food.

1 Samuel 14:25 - The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.

1 Samuel 14:26 - When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out; yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.

1 Samuel 14:27 - But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

1 Samuel 14:28 - Then one of the soldiers told him, "Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, 'Cursed be anyone who eats food today!' That is why the men are faint."

1 Samuel 14:29 - Jonathan said, "My father has made trouble for the country. See how my eyes brightened when I tasted a little of this honey.

1 Samuel 14:30 - How much better it would have been if the men had eaten today some of the plunder they took from their enemies. Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?"

1 Samuel 14:31 - That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Mikmash to Aijalon, they were exhausted.

1 Samuel 14:32 - They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the ground and ate them, together with the blood.

1 Samuel 14:33 - Then someone said to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the Lord by eating meat that has blood in it." "You have broken faith," he said. "Roll a large stone over here at once."

1 Samuel 14:34 - Then he said, "Go out among the men and tell them, 'Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the Lord by eating meat with blood still in it.'" So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.

1 Samuel 14:35 - Then Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first time he had done this.

1 Samuel 14:36 - Saul said, "Let us go down and pursue the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn, and let us not leave one of them alive." "Do whatever seems best to you," they replied. But the priest said, "Let us inquire of God here."

1 Samuel 14:37 - So Saul asked God, "Shall I go down and pursue the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel's hand?" But God did not answer him that day.

1 Samuel 14:38 - Saul therefore said, "Come here, all you who are leaders of the army, and let us find out what sin has been committed today.

1 Samuel 14:39 - As surely as the Lord who rescues Israel lives, even if the guilt lies with my son Jonathan, he must die." But not one of them said a word.

1 Samuel 14:40 - Saul then said to all the Israelites, "You stand over there; I and Jonathan my son will stand over here." "Do what seems best to you," they replied.

1 Samuel 14:41 - Then Saul prayed to the Lord, the God of Israel, "Why have you not answered your servant today? If the fault is in me or my son Jonathan, respond with Urim, but if the men of Israel are at fault, respond with Thummim." Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the men were cleared.

1 Samuel 14:42 - Saul said, "Cast the lot between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.

1 Samuel 14:43 - Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." So Jonathan told him, "I tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now I must die!"

1 Samuel 14:44 - Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan."

1 Samuel 14:45 - But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die - he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the Lord lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.

1 Samuel 14:46 - Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.

1 Samuel 14:47 - After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.

1 Samuel 14:48 - He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.

Saul's Family

1 Samuel 14:49 - Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.

1 Samuel 14:50 - His wife's name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul's army was Abner son of Ner, and Ner was Saul's uncle.

1 Samuel 14:51 - Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.

1 Samuel 14:52 - All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines, and whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took him into his service.

1 Samuel - Chapter 15

The Lord Rejects Saul as King

1 Samuel 15:1 - Samuel said to Saul, "I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:2 - This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

1 Samuel 15:3 - Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'"

1 Samuel 15:4 - So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim - two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah.

1 Samuel 15:5 - Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.

1 Samuel 15:6 - Then he said to the Kenites, "Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

1 Samuel 15:7 - Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt.

1 Samuel 15:8 - He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

1 Samuel 15:9 - But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs - everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

1 Samuel 15:10 - Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel:

1 Samuel 15:11 - "I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

1 Samuel 15:12 - Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, "Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal."

1 Samuel 15:13 - When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord's instructions."

1 Samuel 15:14 - But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"

1 Samuel 15:15 - Saul answered, "The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest."

1 Samuel 15:16 - "Enough!" Samuel said to Saul. "Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night." "Tell me," Saul replied.

1 Samuel 15:17 - Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.

1 Samuel 15:18 - And he sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.'

1 Samuel 15:19 - Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?"

1 Samuel 15:20 - "But I did obey the Lord," Saul said. "I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.

1 Samuel 15:21 - The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal."

1 Samuel 15:22 - But Samuel replied: "Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king."

1 Samuel 15:24 - Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I violated the Lord's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.

1 Samuel 15:25 - Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord."

1 Samuel 15:26 - But Samuel said to him, "I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!"

1 Samuel 15:27 - As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.

1 Samuel 15:28 - Samuel said to him, "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors - to one better than you.

1 Samuel 15:29 - He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind."

1 Samuel 15:30 - Saul replied, "I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God."

1 Samuel 15:31 - So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:32 - Then Samuel said, "Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites." Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, "Surely the bitterness of death is past."

1 Samuel 15:33 - But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women." And Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal.

1 Samuel 15:34 - Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.

1 Samuel 15:35 - Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

1 Samuel - Chapter 16

Samuel Anoints David

1 Samuel 16:1 - The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."

1 Samuel 16:2 - But Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me." The Lord said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.'

1 Samuel 16:3 - Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate."

1 Samuel 16:4 - Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, "Do you come in peace?"

1 Samuel 16:5 - Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

1 Samuel 16:6 - When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed stands here before the Lord."

1 Samuel 16:7 - But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

1 Samuel 16:8 - Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The Lord has not chosen this one either."

1 Samuel 16:9 - Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the Lord chosen this one."

1 Samuel 16:10 - Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The Lord has not chosen these."

1 Samuel 16:11 - So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered. "He is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives."

1 Samuel 16:12 - So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; this is the one."

1 Samuel 16:13 - So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

David in Saul's Service

1 Samuel 16:14 - Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

1 Samuel 16:15 - Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.

1 Samuel 16:16 - Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better."

1 Samuel 16:17 - So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays well and bring him to me."

1 Samuel 16:18 - One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him."

1 Samuel 16:19 - Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

1 Samuel 16:20 - So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

1 Samuel 16:21 - David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.

1 Samuel 16:22 - Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."

1 Samuel 16:23 - Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

1 Samuel - Chapter 17

David and Goliath

1 Samuel 17:1 - Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah.

1 Samuel 17:2 - Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:3 - The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

1 Samuel 17:4 - A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.

1 Samuel 17:5 - He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels;

1 Samuel 17:6 - on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.

1 Samuel 17:7 - His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.

1 Samuel 17:8 - Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.

1 Samuel 17:9 - If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us."

1 Samuel 17:10 - Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other."

1 Samuel 17:11 - On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

1 Samuel 17:12 - Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul's time he was very old.

1 Samuel 17:13 - Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.

1 Samuel 17:14 - David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul,

1 Samuel 17:15 - but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 17:16 - For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.

1 Samuel 17:17 - Now Jesse said to his son David, "Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.

1 Samuel 17:18 - Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.

1 Samuel 17:19 - They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines."

1 Samuel 17:20 - Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.

1 Samuel 17:21 - Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.

1 Samuel 17:22 - David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.

1 Samuel 17:23 - As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.

1 Samuel 17:24 - Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.

1 Samuel 17:25 - Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel."

1 Samuel 17:26 - David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"

1 Samuel 17:27 - They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him."

1 Samuel 17:28 - When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."

1 Samuel 17:29 - "Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?"

1 Samuel 17:30 - He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.

1 Samuel 17:31 - What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

1 Samuel 17:32 - David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."

1 Samuel 17:33 - Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth."

1 Samuel 17:34 - But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,

1 Samuel 17:35 - I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.

1 Samuel 17:36 - Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

1 Samuel 17:37 - The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you."

1 Samuel 17:38 - Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.

1 Samuel 17:39 - David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.

1 Samuel 17:40 - Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:41 - Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.

1 Samuel 17:42 - He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.

1 Samuel 17:43 - He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

1 Samuel 17:44 - "Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!"

1 Samuel 17:45 - David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:46 - This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

1 Samuel 17:47 - All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

1 Samuel 17:48 - As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.

1 Samuel 17:49 - Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

1 Samuel 17:50 - So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

1 Samuel 17:51 - David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

1 Samuel 17:52 - Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.

1 Samuel 17:53 - When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.

1 Samuel 17:54 - David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine's weapons in his own tent.

1 Samuel 17:55 - As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is that young man?" Abner replied, "As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don't know."

1 Samuel 17:56 - The king said, "Find out whose son this young man is."

1 Samuel 17:57 - As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine's head.

1 Samuel 17:58 - "Whose son are you, young man?" Saul asked him. David said, "I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem."

1 Samuel - Chapter 18

Saul's Growing Fear of David

1 Samuel 18:1 - After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.

1 Samuel 18:2 - From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.

1 Samuel 18:3 - And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

1 Samuel 18:4 - Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

1 Samuel 18:5 - Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul's officers as well.

1 Samuel 18:6 - When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.

1 Samuel 18:7 - As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."

1 Samuel 18:8 - Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?"

1 Samuel 18:9 - And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

1 Samuel 18:10 - The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand

1 Samuel 18:11 - and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.

1 Samuel 18:12 - Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul.

1 Samuel 18:13 - So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.

1 Samuel 18:14 - In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.

1 Samuel 18:15 - When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.

1 Samuel 18:16 - But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.

1 Samuel 18:17 - Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the Lord." For Saul said to himself, "I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!"

1 Samuel 18:18 - But David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king's son-in-law?"

1 Samuel 18:19 - So when the time came for Merab, Saul's daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.

1 Samuel 18:20 - Now Saul's daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.

1 Samuel 18:21 - "I will give her to him," he thought, "so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." So Saul said to David, "Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law."

1 Samuel 18:22 - Then Saul ordered his attendants: "Speak to David privately and say, 'Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.'"

1 Samuel 18:23 - They repeated these words to David. But David said, "Do you think it is a small matter to become the king's son-in-law? I'm only a poor man and little known."

1 Samuel 18:24 - When Saul's servants told him what David had said,

1 Samuel 18:25 - Saul replied, "Say to David, 'The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.'" Saul's plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 18:26 - When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king's son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed,

1 Samuel 18:27 - David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

1 Samuel 18:28 - When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,

1 Samuel 18:29 - Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.

1 Samuel 18:30 - The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul's officers, and his name became well known.

1 Samuel - Chapter 19

Saul Tries to Kill David

1 Samuel 19:1 - Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David

1 Samuel 19:2 - and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there.

1 Samuel 19:3 - I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out."

1 Samuel 19:4 - Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.

1 Samuel 19:5 - He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?"

1 Samuel 19:6 - Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death."

1 Samuel 19:7 - So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

1 Samuel 19:8 - Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.

1 Samuel 19:9 - But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,

1 Samuel 19:10 - Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.

1 Samuel 19:11 - Saul sent men to David's house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed."

1 Samuel 19:12 - So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped.

1 Samuel 19:13 - Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head.

1 Samuel 19:14 - When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, "He is ill."

1 Samuel 19:15 - Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, "Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him."

1 Samuel 19:16 - But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair.

1 Samuel 19:17 - Saul said to Michal, "Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?" Michal told him, "He said to me, 'Let me get away. Why should I kill you?'"

1 Samuel 19:18 - When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.

1 Samuel 19:19 - Word came to Saul: "David is in Naioth at Ramah";

1 Samuel 19:20 - so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul's men, and they also prophesied.

1 Samuel 19:21 - Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied.

1 Samuel 19:22 - Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" "Over in Naioth at Ramah," they said.

1 Samuel 19:23 - So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth.

1 Samuel 19:24 - He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel's presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel - Chapter 20

David and Jonathan

1 Samuel 20:1 - Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?"

1 Samuel 20:2 - "Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn't so!"

1 Samuel 20:3 - But David took an oath and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."

1 Samuel 20:4 - Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."

1 Samuel 20:5 - So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.

1 Samuel 20:6 - If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.'

1 Samuel 20:7 - If he says, 'Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.

1 Samuel 20:8 - As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the Lord. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?"

1 Samuel 20:9 - "Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"

1 Samuel 20:10 - David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"

1 Samuel 20:11 - "Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together.

1 Samuel 20:12 - Then Jonathan said to David, "I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know?

1 Samuel 20:13 - But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the Lord be with you as he has been with my father.

1 Samuel 20:14 - But show me unfailing kindness like the Lord's kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,

1 Samuel 20:15 - and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family - not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth."

1 Samuel 20:16 - So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the Lord call David's enemies to account."

1 Samuel 20:17 - And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

1 Samuel 20:18 - Then Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.

1 Samuel 20:19 - The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.

1 Samuel 20:20 - I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.

1 Samuel 20:21 - Then I will send a boy and say, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the Lord lives, you are safe; there is no danger.

1 Samuel 20:22 - But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then you must go, because the Lord has sent you away.

1 Samuel 20:23 - And about the matter you and I discussed - remember, the Lord is witness between you and me forever."

1 Samuel 20:24 - So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.

1 Samuel 20:25 - He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.

1 Samuel 20:26 - Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean - surely he is unclean."

1 Samuel 20:27 - But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"

1 Samuel 20:28 - Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 20:29 - He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."

1 Samuel 20:30 - Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?

1 Samuel 20:31 - As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!"

1 Samuel 20:32 - "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.

1 Samuel 20:33 - But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

1 Samuel 20:34 - Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.

1 Samuel 20:35 - In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him,

1 Samuel 20:36 - and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

1 Samuel 20:37 - When the boy came to the place where Jonathan's arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?"

1 Samuel 20:38 - Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.

1 Samuel 20:39 - (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.)

1 Samuel 20:40 - Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town."

1 Samuel 20:41 - After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together - but David wept the most.

1 Samuel 20:42 - Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, 'The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

1 Samuel - Chapter 21

David at Nob

1 Samuel 21:1 - David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?"

1 Samuel 21:2 - David answered Ahimelek the priest, "The king sent me on a mission and said to me, 'No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.

1 Samuel 21:3 - Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."

1 Samuel 21:4 - But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here - provided the men have kept themselves from women."

1 Samuel 21:5 - David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!"

1 Samuel 21:6 - So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

1 Samuel 21:7 - Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul's chief shepherd.

1 Samuel 21:8 - David asked Ahimelek, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's mission was urgent."

1 Samuel 21:9 - The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."

David at Gath

1 Samuel 21:10 - That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

1 Samuel 21:11 - But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"

1 Samuel 21:12 - David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.

1 Samuel 21:13 - So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

1 Samuel 21:14 - Achish said to his servants, "Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?

1 Samuel 21:15 - Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?"

1 Samuel - Chapter 22

David at Adullam and Mizpah

1 Samuel 22:1 - David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there.

1 Samuel 22:2 - All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

1 Samuel 22:3 - From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?"

1 Samuel 22:4 - So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.

1 Samuel 22:5 - But the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.

Saul Kills the Priests of Nob

1 Samuel 22:6 - Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul was seated, spear in hand, under the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing at his side.

1 Samuel 22:7 - He said to them, "Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?

1 Samuel 22:8 - Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today."

1 Samuel 22:9 -But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul's officials, said, "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob.

1 Samuel 22:10 - Ahimelek inquired of the Lord for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."

1 Samuel 22:11 - Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek son of Ahitub and all the men of his family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.

1 Samuel 22:12 - Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." "Yes, my lord," he answered.

1 Samuel 22:13 - Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"

1 Samuel 22:14 - Ahimelek answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?

1 Samuel 22:15 - Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father's family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair."

1 Samuel 22:16 - But the king said, "You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family."

1 Samuel 22:17 - Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me." But the king's officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.

1 Samuel 22:18 - The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

1 Samuel 22:19 - He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.

1 Samuel 22:20 - But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David.

1 Samuel 22:21 - He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord.

1 Samuel 22:22 - Then David said to Abiathar, "That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family.

1 Samuel 22:23 - Stay with me; don't be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me."

1 Samuel - Chapter 23

David Saves Keilah

1 Samuel 23:1 - When David was told, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,"

1 Samuel 23:2 - he inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" The Lord answered him, "Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah."

1 Samuel 23:3 - But David's men said to him, "Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!"

1 Samuel 23:4 - Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, "Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand."

1 Samuel 23:5 - So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:6 - (Now Abiathar son of Ahimelek had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)

Saul Pursues David

1 Samuel 23:7 - Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, "God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and

1 Samuel 23:8 - And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.

1 Samuel 23:9 - When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod."

1 Samuel 23:10 - David said, "Lord, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me.

1 Samuel 23:11 - Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? Lord, God of Israel, tell your servant." And the Lord said, "He will."

1 Samuel 23:12 - Again David asked, "Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?" And the Lord said, "They will."

1 Samuel 23:13 - So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.

1 Samuel 23:14 - David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.

1 Samuel 23:15 - While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life.

1 Samuel 23:16 - And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.

1 Samuel 23:17 - "Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."

1 Samuel 23:18 - The two of them made a covenant before the Lord. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.

1 Samuel 23:19 - The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon?

1 Samuel 23:20 - Now, Your Majesty, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for giving him into your hands."

1 Samuel 23:21 - Saul replied, "The Lord bless you for your concern for me.

1 Samuel 23:22 - Go and get more information. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty.

1 Samuel 23:23 - Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information. Then I will go with you; if he is in the area, I will track him down among all the clans of Judah."

1 Samuel 23:24 - So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.

1 Samuel 23:25 - Saul and his men began the search, and when David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Desert of Maon. When Saul heard this, he went into the Desert of Maon in pursuit of David.

1 Samuel 23:26 - Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them,

1 Samuel 23:27 - a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land."

1 Samuel 23:28 - Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.

1 Samuel 23:29 - And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi.

1 Samuel - Chapter 24

David Spares Saul's Life

1 Samuel 24:1 - After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi."

1 Samuel 24:2 - So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

1 Samuel 24:3 - He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.

1 Samuel 24:4 - The men said, "This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.'" Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.

1 Samuel 24:5 - Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.

1 Samuel 24:6 - He said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord."

1 Samuel 24:7 - With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

1 Samuel 24:8 - Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, "My lord the king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

1 Samuel 24:9 - He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, 'David is bent on harming you'?

1 Samuel 24:10 - This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, 'I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord's anointed.'

1 Samuel 24:11 - See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.

1 Samuel 24:12 - May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.

1 Samuel 24:13 - As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,' so my hand will not touch you.

1 Samuel 24:14 - "Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?

1 Samuel 24:15 - May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand."

1 Samuel 24:16 - When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice, David my son?" And he wept aloud.

1 Samuel 24:17 - "You are more righteous than I," he said. "You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.

1 Samuel 24:18 - You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me.

1 Samuel 24:19 - When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today.

1 Samuel 24:20 - I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.

1 Samuel 24:21 - Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family."

1 Samuel 24:22 - So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

1 Samuel - Chapter 25

David, Nabal and Abigail

1 Samuel 25:1 - Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran.

1 Samuel 25:2 - A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel.

1 Samuel 25:3 - His name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings - he was a Calebite.

1 Samuel 25:4 - While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.

1 Samuel 25:5 - So he sent ten young men and said to them, "Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.

1 Samuel 25:6 - Say to him: 'Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!'

1 Samuel 25:7 - "'Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.

1 Samuel 25:8 - Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.'"

1 Samuel 25:9 - When David's men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David's name. Then they waited.

1 Samuel 25:10 - Nabal answered David's servants, "Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days.

1 Samuel 25:11 - Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?"

1 Samuel 25:12 - David's men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word.

1 Samuel 25:13 - David said to his men, "Each of you strap on your sword!" So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.

1 Samuel 25:14 - One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal's wife, "David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.

1 Samuel 25:15 - Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing.

1 Samuel 25:16 - Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.

1 Samuel 25:17 - Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him."

1 Samuel 25:18 - Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.

1 Samuel 25:19 - Then she told her servants, "Go on ahead; I'll follow you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

1 Samuel 25:20 - As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.

1 Samuel 25:21 - David had just said, "It's been useless - all my watching over this fellow's property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.

1 Samuel 25:22 - May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!"

1 Samuel 25:23 - When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.

1 Samuel 25:24 - She fell at his feet and said: "Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.

1 Samuel 25:25 - Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name - his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.

1 Samuel 25:26 - And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.

1 Samuel 25:27 - And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.

1 Samuel 25:28 - "Please forgive your servant's presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord's battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live.

1 Samuel 25:29 - Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.

1 Samuel 25:30 - When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel,

1 Samuel 25:31 - my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant."

1 Samuel 25:32 - David said to Abigail, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.

1 Samuel 25:33 - May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.

1 Samuel 25:34 - Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak."

1 Samuel 25:35 - Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, "Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request."

1 Samuel 25:36 - When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.

1 Samuel 25:37 - Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.

1 Samuel 25:38 - About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.

1 Samuel 25:39 - When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal's wrongdoing down on his own head." Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.

1 Samuel 25:40 - His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, "David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife."

1 Samuel 25:41 - She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, "I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord's servants."

1 Samuel 25:42 - Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David's messengers and became his wife.

1 Samuel 25:43 - David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.

1 Samuel 25:44 - But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Paltiel son of Laish, who was from Gallim.

1 Samuel - Chapter 26

David Again Spares Saul's Life

1 Samuel 26:1 - The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?"

1 Samuel 26:2 - So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand select Israelite troops, to search there for David.

1 Samuel 26:3 - Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul had followed him there,

1 Samuel 26:4 - he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.

1 Samuel 26:5 - Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.

1 Samuel 26:6 - David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, "Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?" "I'll go with you," said Abishai.

1 Samuel 26:7 - So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.

1 Samuel 26:8 - Abishai said to David, "Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won't strike him twice."

1 Samuel 26:9 - But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord's anointed and be guiltless?

1 Samuel 26:10 - As surely as the Lord lives," he said, "the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.

1 Samuel 26:11 - But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord's anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let's go."

1 Samuel 26:12 - So David took the spear and water jug near Saul's head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.

1 Samuel 26:13 - Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them.

1 Samuel 26:14 - He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, "Aren't you going to answer me, Abner?" Abner replied, "Who are you who calls to the king?"

1 Samuel 26:15 - David said, "You're a man, aren't you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn't you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king.

1 Samuel 26:16 - What you have done is not good. As surely as the Lord lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the Lord's anointed. Look around you. Where are the king's spear and water jug that were near his head?"

1 Samuel 26:17 - Saul recognized David's voice and said, "Is that your voice, David my son?" David replied, "Yes it is, my lord the king."

1 Samuel 26:18 - And he added, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?

1 Samuel 26:19 - Now let my lord the king listen to his servant's words. If the Lord has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the Lord! They have driven me today from my share in the Lord's inheritance and have said, 'Go, serve other gods.'

1 Samuel 26:20 - Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea - as one hunts a partridge in the mountains."

1 Samuel 26:21 - Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong."

1 Samuel 26:22 - "Here is the king's spear," David answered. "Let one of your young men come over and get it.

1 Samuel 26:23 - The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord's anointed.

1 Samuel 26:24 - As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble."

1 Samuel 26:25 - Then Saul said to David, "May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph." So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.

1 Samuel - Chapter 27

David Among the Philistines

1 Samuel 27:1 - But David thought to himself, "One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand."

1 Samuel 27:2 - So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maok king of Gath.

1 Samuel 27:3 - David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.

1 Samuel 27:4 - When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.

1 Samuel 27:5 - Then David said to Achish, "If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"

1 Samuel 27:6 - So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.

1 Samuel 27:7 - David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months.

1 Samuel 27:8 - Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. (From ancient times these peoples had lived in the land extending to Shur and Egypt.)

1 Samuel 27:9 - Whenever David attacked an area, he did not leave a man or woman alive, but took sheep and cattle, donkeys and camels, and clothes. Then he returned to Achish.

1 Samuel 27:10 - When Achish asked, "Where did you go raiding today?" David would say, "Against the Negev of Judah" or "Against the Negev of Jerahmeel" or "Against the Negev of the Kenites."

1 Samuel 27:11 - He did not leave a man or woman alive to be brought to Gath, for he thought, "They might inform on us and say, 'This is what David did.'" And such was his practice as long as he lived in Philistine territory.

1 Samuel 27:12 - Achish trusted David and said to himself, "He has become so obnoxious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant for life."

1 Samuel - Chapter 28

1 Samuel 28:1 - In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, "You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army."

1 Samuel 28:2 - David said, "Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do." Achish replied, "Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life."

Saul and the Medium at Endor

1 Samuel 28:3 - Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.

1 Samuel 28:4 - The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa.

1 Samuel 28:5 - When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart.

1 Samuel 28:6 - He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

1 Samuel 28:7 - Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her." "There is one in Endor," they said.

1 Samuel 28:8 - So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. "Consult a spirit for me," he said, "and bring up for me the one I name."

1 Samuel 28:9 - But the woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?"

1 Samuel 28:10 - Saul swore to her by the Lord, "As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this."

1 Samuel 28:11 - Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" "Bring up Samuel," he said.

1 Samuel 28:12 - When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!"

1 Samuel 28:13 - The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?" The woman said, "I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth."

1 Samuel 28:14 - "What does he look like?" he asked. "An old man wearing a robe is coming up," she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

1 Samuel 28:15 - Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" "I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do."

1 Samuel 28:16 - Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy?

1 Samuel 28:17 - The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors - to David.

1 Samuel 28:18 - Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today.

1 Samuel 28:19 - The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 28:20 - Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel's words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.

1 Samuel 28:21 - When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, "Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do.

1 Samuel 28:22 - Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way."

1 Samuel 28:23 - He refused and said, "I will not eat." But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.

1 Samuel 28:24 - The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast.

1 Samuel 28:25 - Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.

1 Samuel - Chapter 29

Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag

1 Samuel 29:1 - The Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.

1 Samuel 29:2 - As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rear with Achish.

1 Samuel 29:3 - The commanders of the Philistines asked, "What about these Hebrews?" Achish replied, "Is this not David, who was an officer of Saul king of Israel? He has already been with me for over a year, and from the day he left Saul until now, I have found no fault in him."

1 Samuel 29:4 - But the Philistine commanders were angry with Achish and said, "Send the man back, that he may return to the place you assigned him. He must not go with us into battle, or he will turn against us during the fighting. How better could he regain his master's favor than by taking the heads of our own men?

1 Samuel 29:5 - Isn't this the David they sang about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"

1 Samuel 29:6 - So Achish called David and said to him, "As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don't approve of you.

1 Samuel 29:7 - Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers."

1 Samuel 29:8 - "But what have I done?" asked David. "What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can't I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"

1 Samuel 29:9 - Achish answered, "I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanders have said, 'He must not go up with us into battle.'

1 Samuel 29:10 - Now get up early, along with your master's servants who have come with you, and leave in the morning as soon as it is light."

1 Samuel 29:11 - So David and his men got up early in the morning to go back to the land of the Philistines, and the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

1 Samuel - Chapter 30

David Destroys the Amalekites

1 Samuel 30:1 - David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it,

1 Samuel 30:2 - and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.

1 Samuel 30:3 - When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.

1 Samuel 30:4 - So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.

1 Samuel 30:5 - David's two wives had been captured - Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.

1 Samuel 30:6 - David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

1 Samuel 30:7 - Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, "Bring me the ephod." Abiathar brought it to him,

1 Samuel 30:8 - and David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?" "Pursue them," he answered. "You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue."

1 Samuel 30:9 - David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind.

1 Samuel 30:10 - Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.

1 Samuel 30:11 - They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat -

1 Samuel 30:12 - part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.

1 Samuel 30:13 - David asked him, "Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?" He said, "I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago.

1 Samuel 30:14 - We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag."

1 Samuel 30:15 - David asked him, "Can you lead me down to this raiding party?" He answered, "Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them."

1 Samuel 30:16 - He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah.

1 Samuel 30:17 - David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled.

1 Samuel 30:18 - David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives.

1 Samuel 30:19 - Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.

1 Samuel 30:20 - He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, "This is David's plunder."

1 Samuel 30:21 - Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were.

1 Samuel 30:22 - But all the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said, "Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go."

1 Samuel 30:23 - David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.

1 Samuel 30:24 - Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."

1 Samuel 30:25 - David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.

1 Samuel 30:26 - When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, "Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord's enemies."

1 Samuel 30:27 - David sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir;

1 Samuel 30:28 - to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa

1 Samuel 30:29 - and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites;

1 Samuel 30:30 - to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athak

1 Samuel 30:31 - and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed.

1 Samuel - Chapter 31

Saul Takes His Life

1 Samuel 31:1 - Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.

1 Samuel 31:2 - The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.

1 Samuel 31:3 - The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.

1 Samuel 31:4 - Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me." But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

1 Samuel 31:5 - When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.

1 Samuel 31:6 - So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.

1 Samuel 31:7 - When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.

1 Samuel 31:8 - The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

1 Samuel 31:9 - They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people.

1 Samuel 31:10 - They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.

1 Samuel 31:11 - When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

1 Samuel 31:12 - all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.

1 Samuel 31:13 - Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.

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II Samuel
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2 Samuel - Introduction

1st and 2nd Samuel were originally one book.

2nd Samuel depict David as a true (though imperfect) representative of the ideal theocratic king. David was initially acclaimed king at Hebron by the tribe of Judah (chapters 1-4), and subsequently was accepted by the remaining tibes after the murder of Ish-Bosheth, one of Saul's surviving sons (chapter 5:1-5). David's leadership was decisive and effective. He captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites and made it his royal city and residence. Shortly afterward he brough the ark of the Lord from the house of Abinadab to Jerusalem, publickly acknowledging the Lord's kingship and rule over himself and the nation (chapter 6).

Under David's rule the Lord caused the nation to prosper, to defeat its enemies and, in fulfillment of his promise (Genesis 15:18), to extend its borders from Egypt to the Euphrates. David wanted to build a temple for the Lord - as his royal house, as a place for his throne (the ark) and as a place for Israel to worship him. But the prophet Nathan told David that he was not to build the Lord a house (temple), rather, the Lord would build David a house (dynasty). Chapter 7 announces the Lord's promise that his Davidic dynasty would endure forever. This climactic chapter also describes the establishment of the Davidic convneant, a covenant that promises ultimate victory over the evil one through the offspring of Eve (Genesis 3:15). This promise - which had come to be focused on Shem and his descendants, then on Abraham and his descendants, and then on Judah and his descendants - is now focused specifically on the royal family of David. Later the prophets make clear that a descendant of David who sits on David's throne will perfectly fulfill the role of the theocratic king. He will complete the redemption of God's people (Isaiah (:6-7; 11:1-16; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 30:8-9; 33:14-16; Ezekial 34:23-24; 37:24-25), thus enabling them to achieve the promised victory with him (Romans 16:20).

After the description of David's rule in its glory and success, chapters 10-20 depict the darker side of his reign and describe David's weaknesses and failures. Even though David remained a king after God's own heart because he was willing to acknowledge his sin and repent (12:13), he nevertheless fell far short of the theocratic ideal and suffered the disciplinary results of his disobedience (12:10-12). His sin with Bathsheba and his leniency both with the wickedness of his sons, and with the insubordination of Joab led to intrigue, violence and bloodshed within his own family and the nation. It eventually drove him from Jerusalem at the time of Absalom's rebellion. Nonetheless the Lord was gracious to David, and his reign became a standard by which the reigns of later kings were measured.

The book ends with David's own words of praise to God, who had delivered him from all his enemies, and with words of expectation for the fulfillment of God's promise that a king will come from the house of David and rule "over men in righteousness" (23:3-5). These songs echo many of the themes of Hannah's song (1st Samuel 2:1-10), and together they frame the basic narrative.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 1

David Hears of Saul's Death

2 Samuel 1:1 - After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.

2 Samuel 1:2 - On the third day a man arrived from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.

2 Samuel 1:3 - "Where have you come from?" David asked him. He answered, "I have escaped from the Israelite camp."

2 Samuel 1:4 - "What happened?" David asked. "Tell me." "The men fled from the battle," he replied. "Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead."

2 Samuel 1:5 - Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"

2 Samuel 1:6 - "I happened to be on Mount Gilboa," the young man said, "and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit.

2 Samuel 1:7 - When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, 'What can I do?'

2 Samuel 1:8 - "He asked me, 'Who are you?' "'An Amalekite,' I answered.

2 Samuel 1:9 - "Then he said to me, 'Stand here by me and kill me! I'm in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.'

2 Samuel 1:10 - "So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."

2 Samuel 1:11 - Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.

2 Samuel 1:12 - They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

2 Samuel 1:13 - David said to the young man who brought him the report, "Where are you from?" "I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite," he answered.

2 Samuel 1:14 - David asked him, "Why weren't you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?"

2 Samuel 1:15 - Then David called one of his men and said, "Go, strike him down!" So he struck him down, and he died.

2 Samuel 1:16 - For David had said to him, "Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, 'I killed the Lord's anointed.'"

David's Lament for Saul and Jonathan

2 Samuel 1:17 - David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,

2 Samuel 1:18 - and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

2 Samuel 1:19 - "A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel. How the mighty have fallen!

2 Samuel 1:20 - "Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.

2 Samuel 1:21 - "Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields. For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul - no longer rubbed with oil.

2 Samuel 1:22 - "From the blood of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.

2 Samuel 1:23 - Saul and Jonathan - in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

2 Samuel 1:24 - "Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.

2 Samuel 1:25 - "How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.

2 Samuel 1:26 - I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.

2 Samuel 1:27 - "How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!"

2nd Samuel - Chapter 2

David Anointed King Over Judah

2 Samuel 2:1 - In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. "Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?" he asked. The Lord said, "Go up." David asked, "Where shall I go?" "To Hebron," the Lord answered.

2 Samuel 2:2 - So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.

2 Samuel 2:3 - David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.

2 Samuel 2:4 - Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul,

2 Samuel 2:5 - he sent messengers to them to say to them, "The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.

2 Samuel 2:6 - May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.

2 Samuel 2:7 - Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them." War Between the Houses of David and Saul

2 Samuel 2:8 - Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.

2 Samuel 2:9 - He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.

2 Samuel 2:10 - Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David.

2 Samuel 2:11 - The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.

2 Samuel 2:12 - Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon.

2 Samuel 2:13 - Joab son of Zeruiah and David's men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side.

2 Samuel 2:14 - Then Abner said to Joab, "Let's have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us." "All right, let them do it," Joab said.

2 Samuel 2:15 - So they stood up and were counted off - twelve men for Benjamin and Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve for David.

2 Samuel 2:16 - Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his dagger into his opponent's side, and they fell down together. So that place in Gibeon was called Helkath Hazzurim.

2 Samuel 2:17 - The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David's men.

2 Samuel 2:18 - The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai and Asahel. Now Asahel was as fleet-footed as a wild gazelle.

2 Samuel 2:19 - He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him.

2 Samuel 2:20 - Abner looked behind him and asked, "Is that you, Asahel?" "It is," he answered.

2 Samuel 2:21 - Then Abner said to him, "Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons." But Asahel would not stop chasing him.

2 Samuel 2:22 - Again Abner warned Asahel, "Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?"

2 Samuel 2:23 - But Asahel refused to give up the pursuit; so Abner thrust the butt of his spear into Asahel's stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He fell there and died on the spot. And every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died.

2 Samuel 2:24 - But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and as the sun was setting, they came to the hill of Ammah, near Giah on the way to the wasteland of Gibeon.

2 Samuel 2:25 - Then the men of Benjamin rallied behind Abner. They formed themselves into a group and took their stand on top of a hill.

2 Samuel 2:26 - Abner called out to Joab, "Must the sword devour forever? Don't you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?"

2 Samuel 2:27 - Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning."

2 Samuel 2:28 - So Joab blew the trumpet, and all the troops came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore.

2 Samuel 2:29 - All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah. They crossed the Jordan, continued through the morning hours and came to Mahanaim.

2 Samuel 2:30 - Then Joab stopped pursuing Abner and assembled the whole army. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David's men were found missing.

2 Samuel 2:31 But David's men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner.

2 Samuel 2:32 They took Asahel and buried him in his father's tomb at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night and arrived at Hebron by daybreak.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 3

2 Samuel 3:1 - The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 3:2 - Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;

2 Samuel 3:3 - his second, Kileab the son of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

2 Samuel 3:4 - the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

2 Samuel 3:5 - and the sixth, Ithream the son of David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.

Abner Goes Over to David

2 Samuel 3:6 - During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul.

2 Samuel 3:7 - Now Saul had had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, "Why did you sleep with my father's concubine?"

2 Samuel 3:8 - Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said. So he answered, "Am I a dog's head - on Judah's side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven't handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman!

2 Samuel 3:9 - May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the Lord promised him on oath

2 Samuel 3:10 - and transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David's throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba."

2 Samuel 3:11 - Ish-Bosheth did not dare to say another word to Abner, because he was afraid of him.

2 Samuel 3:12 - Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, "Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you."

2 Samuel 3:13 - "Good," said David. "I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me."

2 Samuel 3:14 - Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, "Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins."

2 Samuel 3:15 - So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish.

2 Samuel 3:16 - Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go back home!" So he went back.

2 Samuel 3:17 - Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, "For some time you have wanted to make David your king.

2 Samuel 3:18 - Now do it! For the Lord promised David, 'By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.'"

2 Samuel 3:19 - Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole tribe of Benjamin wanted to do.

2 Samuel 3:20 - When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men.

2 Samuel 3:21 - Then Abner said to David, "Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires." So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.

Joab Murders Abner

2 Samuel 3:22 - Just then David's men and Joab returned from a raid and brought with them a great deal of plunder. But Abner was no longer with David in Hebron, because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.

2 Samuel 3:23 - When Joab and all the soldiers with him arrived, he was told that Abner son of Ner had come to the king and that the king had sent him away and that he had gone in peace.

2 Samuel 3:24 - So Joab went to the king and said, "What have you done? Look, Abner came to you. Why did you let him go? Now he is gone!

2 Samuel 3:25 - You know Abner son of Ner; he came to deceive you and observe your movements and find out everything you are doing."

2 Samuel 3:26 - Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah. But David did not know it.

2 Samuel 3:27 - Now when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into an inner chamber, as if to speak with him privately. And there, to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel, Joab stabbed him in the stomach, and he died.

2 Samuel 3:28 - Later, when David heard about this, he said, "I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the Lord concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner.

2 Samuel 3:29 - May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab's family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food."

2 Samuel 3:30 - (Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.)

2 Samuel 3:31 - Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, "Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner." King David himself walked behind the bier.

2 Samuel 3:32 - They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb. All the people wept also.

2 Samuel 3:33 - The king sang this lament for Abner: "Should Abner have died as the lawless die?

2 Samuel 3:34 - Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before the wicked." And all the people wept over him again.

2 Samuel 3:35 - Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!"

2 Samuel 3:36 - All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.

2 Samuel 3:37 - So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.

2 Samuel 3:38 - Then the king said to his men, "Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?

2 Samuel 3:39 - And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the Lord repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!"

2nd Samuel - Chapter 4

Ish-Bosheth Murdered

2 Samuel 4:1 - When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.

2 Samuel 4:2 - Now Saul's son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of Benjamin - Beeroth is considered part of Benjamin,

2 Samuel 4:3 - because the people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim and have resided there as foreigners to this day.

2 Samuel 4:4 - (Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)

2 Samuel 4:5 - Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest.

2 Samuel 4:6 - They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.

2 Samuel 4:7 - They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah.

2 Samuel 4:8 - They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, "Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the Lord has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring."

2 Samuel 4:9 - David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, "As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,

2 Samuel 4:10 - when someone told me, 'Saul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news!

2 Samuel 4:11 - How much more - when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed - should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!"

2 Samuel 4:12 - So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner's tomb at Hebron.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 5

David Becomes King Over Israel

2 Samuel 5:1 - All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "We are your own flesh and blood.

2 Samuel 5:2 - In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.'"

2 Samuel 5:3 - When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

2 Samuel 5:4 - David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.

2 Samuel 5:5 - In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

David Conquers Jerusalem

2 Samuel 5:6 - The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, "You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off." They thought, "David cannot get in here."

2 Samuel 5:7 - Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion - which is the City of David.

2 Samuel 5:8 - On that day David had said, "Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those 'lame and blind' who are David's enemies." That is why they say, "The 'blind and lame' will not enter the palace."

2 Samuel 5:9 - David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.

2 Samuel 5:10 - And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.

2 Samuel 5:11 - Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.

2 Samuel 5:12 - Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

2 Samuel 5:13 - After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.

2 Samuel 5:14 - These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

2 Samuel 5:15 - Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,

2 Samuel 5:16 - Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines

2 Samuel 5:17 - When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.

2 Samuel 5:18 - Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;

2 Samuel 5:19 - so David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?" The Lord answered him, "Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands."

2 Samuel 5:20 - So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, "As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me." So that place was called Baal Perazim.

2 Samuel 5:21 - The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.

2 Samuel 5:22 - Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;

2 Samuel 5:23 - so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, "Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.

2 Samuel 5:24 - As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army."

2 Samuel 5:25 - So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 6

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 6:1 - David again brought together all the able young men of Israel - thirty thousand.

2 Samuel 6:2 - He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark.

2 Samuel 6:3 - They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart

2 Samuel 6:4 - with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it.

2 Samuel 6:5 - David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

2 Samuel 6:6 - When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.

2 Samuel 6:7 - The Lord's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:8 - Then David was angry because the Lord's wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.

2 Samuel 6:9 - David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, "How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?"

2 Samuel 6:10 - He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

2 Samuel 6:11 - The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.

2 Samuel 6:12 - Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.

2 Samuel 6:13 - When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

2 Samuel 6:14 - Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,

2 Samuel 6:15 - while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

2 Samuel 6:16 - As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:17 - They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord.

2 Samuel 6:18 - After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty.

2 Samuel 6:19 - Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

2 Samuel 6:20 - When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"

2 Samuel 6:21 - David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord's people Israel - I will celebrate before the Lord.

2 Samuel 6:22 - I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor."

2 Samuel 6:23 - And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 7

God's Promise to David

2 Samuel 7:1 - After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him,

2 Samuel 7:2 - he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."

2 Samuel 7:3 - Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you."

2 Samuel 7:4 - But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

2 Samuel 7:5 - "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?

2 Samuel 7:6 - I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.

2 Samuel 7:7 - Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"'

2 Samuel 7:8 - "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.

2 Samuel 7:9 - I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.

2 Samuel 7:10 - And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning

2 Samuel 7:11 - and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. "'The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:

2 Samuel 7:12 - When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.

2 Samuel 7:13 - He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

2 Samuel 7:14 - I will be his father, and he will be my son. When (if) he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.

2 Samuel 7:15 - But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

2 Samuel 7:16 - Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'"

2 Samuel 7:17 - Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

David's Prayer

2 Samuel 7:18 - Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: "Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

2 Samuel 7:19 - And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant - and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!

2 Samuel 7:20 - "What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord.

2 Samuel 7:21 - For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

2 Samuel 7:22 - "How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

2 Samuel 7:23 - And who is like your people Israel - the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?

2 Samuel 7:24 - You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.

2 Samuel 7:25 - "And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,

2 Samuel 7:26 - so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, 'The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.

2 Samuel 7:27 - "Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, 'I will build a house for you.' So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.

2 Samuel 7:28 - Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.

2 Samuel 7:29 - Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."

2nd Samuel - Chapter 8

David's Victories

2 Samuel 8:1 - In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 8:2 - David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.

2 Samuel 8:3 - Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at the Euphrates River.

2 Samuel 8:4 - David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

2 Samuel 8:5 - When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.

2 Samuel 8:6 - He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

2 Samuel 8:7 - David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 8:8 - From Tebah and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

2 Samuel 8:9 - When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,

2 Samuel 8:10 - he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

2 Samuel 8:11 - King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:

2 Samuel 8:12 - Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

2 Samuel 8:13 - And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

2 Samuel 8:14 - He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

David's Officials

2 Samuel 8:15 - David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.

2 Samuel 8:16 - Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;

2 Samuel 8:17 - Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah was secretary;

2 Samuel 8:18 - Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 9

David and Mephibosheth

2 Samuel 9:1 - David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?"

2 Samuel 9:2 - Now there was a servant of Saul's household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" "At your service," he replied.

2 Samuel 9:3 - The king asked, "Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?" Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet."

2 Samuel 9:4 - "Where is he?" the king asked. Ziba answered, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar."

2 Samuel 9:5 - So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

2 Samuel 9:6 - When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, "Mephibosheth!" "At your service," he replied.

2 Samuel 9:7 - "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."

2 Samuel 9:8 - Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?"

2 Samuel 9:9 - Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's steward, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.

2 Samuel 9:10 - You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master's grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table." (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

2 Samuel 9:11 - Then Ziba said to the king, "Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do." So Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's sons.

2 Samuel 9:12 - Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba's household were servants of Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 9:13 - And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king's table; he was lame in both feet.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 10

David Defeats the Ammonites

2 Samuel 10:1 - In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king.

2 Samuel 10:2David thought, "I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David's men came to the land of the Ammonites,

2 Samuel 10:3the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn't David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?"

2 Samuel 10:4So Hanun seized David's envoys, shaved off half of each man's beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.

2 Samuel 10:5When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, "Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back."

2 Samuel 10:6When the Ammonites realized that they had become obnoxious to David, they hired twenty thousand Aramean foot soldiers from Beth Rehob and Zobah, as well as the king of Maakah with a thousand men, and also twelve thousand men from Tob.

2 Samuel 10:7On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting men.

2 Samuel 10:8The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maakah were by themselves in the open country.

2 Samuel 10:9Joab saw that there were battle lines in front of him and behind him; so he selected some of the best troops in Israel and deployed them against the Arameans.

2 Samuel 10:10He put the rest of the men under the command of Abishai his brother and deployed them against the Ammonites.

2 Samuel 10:11Joab said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.

2 Samuel 10:12Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight."

2 Samuel 10:13Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.

2 Samuel 10:14When the Ammonites realized that the Arameans were fleeing, they fled before Abishai and went inside the city. So Joab returned from fighting the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 10:15After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they regrouped.

2 Samuel 10:16Hadadezer had Arameans brought from beyond the Euphrates River; they went to Helam, with Shobak the commander of Hadadezer's army leading them.

2 Samuel 10:17When David was told of this, he gathered all Israel, crossed the Jordan and went to Helam. The Arameans formed their battle lines to meet David and fought against him.

2 Samuel 10:18But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers. He also struck down Shobak the commander of their army, and he died there.

2 Samuel 10:19When all the kings who were vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with the Israelites and became subject to them. So the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 11

David and Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11:1 - In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 11:2 - One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,

2 Samuel 11:3 - and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite."

2 Samuel 11:4 - Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.

2 Samuel 11:5 - The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."

2 Samuel 11:6 - So David sent this word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent him to David.

2 Samuel 11:7 - When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.

2 Samuel 11:8 - Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.

2 Samuel 11:9 - But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house.

2 Samuel 11:10 - David was told, "Uriah did not go home." So he asked Uriah, "Haven't you just come from a military campaign? Why didn't you go home?"

2 Samuel 11:11 - Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"

2 Samuel 11:12 - Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.

2 Samuel 11:13 - At David's invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master's servants; he did not go home.

2 Samuel 11:14 - In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.

2 Samuel 11:15 - In it he wrote, "Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."

2 Samuel 11:16 - So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.

2 Samuel 11:17 - When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.

2 Samuel 11:18 - Joab sent David a full account of the battle.

2 Samuel 11:19 - He instructed the messenger: "When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,

2 Samuel 11:20 - the king's anger may flare up, and he may ask you, 'Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?

2 Samuel 11:21 - Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn't a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, 'Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'"

2 Samuel 11:22 - The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.

2 Samuel 11:23 - The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.

2 Samuel 11:24 - Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."

2 Samuel 11:25 - David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: 'Don't let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.' Say this to encourage Joab."

2 Samuel 11:26 - When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.

2 Samuel 11:27 - After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 12

Nathan Rebukes David (Parable of David's Sin)

2 Samuel 12:1 - The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.

2 Samuel 12:2 - The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,

2 Samuel 12:3 - but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

2 Samuel 12:4 - "Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."

2 Samuel 12:5 - David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!

2 Samuel 12:6 - He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."

2 Samuel 12:7 - Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.

2 Samuel 12:8 - I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

2 Samuel 12:9 - Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.

2 Samuel 12:10 - Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'

2 Samuel 12:11 - "This is what the Lord says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.

2 Samuel 12:12 - You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'"

2 Samuel 12:13 - Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

2 Samuel 12:14 - But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die."

2 Samuel 12:15 - After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.

2 Samuel 12:16 - David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.

2 Samuel 12:17 - The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

2 Samuel 12:18 - On the seventh day the child died. David's attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, "While the child was still living, he wouldn't listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate."

2 Samuel 12:19 - David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked. "Yes," they replied, "he is dead."

2 Samuel 12:20 - Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

2 Samuel 12:21 - His attendants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!"

2 Samuel 12:22 - He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.'

2 Samuel 12:23 - But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."

2 Samuel 12:24 - Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;

2 Samuel 12:25 - and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.

2 Samuel 12:26 - Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel.

2 Samuel 12:27 - Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, "I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply.

2 Samuel 12:28 - Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me."

2 Samuel 12:29 - So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it.

2 Samuel 12:30 - David took the crown from their king's head, and it was placed on his own head. It weighed a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones. David took a great quantity of plunder from the city

2 Samuel 12:31 - and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 13

Amnon and Tamar

2 Samuel 13:1 - In the course of time, /U>Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.

2 Samuel 13:2 - Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.

2 Samuel 13:3 - Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.

2 Samuel 13:4 - He asked Amnon, "Why do you, the king's son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won't you tell me?" Amnon said to him, "I'm in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."

2 Samuel 13:5 - "Go to bed and pretend to be ill," Jonadab said. "When your father comes to see you, say to him, 'I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.'"

2 Samuel 13:6 - So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, "I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand."

2 Samuel 13:7 - David sent word to Tamar at the palace: "Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him."

2 Samuel 13:8 - So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it.

2 Samuel 13:9 - Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat. "Send everyone out of here," Amnon said. So everyone left him.

2 Samuel 13:10 - Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand." And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom.

2 Samuel 13:11 - But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, "Come to bed with me, my sister."

2 Samuel 13:12 - "No, my brother!" she said to him. "Don't force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don't do this wicked thing.

2 Samuel 13:13 - What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you."

2 Samuel 13:14 - But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.

2 Samuel 13:15 - Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, "Get up and get out!"

2 Samuel 13:16 - "No!" she said to him. "Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me." But he refused to listen to her.

2 Samuel 13:17 - He called his personal servant and said, "Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her."

2 Samuel 13:18 - So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.

2 Samuel 13:19 - Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.

2 Samuel 13:20 - Her brother Absalom said to her, "Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart." And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom's house, a desolate woman.

2 Samuel 13:21 - When King David heard all this, he was furious.

2 Samuel 13:22 - And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.

Absalom Kills Amnon

2 Samuel 13:23 - Two years later, when Absalom's sheepshearers were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king's sons to come there.

2 Samuel 13:24 - Absalom went to the king and said, "Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?"

2 Samuel 13:25 - "No, my son," the king replied. "All of us should not go; we would only be a burden to you." Although Absalom urged him, he still refused to go but gave him his blessing.

2 Samuel 13:26 - Then Absalom said, "If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us." The king asked him, "Why should he go with you?"

2 Samuel 13:27 - But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king's sons.

2 Samuel 13:28 - Absalom ordered his men, "Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, 'Strike Amnon down,' then kill him. Don't be afraid. Haven't I given you this order? Be strong and brave."

2 Samuel 13:29 - So Absalom's men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king's sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.

2 Samuel 13:30 - While they were on their way, the report came to David: "Absalom has struck down all the king's sons; not one of them is left."

2 Samuel 13:31 - The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.

2 Samuel 13:32 - But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother, said, "My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom's express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar.

2 Samuel 13:33 - My lord the king should not be concerned about the report that all the king's sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead."

2 Samuel 13:34 - Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, "I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill."

2 Samuel 13:35 - Jonadab said to the king, "See, the king's sons have come; it has happened just as your servant said."

2 Samuel 13:36 - As he finished speaking, the king's sons came in, wailing loudly. The king, too, and all his attendants wept very bitterly.

2 Samuel 13:37 - Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned many days for his son.

2 Samuel 13:38 - After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.

2 Samuel 13:39 - And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon's death.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 14

Absalom Returns to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 14:1 - Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart longed for Absalom.

2 Samuel 14:2 - So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, "Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don't use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.

2 Samuel 14:3 - Then go to the king and speak these words to him." And Joab put the words in her mouth.

2 Samuel 14:4 - When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"

2 Samuel 14:5 - The king asked her, "What is troubling you?" She said, "I am a widow; my husband is dead.

2 Samuel 14:6 - I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him.

2 Samuel 14:7 - Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, 'Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.' They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth."

2 Samuel 14:8 - The king said to the woman, "Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf."

2 Samuel 14:9 - But the woman from Tekoa said to him, "Let my lord the king pardon me and my family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt."

2 Samuel 14:10 - The king replied, "If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again."

2 Samuel 14:11 - She said, "Then let the king invoke the Lord his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed." "As surely as the Lord lives," he said, "not one hair of your son's head will fall to the ground."

2 Samuel 14:12 - Then the woman said, "Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king." "Speak," he replied.

2 Samuel 14:13 - The woman said, "Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son?

2 Samuel 14:14 - Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.

2 Samuel 14:15 - "And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, 'I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant's request.

2 Samuel 14:16 - Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from God's inheritance.'

2 Samuel 14:17 - "And now your servant says, 'May the word of my lord the king secure my inheritance, for my lord the king is like an angel of God in discerning good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you.'"

2 Samuel 14:18 - Then the king said to the woman, "Don't keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you." "Let my lord the king speak," the woman said.

2 Samuel 14:19 - The king asked, "Isn't the hand of Joab with you in all this?" The woman answered, "As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant.

2 Samuel 14:20 - Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God - he knows everything that happens in the land."

2 Samuel 14:21 - The king said to Joab, "Very well, I will do it. Go, bring back the young man Absalom."

2 Samuel 14:22 - Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king. Joab said, "Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant's request."

2 Samuel 14:23 - Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 14:24 - But the king said, "He must go to his own house; he must not see my face." So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.

2 Samuel 14:25 - In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.

2 Samuel 14:26 - Whenever he cut the hair of his head - he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him - he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard.

2 Samuel 14:27 - Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter's name was Tamar, and she became a beautiful woman.

2 Samuel 14:28 - Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's face.

2 Samuel 14:29 - Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come.

2 Samuel 14:30 - Then he said to his servants, "Look, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire." So Absalom's servants set the field on fire.

2 Samuel 14:31 - Then Joab did go to Absalom's house, and he said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?"

2 Samuel 14:32 - Absalom said to Joab, "Look, I sent word to you and said, 'Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there!"' Now then, I want to see the king's face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death."

2 Samuel 14:33 - So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 15

Absalom's Conspiracy

2 Samuel 15:1 - In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.

2 Samuel 15:2 - He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, "What town are you from?" He would answer, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."

2 Samuel 15:3 - Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."

2 Samuel 15:4 - And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice."

2 Samuel 15:5 - Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.

2 Samuel 15:6 - Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 15:7 - At the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the Lord.

2 Samuel 15:8 - While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: 'If the Lord takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the Lord in Hebron.'"

2 Samuel 15:9 - The king said to him, "Go in peace." So he went to Hebron.

2 Samuel 15:10 - Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron.'"

2 Samuel 15:11 - Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.

2 Samuel 15:12 - While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom's following kept on increasing.

David Flees

2 Samuel 15:13 - A messenger came and told David, "The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom."

2 Samuel 15:14 - Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, "Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword."

2 Samuel 15:15 - The king's officials answered him, "Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses."

2 Samuel 15:16 - The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.

2 Samuel 15:17 - So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city.

2 Samuel 15:18 - All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.

2 Samuel 15:19 - The king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.

2 Samuel 15:20 - You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the Lord show you kindness and faithfulness."

2 Samuel 15:21 - But Ittai replied to the king, "As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be."

2 Samuel 15:22 - David said to Ittai, "Go ahead, march on." So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.

2 Samuel 15:23 - The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.

2 Samuel 15:24 - Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.

2 Samuel 15:25 - Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.

2 Samuel 15:26 - But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him."

2 Samuel 15:27 - The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. Take your son Ahimaaz with you, and also Abiathar's son Jonathan. You and Abiathar return with your two sons.

2 Samuel 15:28 - I will wait at the fords in the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me."

2 Samuel 15:29 - So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.

2 Samuel 15:30 - But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.

2 Samuel 15:31 - Now David had been told, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "Lord, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."

2 Samuel 15:32 - When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.

2 Samuel 15:33 - David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden to me.

2 Samuel 15:34 - But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, 'Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father's servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,' then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel's advice.

2 Samuel 15:35 - Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.

2 Samuel 15:36 - Their two sons, Ahimaaz son of Zadok and Jonathan son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."

2 Samuel 15:37 - So Hushai, David's confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 16

David and Ziba

2 Samuel 16:1 - When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.

2 Samuel 16:2 - The king asked Ziba, "Why have you brought these?" Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness."

2 Samuel 16:3 - The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?" Ziba said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather's kingdom.'"

2 Samuel 16:4 - Then the king said to Ziba, "All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours." "I humbly bow," Ziba said. "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king."

Shimei Curses David

2 Samuel 16:5 - As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul's family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out.

2 Samuel 16:6 - He pelted David and all the king's officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David's right and left.

2 Samuel 16:7 - As he cursed, Shimei said, "Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!

2 Samuel 16:8 - The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!"

2 Samuel 16:9 - Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head."

2 Samuel 16:10 - But the king said, "What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, 'Curse David,' who can ask, 'Why do you do this?'"

2 Samuel 16:11 - David then said to Abishai and all his officials, "My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.

2 Samuel 16:12 - It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today."

2 Samuel 16:13 - So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.

2 Samuel 16:14 - The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.

The Advice of Ahithophel and Hushai

2 Samuel 16:15 - Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.

2 Samuel 16:16 - Then Hushai the Arkite, David's confidant, went to Absalom and said to him, "Long live the king! Long live the king!"

2 Samuel 16:17 - Absalom said to Hushai, "So this is the love you show your friend? If he's your friend, why didn't you go with him?"

2 Samuel 16:18 - Hushai said to Absalom, "No, the one chosen by the Lord, by these people, and by all the men of Israel - his I will be, and I will remain with him.

2 Samuel 16:19 - Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you."

2 Samuel 16:20 - Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give us your advice. What should we do?"

2 Samuel 16:21 - Ahithophel answered, "Sleep with your father's concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute."

2 Samuel 16:22 - So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

2 Samuel 16:23 - Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel's advice.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 17

2 Samuel 17:1 - Ahithophel said to Absalom, "I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.

2 Samuel 17:2 - I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king

2 Samuel 17:3 - and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed."

2 Samuel 17:4 - This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

2 Samuel 17:5 - But Absalom said, "Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say as well."

2 Samuel 17:6 - When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, "Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion."

2 Samuel 17:7 - Hushai replied to Absalom, "The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.

2 Samuel 17:8 - You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.

2 Samuel 17:9 - Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, whoever hears about it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.'

2 Samuel 17:10 - Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.

2 Samuel 17:11 - "So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba - as numerous as the sand on the seashore - be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.

2 Samuel 17:12 - Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.

2 Samuel 17:13 - If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not so much as a pebble is left."

2 Samuel 17:14 - Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel." For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

2 Samuel 17:15 - Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, "Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.

2 Samuel 17:16 - Now send a message at once and tell David, 'Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.'"

2 Samuel 17:17 - Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.

2 Samuel 17:18 - But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.

2 Samuel 17:19 - His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.

2 Samuel 17:20 - When Absalom's men came to the woman at the house, they asked, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" The woman answered them, "They crossed over the brook." The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 17:21 - After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, "Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you."

2 Samuel 17:22 - So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.

2 Samuel 17:23 - When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father's tomb.

Absalom's Death

2 Samuel 17:24 - David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.

2 Samuel 17:25 - Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether, an Ishmaelite who had married Abigail, the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.

2 Samuel 17:26 - The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

2 Samuel 17:27 - When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim

2 Samuel 17:28 - brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,

2 Samuel 17:29 - honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, "The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness."

2nd Samuel - Chapter 18

2 Samuel 18:1 - David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.

2 Samuel 18:2 - David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab's brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, "I myself will surely march out with you."

2 Samuel 18:3 - But the men said, "You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won't care about us. Even if half of us die, they won't care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city."

2 Samuel 18:4 - The king answered, "I will do whatever seems best to you." So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands.

2 Samuel 18:5 - The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, "Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake." And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.

2 Samuel 18:6 - David's army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.

2 Samuel 18:7 - There Israel's troops were routed by David's men, and the casualties that day were great - twenty thousand men.

2 Samuel 18:8 - The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

2 Samuel 18:9 - Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

2 Samuel 18:10 - When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree."

2 Samuel 18:11 - Joab said to the man who had told him this, "What! You saw him? Why didn't you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior's belt."

2 Samuel 18:12 - But the man replied, "Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king's son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, 'Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.'

2 Samuel 18:13 - And if I had put my life in jeopardy - and nothing is hidden from the king - you would have kept your distance from me."

2 Samuel 18:14 - Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this for you." So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.

2 Samuel 18:15 - And ten of Joab's armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.

2 Samuel 18:16 - Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them.

2 Samuel 18:17 - They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.

2 Samuel 18:18 - During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.

David Mourns

2 Samuel 18:19 - Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, "Let me run and take the news to the king that the Lord has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies."

2 Samuel 18:20 - "You are not the one to take the news today," Joab told him. "You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king's son is dead."

2 Samuel 18:21 - Then Joab said to a Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen." The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off.

2 Samuel 18:22 - Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, "Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite." But Joab replied, "My son, why do you want to go? You don't have any news that will bring you a reward."

2 Samuel 18:23 - He said, "Come what may, I want to run." So Joab said, "Run!" Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and outran the Cushite.

2 Samuel 18:24 - While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone.

2 Samuel 18:25 - The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, "If he is alone, he must have good news." And the runner came closer and closer.

2 Samuel 18:26 - Then the watchman saw another runner, and he called down to the gatekeeper, "Look, another man running alone!" The king said, "He must be bringing good news, too."

2 Samuel 18:27 - The watchman said, "It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok." "He's a good man," the king said. "He comes with good news."

2 Samuel 18:28 - Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, "All is well!" He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, "Praise be to the Lord your God! He has delivered up those who lifted their hands against my lord the king."

2 Samuel 18:29 - The king asked, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" Ahimaaz answered, "I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king's servant and me, your servant, but I don't know what it was."

2 Samuel 18:30 - The king said, "Stand aside and wait here." So he stepped aside and stood there.

2 Samuel 18:31 - Then the Cushite arrived and said, "My lord the king, hear the good news! The Lord has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you."

2 Samuel 18:32 - The king asked the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man."

2 Samuel 18:33 - The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you - O Absalom, my son, my son!"

2nd Samuel - Chapter 19

2 Samuel 19:1 - Joab was told, "The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom."

2 Samuel 19:2 - And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, "The king is grieving for his son."

2 Samuel 19:3 - The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle.

2 Samuel 19:4 - The king covered his face and cried aloud, "O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!"

2 Samuel 19:5 - Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, "Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines.

2 Samuel 19:6 - You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead.

2 Samuel 19:7 - Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don't go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now."

2 Samuel 19:8 - So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, "The king is sitting in the gateway," they all came before him. Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.

David Returns to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 19:9 - Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom;

2 Samuel 19:10 - and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?"

2 Samuel 19:11 - King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: "Ask the elders of Judah, 'Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters?

2 Samuel 19:12 - You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?'

2 Samuel 19:13 - And say to Amasa, 'Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.'"

2 Samuel 19:14 - He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, "Return, you and all your men."

2 Samuel 19:15 - Then the king returned and went as far as the Jordan. Now the men of Judah had come to Gilgal to go out and meet the king and bring him across the Jordan.

2 Samuel 19:16 - Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.

2 Samuel 19:17 - With him were a thousand Benjamites, along with Ziba, the steward of Saul's household, and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed to the Jordan, where the king was.

2 Samuel 19:18 - They crossed at the ford to take the king's household over and to do whatever he wished. When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king

2 Samuel 19:19 - and said to him, "May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind.

2 Samuel 19:20 - For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king."

2 Samuel 19:21 - Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the Lord's anointed."

2 Samuel 19:22 - David replied, "What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don't I know that today I am king over Israel?"

2 Samuel 19:23 - So the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king promised him on oath.

2 Samuel 19:24 - Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely.

2 Samuel 19:25 - When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, "Why didn't you go with me, Mephibosheth?"

2 Samuel 19:26 - He said, "My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, 'I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.' But Ziba my servant betrayed me.

2 Samuel 19:27 - And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish.

2 Samuel 19:28 - All my grandfather's descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?"

2 Samuel 19:29 - The king said to him, "Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land."

2 Samuel 19:30 - Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely."

2 Samuel 19:31 - Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there.

2 Samuel 19:32 - Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.

2 Samuel 19:33 - The king said to Barzillai, "Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you."

2 Samuel 19:34 - But Barzillai answered the king, "How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king?

2 Samuel 19:35 - I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

2 Samuel 19:36 - Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way?

2 Samuel 19:37 - Let your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father and mother. But here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever you wish."

2 Samuel 19:38 - The king said, "Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever you wish. And anything you desire from me I will do for you."

2 Samuel 19:39 - So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and bid him farewell, and Barzillai returned to his home.

2 Samuel 19:40 - When the king crossed over to Gilgal, Kimham crossed with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel had taken the king over.

2 Samuel 19:41 - Soon all the men of Israel were coming to the king and saying to him, "Why did our brothers, the men of Judah, steal the king away and bring him and his household across the Jordan, together with all his men?"

2 Samuel 19:42 - All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "We did this because the king is closely related to us. Why are you angry about it? Have we eaten any of the king's provisions? Have we taken anything for ourselves?"

2 Samuel 19:43 - Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, "We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us with contempt? Weren't we the first to speak of bringing back our king?" But the men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 20

Sheba Rebels Against David

2 Samuel 20:1 - Now a troublemaker named Sheba son of Bikri, a Benjamite, happened to be there. He sounded the trumpet and shouted, "We have no share in David, no part in Jesse's son! Every man to his tent, Israel!"

2 Samuel 20:2 - So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bikri. But the men of Judah stayed by their king all the way from the Jordan to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 20:3 - When David returned to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to take care of the palace and put them in a house under guard. He provided for them but had no sexual relations with them. They were kept in confinement till the day of their death, living as widows.

2 Samuel 20:4 - Then the king said to Amasa, "Summon the men of Judah to come to me within three days, and be here yourself."

2 Samuel 20:5 - But when Amasa went to summon Judah, he took longer than the time the king had set for him.

2 Samuel 20:6 - David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba son of Bikri will do us more harm than Absalom did. Take your master's men and pursue him, or he will find fortified cities and escape from us."

2 Samuel 20:7 - So Joab's men and the Kerethites and Pelethites and all the mighty warriors went out under the command of Abishai. They marched out from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.

2 Samuel 20:8 - While they were at the great rock in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it at his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As he stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath.

2 Samuel 20:9 - Joab said to Amasa, "How are you, my brother?" Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

2 Samuel 20:10 - Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab's hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa died. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bikri.

2 Samuel 20:11 - One of Joab's men stood beside Amasa and said, "Whoever favors Joab, and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab!"

2 Samuel 20:12 - Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the middle of the road, and the man saw that all the troops came to a halt there. When he realized that everyone who came up to Amasa stopped, he dragged him from the road into a field and threw a garment over him.

2 Samuel 20:13 - After Amasa had been removed from the road, everyone went on with Joab to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.

2 Samuel 20:14 - Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel Beth Maakah and through the entire region of the Bikrites, who gathered together and followed him.

2 Samuel 20:15 - All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah. They built a siege ramp up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down,

2 Samuel 20:16 - a wise woman called from the city, "Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him."

2 Samuel 20:17 - He went toward her, and she asked, "Are you Joab?" "I am," he answered. She said, "Listen to what your servant has to say." "I'm listening," he said.

2 Samuel 20:18 - She continued, "Long ago they used to say, 'Get your answer at Abel,' and that settled it.

2 Samuel 20:19 - We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord's inheritance?"

2 Samuel 20:20 - "Far be it from me!" Joab replied, "Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!

2 Samuel 20:21 - That is not the case. A man named Sheba son of Bikri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I'll withdraw from the city." The woman said to Joab, "His head will be thrown to you from the wall."

2 Samuel 20:22 - Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.

David's Officials

2 Samuel 20:23 - Joab was over Israel's entire army; Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites;

2 Samuel 20:24 - Adoniram was in charge of forced labor; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;

2 Samuel 20:25 - Sheva was secretary; Zadok and Abiathar were priests; 26 and Ira the Jairite was David's priest.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 21

The Gibeonites Avenged

2 Samuel 21:1 - During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death."

2 Samuel 21:2 - The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.)

2 Samuel 21:3 - David asked the Gibeonites, "What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the Lord's inheritance?"

2 Samuel 21:4 - The Gibeonites answered him, "We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death." "What do you want me to do for you?" David asked.

2 Samuel 21:5 - They answered the king, "As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel,

2 Samuel 21:6 - let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul - the Lord's chosen one." So the king said, "I will give them to you."

2 Samuel 21:7 - The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul.

2 Samuel 21:8 - But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah's daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul's daughter Merab, whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite.

2 Samuel 21:9 - He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the Lord. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.

2 Samuel 21:10 - Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night.

2 Samuel 21:11 - When David was told what Aiah's daughter Rizpah, Saul's concubine, had done,

2 Samuel 21:12 - he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)

2 Samuel 21:13 - David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.

2 Samuel 21:14 - They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul's father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.

Wars Against the Philistines

2 Samuel 21:15 - Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.

2 Samuel 21:16 - And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.

2 Samuel 21:17 - But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, saying, "Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished."

2 Samuel 21:18 - In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.

2 Samuel 21:19 - In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.

2 Samuel 21:20 - In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot - twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha.

2 Samuel 21:21 - When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David's brother, killed him.

2 Samuel 21:22 - These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 22

David's Song of Praise

2 Samuel 22:1 - David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

2 Samuel 22:2 - He said: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:3 - my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent people you save me.

2 Samuel 22:4 - "I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22:5 - The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

2 Samuel 22:6 - The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

2 Samuel 22:7 - "In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

2 Samuel 22:8 - The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry.

2 Samuel 22:9 - Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.

2 Samuel 22:10 - He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

2 Samuel 22:11 - He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.

2 Samuel 22:12 - He made darkness his canopy around him - the dark rain clouds of the sky.

2 Samuel 22:13 - Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.

2 Samuel 22:14 - The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

2 Samuel 22:15 - He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.

2 Samuel 22:16 - The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.

2 Samuel 22:17 - "He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

2 Samuel 22:18 - He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

2 Samuel 22:19 - They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.

2 Samuel 22:20 - He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

2 Samuel 22:21 - "The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

2 Samuel 22:22 - For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God.

2 Samuel 22:23 - All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.

2 Samuel 22:24 - I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

2 Samuel 22:25 - The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.

2 Samuel 22:26 - "To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

2 Samuel 22:27 - to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

2 Samuel 22:28 - You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.

2 Samuel 22:29 - You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

2 Samuel 22:30 - With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.

2 Samuel 22:31 - "As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

2 Samuel 22:32 - For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?

2 Samuel 22:33 - It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

2 Samuel 22:34 - He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.

2 Samuel 22:35 - He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

2 Samuel 22:36 - You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.

2 Samuel 22:37 - You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.

2 Samuel 22:38 - "I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

2 Samuel 22:39 - I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.

2 Samuel 22:40 - You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.

2 Samuel 22:41 - You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.

2 Samuel 22:42 - They cried for help, but there was no one to save them - to the Lord, but he did not answer.

2 Samuel 22:43 - I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.

2 Samuel 22:44 - "You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,

2 Samuel 22:45 - foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

2 Samuel 22:46 - They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.

2 Samuel 22:47 - "The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

2 Samuel 22:48 - He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,

2 Samuel 22:49 - who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.

2 Samuel 22:50 - Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.

2 Samuel 22:51 - "He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever."

2nd Samuel - Chapter 23

David's Last Words

2 Samuel 23:1 These are the last words of David: "The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel's songs:

2 Samuel 23:2 - "The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.

2 Samuel 23:3 - The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,

2 Samuel 23:4 - he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.'

2 Samuel 23:5 - "If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.

2 Samuel 23:6 - But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.

2 Samuel 23:7 - Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie."

David's Mighty Warriors

2 Samuel 23:8 - These are the names of David's mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.

2 Samuel 23:9 - Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the Israelites retreated,

2 Samuel 23:10 but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.

2 Samuel 23:11 - Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel's troops fled from them.

2 Samuel 23:12 But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.

2 Samuel 23:13 - During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.

2 Samuel 23:14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.

2 Samuel 23:15 David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"

2 Samuel 23:16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord.

2 Samuel 23:17 "Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!" he said. "Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?" And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.

2 Samuel 23:18 - Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.

2 Samuel 23:19 Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them.

2 Samuel 23:20 - Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab's two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

2 Samuel 23:21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.

2 Samuel 23:22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.

2 Samuel 23:23 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

2 Samuel 23:24 - Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,

2 Samuel 23:25 - Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

2 Samuel 23:26 - Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,

2 Samuel 23:27 - Abiezer from Anathoth, Sibbekai the Hushathite,

2 Samuel 23:28 - Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

2 Samuel 23:29 - Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,

2 Samuel 23:30 - Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash,

2 Samuel 23:31 - Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

2 Samuel 23:32 - Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan

2 Samuel 23:33 - son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,

2 Samuel 23:34 - Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

2 Samuel 23:35 - Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

2 Samuel 23:36 - Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri,

2 Samuel 23:37 - Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,

2 Samuel 23:38 - Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite

2 Samuel 23:39 - and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.

2nd Samuel - Chapter 24

David Enrolls the Fighting Men

2 Samuel 24:1 - Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go and take a census of Israel and Judah."

2 Samuel 24:2v So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are."

2 Samuel 24:3 - But Joab replied to the king, "May the Lord your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?"

2 Samuel 24:4 - The king's word, however, overruled Joab and the army commanders; so they left the presence of the king to enroll the fighting men of Israel.

2 Samuel 24:5 - After crossing the Jordan, they camped near Aroer, south of the town in the gorge, and then went through Gad and on to Jazer.

2 Samuel 24:6 - They went to Gilead and the region of Tahtim Hodshi, and on to Dan Jaan and around toward Sidon.

2 Samuel 24:7 - Then they went toward the fortress of Tyre and all the towns of the Hivites and Canaanites. Finally, they went on to Beersheba in the Negev of Judah.

2 Samuel 24:8 - After they had gone through the entire land, they came back to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

2 Samuel 24:9 - Joab reported the number of the fighting men to the king: In Israel there were eight hundred thousand able-bodied men who could handle a sword, and in Judah five hundred thousand.

2 Samuel 24:10 - David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing."

2 Samuel 24:11 - Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad the prophet, David's seer:

2 Samuel 24:12 - "Go and tell David, 'This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.'"

2 Samuel 24:13 - So Gad went to David and said to him, "Shall there come on you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me."

2 Samuel 24:14 - David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands."

2 Samuel 24:15 - So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.

2 Samuel 24:16 - When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

2 Samuel 24:17 - When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the Lord, "I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family."

David Builds an Altar

2 Samuel 24:18 - On that day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite."

2 Samuel 24:19 - So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad.

2 Samuel 24:20 - When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.

2 Samuel 24:21 - Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" "To buy your threshing floor," David answered, "so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped."

2 Samuel 24:22 - Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take whatever he wishes and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.

2 Samuel 24:23 - Your Majesty, Araunah gives all this to the king." Araunah also said to him, "May the Lord your God accept you."

2 Samuel 24:24 - But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

2 Samuel 24:25 - David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

II Samuel 24 - Last Chapter

I Kings
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1st Kings - Chapter 1

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II Kings
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2nd Kings - Chapter 1

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I Chronicles
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1st Chronicles - Chapter 28

I Chronicles 28:9 - And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

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History - Ezra (440 BC)

The oldest manuscripts of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the OT treat Ezra and Nehemiah as one book.

Most scholars conclude that the author/compiler of Ezra and Nehemiah was also the author of 1,2 Chronicles.

  • First Return from Exile and Rebuilding of the Temple (Chapters 1-6)
    • First Return of the Exiles (Chapter 1)
    • List of Returning Exiles (Chapter 2)
    • Revival of Temple Worship (Chapter 3)
    • Opposition to Rebuilding (Chapter 4:1-23)
    • Completion of the Temple (Chapters 4:24-6:22)
  • Ezra's Return and reforms (Chapters 7-10)
    • Ezra's Return (Chapters 7-8)
    • Ezra's Reforms (Chapters 9-10)

Ezra - Chapter 1 - Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

Ezra 1:1 - In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

Ezra 1:2 - "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

Ezra 1:3 - Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.

Ezra 1:4 - And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.'"

Ezra 1:5 - Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites - everyone whose heart God had moved - prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:6 - All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

Ezra 1:7 - Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.

Ezra 1:8 - Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

Ezra 1:9 - This was the inventory:
gold dishes 30
silver dishes 1,000
silver pans 29

Ezra 1:10 - gold bowls 30
matching silver bowls 410
other articles 1,000

Ezra 1:11 - In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

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Nehemiah - Chapter 1

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Esther - Chapter 1

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Job - Chapter 1

Job 1:1 - In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:3 - He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job 1:6 - One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.

Job 1:7 - The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."

Job 1:8 - Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God, and shuns evil."

Job 1:9 - Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.

Job 1:10 - Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

Job 1:11 - But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.

Job 1:12 - The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job 1:13 - One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,

Job 1:14 - a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,

Job 1:15 - and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!

Job 1:16 - While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

Job 1:21 - Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.

Job - Chapter 2

Job 2:4 - "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life.

Job 2:5 - But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and He will surely curse you to your face."

Job 2:9 - His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"

Job 2:10 - He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"

Job - Chapter 3

Job 3:1 - After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Job 3:20 - Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,

Job 3:21 - to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure.

Job - Chapter 4

Job 4:7 - Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?

Job - Chapter 5

Job 5:2 - Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Job 5:17 - Blessed is the man whom God corrects...

Job 5:26 - You will come to the grave in full vigor...

Job - Chapter 6

Job 6:10 - Then I would still have this consolation - my joy in unrelenting pain - that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 6:15 - But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams...

Job 6:21 - Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.

Job 6:24 - Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.

Job 6:25 - How painful are honest words!

Job - Chapter 7

Job 7:20 - O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?

Job 7:21 - Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?

Job - Chapter 8

Job 8:1-3 - Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: (2) "How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind. (3) Does God pervert justice?

Job 8:20 - Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

Job 8:22 - Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.

Job - Chapter 9

Job 9:1-2 - (1) Then Job replied: (2)"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?"

Job 9:9 - He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

Job 9:15 - Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

Job 9:20 - Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

Job 9:22 - He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.

Job 9:24 - If it is not he, then who is it?

Job - Chapter 10

Job 10:3 - Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 10:4 - Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees?

Job 10:8 - Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?

Job 10:18 - Why then did you bring me out of the womb?

Job - Chapter 11

Job 11:1 - Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Job 11:5 - Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you...

Job 11:14 - if you put away the sin that is in your hand...

Job 11:16 - You will surely forget your trouble....

Job - Chapter 12

Job 12:3 - Then Job replied, "I am not inferior to you."

Job 12:5 - Men at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

Job 12:8 - ...or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.

Job 12:11 - Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

Job 12:17 - He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges.

Job - Chapter 13

Job 13:4 - You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!

Job 13:5 - If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

Job 13:9 - Would it turn out well if he examined you?

Job 13:15 - Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job - Chapter 14

Job 14:14 - If a man dies, will he live again?

Job 14:16 - Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.

Job - Chapter 15

Job 15:6 - Your own mouth condems you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

Job - Chapter 16

Job 16:2-3 - (2) ...miserable comforters are you all! (3) Will your long-winded speeches never end?

Job 16:5 - But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

Job 16:17 - ...yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.

Job 16:19 - Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

Job 16:20 - My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;

Job 16:21 - on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.

Job - Chapter 17

Job - Chapter 18

Job 18:19 - He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.

Job 18:21 - Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who knows not God.

Job - Chapter 19

Job 19:4 - If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone.

Job 19:25 - I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

Job 19:28 - If you say, "How we will hound him, since the root of the trouble lies in him,

Job 19:29 - you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword, and then you will know that there is judgment.

Job - Chapter 20

Job 20:5 - ...the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

Job 20:12-14 - (12) Though evil is sweet in his mouth... (14) it will become the venom of serpents within him.

Job 20:18 - What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.

Job 20:20 - Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.

Job - Chapter 21

Job 21:7 - Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Job 21:13 - They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.

Job 21:14 - Yet they say to God, "Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways."

Job 21:19 - It is said, "God stores up a man's punishment for his sons." Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it!

Job - Chapter 22

Job 22:23 - If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent...

Job - Chapter 23

Job 23:11 - My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

Job - Chapter 24

Job - Chapter 25

Job 25:4 - How then can a man be righteous before God?

Job - Chapter 26

Job - Chapter 27

Job - Chapter 28

Job 28:18-20 - (18) ...the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. (19) it cannot be bought with pure gold. (20) Whre then does wisdom come from?

Job 28:23 - God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells.

Job 28:28 - The fear of the Lord -- that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.

Job - Chapter 29

Job 29:14 - I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Job - Chapter 30

Job - Chapter 31

Job 31:1 - I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.

Job 31:11-12 - (11) For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged. (12) It is a fire that burns to Destruction.

Job 31:24 - If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, "You are my security...

Job 31:28 - then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

Job - Chapter 32

Job 32:1 - So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Job - Chapter 33

Job - Chapter 34

Job 34:3 - For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

Job 34:10-11 - (10) Far be it from God to do evil,... (11) He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.

Job 34:33 - Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?

Job - Chapter 35

Job - Chapter 36

Job 36:1-4 - (1) Elihu continued: (4) one perfect in knowledge is with you.

Job 36:16 - He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction...

Job 36:18 - Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

Job 36:19 - Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?

Job - Chapter 37

Job 37:24 - Therefore, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?

Job - Chapter 38

Job 38:1 - Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm.

Job 38:2 - Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?

Job 38:33 - Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth?

Job - Chapter 39

Job 39:16-17 - (16) She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, (17) for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

Job - Chapter 40

Job 40:1 - The Lord said to Job:

Job 40:8 - Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Job 40:15+19 - (15) Look at the behemoth, (19) He ranks first among the works of God.

Job - Chapter 41

Job 41:1 - Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?

Job 41:8 - If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!

Job 41:11 - Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Job - Chapter 42

Job 42:1-2 - (1) Then Job replied to the Lord: (2) I know tht you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:8 - My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.

Job 42:10 - After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:12 - The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first.

Job 42:13 - And he also had seven sons and three daughters.

Job 42:15 - Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

Job 42:16 - After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years.

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Psalms - Chapter 1

Psalms 1:1 - Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

Psalms 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his not hers; she cards not that her labor was in vain,ddfdfdsddfssdfsdfsdfsdflaw he meditates day and night.

Psalms 1:6 - For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalms - Chapter 3

Psalms 3:5 - I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Psalms - Chapter 4

Psalms 4:8 - I will lie don and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalms - Chapter 7

Psalms 7:15 - The trouble he causes recoils on himself.

Psalms - Chapter 8

Psalms 8:2 - From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.

Psalms 8:4 - ...what is man that you are mindful of him,...

Psalms - Chapter 9

Psalms 9:10 - Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalms 9:16 - The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

Psalms - Chapter 10

Psalms 10:4 - In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous;...

Psalms - Chapter 14

Psalms 14:1 - The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

Psalms 14:3 - All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalms 14:5 - God is present in the company of the righteous.

Psalms - Chapter 16

Psalms 16:2 - You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.

Psalms 16:10 - You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life;...

Psalms - Chapter 19

Psalms 19:7 - The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Psalms - Chapter 22

Psalms 22:1 - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Psalms 22:16 - Dogs have surrounded me; a band of eil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalms 22:18 - They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Psalms - Chapter 23

Psalms 23:1 - The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Psalms - Chapter 25

Psalms 25: 4 - Whow me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.

Psalms 25:7 - Remember not the sins of my youuth and my rebellious ways.

Psalms - Chapter 27

Psalms 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear?

Psalms - Chapter 29

Psalms 29:11 - The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalms - Chapter 31

Psalms 31:5 - Into your hends I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Psalms 31:23 - The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.

Psalms - Chapter 32

Psalms 32:10 - ...the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

Psalms - Chapter 33

Psalms 33:16 - No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

Psalms - Chapter 34

Psalms 34:12 - Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil.

Psalms - Chapter 37

Psalms 37:8 - Regrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret -- it leads only to evil.

Psalms 37:11 - Tut the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.

Psalms 37:16 - Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Psalms 37:21 - The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.

Psalms 37:29 - The offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

Psalms 37:39 - The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord.

Psalms - Chapter 38

Psalms 38:6 - Man...heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

Psalms - Chapter 41

Psalms 41:1 - Blessed is he who has regard for the weak...

Psalms - Chapter 44

Psalms 44:1 - Our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.

Psalms - Chapter 49

Psalms 49:7 - No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-- the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--

Psalms 49:10 - For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.

Psalms 49:12 - But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.

Psalms 49:13 - This the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

Psalms 49:15 - But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.

Psalms - Chapter 50

Psalms 50:19 - You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.

Psalms 50:20 - You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son.

Psalms - Chapter 51

Psalms 51:5 - Surely I was sinful at birth...

Psalms 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalms 51:11 - Do not cast me from your presence or take your Hold Spirit from me.

Psalms 51:12 - Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalms 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.

Psalms - Chapter 52

Psalms 52:7 - Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!

Psalms - Chapter 53

Psalms 53:1 - The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

Psalms 53:3 - Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalms - Chapter 55

Psalms 55:9 - ...I see violence and strife in the city.

Psalms 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalms 55:23 - But you, O God, will bring down the wicked.

Psalms - Chapter 56

Psalms 56:3 - When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalms 56:4 - In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Psalms 56:13 - For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Psalms - Chapter 58

Psalms 58:10 - The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Psalms 58:11 - Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.

Psalms - Chapter 60

Psalms 60:11 - ...the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory...

Psalms - Chapter 61

Psalms 61:2 - From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalms - Chapter 62

Psalms 62:1 - My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

Psalms 62:2 - He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalms 62:4 - With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.

Psalms 62:11 - One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard.

Psalms 62:12 - Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

Psalms - Chapter 66

Psalms 66:8 - Praise our God...

Psalms 66:9 - he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Psalms 66:18 - If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;...

Psalms - Chapter 67

Psalms 67:1 - May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,...

Psalms - Chapter 68

Psalms 68:6 - God sets the lonely in families...

Psalms 68:20 - ...from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

Psalms 68:30 - Scatter the nations who delight in war.

Psalms - Chapter 69

Psalms 69:30 - I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thansgiving.

Psalms 69:31 - This will please the Lord more than an ox,...

Psalms - Chapter 71

Psalms 71:15 - My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.

Psalms 71:20 - Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again;...

Psalms - Chapter 73

Psalms 73:2 - I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalms 73:16 - When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me

Psalms 73:17 - till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

Psalms - Chapter 77

Psalms 77:13 - What god is so great as our God?

Psalms - Chapter 78

Psalms 78:61 - He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

Psalms 78:68-71 ...he chose the tribe of Judah,...He chose be the shepherd of his people Jacob,...

Psalms - Chapter 80

Psalms 80:17 - Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

Psalms - Chapter 81

Psalms 81:13-14 - If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!

Psalms - Chapter 82

Psalms 82:6-7 - I said, "You are 'gods'' you are all sons of the Most High. But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.

Psalms - Chapter 86

Psalms 86:2 - Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.

Psalms 86:11 - Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalms - Chapter 89

Psalms 89:14 - Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalms 89:48 - What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?

Psalms - Chapter 90

Psalms 90:2 - From everlasting to evrlasting you are God.

Psalms 90:12 - Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalms 90:17 - May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us...

Psalms - Chapter 91

Psalms 91:9-12 - If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the Lord, who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Psalms - Chapter 97

Psalms 97:1 - The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;...

Psalms - Chapter 98

Psalms 98:3 - ...all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalms - Chapter 101

Psalms 101:3-4 - I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.

Psalms - Chapter 103

Psalms 103:2-3 - Praise the Lord,...who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalms 103:10-13 - ...he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;...

Psalms 103:17 - From everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousnss with their children's children.

Psalms - Chapter 104

Psalms 104:6 - ...the waters stood above the mountains.

Psalms 104:9 - ...never again will they cover the earth.

Psalms 104:14 - He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate--bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

Psalms - Chapter 106

Psalms 106:1 - Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalms 106:2 - Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?

Psalms 106:3 - Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.

Psalms 106:4 - Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them,

Psalms 106:5 - that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.

Psalms 106:6 - We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

Psalms 106:7 - When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.

Psalms 106:8 - Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known.

Psalms 106:9 - He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert.

Psalms 106:10 - He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

Psalms 106:11 - The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived.

Psalms 106:12 - Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.

Psalms 106:13 - But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

Psalms 106:14 - In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test.

Psalms 106:15 - So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.

Psalms 106:16 - In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.

Psalms 106:17 - The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.

Psalms 106:18 - Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.

Psalms 106:19 - At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

Psalms 106:20 - They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass.

Psalms 106:21 - They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,

Psalms 106:22 - miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

Psalms 106:23 - So he said he would destroy them - had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.

Psalms 106:24 - Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise.

Psalms 106:25 - They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord.

Psalms 106:26 - So he swore to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the wilderness,

Psalms 106:27 - make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.

Psalms 106:28 - They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

Psalms 106:29 - they aroused the Lord's anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them.

Psalms 106:30 - But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.

Psalms 106:31 - This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.

Psalms 106:32 - By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord, and trouble came to Moses because of them;

Psalms 106:33 - for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.

Psalms 106:34 - They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had commanded them,

Psalms 106:35 - but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.

Psalms 106:36 - They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.

Psalms 106:37 - They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods.

Psalms 106:38 - They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.

Psalms 106:39 - They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

Psalms 106:40 - Therefore the Lord was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance.

Psalms 106:41 - He gave them into the hands of the nations, and their foes ruled over them.

Psalms 106:42 - Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power.

Psalms 106:43 - Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.

Psalms 106:44 - Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;

Psalms 106:45 - for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.

Psalms 106:46 - He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy.

Psalms 106:47 - Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

Psalms 106:48 - Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord.

Psalms - Chapter 107

Psalms 107:11-12 - ...they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.

Psalms 107:13 - Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

Psalms - Chapter 111

Psalms 111-10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

Psalms - Chapter 112

Psalms 112:10 - ...the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Psalms - Chapter 113

Psalms 113:9 - He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Psalms - Chapter 116

Psalms 116:6 - The Lord protects the simplehearted;...

Psalms 116:12 - How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?

Psalms 116:14 - I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

Psalms - Chapter 118

Psalms 118:8 - It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

Psalms 118:22 - The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone...

Psalms 118:24 - This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 118:26 - Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Psalms - Chapter 119

Psalms 119:9 - How can a young man keep his way pure?

Psalms 119:11 - I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalms 119:18 - Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

Psalms 119:30 - I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.

Psalms 119:36 - Turn my heart toward yor statutes and not toward selfish gain.

Psalms 119:99 - I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.

Psalms 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalms 119:118 - You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their deceitfulness in in vain.

Psalms 119:128 - I hate every wrong path.

Psalms 119:133 - Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

Psalms 119:155 - Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees.

Psalms - Chapter 122

Psalms 122:1 - I rejoiced with those who said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD.

Psalms - Chapter 127

Psalms 127:1 - Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.

Psalms 127:2 - In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat--for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalms 127:4-5 - Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

Psalms - Chapter 130

Psalms 130:3-4 - If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Psalms - Chapter 133

Psalms 133:1 - How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Psalms - Chapter 135

Psalms 135:5 - ...our Lord is greater than all gods.

Psalms 135:15 - The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

Psalms - Chapter 138

Psalms 138:6 - Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.

Psalms - Chapter 139

Psalms 139:21 - Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?

Psalms - Chapter 141

Psalms 141:3 - Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Psalms 141:5 - Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me-- it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.

Psalms - Chapter 143

Psalms 143:10 - Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalms - Chapter 145

Psalms 145:20 - The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

Psalms - Chapter 147

Psalms 147:11 - ...the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Psalms - Chapter 150

Psalms 150:6 - Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Psalms 150 - Last Chapter

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Proverbs - Chapter 1 - Purpose and Theme

Proverbs 1:1 - The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

Proverbs 1:2 - for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

Proverbs 1:3 - for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;

Proverbs 1:4 - for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young -

Proverbs 1:5 - let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance -

Proverbs 1:6 - for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:8 - Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom - Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

Proverbs 1:8 - Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 1:9 - They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Proverbs 1:10 - My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Proverbs 1:11 - If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;

Proverbs 1:12 - let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

Proverbs 1:13 - we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

Proverbs 1:14 - cast lots with us; we will all share the loot" -

Proverbs 1:15 - my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;

Proverbs 1:16 - for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

Proverbs 1:17 - How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!

Proverbs 1:18 - These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!

Proverbs 1:19 - Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:20 - Wisdom's Rebuke

Proverbs 1:20 - Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;

Proverbs 1:21 - on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:

Proverbs 1:22 - "How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:23 - Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.

Proverbs 1:24 - But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

Proverbs 1:25 - since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,

Proverbs 1:26 - I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you -

Proverbs 1:27 - when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

Proverbs 1:28 - "Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,

Proverbs 1:29 - since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.

Proverbs 1:30 - Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,

Proverbs 1:31 - they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

Proverbs 1:32 - For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

Proverbs 1:33 - but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs - Chapter 2 - Moral Benefits of Wisdom

Proverbs 2:1 - My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

Proverbs 2:2 - turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -

Proverbs 2:3 - indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

Proverbs 2:4 - and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

Proverbs 2:5 - then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:6 - For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:7 - He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

Proverbs 2:8 - for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Proverbs 2:9 - Then you will understand what is right and just and fair - every good path.

Proverbs 2:10 - For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Proverbs 2:11 - Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

Proverbs 2:12 - Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,

Proverbs 2:13 - who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

Proverbs 2:14 - who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

Proverbs 2:15 - whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 2:16 - Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,

Proverbs 2:17 - who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

Proverbs 2:18 - Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

Proverbs 2:19 - None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:20 - Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:21 - For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;

Proverbs 2:22 - but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Proverbs - Chapter 3 - Wisdom Bestows Well-Being - Further Benefits of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:1 - My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

Proverbs 3:2 - for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Proverbs 3:3 - Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:4 - Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:6 - in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:7 - Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.

Proverbs 3:8 - This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:9 - Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

Proverbs 3:10 - then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:11 - My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,

Proverbs 3:12 - because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:13 - Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

Proverbs 3:14 - for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

Proverbs 3:15 - She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 3:16 - Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

Proverbs 3:17 - Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 3:19 - By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;

Proverbs 3:20 - by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.

Proverbs 3:21 - My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

Proverbs 3:22 - they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

Proverbs 3:23 - Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.

Proverbs 3:24 - When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:25 - Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

Proverbs 3:26 - for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

Proverbs 3:27 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Proverbs 3:28 - Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you" - when you already have it with you.

Proverbs 3:29 - Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.

Proverbs 3:30 - Do not accuse anyone for no reason - when they have done you no harm.

Proverbs 3:31 - Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.

Proverbs 3:32 - For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.

Proverbs 3:33 - The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

Proverbs 3:34 - He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

Proverbs 3:35 - The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

Proverbs - Chapter 4 - Get Wisdom At Any Cost - Wisdom Is Supreme

Proverbs 4:1 - Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 4:2 - I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.

Proverbs 4:3 - For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.

Proverbs 4:4 - Then he taught me, and he said to me, "Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.

Proverbs 4:5 - Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Proverbs 4:6 - Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

Proverbs 4:7 - The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:8 - Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

Proverbs 4:9 - She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown."

Proverbs 4:10 - Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

Proverbs 4:11 - I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

Proverbs 4:12 - When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

Proverbs 4:13 - Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:14 - Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

Proverbs 4:15 - Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.

Proverbs 4:16 - For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

Proverbs 4:17 - They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4:18 - The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Proverbs 4:19 - But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

Proverbs 4:20 - My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

Proverbs 4:21 - Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

Proverbs 4:22 - for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.

Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:24 - Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 4:25 - Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

Proverbs 4:26 - Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

Proverbs 4:27 - Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs - Chapter 5 - Warning Against Adultery

Proverbs 5:1 - My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,

Proverbs 5:2 - that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.

Proverbs 5:3 - For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;

Proverbs 5:4 - but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

Proverbs 5:5 - Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

Proverbs 5:6 - She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Proverbs 5:7 - Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.

Proverbs 5:8 - Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,

Proverbs 5:9 - lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,

Proverbs 5:10 - lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.

Proverbs 5:11 - At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.

Proverbs 5:12 - You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!

Proverbs 5:13 - I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.

Proverbs 5:14 - And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God's people."

Proverbs 5:15 - Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.

Proverbs 5:16 - Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:17 - Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

Proverbs 5:18 - May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Proverbs 5:19 - A loving doe, a graceful deer - may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.

Proverbs 5:20 - Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

Proverbs 5:21 - For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.

Proverbs 5:22 - The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.

Proverbs 5:23 - For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.

Proverbs - Chapter 6 - Warning Against Folly

Proverbs 6:1 - My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 6:2 - you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.

Proverbs 6:3 - So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go - to the point of exhaustion - and give your neighbor no rest!

Proverbs 6:4 - Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.

Proverbs 6:5 - Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Proverbs 6:6 - Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

Proverbs 6:7 - It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,

Proverbs 6:8 - yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Proverbs 6:9 - How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 6:10 - A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest -

Proverbs 6:11 - and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:12 - A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

Proverbs 6:13 - who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,

Proverbs 6:14 - who plots evil with deceit in his heart - he always stirs up conflict.

Proverbs 6:15 - Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy.

Proverbs 6:16 - There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:

Proverbs 6:17 - (1) haughty eyes, (2) a lying tongue, (3) hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:18 - (4) a heart that devises wicked schemes, (5) feet that are quick to rush into evil,

Proverbs 6:19 - (6) a false witness who pours out lies (7) and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 6:20 - Warning Against Adultery

Proverbs 6:20 - My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 6:21 - Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.

Proverbs 6:22 - When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

Proverbs 6:23 - For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,

Proverbs 6:24 - keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

Proverbs 6:25 - Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.

Proverbs 6:26 - For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man's wife preys on your very life.

Proverbs 6:27 - Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

Proverbs 6:28 - Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?

Proverbs 6:29 - So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.

Proverbs 6:30 - People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.

Proverbs 6:31 - Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.

Proverbs 6:32 - But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 6:33 - Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.

Proverbs 6:34 - For jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.

Proverbs 6:35 - He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.

Proverbs - Chapter 7 - Warnings Against The Adulteress

Proverbs 7:1 - My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.

Proverbs 7:2 - Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

Proverbs 7:3 - Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 7:4 - Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and to insight, "You are my relative."

Proverbs 7:5 - They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

Proverbs 7:10 - Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

Proverbs 7:11 - (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

Proverbs 7:24 - Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.

Proverbs 7:25 - Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.

Proverbs 7:26 - Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.

Proverbs 7:27 - Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs - Chapter 8 - Wisdom's Call

Proverbs 8:1 - Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

Proverbs 8:2 - At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

Proverbs 8:3 - beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:

Proverbs 8:4 - "To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.

Proverbs 8:5 - You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.

Proverbs 8:6 - Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.

Proverbs 8:7 - My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.

Proverbs 8:8 - All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.

Proverbs 8:9 - To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.

Proverbs 8:10 - Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 8:11 - for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 8:12 - "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 8:13 - To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 8:14 - Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

Proverbs 8:15 - By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;

Proverbs 8:16 - by me princes govern, and nobles - all who rule on earth.

Proverbs 8:17 - I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Proverbs 8:18 - With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.

Proverbs 8:19 - My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.

Proverbs 8:20 - I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

Proverbs 8:21 - bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

Proverbs 8:22 - "The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;

Proverbs 8:23 - I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

Proverbs 8:24 - When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;

Proverbs 8:25 - before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,

Proverbs 8:26 - before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.

Proverbs 8:27 - I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

Proverbs 8:28 - when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

Proverbs 8:29 - when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

Proverbs 8:30 - Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,

Proverbs 8:31 - rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

Proverbs 8:32 - "Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:33 - Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.

Proverbs 8:34 - Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

Proverbs 8:35 - For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 8:36 - But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."

Proverbs - Chapter 9 - Invitations of Wisdom And Of Folly

Proverbs 9:1 - Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:2 - She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

Proverbs 9:3 - She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,

Proverbs 9:4 - "Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,

Proverbs 9:5 - "Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.

Proverbs 9:6 - Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."

Proverbs 9:7 - Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.

Proverbs 9:8 - Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 - Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:11 - For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 9:12 - If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

Proverbs 9:13 - Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.

Proverbs 9:14 - She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,

Proverbs 9:15 - calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,

Proverbs 9:16 - "Let all who are simple come to my house!"those who have no sense she says,

Proverbs 9:17 - "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"

Proverbs 9:18 - But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

Proverbs - Chapter 10 - Proverbs Of Solomon

Proverbs 10:1 - A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Proverbs 10:2 - Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 10:3 - The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:4 - Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 10:5 - He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Proverbs 10:6 - Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:7 - The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Proverbs 10:8 - The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:9 - Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 10:10 - Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:11 - The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:13 - Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

Proverbs 10:14 - The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Proverbs 10:15 - The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Proverbs 10:16 - The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

Proverbs 10:17 - Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Proverbs 10:18 - Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 10:19 - Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 10:20 - The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

Proverbs 10:21 - The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Proverbs 10:22 - The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.

Proverbs 10:23 - A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

Proverbs 10:24 - What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.

Proverbs 10:25 - When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Proverbs 10:26 - As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.

Proverbs 10:27 - The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Proverbs 10:28 - The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Proverbs 10:29 - The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Proverbs 10:30 - The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.

Proverbs 10:31 - From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

Proverbs 10:32 - The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

Proverbs - Chapter 11 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 11:1 - The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Proverbs 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 11:3 - The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Proverbs 11:4 - Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11:5 - The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:6 - The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Proverbs 11:7 - Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

Proverbs 11:8 - The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.

Proverbs 11:9 - With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Proverbs 11:10 - When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

Proverbs 11:11 - Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

Proverbs 11:12 - Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

Proverbs 11:13 - A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Proverbs 11:14 - For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.

Proverbs 11:15 - Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

Proverbs 11:16 - A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Proverbs 11:17 - Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Proverbs 11:18 - A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Proverbs 11:19 - Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.

Proverbs 11:20 - The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

Proverbs 11:21 - Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.

Proverbs 11:22 - Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Proverbs 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

Proverbs 11:24 - One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

Proverbs 11:25 - A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:26 - People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

Proverbs 11:27 - Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

Proverbs 11:28 - Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:29 - Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

Proverbs 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Proverbs 11:31 - If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

Proverbs - Chapter 12 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 12:1 - Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:2 - Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

Proverbs 12:3 - No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

Proverbs 12:4 - A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Proverbs 12:5 - The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

Proverbs 12:6 - The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Proverbs 12:7 - The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.

Proverbs 12:8 - A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.

Proverbs 12:9 - Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Proverbs 12:10 - The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:11 - Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

Proverbs 12:12 - The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.

Proverbs 12:13 - Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

Proverbs 12:14 - From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Proverbs 12:15 - The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 12:16 - Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 12:17 - An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.

Proverbs 12:18 - The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 12:19 - Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Proverbs 12:20 - Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 12:21 - No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

Proverbs 12:22 - The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 12:23 - The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 12:24 - Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

Proverbs 12:25 - Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Proverbs 12:26 - The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 12:27 - The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

Proverbs 12:28 - In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

Proverbs - Chapter 13 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 13:1 - A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

Proverbs 13:2 - From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Proverbs 13:3 - Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:4 - A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 13:5 - The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

Proverbs 13:6 - Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Proverbs 13:7 - One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Proverbs 13:8 - A person's riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.

Proverbs 13:9 - The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

Proverbs 13:10 - Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 13:11 - Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:13 - Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Proverbs 13:14 - The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Proverbs 13:15 - Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.

Proverbs 13:16 - All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Proverbs 13:17 - A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.

Proverbs 13:18 - Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.

Proverbs 13:19 - A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

Proverbs 13:20 - Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 13:21 - Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.

Proverbs 13:22 - A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 13:23 - An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.

Proverbs 13:24 - Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Proverbs 13:25 - The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.

Proverbs - Chapter 14 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 14:1 - The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Proverbs 14:2 - Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 14:3 - A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Proverbs 14:4 - Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

Proverbs 14:5 - An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 14:6 - The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Proverbs 14:7 - Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

Proverbs 14:8 - The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Proverbs 14:9 - Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 14:10 - Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

Proverbs 14:11 - The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 14:13 - Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.

Proverbs 14:14 - The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

Proverbs 14:15 - The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

Proverbs 14:16 - The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 14:17 - A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

Proverbs 14:18 - The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:19 - Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:20 - The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.

Proverbs 14:21 - It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

Proverbs 14:22 - Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

Proverbs 14:23 - All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:24 - The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.

Proverbs 14:25 - A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.

Proverbs 14:26 - Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.

Proverbs 14:27 - The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:28 - A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.

Proverbs 14:29 - Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 14:30 - A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:31 - Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 14:32 - When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

Proverbs 14:33 - Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.

Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Proverbs 14:35 - A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Proverbs - Chapter 15 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:2 - The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 15:3 - The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

Proverbs 15:4 - The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:5 - A fool spurns a parent's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Proverbs 15:6 - The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

Proverbs 15:7 - The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

Proverbs 15:8 - The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

Proverbs 15:9 - The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Proverbs 15:10 - Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.

Proverbs 15:11 - Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord - how much more do human hearts!

Proverbs 15:12 - Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.

Proverbs 15:13 - A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:14 - The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:15 - All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:16 - Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:17 - Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 15:18 - A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 15:19 - The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 15:20 - A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 15:21 - Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

Proverbs 15:22 - Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:23 - A person finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word!

Proverbs 15:24 - The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

Proverbs 15:25 - The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.

Proverbs 15:26 - The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.

Proverbs 15:27 - The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 15:28 - The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

Proverbs 15:29 - The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 15:30 - Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:31 - Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

Proverbs 15:32 - Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

Proverbs 15:33 - Wisdom's instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs - Chapter 16 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 16:1 - To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

Proverbs 16:2 - All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Proverbs 16:3 - Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord works out everything to its proper end - even the wicked for a day of disaster.

Proverbs 16:5 - The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 16:6 - Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

Proverbs 16:7 - When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Proverbs 16:8 - Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Proverbs 16:9 - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:10 - The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.

Proverbs 16:11 - Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Proverbs 16:12 - Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.

Proverbs 16:13 - Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.

Proverbs 16:14 - A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.

Proverbs 16:15 - When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

Proverbs 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:17 - The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:19 - Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Proverbs 16:20 - Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

Proverbs 16:21 - The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:22 - Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 16:23 - The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:24 - Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 16:25 - There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 16:26 - The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.

Proverbs 16:27 - A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

Proverbs 16:28 - A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:29 - A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.

Proverbs 16:30 - Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

Proverbs 16:31 - Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:32 - Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

Proverbs - Chapter 17 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 17:1 - Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Proverbs 17:2 - A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

Proverbs 17:3 - The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

Proverbs 17:4 - A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Proverbs 17:5 - Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:6 - Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

Proverbs 17:7 - Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool - how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

Proverbs 17:8 - A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.

Proverbs 17:9 - Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:10 - A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:11 - Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.

Proverbs 17:12 - Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.

Proverbs 17:13 - Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.

Proverbs 17:14 - Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 17:15 - Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent - the Lord detests them both.

Proverbs 17:16 - Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 17:18 - One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.

Proverbs 17:19 - Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

Proverbs 17:20 - One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

Proverbs 17:21 - To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

Proverbs 17:22 - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:23 - The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.

Proverbs 17:24 - A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:25 - A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

Proverbs 17:26 - If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.

Proverbs 17:27 - The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 17:28 - Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Proverbs - Chapter 18 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 18:1 - An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

Proverbs 18:2 - Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

Proverbs 18:3 - When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

Proverbs 18:4 - The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

Proverbs 18:5 - It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.

Proverbs 18:6 - The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.

Proverbs 18:7 - The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

Proverbs 18:8 - The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

Proverbs 18:9 - One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 18:11 - The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

Proverbs 18:12 - Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 18:13 - To answer before listening - that is folly and shame.

Proverbs 18:14 - The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Proverbs 18:15 - The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

Proverbs 18:16 - A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Proverbs 18:17 - In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

Proverbs 18:18 - Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.

Proverbs 18:19 - A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

Proverbs 18:20 - From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

Proverbs 18:21 - The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:22 - He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 18:23 - The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

Proverbs 18:24 - One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs - Chapter 19 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 19:1 - Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

Proverbs 19:2 - Desire without knowledge is not good - how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

Proverbs 19:3 - A person's own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:4 - Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

Proverbs 19:5 - A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.

Proverbs 19:6 - Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.

Proverbs 19:7 - The poor are shunned by all their relatives - how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.

Proverbs 19:8 - The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Proverbs 19:9 - A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.

Proverbs 19:10 - It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

Proverbs 19:11 - A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:12 - A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Proverbs 19:13 - A foolish child is a father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

Proverbs 19:14 - Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Proverbs 19:15 - Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Proverbs 19:16 - Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

Proverbs 19:17 - Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 19:18 - Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.

Proverbs 19:19 - A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

Proverbs 19:20 - Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:22 - What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.

Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Proverbs 19:24 - A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Proverbs 19:25 - Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

Proverbs 19:26 - Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.

Proverbs 19:27 - Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:28 - A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

Proverbs 19:29 - Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Proverbs - Chapter 20 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 20:1 - Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Proverbs 20:2 - A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.

Proverbs 20:3 - It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Proverbs 20:4 - Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Proverbs 20:5 - The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Proverbs 20:6 - Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?

Proverbs 20:7 - The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

Proverbs 20:8 - When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

Proverbs 20:9 - Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?

Proverbs 20:10 - Differing weights and differing measures - the Lord detests them both.

Proverbs 20:11 - Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?

Proverbs 20:12 - Ears that hear and eyes that see - the Lord has made them both.

Proverbs 20:13 - Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 20:14 - "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer - then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

Proverbs 20:15 - Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

Proverbs 20:16 - Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

Proverbs 20:17 - Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

Proverbs 20:18 - Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

Proverbs 20:19 - A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

Proverbs 20:20 - If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

Proverbs 20:21 - An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

Proverbs 20:22 - Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.

Proverbs 20:23 - The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.

Proverbs 20:24 - A person's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?

Proverbs 20:25 - It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one's vows.

Proverbs 20:26 - A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.

Proverbs 20:27 - The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one's inmost being.

Proverbs 20:28 - Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.

Proverbs 20:29 - The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

Proverbs 20:30 - Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

Proverbs - Chapter 21 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 21:1 - In the Lord's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

Proverbs 21:2 - A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Proverbs 21:3 - To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart - the unplowed field of the wicked - produce sin.

Proverbs 21:5 - The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:6 - A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.

Proverbs 21:7 - The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.

Proverbs 21:8 - The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

Proverbs 21:9 - Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 21:10 - The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

Proverbs 21:11 - When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.

Proverbs 21:12 - The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.

Proverbs 21:13 - Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

Proverbs 21:14 - A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

Proverbs 21:15 - When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Proverbs 21:16 - Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.

Proverbs 21:17 - Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.

Proverbs 21:18 - The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

Proverbs 21:19 - Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.

Proverbs 21:20 - The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Proverbs 21:21 - Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:22 - One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.

Proverbs 21:23 - Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

Proverbs 21:24 - The proud and arrogant person - "Mocker" is his name - behaves with insolent fury.

Proverbs 21:25 - The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

Proverbs 21:26 - All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

Proverbs 21:27 - The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable - how much more so when brought with evil intent!

Proverbs 21:28 - A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.

Proverbs 21:29 - The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.

Proverbs 21:30 - There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.

Proverbs 21:31 - The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

Proverbs - Chapter 22 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:2 - Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.

Proverbs 22:3 - The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:4 - Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:5 - In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

Proverbs 22:6 - Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:7 - The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Proverbs 22:8 - Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

Proverbs 22:9 - The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:10 - Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.

Proverbs 22:11 - One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

Proverbs 22:12 - The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

Proverbs 22:13 - The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"

Proverbs 22:14 - The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the Lord's wrath falls into it.

Proverbs 22:15 - Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

Proverbs 22:16 - One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich - both come to poverty.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1

Proverbs 22:17 - Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,

Proverbs 22:18 - for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:19 - So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you.

Proverbs 22:20 - Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

Proverbs 22:21 - teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?

Saying 2

Proverbs 22:22 - Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,

Proverbs 22:23 - for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.

Saying 3

Proverbs 22:24 - Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,

Proverbs 22:25 - or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4

Proverbs 22:26 - Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;

Proverbs 22:27 - if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5

Proverbs 22:28 - Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6

Proverbs 22:29 - Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Proverbs - Chapter 23 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Saying 7

Proverbs 23:1 - When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,

Proverbs 23:2 - and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 23:3 - Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

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Proverbs 23:4 - Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

Proverbs 23:5 - Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

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Proverbs 23:6 - Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;

Proverbs 23:7 - for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23:8 - You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.

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Proverbs 23:9 - Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

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Proverbs 23:10 - Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

Proverbs 23:11 - for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

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Proverbs 23:12 - Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

Saying 13

Proverbs 23:13 - Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

Proverbs 23:14 - Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

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Proverbs 23:15 - My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;

Proverbs 23:16 - my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

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Proverbs 23:17 - Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 23:18 - There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

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Proverbs 23:19 - Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

Proverbs 23:20 - Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Proverbs 23:21 - for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

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Proverbs 23:22 - Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:23 - Buy the truth and do not sell it - wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

Proverbs 23:24 - The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Proverbs 23:25 - May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

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Proverbs 23:26 - My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

Proverbs 23:27 - for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

Proverbs 23:28 - Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

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Proverbs 23:29 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Proverbs 23:30 - Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:31 - Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!

Proverbs 23:32 - In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.

Proverbs 23:33 - Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.

Proverbs 23:34 - You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

Proverbs 23:35 - "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

Proverbs - Chapter 24 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

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Proverbs 24:1 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

Proverbs 24:2 - for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

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Proverbs 24:3 - By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;

Proverbs 24:4 - through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

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Proverbs 24:5 - The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

Proverbs 24:6 - Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.

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Proverbs 24:7 - Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

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Proverbs 24:8 - Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.

Proverbs 24:9 - The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.

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Proverbs 24:10 - If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:11 - Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

Proverbs 24:12 - If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

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Proverbs 24:13 - Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 24:14 - Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

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Proverbs 24:15 - Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;

Proverbs 24:16 - for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

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Proverbs 24:17 - Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

Proverbs 24:18 - or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

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Proverbs 24:19 - Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,

Proverbs 24:20 - for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

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Proverbs 24:21 - Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,

Proverbs 24:22 - for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

Proverbs 24:23 - These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Proverbs 24:24 - Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

Proverbs 24:25 - But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.

Proverbs 24:26 - An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

Proverbs 24:27 - Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

Proverbs 24:28 - Do not testify against your neighbor without cause - would you use your lips to mislead?

Proverbs 24:29 - Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."

Proverbs 24:30 - I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;

Proverbs 24:31 - thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.

Proverbs 24:32 - I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:

Proverbs 24:33 - A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest -

Proverbs 24:34 - and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs - Chapter 25 - Proverbs Of Solomon (continued)

Proverbs 25:1 - These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

Proverbs 25:2 - It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Proverbs 25:3 - As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Proverbs 25:4 - Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

Proverbs 25:5 - remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Proverbs 25:6 - Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;

Proverbs 25:7 - it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes

Proverbs 25:8 - do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

Proverbs 25:9 - If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another's confidence,

Proverbs 25:10 - or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.

Proverbs 25:11 - Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Proverbs 25:12 - Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Proverbs 25:13 - Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.

Proverbs 25:14 - Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

Proverbs 25:15 - Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Proverbs 25:16 - If you find honey, eat just enough - too much of it, and you will vomit.

Proverbs 25:17 - Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house - too much of you, and they will hate you.

Proverbs 25:18 - Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.

Proverbs 25:19 - Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

Proverbs 25:20 - Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Proverbs 25:21 - If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

Proverbs 25:22 - In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:23 - Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue - which provokes a horrified look.

Proverbs 25:24 - Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 25:25 - Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

Proverbs 25:26 - Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Proverbs 25:27 - It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

Proverbs 25:28 - Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Proverbs - Chapter 26

Proverbs 26:1 - Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

Proverbs 26:2 - Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Proverbs 26:3 - A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

Proverbs 26:4 - Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.

Proverbs 26:5 - Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:6 - Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.

Proverbs 26:7 - Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Proverbs 26:8 - Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

Proverbs 26:9 - Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Proverbs 26:10 - Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

Proverbs 26:11 - As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

Proverbs 26:12 - Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Proverbs 26:13 - A sluggard says, "There's a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"

Proverbs 26:14 - As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.

Proverbs 26:15 - A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

Proverbs 26:16 - A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

Proverbs 26:17 - Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

Proverbs 26:18 - Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death

Proverbs 26:19 - is one who deceives their neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"

Proverbs 26:20 - Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

Proverbs 26:21 - As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

Proverbs 26:22 - The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

Proverbs 26:23 - Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

Proverbs 26:24 - Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.

Proverbs 26:25 - Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.

Proverbs 26:26 - Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Proverbs 26:27 - Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

Proverbs 26:28 - A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs - Chapter 27

Proverbs 27:1 - Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Proverbs 27:2 - Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 27:3 - Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.

Proverbs 27:4 - Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

Proverbs 27:5 - Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Proverbs 27:6 - Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 27:7 - One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

Proverbs 27:8 - Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.

Proverbs 27:9 - Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

Proverbs 27:10 - Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you - better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.

Proverbs 27:11 - Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

Proverbs 27:12 - The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 27:13 - Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

Proverbs 27:14 - If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.

Proverbs 27:15 - A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;

Proverbs 27:16 - restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.

Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:18 - The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:19 - As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.

Proverbs 27:20 - Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

Proverbs 27:21 - The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.

Proverbs 27:22 - Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.

Proverbs 27:23 - Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;

Proverbs 27:24 - for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.

Proverbs 27:25 - When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

Proverbs 27:26 - the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.

Proverbs 27:27 - You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.

Proverbs - Chapter 28

Proverbs 28:1 - The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:2 - When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 28:3 - A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Proverbs 28:4 - Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

Proverbs 28:5 - Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

Proverbs 28:6 - Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

Proverbs 28:7 - A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

Proverbs 28:8 - Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

Proverbs 28:9 - If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Proverbs 28:10 - Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

Proverbs 28:11 - The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

Proverbs 28:12 - When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Proverbs 28:13 - Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Proverbs 28:14 - Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

Proverbs 28:15 - Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

Proverbs 28:16 - A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

Proverbs 28:17 - Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

Proverbs 28:18 - The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.

Proverbs 28:19 - Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Proverbs 28:20 - A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 28:21 - To show partiality is not good - yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

Proverbs 28:22 - The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

Proverbs 28:23 - Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

Proverbs 28:24 - Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.

Proverbs 28:25 - The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

Proverbs 28:26 - Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Proverbs 28:27 - Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

Proverbs 28:28 - When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

Proverbs - Chapter 29

Proverbs 29:1 - Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy.

Proverbs 29:2 - When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:3 - A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Proverbs 29:4 - By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Proverbs 29:5 - Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.

Proverbs 29:6 - Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

Proverbs 29:7 - The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

Proverbs 29:8 - Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:9 - If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

Proverbs 29:10 - The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

Proverbs 29:11 - Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

Proverbs 29:12 - If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

Proverbs 29:13 - The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.

Proverbs 29:14 - If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.

Proverbs 29:15 - A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

Proverbs 29:16 - When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.

Proverbs 29:17 - Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.

Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.

Proverbs 29:19 - Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.

Proverbs 29:20 - Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Proverbs 29:21 - A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.

Proverbs 29:22 - An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

Proverbs 29:23 - Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Proverbs 29:24 - The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.

Proverbs 29:25 - Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

Proverbs 29:26 - Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.

Proverbs 29:27 - The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.

Proverbs - Chapter 30 - Sayings Of Agur

Proverbs 30:1 - The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh - an inspired utterance. This man's utterance to Ithiel: "I am weary, God, but I can prevail.

Proverbs 30:2 - Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.

Proverbs 30:3 - I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.

Proverbs 30:4 - Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!

Proverbs 30:5 - "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Proverbs 30:6 - Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Proverbs 30:7 - "Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die:

Proverbs 30:8 - Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.

Proverbs 30:9 - Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:10 - "Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.

Proverbs 30:11 - "There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

Proverbs 30:12 - those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

Proverbs 30:13 - those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;

Proverbs 30:14 - those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.

Proverbs 30:15 - "The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':

Proverbs 30:16 - the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

Proverbs 30:17 - "The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.

Proverbs 30:18 - "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:

Proverbs 30:19 - the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.

Proverbs 30:20 - "This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'

Proverbs 30:21 - "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:

Proverbs 30:22 - a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,

Proverbs 30:23 - a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.

Proverbs 30:24 - "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

Proverbs 30:25 - Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;

Proverbs 30:26 - hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;

Proverbs 30:27 - locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;

Proverbs 30:28 - a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.

Proverbs 30:29 - "There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:

Proverbs 30:30 - a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;

Proverbs 30:31 - a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.

Proverbs 30:32 - "If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!

Proverbs 30:33 - For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."

Proverbs - Chapter 31 - Sayings Of King Lemuel

Proverbs 31:1 - The sayings of King Lemuel - an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

Proverbs 31:2 - Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

Proverbs 31:3 - Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.

Proverbs 31:4 - It is not for kings, Lemuel - it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,

Proverbs 31:5 - lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Proverbs 31:6 - Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!

Proverbs 31:7 - Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Proverbs 31:8 - Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Proverbs 31:9 - Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:10 - Epilogue: The Wife Of Noble Character

Proverbs 31:10 - A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Proverbs 31:11 - Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 31:12 - She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:13 - She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Proverbs 31:14 - She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

Proverbs 31:15 - She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

Proverbs 31:16 - She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:17 - She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

Proverbs 31:18 - She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

Proverbs 31:19 - In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

Proverbs 31:20 - She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:21 - When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

Proverbs 31:22 - She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:23 - Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:24 - She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

Proverbs 31:25 - She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:26 - She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:27 - She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:28 - Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31:29 - "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Proverbs 31:30 - Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:31 - Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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No time period or writer's name is mentioned in the book, but several passages strongly suggest that King Solomon is the author. On the other hand, the writer's title (Teacher), his unique stye of Hebrew, and his attitude toward rulers may point to another person and a later period.

Purpose and Method

With his life largely behind him, the author takes stock of the world as he as experienced it between the horizons of birh and death - the latter a horizon beyond which man cannot see. The world is seen as being full of enigmas, the greatest of which is mann himself.

From the perspective of his own understanding, the Teacher takes measure of man, examining his capabilities. He discovers that human wisdom, even that of a godly person, has limits. It cannot find out the larger purposes of God or the ultimate meaning of man's existence.

As the author looks about at the human enterprise, he sees man in mad pursuit of one thing and then another - laboring as if he could master the world, lay bare its secrets, change its fundamental structures, break through the bounds of human limitations and master his own destiny. He sees man vainly pursuing hopes and expectations that in reality are "meaningless, a chasing after the wind".

But faith teaches him that God has ordered all things accourding to his own purposes and that man's role is to accept these, including his own limitations, as God's appointments. Man, therefore, should be patient and enjoy life as God gives it. He should know his own limitations and not vex himself with unrealistic expectations. He should be prudent in everything, living carefully before God and the kind and, above all, fearing God and keeping his commandments.


Life not centered on God is purposeless and meaningless. Without him, nothing else can satisfy. With him, all of life and his other good gifts are to be gratefully received and used and enjoyed to the full. The book contains the philosophical and theological reflections of an old man, most of whose life was meaningless because he had not himslef relied on God.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 1

Everything Is Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 1:1 - The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

Ecclesiastes 1:2 - "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

Ecclesiastes 1:3 - What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 1:4 - Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

Ecclesiastes 1:5 - The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

Ecclesiastes 1:6 - The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.

Ecclesiastes 1:7 - All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 - All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 - What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:10 - Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

Ecclesiastes 1:11 - No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 1:12 - I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:13 - I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!

Ecclesiastes 1:14 - I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:15 - What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

Ecclesiastes 1:16 - I said to myself, "Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."

Ecclesiastes 1:17 - Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 2

Pleasures Are Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 2:1 - I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:2 - "Laughter," I said, "is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?"

Ecclesiastes 2:3 - I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly - my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 2:4 - I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.

Ecclesiastes 2:5 - I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

Ecclesiastes 2:6 - I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.

Ecclesiastes 2:7 - I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

Ecclesiastes 2:8 - I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well - the delights of a man's heart.

Ecclesiastes 2:9 - I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

Ecclesiastes 2:10 - I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 - Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 2:12 - Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?

Ecclesiastes 2:13 - I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.

Ecclesiastes 2:14 - The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.

Ecclesiastes 2:15 - Then I said to myself, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said to myself, "This too is meaningless."

Ecclesiastes 2:16 - For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die!

Toil Is Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 2:17 - So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:18 - I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.

Ecclesiastes 2:19 - And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:20 - So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:21 - For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.

Ecclesiastes 2:22 - What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:23 - All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 - A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,

Ecclesiastes 2:25 - for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

Ecclesiastes 2:26 - To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 3

A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:2 - a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

Ecclesiastes 3:3 - a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

Ecclesiastes 3:4 - a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

Ecclesiastes 3:5 - a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

Ecclesiastes 3:6 - a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

Ecclesiastes 3:7 - a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Ecclesiastes 3:8 - a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 - What do workers gain from their toil?

Ecclesiastes 3:10 - I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 - I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 - That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil - this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 - I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

Ecclesiastes 3:15 - Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 - And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment - wickedness was there, in the place of justice - wickedness was there.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 - I said to myself, "God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed."

Ecclesiastes 3:18 - I also said to myself, "As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

Ecclesiastes 3:19 - Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 - All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

Ecclesiastes 3:21 - Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

Ecclesiastes 3:22 - So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 4

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

Ecclesiastes 4:1 - Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed - and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors - and they have no comforter.

Ecclesiastes 4:2 - And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 4:3 - But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:4 - And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 - Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 - Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:7 - Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

Ecclesiastes 4:8 - There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless - a miserable business!

Ecclesiastes 4:9 - Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

Ecclesiastes 4:10 - If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:11 - Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Ecclesiastes 4:12 - Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Advancement Is Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 4:13 - Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.

Ecclesiastes 4:14 - The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom.

Ecclesiastes 4:15 - I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king's successor.

Ecclesiastes 4:16 - There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 5

Fulfill Your Vow to God

Ecclesiastes 5:1 - Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 - Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 - A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.

Ecclesiastes 5:4 - When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 - It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 - Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be anfsgry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?

Ecclesiastes 5:7 - Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

Riches Are Meaningless

Ecclesiastes 5:8 - If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 - The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 - Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 5:11 - As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?

Ecclesiastes 5:12 - The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:13 - I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,

Ecclesiastes 5:14 - or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 - Everyone comes naked from their mother's womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.

Ecclesiastes 5:16 - This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?

Ecclesiastes 5:17 - All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 - This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them - for this is their lot.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 - Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil - this is a gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:20 - They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 6

Ecclesiastes 6:1 - I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind:

Ecclesiastes 6:2 - God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

Ecclesiastes 6:3 - A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Ecclesiastes 6:4 - It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.

Ecclesiastes 6:5 - Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man -

Ecclesiastes 6:6 - even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?

Ecclesiastes 6:7 - Everyone's toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 6:8 - What advantage have the wise over fools? What do the poor gain by knowing how to conduct themselves before others?

Ecclesiastes 6:9 - Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 - Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.

Ecclesiastes 6:11 - The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?

Ecclesiastes 6:12 - For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 7


Ecclesiastes 7:1 - A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

Ecclesiastes 7:2 - It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:3 - Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:4 - The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 - It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:6 - Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 7:7 - Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 - Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 - Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 - Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 - Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.

Ecclesiastes 7:13 - Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 7:14 - When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 - In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 - Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise - why destroy yourself?

Ecclesiastes 7:17 - Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool - why die before your time?

Ecclesiastes 7:18 - It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

Ecclesiastes 7:19 - Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 - Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

Ecclesiastes 7:21 - Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you -

Ecclesiastes 7:22 - for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 - All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise" - but this was beyond me.

Ecclesiastes 7:24 - Whatever exists is far off and most profound - who can discover it?

Ecclesiastes 7:25 - So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.

Ecclesiastes 7:26 - I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.

Ecclesiastes 7:27 - "Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things -

Ecclesiastes 7:28 - while I was still searching but not finding - I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 - This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.


Ecclesiastes 8:1 - Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person's wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.

Obey the King

Ecclesiastes 8:2 - Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.

Ecclesiastes 8:3 - Do not be in a hurry to leave the king's presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.

Ecclesiastes 8:4 - Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

Ecclesiastes 8:5 - Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 - For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.

Ecclesiastes 8:7 - Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?

Ecclesiastes 8:8 - As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death. As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.

Ecclesiastes 8:9 - All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.

Ecclesiastes 8:10 - Then too, I saw the wicked buried - those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 - When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.

Ecclesiastes 8:12 - Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.

Ecclesiastes 8:13 - Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 - There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 - So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 - When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth - people getting no sleep day or night -

Ecclesiastes 8:17 - then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 9

A Common Destiny for All

Ecclesiastes 9:1 - So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.

Ecclesiastes 9:2 - All share a common destiny - the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.

Ecclesiastes 9:3 - This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 - Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

Ecclesiastes 9:5 - For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 9:6 - Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 - Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.

Ecclesiastes 9:8 - Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 - Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun - all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 - Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 - I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 - Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

Wisdom Better Than Folly

Ecclesiastes 9:13 - I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:

Ecclesiastes 9:14 - There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.

Ecclesiastes 9:15 - Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.

Ecclesiastes 9:16 - So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 - The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 - Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 10

Ecclesiastes 10:1 - As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 -fs The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 - Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.

Ecclesiastes 10:4 - If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.

Ecclesiastes 10:5 - There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:

Ecclesiastes 10:6 - Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.

Ecclesiastes 10:7 - I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.

Ecclesiastes 10:8 - Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

Ecclesiastes 10:9 - Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 - If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 - If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 - Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 - At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness -

Ecclesiastes 10:14 - and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming - who can tell someone else what will happen after them?

Ecclesiastes 10:15 - The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.

Ecclesiastes 10:16 - Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.

Ecclesiastes 10:17 - Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time - for strength and not for drunkenness.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 - Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 - A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 - Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 11

Invest in Many Ventures

Ecclesiastes 11:1 - Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 - Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 - If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 - Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 - As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 - Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Remember Your Creator While Young

Ecclesiastes 11:7 - Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:8 - However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 - You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Ecclesiastes 11:10 - So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 12

Ecclesiastes 12:1 - Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them" -

Ecclesiastes 12:2 - before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;

Ecclesiastes 12:3 - when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim;

Ecclesiastes 12:4 - when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint;

Ecclesiastes 12:5 - when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets.

Ecclesiastes 12:6 - Remember him - before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,

Ecclesiastes 12:7 - and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 - "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"

The Conclusion of the Matter

Ecclesiastes 12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails - given by one shepherd.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

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The name Isaiah means "The Lord saves." Isaiah began his ministry in 740 B.C. and wrote most of the chapters between 701 BC and 681 BC.. He was sawed in half during the reign of Manasseh. He spent most of his life in Jerusalem. Isaiah warned Judah that her sin would bring captivity at the hands of Babylon. He also predicts the restoration from captivity (538 BC).

Isaiah is a book that unveils the full dimensions of God's judgment and salvation. The Lord calls the Messianic King "my servant" in chapters 42-53, a term also applied to Israel as a nation. It is through the suffering of the servant that salvation in its fullest sense is achieved. Cyrus was God's instrument to deliver Israel from Babylon (41:2), but Christ delivered mankind from the prison of sin (52:13-53:12). He became a "light for the Gentiles" so that those nations that faced judgment could find salvation. The Lord's kingdom on earth, with its righteous Ruler and his righteous subjects, is the goal toward which the book of Isaiah steadily moves. The restored earth and the restord people will then conform to the divine ideal, and all will result in the praise and glory of the Holy One of Israel for what he has accomplished.

The book of Isaiah has two parts: Books of Judgment (chapters 1-39), and the Books of Comfort (chapters 40-66).

Isaiah - Chapter 1

Isaiah 1:1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation

Isaiah 1:2 - Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.

Isaiah 1:3 - The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."

Isaiah 1:4 - Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.

Isaiah 1:5 - Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.

Isaiah 1:6 - From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness - only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil.

Isaiah 1:7 - Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.

Isaiah 1:8 - Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, like a city under siege.

Isaiah 1:9 - Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:10 - Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

Isaiah 1:11 - "The multitude of your sacrifices - what are they to me?" says the Lord. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

Isaiah 1:12 - When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?

Isaiah 1:13 - Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations - I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

Isaiah 1:14 - Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

Isaiah 1:15 - When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Isaiah 1:16 - Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.

Isaiah 1:17 - Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:18 - "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:19 - If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Isaiah 1:20 - but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 1:21 - See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her - but now murderers!

Isaiah 1:22 - Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.

Isaiah 1:23 - Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.

Isaiah 1:24 - Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.

Isaiah 1:25 - I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.

Isaiah 1:26 - I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."

Isaiah 1:27 - Zion will be delivered with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.

Isaiah 1:28 - But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.

Isaiah 1:29 - "You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.

Isaiah 1:30 - You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.

Isaiah 1:31 - The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."

Isaiah - Chapter 2 - The Mountain of the Lord

Isaiah 2:1 - This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

Isaiah 2:2 - In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

Isaiah 2:3 - Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:4 - He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Isaiah 2:5 - Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

Isaiah 2:6 - You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs.

Isaiah 2:7 - Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.

Isaiah 2:8 - Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.

Isaiah 2:9 - So people will be brought low and everyone humbled - do not forgive them.

Isaiah 2:10 - Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty!

Isaiah 2:11 - The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:12 - The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),

Isaiah 2:13 - for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan,

Isaiah 2:14 - for all the towering mountains and all the high hills,

Isaiah 2:15 - for every lofty tower and every fortified wall,

Isaiah 2:16 - for every trading ship and every stately vessel.

Isaiah 2:17 - The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

Isaiah 2:18 - and the idols will totally disappear.

Isaiah 2:19 - People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.

Isaiah 2:20 - In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.

Isaiah 2:21 - They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.

Isaiah 2:22 - Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Isaiah - Chapter 3 - Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

Isaiah 3:1 - See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water,

Isaiah 3:2 - the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder,

Isaiah 3:3 - the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

Isaiah 3:4 - "I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them."

Isaiah 3:5 - People will oppress each other - man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored.

Isaiah 3:6 - A man will seize one of his brothers in his father's house, and say, "You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!"

Isaiah 3:7 - But in that day he will cry out, "I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people."

Isaiah 3:8 - Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence.

Isaiah 3:9 - The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Isaiah 3:10 - Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

Isaiah 3:11 - Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

Isaiah 3:12 - Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.

Isaiah 3:13 - The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.

Isaiah 3:14 - The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 3:15 - What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?" declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 3:16 - The Lord says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Isaiah 3:17 - Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald."

Isaiah 3:18 - In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,

Isaiah 3:19 - the earrings and bracelets and veils,

Isaiah 3:20 - the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,

Isaiah 3:21 - the signet rings and nose rings,

Isaiah 3:22 - the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses

Isaiah 3:23 - and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Isaiah 3:24 - Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.

Isaiah 3:25 - Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.

Isaiah 3:26 - The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.

Isaiah - Chapter 4

Isaiah 4:1 - In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, "We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!"

The Branch of the Lord

Isaiah 4:2 - In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.

Isaiah 4:3 - Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 4:4 - The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.

Isaiah 4:5 - Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.

Isaiah 4:6 - It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

Isaiah - Chapter 5 - The Song of the Vineyard

Isaiah 5:1 - I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.

Isaiah 5:2 - He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.

Isaiah 5:3 - "Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.

Isaiah 5:4 - What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?

Isaiah 5:5 - Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.

Isaiah 5:6 - I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it."

Isaiah 5:7 - The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in.And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Woes and Judgments

Isaiah 5:8 - Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.

Isaiah 5:9 - The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing: "Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants.

Isaiah 5:10 - A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine; a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain."

Isaiah 5:11 - Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.

Isaiah 5:12 - They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands.

Isaiah 5:13 - Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; those of high rank will die of hunger and the common people will be parched with thirst.

Isaiah 5:14 - Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.

Isaiah 5:15 - So people will be brought low and everyone humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled.

Isaiah 5:16 - But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.

Isaiah 5:17 - Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich.

Isaiah 5:18 - Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes,

Isaiah 5:19 - to those who say, "Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel - let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it."

Isaiah 5:20 - Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Isaiah 5:21 - Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

Isaiah 5:22 - Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,

Isaiah 5:23 - who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

Isaiah 5:24 - Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 5:25 - Therefore the Lord's anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Isaiah 5:26 - He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily!

Isaiah 5:27 - Not one of them grows tired or stumbles, not one slumbers or sleeps; not a belt is loosened at the waist, not a sandal strap is broken.

Isaiah 5:28 - Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses' hooves seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.

Isaiah 5:29 - Their roar is like that of the lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue.

Isaiah 5:30 - In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks at the land, there is only darkness and distress; even the sun will be darkened by clouds.

Isaiah - Chapter 6 - Isaiah's Commission

Isaiah 6:1 - In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:2 - Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

Isaiah 6:3 - And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."

Isaiah 6:4 - At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

Isaiah 6:5 - "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty."

Isaiah 6:6 - Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.

Isaiah 6:7 - With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."

Isaiah 6:8 - Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:9 - He said, "Go and tell this people: "'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

Isaiah 6:10 - Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

Isaiah 6:11 - Then I said, "For how long, Lord?" And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged,

Isaiah 6:12 - until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.

Isaiah 6:13 - And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land."

Isaiah - Chapter 7 - The Sign of Immanuel

Isaiah 7:1 - When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.

Isaiah 7:2 - Now the house of David was told, "Aram has allied itself with Ephraim"; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.

Isaiah 7:3 - Then the Lord said to Isaiah, "Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer's Field.

Isaiah 7:4 - Say to him, 'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood - because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.

Isaiah 7:5 - Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah's son have plotted your ruin, saying,

Isaiah 7:6 - "Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it."

Isaiah 7:7 - Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "'It will not take place, it will not happen,

Isaiah 7:8 - for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.

Isaiah 7:9 - The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'"

Isaiah 7:10 - Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz,

Isaiah 7:11 - "Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights."

Isaiah 7:12 - But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test."

Isaiah 7:13 - Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also?

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:15 - He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,

Isaiah 7:16 - for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

Isaiah 7:17 - The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah - he will bring the king of Assyria."

Assyria, the Lord's Instrument

Isaiah 7:18 - In that day the Lord will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.

Isaiah 7:19 - They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thornbushes and at all the water holes.

Isaiah 7:20 - In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River - the king of Assyria - to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also.

Isaiah 7:21 - In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats.

Isaiah 7:22 - And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 7:23 - In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns.

Isaiah 7:24 - Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns.

Isaiah 7:25 - As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.

Isaiah - Chapter 8 - Isaiah and His Children as Signs

Isaiah 8:1 - The Lord said to me, "Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz."

Isaiah 8:2 - So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me.

Isaiah 8:3 - Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, "Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

Isaiah 8:4 - For before the boy knows how to say 'My father' or 'My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria."

Isaiah 8:5 - The Lord spoke to me again:

Isaiah 8:6 - "Because this people has rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah and rejoices over Rezin and the son of Remaliah,

Isaiah 8:7 - therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates - the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks

Isaiah 8:8 - and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it, passing through it and reaching up to the neck. Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land, Immanuel!"

Isaiah 8:9 - Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered!

Isaiah 8:10 - Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.

Isaiah 8:11 - This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

Isaiah 8:12 - "Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.

Isaiah 8:13 - The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.

Isaiah 8:14 - He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.

Isaiah 8:15 - Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."

Isaiah 8:16 - Bind up this testimony of warning and seal up God's instruction among my disciples.

Isaiah 8:17 - I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.

Isaiah 8:18 - Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

The Darkness Turns to Light

Isaiah 8:19 - When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 8:20 - Consult God's instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

Isaiah 8:21 - Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.

Isaiah 8:22 - Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.

Isaiah - Chapter 9

Isaiah 9:1 - Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan -

Isaiah 9:2 - The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:3 - You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.

Isaiah 9:4 - For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.

Isaiah 9:5 - Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

Isaiah 9:6 - For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 - Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

The Lord's Anger Against Israel

Isaiah 9:8 - The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.

Isaiah 9:9 - All the people will know it - Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria - who say with pride and arrogance of heart,

Isaiah 9:10 - "The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars."

Isaiah 9:11 - But the Lord has strengthened Rezin's foes against them and has spurred their enemies on.

Isaiah 9:12 - Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west have devoured Israel with open mouth. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Isaiah 9:13 - But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 9:14 - So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;

Isaiah 9:15 - the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

Isaiah 9:16 - Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.

Isaiah 9:17 - Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Isaiah 9:18 - Surely wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze, so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

Isaiah 9:19 - By the wrath of the Lord Almighty the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire; they will not spare one another.

Isaiah 9:20 - On the right they will devour, but still be hungry; on the left they will eat, but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring:

Isaiah 9:21 - Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh; together they will turn against Judah. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Isaiah - Chapter 10

Isaiah 10:1 - Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,

Isaiah 10:2 - to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.

Isaiah 10:3 - What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?

Isaiah 10:4 - Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

God's Judgment on Assyria

Isaiah 10:5 - "Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

Isaiah 10:6 - I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets.

Isaiah 10:7 - But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.

Isaiah 10:8 - 'Are not my commanders all kings?' he says.

Isaiah 10:9 - 'Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad, and Samaria like Damascus?

Isaiah 10:10 - As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria -

Isaiah 10:11 - shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?'"

Isaiah 10:12 - When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, "I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.

Isaiah 10:13 - For he says: "'By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings.

Isaiah 10:14 - As one reaches into a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as people gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.'"

Isaiah 10:15 - Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is not wood!

Isaiah 10:16 - Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled like a blazing flame.

Isaiah 10:17 - The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers.

Isaiah 10:18 - The splendor of his forests and fertile fields it will completely destroy, as when a sick person wastes away.

Isaiah 10:19 - And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down.

The Remnant of Israel

Isaiah 10:20 - In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 10:21 - A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.

Isaiah 10:22 - Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.

Isaiah 10:23 - The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.

Isaiah 10:24 - Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: "My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.

Isaiah 10:25 - Very soon my anger against you will end and my wrath will be directed to their destruction."

Isaiah 10:26 - The Lord Almighty will lash them with a whip, as when he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb; and he will raise his staff over the waters, as he did in Egypt.

Isaiah 10:27 - In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.

Isaiah 10:28 - They enter Aiath; they pass through Migron; they store supplies at Mikmash.

Isaiah 10:29 - They go over the pass, and say, "We will camp overnight at Geba." Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul flees.

Isaiah 10:30 - Cry out, Daughter Gallim! Listen, Laishah! Poor Anathoth!

Isaiah 10:31 - Madmenah is in flight; the people of Gebim take cover.

Isaiah 10:32 - This day they will halt at Nob; they will shake their fist at the mount of Daughter Zion, at the hill of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 10:33 - See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low.

Isaiah 10:34 - He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.

Isaiah - Chapter 11 - The Branch From Jesse

Isaiah 11:1 - 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Isaiah 11:2 - The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him - the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord -

Isaiah 11:3 - and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;

Isaiah 11:4 - but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 11:5 - Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 11:6 - The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Isaiah 11:7 - The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 11:8 - The infant will play near the cobra's den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.

Isaiah 11:9 - They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11:10 - In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Isaiah 11:11 - In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

Isaiah 11:12 - He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.

Isaiah 11:13 - Ephraim's jealousy will vanish, and Judah's enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.

Isaiah 11:14 - They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them.

Isaiah 11:15 - The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that anyone can cross over in sandals.

Isaiah 11:16 - There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt.

Isaiah - Chapter 12 - Songs of Praise

Isaiah 12:1 - In that day you will say: "I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.

Isaiah 12:2 - Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation."

Isaiah 12:3 - With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 12:4 - In that day you will say: "Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

Isaiah 12:5 - Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

Isaiah 12:6 - Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."

Isaiah - Chapter 13 - A Prophecy Against Babylon

Isaiah 13:1 - A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

Isaiah 13:2 - Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.

Isaiah 13:3 - I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath - those who rejoice in my triumph.

Isaiah 13:4 - Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war.

Isaiah 13:5 - They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens - the Lord and the weapons of his wrath - to destroy the whole country.

Isaiah 13:6 - Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 13:7 - Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.

Isaiah 13:8 - Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.

Isaiah 13:9 - See, the day of the Lord is coming - a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger - to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.

Isaiah 13:10 - The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.

Isaiah 13:11 - I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.

Isaiah 13:12 - I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.

Isaiah 13:13 - Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.

Isaiah 13:14 - Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, they will all return to their own people, they will flee to their native land.

Isaiah 13:15 - Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword.

Isaiah 13:16 - Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated.

Isaiah 13:17 - See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.

Isaiah 13:18 - Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants, nor will they look with compassion on children.

Isaiah 13:19 - Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 13:20 - She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks.

Isaiah 13:21 - But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.

Isaiah 13:22 - Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.

Isaiah - Chapter 14

Isaiah 14:1 - The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Foreigners will join them and unite with the descendants of Jacob.

Isaiah 14:2 - Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And Israel will take possession of the nations and make them male and female servants in the Lord's land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors.

Isaiah 14:3 - On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you,

Isaiah 14:4 - you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended!

Isaiah 14:5 - The Lord has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers,

Isaiah 14:6 - which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression.

Isaiah 14:7 - All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing.

Isaiah 14:8 - Even the junipers and the cedars of Lebanon gloat over you and say, "Now that you have been laid low, no one comes to cut us down."

Isaiah 14:9 - The realm of the dead below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you - all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones - all those who were kings over the nations.

Isaiah 14:10 - They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."

Isaiah 14:11 - All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you.

Isaiah 14:12 - How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

Isaiah 14:13 - You said in your heart, "I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.

Isaiah 14:14 - I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

Isaiah 14:15 - But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.

Isaiah 14:16 - Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble,

Isaiah 14:17 - the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?"

Isaiah 14:18 - All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.

Isaiah 14:19 - But you are cast out of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain, with those pierced by the sword, those who descend to the stones of the pit. Like a corpse trampled underfoot,

Isaiah 14:20 - you will not join them in burial, for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Let the offspring of the wicked never be mentioned again.

Isaiah 14:21 - Prepare a place to slaughter his children for the sins of their ancestors; they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities.

Isaiah 14:22 - "I will rise up against them," declares the Lord Almighty. "I will wipe out Babylon's name and survivors, her offspring and descendants," declares the Lord.

Isaiah 14:23 - "I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction," declares the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 14:24 - The Lord Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.

Isaiah 14:25 - I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders."

Isaiah 14:26 - This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations.

Isaiah 14:27 - For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

A Prophecy Against the Philistines

Isaiah 14:28 - This prophecy came in the year King Ahaz died:

Isaiah 14:29 - Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.

Isaiah 14:30 - The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety. But your root I will destroy by famine; it will slay your survivors.

Isaiah 14:31 - Wail, you gate! Howl, you city! Melt away, all you Philistines! A cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there is not a straggler in its ranks.

Isaiah 14:32 - What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? "The Lord has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge."

Isaiah - Chapter 15 - A prophecy against Moab:

Isaiah 15:1 - Ar in Moab is ruined, destroyed in a night! Kir in Moab is ruined, destroyed in a night!

Isaiah 15:2 - Dibon goes up to its temple, to its high places to weep; Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba. Every head is shaved and every beard cut off.

Isaiah 15:3 - In the streets they wear sackcloth; on the roofs and in the public squares they all wail, prostrate with weeping.

Isaiah 15:4 - Heshbon and Elealeh cry out, their voices are heard all the way to Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out, and their hearts are faint.

Isaiah 15:5 - My heart cries out over Moab; her fugitives flee as far as Zoar, as far as Eglath Shelishiyah. They go up the hill to Luhith, weeping as they go; on the road to Horonaim they lament their destruction.

Isaiah 15:6 - The waters of Nimrim are dried up and the grass is withered; the vegetation is gone and nothing green is left.

Isaiah 15:7 - So the wealth they have acquired and stored up they carry away over the Ravine of the Poplars.

Isaiah 15:8 - Their outcry echoes along the border of Moab; their wailing reaches as far as Eglaim, their lamentation as far as Beer Elim.

Isaiah 15:9 - The waters of Dimon are full of blood, but I will bring still more upon Dimon - a lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon those who remain in the land.

Isaiah - Chapter 16

Isaiah 16:1 - Send lambs as tribute to the ruler of the land, from Sela, across the desert, to the mount of Daughter Zion.

Isaiah 16:2 - Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

Isaiah 16:3 - "Make up your mind," Moab says. "Render a decision. Make your shadow like night - at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.

Isaiah 16:4 - Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter from the destroyer." The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land.

Isaiah 16:5 - In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it - one from the house of David - one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.

Isaiah 16:6 - We have heard of Moab's pride - how great is her arrogance! - of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty.

Isaiah 16:7 - Therefore the Moabites wail, they wail together for Moab. Lament and grieve for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth.

Isaiah 16:8 - The fields of Heshbon wither, the vines of Sibmah also. The rulers of the nations have trampled down the choicest vines, which once reached Jazer and spread toward the desert. Their shoots spread out and went as far as the sea.

Isaiah 16:9 - So I weep, as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah. Heshbon and Elealeh, I drench you with tears! The shouts of joy over your ripened fruit and over your harvests have been stilled.

Isaiah 16:10 - Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out wine at the presses, for I have put an end to the shouting.

Isaiah 16:11 - My heart laments for Moab like a harp, my inmost being for Kir Hareseth.

Isaiah 16:12 - When Moab appears at her high place, she only wears herself out; when she goes to her shrine to pray, it is to no avail.

Isaiah 16:13 This is the word the Lord has already spoken concerning Moab.

Isaiah 16:14 But now the Lord says: "Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab's splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble."

Isaiah - Chapter 17 - A Prophecy Against Damascus

Isaiah 17:1 - A prophecy against Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.

Isaiah 17:2 - The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.

Isaiah 17:3 - The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites," declares the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 17:4 - "In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.

Isaiah 17:5 - It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms - as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.

Isaiah 17:6 - Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs," declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

Isaiah 17:7 - In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 17:8 - They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made.

Isaiah 17:9 - In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

Isaiah 17:10 - You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines,

Isaiah 17:11 - though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.

Isaiah 17:12 - Woe to the many nations that rage - they rage like the raging sea! Woe to the peoples who roar - they roar like the roaring of great waters!

Isaiah 17:13 - Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale.

Isaiah 17:14 - In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.

Isaiah - Chapter 18 - A Prophecy Against Cush

Isaiah 18:1 - Woe to the land of whirring wings along the rivers of Cush,

Isaiah 18:2 - which sends envoys by sea in papyrus boats over the water. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.

Isaiah 18:3 - All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it.

Isaiah 18:4 - This is what the Lord says to me: "I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."

Isaiah 18:5 - For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches.

Isaiah 18:6 - They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey and to the wild animals; the birds will feed on them all summer, the wild animals all winter.

Isaiah 18:7 - At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers - the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah - Chapter 19 - A Prophecy Against Egypt

Isaiah (740BC-681BC) - Moses (1446BC)

Isaiah 19:1 - A prophecy against Egypt: See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

Isaiah 19:2 - "I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian - brother will fight against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

Isaiah 19:3 - The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.

Isaiah 19:4 - I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them," declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 19:5 - The waters of the river will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched and dry.

Isaiah 19:6 - The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. The reeds and rushes will wither,

Isaiah 19:7 - also the plants along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.

Isaiah 19:8 - The fishermen will groan and lament, all who cast hooks into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.

Isaiah 19:9 - Those who work with combed flax will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.

Isaiah 19:10 - The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.

Isaiah 19:11 - The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools; the wise counselors of Pharaoh give senseless advice. How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men, a disciple of the ancient kings"?

Isaiah 19:12 - Where are your wise men now? Let them show you and make known what the Lord Almighty has planned against Egypt.

Isaiah 19:13 - The officials of Zoan have become fools, the leaders of Memphis are deceived; the cornerstones of her peoples have led Egypt astray.

Isaiah 19:14 - The Lord has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.

Isaiah 19:15 - There is nothing Egypt can do - head or tail, palm branch or reed.

Isaiah 19:16 - In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them.

Isaiah 19:17 - And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them.

Isaiah 19:18 - In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.

Isaiah 19:19 - In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border.

Isaiah 19:20 - It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.

Isaiah 19:21 - So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.

Isaiah 19:22 - The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.

Isaiah 19:23 - In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.

Isaiah 19:24 - In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.

Isaiah 19:25 - The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."

Isaiah - Chapter 20 - A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush

Isaiah 20:1 - In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it -

Isaiah 20:2 - at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, "Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet." And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.

Isaiah 20:3 - Then the Lord said, "Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush,

Isaiah 20:4 - so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared - to Egypt's shame.

Isaiah 20:5 - Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.

Isaiah 20:6 - In that day the people who live on this coast will say, 'See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?'"

Isaiah - Chapter 21 - A Prophecy Against Babylon

Isaiah 21:1 - A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror.

Isaiah 21:2 - A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

Isaiah 21:3 - At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.

Isaiah 21:4 - My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.

Isaiah 21:5 - They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!

Isaiah 21:6 - This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.

Isaiah 21:7 - When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert."

Isaiah 21:8 - And the lookout shouted, "Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.

Isaiah 21:9 - Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!'"

Isaiah 21:10 - My people who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the Lord Almighty, from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

Isaiah 21:11 - A prophecy against Dumah: Someone calls to me from Seir, "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?"

Isaiah 21:12 - The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again."

A Prophecy Against Arabia

Isaiah 21:13 - A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

Isaiah 21:14 - bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.

Isaiah 21:15 - They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.

Isaiah 21:16 This is what the Lord says to me: "Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.

Isaiah 21:17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few." The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.

Isaiah - Chapter 22 - A Prophecy About Jerusalem

Isaiah 22:1 - A prophecy against the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs,

Isaiah 22:2 - you town so full of commotion, you city of tumult and revelry? Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle.

Isaiah 22:3 - All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away.

Isaiah 22:4 - Therefore I said, "Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people."

Isaiah 22:5 - The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains.

Isaiah 22:6 - Elam takes up the quiver, with her charioteers and horses; Kir uncovers the shield.

Isaiah 22:7 - Your choicest valleys are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

Isaiah 22:8 - The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah, and you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.

Isaiah 22:9 - You saw that the walls of the City of David were broken through in many places; you stored up water in the Lower Pool.

Isaiah 22:10 - You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.

Isaiah 22:11 - You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

Isaiah 22:12 - The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

Isaiah 22:13 - But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"

Isaiah 22:14 - The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: "Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for," says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 22:15 - This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: "Go, say to this steward, to Shebna the palace administrator:

Isaiah 22:16 - What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a grave for yourself here, hewing your grave on the height and chiseling your resting place in the rock?

Isaiah 22:17 - "Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, you mighty man.

Isaiah 22:18 - He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master's house.

Isaiah 22:19 - I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.

Isaiah 22:20 - "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.

Isaiah 22:21 - I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.

Isaiah 22:22 - I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Isaiah 22:23 - I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father.

Isaiah 22:24 - All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots - all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

Isaiah 22:25 "In that day," declares the Lord Almighty, "the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down." The Lord has spoken.

Isaiah - Chapter 23 - A Prophecy Against Tyre

Isaiah 23:1 - A prophecy against Tyre: Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For Tyre is destroyed and left without house or harbor. From the land of Cyprus word has come to them.

Isaiah 23:2 - Be silent, you people of the island and you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched.

Isaiah 23:3 - On the great waters came the grain of the Shihor; the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre, and she became the marketplace of the nations.

Isaiah 23:4 - Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea, for the sea has spoken: "I have neither been in labor nor given birth; I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters."

Isaiah 23:5 - When word comes to Egypt, they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre.

Isaiah 23:6 - Cross over to Tarshish; wail, you people of the island.

Isaiah 23:7 - Is this your city of revelry, the old, old city, whose feet have taken her to settle in far-off lands?

Isaiah 23:8 - Who planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are renowned in the earth?

Isaiah 23:9 - The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Isaiah 23:10 - Till your land as they do along the Nile, Daughter Tarshish, for you no longer have a harbor.

Isaiah 23:11 - The Lord has stretched out his hand over the sea and made its kingdoms tremble. He has given an order concerning Phoenicia that her fortresses be destroyed.

Isaiah 23:12 - He said, "No more of your reveling, Virgin Daughter Sidon, now crushed! "Up, cross over to Cyprus; even there you will find no rest."

Isaiah 23:13 - Look at the land of the Babylonians, this people that is now of no account! The Assyrians have made it a place for desert creatures; they raised up their siege towers, they stripped its fortresses bare and turned it into a ruin.

Isaiah 23:14 - Wail, you ships of Tarshish; your fortress is destroyed!

Isaiah 23:15 - At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king's life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

Isaiah 23:16 - "Take up a harp, walk through the city, you forgotten prostitute; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered."

Isaiah 23:17 - At the end of seventy years, the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.

Isaiah 23:18 - Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord, for abundant food and fine clothes.

Isaiah - Chapter 24 - The Lord's Devastation of the Earth

Isaiah 24:1 - See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants -

Isaiah 24:2 - it will be the same for priest as for people, for the master as for his servant, for the mistress as for her servant, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.

Isaiah 24:3 - The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The Lord has spoken this word.

Isaiah 24:4 - The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth.

Isaiah 24:5 - The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.

Isaiah 24:6 - Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.

Isaiah 24:7 - The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan.

Isaiah 24:8 - The joyful timbrels are stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.

Isaiah 24:9 - No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.

Isaiah 24:10 - The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.

Isaiah 24:11 - In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.

Isaiah 24:12 - The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.

Isaiah 24:13 - So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.

Isaiah 24:14 - They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord's majesty.

Isaiah 24:15 - Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 24:16 - From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One." But I said, "I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!"

Isaiah 24:17 - Terror and pit and snare await you, people of the earth.

Isaiah 24:18 - Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake.

Isaiah 24:19 - The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken.

Isaiah 24:20 - The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls - never to rise again.

Isaiah 24:21 - In that day the Lord will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.

Isaiah 24:22 - They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days.

Isaiah 24:23 - The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders - with great glory.

Isaiah - Chapter 25 - Praise to the Lord

Isaiah 25:1 - Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:2 - You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 25:3 - Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you.

Isaiah 25:4 - You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall

Isaiah 25:5 - and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

Isaiah 25:6 - On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine - the best of meats and the finest of wines.

Isaiah 25:7 - On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations;

Isaiah 25:8 - he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 25:9 - In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

Isaiah 25:10 - The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled in their land as straw is trampled down in the manure.

Isaiah 25:11 - They will stretch out their hands in it, as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim. God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands.

Isaiah 25:12 - He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.

Isaiah - Chapter 26 - A Song of Praise

Isaiah 26:1 - In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.

Isaiah 26:2 - Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.

Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:4 - Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:5 - He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.

Isaiah 26:6 - Feet trample it down - the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.

Isaiah 26:7 - The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

Isaiah 26:8 - Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.

Isaiah 26:9 - My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:10 - But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.

Isaiah 26:11 - Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.

Isaiah 26:12 - Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Isaiah 26:13 - Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.

Isaiah 26:14 - They are now dead, they live no more; their spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.

Isaiah 26:15 - You have enlarged the nation, Lord; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land.

Isaiah 26:16 - Lord, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.

Isaiah 26:17 - As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, Lord.

Isaiah 26:18 - We were with child, we writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth, and the people of the world have not come to life.

Isaiah 26:19 - But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise - let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy - your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.

Isaiah 26:20 - Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.

Isaiah 26:21 - See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

Isaiah - Chapter 27 - Deliverance of Israel

Isaiah 27:1 - In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword - his fierce, great and powerful sword - Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.

Isaiah 27:2 - In that day - "Sing about a fruitful vineyard:

Isaiah 27:3 - I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.

Isaiah 27:4 - I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.

Isaiah 27:5 - Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me."

Isaiah 27:6 - In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.

Isaiah 27:7 - Has the Lord struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?

Isaiah 27:8 - By warfare and exile you contend with her - with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.

Isaiah 27:9 - By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like limestone crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing.

Isaiah 27:10 - The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the wilderness; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.

Isaiah 27:11 - When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.

Isaiah 27:12 - In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one.

Isaiah 27:13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

Isaiah - Chapter 28 - Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah

Isaiah 28:1 - Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley - to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!

Isaiah 28:2 - See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

Isaiah 28:3 - That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, will be trampled underfoot.

Isaiah 28:4 - That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like figs ripe before harvest - as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them.

Isaiah 28:5 - In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Isaiah 28:6 - He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Isaiah 28:7 - And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

Isaiah 28:8 - All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth.

Isaiah 28:9 - "Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?

Isaiah 28:10 - For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there."

Isaiah 28:11 - Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,

Isaiah 28:12 - to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose" - but they would not listen.

Isaiah 28:13 - So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there - so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.

Isaiah 28:14 - Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28:15 - You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place."

Isaiah 28:16 - So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

Isaiah 28:17 - I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie and water will overflow your hiding place.

Isaiah 28:18 - Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.

Isaiah 28:19 - As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.

Isaiah 28:20 - The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

Isaiah 28:21 - The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon - to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.

Isaiah 28:22 - Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.

Isaiah 28:23 - Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.

Isaiah 28:24 - When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?

Isaiah 28:25 - When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?

Isaiah 28:26 - His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.

Isaiah 28:27 - Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.

Isaiah 28:28 - Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain.

Isaiah 28:29 - All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

Isaiah - Chapter 29 - Woe to David's City

Isaiah 29:1 - Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on.

Isaiah 29:2 - Yet I will besiege Ariel; she will mourn and lament, she will be to me like an altar hearth.

Isaiah 29:3 - I will encamp against you on all sides; I will encircle you with towers and set up my siege works against you.

Isaiah 29:4 - Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper.

Isaiah 29:5 - But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant,

Isaiah 29:6 - the Lord Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.

Isaiah 29:7 - Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night -

Isaiah 29:8 - as when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.

Isaiah 29:9 - Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer.

Isaiah 29:10 - The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).

Isaiah 29:11 - For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, "Read this, please," they will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."

Isaiah 29:12 - Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," they will answer, "I don't know how to read."

Isaiah 29:13 - The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Isaiah 29:14 - Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."

Isaiah 29:15 - Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?"

Isaiah 29:16 - You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, "You did not make me"? Can the pot say to the potter, "You know nothing"?

Isaiah 29:17 - In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?

Isaiah 29:18 - In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Isaiah 29:19 - Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 29:20 - The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down -

Isaiah 29:21 - those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.

Isaiah 29:22 - Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.

Isaiah 29:23 - When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Isaiah 29:24 - Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction."

Isaiah - Chapter 30 - Woe to the Obstinate Nation

Isaiah 30:1 - "Woe to the obstinate children," declares the Lord, "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;

Isaiah 30:2 - who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh's protection, to Egypt's shade for refuge.

Isaiah 30:3 - But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade will bring you disgrace.

Isaiah 30:4 - Though they have officials in Zoan and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,

Isaiah 30:5 - everyone will be put to shame because of a people useless to them, who bring neither help nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace."

Isaiah 30:6 - A prophecy concerning the animals of the Negev: Through a land of hardship and distress, of lions and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes, the envoys carry their riches on donkeys' backs, their treasures on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,

Isaiah 30:7 - to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless. Therefore I call her Rahab the Do-Nothing.

Isaiah 30:8 - Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.

Isaiah 30:9 - For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord's instruction.

Isaiah 30:10 - They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Isaiah 30:11 - Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!"

Isaiah 30:12 - Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit,

Isaiah 30:13 - this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant.

Isaiah 30:14 - It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern."

Isaiah 30:15 - This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

Isaiah 30:16 - You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.' Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift!

Isaiah 30:17 - A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill."

Isaiah 30:18 - Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 30:19 - People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Isaiah 30:20 - Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.

Isaiah 30:21 - Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:22 - Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, "Away with you!"

Isaiah 30:23 - He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.

Isaiah 30:24 - The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel.

Isaiah 30:25 - In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill.

Isaiah 30:26 - The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.

Isaiah 30:27 - See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.

Isaiah 30:28 - His breath is like a rushing torrent, rising up to the neck. He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction; he places in the jaws of the peoples a bit that leads them astray.

Isaiah 30:29 - And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.

Isaiah 30:30 - The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.

Isaiah 30:31 - The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria; with his rod he will strike them down.

Isaiah 30:32 - Every stroke the Lord lays on them with his punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.

Isaiah 30:33 - Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.

Isaiah - Chapter 40

Isaiah 40:29 - He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah - Chapter 51

Isaiah 51:3 - Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Isaiah - Chapter 53 - A Prophecy of Christ

Isaiah 53:1 - Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

Isaiah 53:2 - He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:3 - He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Isaiah 53:4 - Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5 - But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:6 - We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:7 - He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:8 - By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.

Isaiah 53:9 - He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:10 - Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

Isaiah 53:11 - After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:12 - Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah - Chapter 61

Isaiah 61:1 - He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

Isaiah - Chapter 66

Isaiah 66:2 - This is the one I esteem; he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.

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Jeremiah - Chapter 9

Jeremiah 9:24 - Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD.

Jeremiah - Chapter 34

Jeremiah 34:15 - You repented and did what is right in my sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to his countrymen.

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Lamentations - Chapter 3

Lamentations 3:24 - The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.

Lamentations 3:26 - It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

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Ezekiel - Chapter 1

Ezekiel 48 - Last Chapter

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Daniel - Chapter 1

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Hosea - Chapter 1

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Joel - Chapter 1

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Amos - Chapter 1

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Jonah - Chapter 1 - Jonah Flees From the Lord

Jonah 1:1 - The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:

Jonah 1:2 - "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."

Jonah 1:3 - But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Jonah 1:4 - Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah 1:5 - All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.

Jonah 1:6 - The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish."

Jonah 1:7 - Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.

Jonah 1:8 - So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"

Jonah 1:9 - He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

Jonah 1:10 - This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

Jonah 1:11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?"

Jonah 1:12 - "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."

Jonah 1:13 - Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.

Jonah 1:14 - Then they cried out to the Lord, "Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased."

Jonah 1:15 - Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

Jonah 1:16 - At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.

Jonah's Prayer

Jonah 1:17 - Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah - Chapter 2

Jonah 2:1 - From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.

Jonah 2:2 - He said: "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

Jonah 2:3 - You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.

Jonah 2:4 - I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

Jonah 2:5 - The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

Jonah 2:6 - To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.

Jonah 2:7 - "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

Jonah 2:8 - "Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them.

Jonah 2:9 - But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, 'Salvation comes from the Lord.'"

Jonah 2:10 - And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah - Chapter 3 - Jonah Goes to Nineveh

Jonah 3:1 - Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:

Jonah 3:2 - "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."

Jonah 3:3 - Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.

Jonah 3:4 - Jonah began by going a day's journey into the city, proclaiming, "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown."

Jonah 3:5 - The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

Jonah 3:6 - When Jonah's warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.

Jonah 3:7 - This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.

Jonah 3:8 - But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.

Jonah 3:9 - Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."

Jonah 3:10 - When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah - Chapter 4 - Jonah's Anger at the Lord's Compassion

Jonah 4:1 - But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Jonah 4:2 - He prayed to the Lord, "Isn't this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:3 - Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."

Jonah 4:4 - But the Lord replied, "Is it right for you to be angry?"

Jonah 4:5 - Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Jonah 4:6 - Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.

Jonah 4:7 - But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.

Jonah 4:8 - When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."

Jonah 4:9 - But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" "It is," he said. "And I'm so angry I wish I were dead."

Jonah 4:10 - But the Lord said, "You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

Jonah 4:11 - And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left - and also many animals?"

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Micah - Chapter 1

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Nahum - Chapter 1

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Habakkuk - Chapter 1 - Habakkuk's Complaint

Habakkuk 1:1 - The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk 1:2 - How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?

Habakkuk 1:3 - Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.

Habakkuk 1:4 - Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

The Lord's Answer

Habakkuk 1:5 - "Look at the nations and watch - and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

Habakkuk 1:6 - I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own.

Habakkuk 1:7 - They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

Habakkuk 1:8 - Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

Habakkuk 1:9 - they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.

Habakkuk 1:10 - They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.

Habakkuk 1:11 - Then they sweep past like the wind and go on - guilty people, whose own strength is their god."

Habakkuk's Second Complaint

Habakkuk 1:12 - Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

Habakkuk 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Habakkuk 1:14 - You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

Habakkuk 1:15 - The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.

Habakkuk 1:16 - Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.

Habakkuk 1:17 - Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

Habakkuk - Chapter 2

Habakkuk 2:1 - I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

The Lord's Answer

Habakkuk 2:2 - Then the Lord replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Habakkuk 2:3 - For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:4 - "See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright - but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness -

Habakkuk 2:5 - indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.

Habakkuk 2:6 - "Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, "'Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?'

Habakkuk 2:7 - Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.

Habakkuk 2:8 - Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

Habakkuk 2:9 - "Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!

Habakkuk 2:10 - You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.

Habakkuk 2:11 - The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

Habakkuk 2:12 - "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!

Habakkuk 2:13 - Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?

Habakkuk 2:14 - For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Habakkuk 2:15 - "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!

Habakkuk 2:16 - You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed! The cup from the Lord's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.

Habakkuk 2:17 - The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

Habakkuk 2:18 - "Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

Habakkuk 2:19 - Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!' Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!' Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it."

Habakkuk 2:20 - The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

Habakkuk - Chapter 3 - Habakkuk's Prayer

Habakkuk 3:1 - A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.

Habakkuk 3:2 - Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:3 - God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth.

Habakkuk 3:4 - His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

Habakkuk 3:5 - Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps.

Habakkuk 3:6 - He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed - but he marches on forever.

Habakkuk 3:7 - I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

Habakkuk 3:8 - Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory?

Habakkuk 3:9 - You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers;

Habakkuk 3:10 - the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high.

Habakkuk 3:11 - Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.

Habakkuk 3:12 - In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations.

Habakkuk 3:13 - You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot.

Habakkuk 3:14 - With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.

Habakkuk 3:15 - You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters.

Habakkuk 3:16 - I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.

Habakkuk 3:17 - Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,

Habakkuk 3:18 - yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:19 - The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

Habakkuk 3:18 - Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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Zephaniah - Chapter 1

Zephaniah 3 - Last Chapter

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Haggai - Chapter 1

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Zechariah - Chapter 9

Zechariah 9:9 - See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey.

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Malachi - Chapter 1

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The Gospel of Matthew - Overview

Matthew, whose name means "gift of the Lord," was a tax collector who left his work to follow Jesus. In Mark and Luke he is called by his other name, Levi.

Date and Place of Writing? The Jewish nature of Matthew's Gospel may suggest that it was written in Palestine, though many think it may have originated in Syrian Antioch. Some feel that Mattew would hve been writen in the late 50s or in the 60s. Others, who assume that Mark was written between 65 and 70, place Matthew in the 70s or even later.

Recipients: Since his Gospel was written in Greek, Matthew's readers were obviously Greek-speaking. They also seem to have been jews. Certain passages show that, although Matthew's Gospel is Jewish, it has a universal outlook.

Purpose: Matthew's main purpose is to prove to his Jewish readers that Jesus in their Messiah. He does this primarily by showing how Jesus in his life and ministry fulfilled the OT Scriptures.

Structure: The way the material is arranged reveals an artistic touch. The whole Gospel is woven around five great discourses: (1) Chapters 5-7; (2) Chapter 10; (3) Chapter 13; (4) Chapter 18; (5) Chapters 24-25.

The fivefold division may suggest that Matthew has modeled his book on the structure of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the OT). He may also be presenting the gospel as a new Torah and Jesus as a new and greater Moses.

  • The Birth and Early Years of Jesus
    • His Genealogy
    • His Birth
    • His Sojourn in Egypt
  • The Beginnings of Jesus' Ministry
    • His Baptism
    • His Temptation
  • Jesus' Ministry in Galilee
    • The Sermon on the Mount
    • A Collection of Miracles
    • The Commissioning of the 12 Apostles
    • The Parables of the Kingdom
    • Herod's Reaction to Jesus' Ministry
  • Jesus' Withdrawals from Galilee
  • Jesus' Last Ministry in Galilee
    • Prediction of Jesus' Death
    • Temple Tax
  • Jesus' Ministry in Judea and Perea
    • Teaching Concerning Divorce
    • Teaching Concerning Little Children
    • The Rich Young Man
    • The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
    • Prediction of Jesus' Death
    • Restoration of Sight at Jericho
  • Passion Week
    • The Triumphal Entry
    • The Cleansing of the Temple
    • The Last Controversies with the Jewish Leaders
    • The Olivet Discourse concerning the End of the Age
    • The Anointing of Jesus' Feet
    • The Arrest, Trials and Death of Jesus
  • The Resurrection

Matthew - Chapter 1

Matthew 1:21 - She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew - Chapter 3

Matthew 3:8 - Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew - Chapter 5

Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 5:44 - Love your enemies.

Matthew - Chapter 6

Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Consider The Following
Living in harmony of what you know to be true will yield happiness.
If there is conflict between any of the areas listed below, then happiness will elude you. Your words and actions express the contents of your heart.
What You Do
Example: If you "value" good character, and in your heart you "believe" that it is good to help others, but your "conduct" chooses to not help, then your "actions" are out of harmony with what your heart values and you will feel conflict within.

Matthew 6:22 - The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:24 - You cannot serve both God and Money.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Matthew - Chapter 9

Matthew 9:13 - I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Matthew - Chapter 10

Matthew 10:19-20 - But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, (20) for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:38-39 - Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (39) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew - Chapter 12

Matthew 12:34 - You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:37 - For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 12:50 - For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Matthew - Chapter 13

Matthew 13:12 - Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do no hear or understand.'

Matthew - Chapter 15

Matthew 15:11 - What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'

Matthew - Chapter 18

Matthew 18:20 - For where two or threee come together in my name, there am I with them.

Matthew 18:35 - This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.

Matthew - Chapter 19

Matthew 19:30 - But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Matthew - Chapter 22

Matthew 22:37 - The greatest Commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Matthew - Chapter 23

Matthew 23:8-9 - But you are not to be called Rabbi, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. (9) And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

Matthew 23:26 - Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Matthew - Chapter 26

Matthew 26:41 - Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

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The Gospel of Mark - Overview

Author: The conclusion drawn from this tradition is that the Gospel of Mark largely consists of the preaching of Peter arranged and shaped by John Mark.

John Mark in the NT: Mark's mother had a house in Jerusalem that served as a meeting place for believers.

Date of Composition: Mark may have been composed in the early 50s or 60s. Others have felt that the book was written shortly before the destruciton of Jerusalem in 70 AD..

Place of Origin: According to early church tradition, Mark was written "in the regions of Italy" or, more specifically, in Rome.

Recipients: The evidence points to the church at Rome or at least to Gentile readers.

Occasion and Purpose: Since Mark's Gospel is traditionally associated with Rome, it may have been occasioned by the persecutions of the Roman church in the periods 64-67 CAD. The famous fire of Rome in 64 - probably set by Nero himself but blamed on Christians - resulted in widespread persecution. Even martydom was not unknown among Roman believers. Mark may be writing to prepare his readers for this suffering by placing before them the life of our Lord. There are many references, both explicit and veiled, to suffering and discipleship throughout his Gospel.

  1. The cross. Both the human cause and the divine necessity.
  2. Discipleship. Special attention should be paid to the passages on discipleship that arise from Jesus' predictions of his passion.
  3. The teachings of Jesus. Although Mark records far fewer actual teachings of Jesus than the other Gospel writers, there is a remarkable emphasis on Jesus as teacher. The words "teacher," "teach" or "teaching," and "Rabbi" are applied to Jesus in Mark 39 times.
  4. The Messianic secret. On several occasions Jesus warns his disciples or the person for whom he has worked a miracle to keep silent about who he is or what he has done.
  5. Son of God. Although Mark emphasizes the humanity of Jesus, he does not neglect his deity.

Special Characteristics: Mark's Gospel is a simple, succinct, unadorned, yet vivid account of Jesus' ministry, emphasizing more hat Jesus did than what he said. The life, death and resurrection off Christ comprise the "beginning," of which the apostolic preaching in Acts is the continuation.

  • The Beginning of Jesus' Ministry
    • His Forerunner
    • His Baptism
    • His Temptation
  • Jesus's Ministry in Galilee
    • Early Galilean Ministry
    • Call of the First Disciples
    • Miracles in Capernaum
    • Sabbath Controversy
    • Selection of the 12 Apostles
    • Teachings in Capernaum
    • Parables of the Kingdom
    • More Galilean Miracles
    • Unbelief in Jesus' Town
    • Six Apostolic Teams Tour Galilee
    • King Herod's Reaction to Jesus' Ministry
  • Withdrawals from Galilee
  • Final Ministry in Galilee
  • Jesus' Ministry in Judea and Perea
    • Teaching Concerning Divorce
    • Teaching Concering Children
    • The Rich Young Man
    • Prediction of Jesus' Death
    • A Request of Two Brothers
    • Rekstoration of Bartimaeus's Sight
  • The Passion of Jesus
    • The Triumphal Entry
    • The Cleansing of the Temple
    • Concluding Controversies with Jewish Leaders
    • The Olivet Discourse Concerning the End of the Age
    • The Anointing of Jesus
    • The Arrest, Trial and Death of Jesus
  • The Resurrection of Jesus

Mark - Chapter 4

Mark 4:12 - So that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!

Mark 4:24-25 - Consider carefully what you hear, he continued. With the mearure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more. (25) Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have even what he has will be taken from him.

Mark 4:40 - He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'

Mark - Chapter 7

Mark 7:6-7 - Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (7) They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'

Mark - Chapter 8

Mark 8:31 - He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

Mark 8:35-36 - For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (36) What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

Mark - Chapter 9

Mark 9:23 - Everything is possible for him who believes.

Mark - Chapter 10

Mark 10:9 - Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

Mark - Chapter 11

Mark 11:25-26 - And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Mark - Chapter 12

Mark 12:30-31 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (31) The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Mark - Chapter 13

Mark 13:32 - No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark - Chapter 14

Mark 14:38 - Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

Mark - Chapter 16

Mark 16:15-16 - Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. (16) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Mark 16 - Last Chapter

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Luke 14:33 - In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

The Gospel of Luke - Overview

The author's name does not appear in the book, but much unmistakable evidence points to Luke. This Gospel is a companion volume to the book of Acts, and the language and structure of these two books indicate that both were written by the same person. They are addressed to the same individual, Theophilus, and the second volume refers to the first (Acts 1:1). Certain sections in Acts use the pronoun "we" (Acts:16:10-17, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1-28:16, indicating that the author was with Paul when the events described in these passages took place.

Luke was probably a Gentile by birth, well educated in Greek culture, a physician by profession, a companion of Paul at various times from his second missionary journey to his first imprisonment in Rome, and a loyal friend who remained with the apostle after others had deserted.

Recipient and Purpose: The Gospel is specifically directed to Theophilus (1:3), whose name means "one who loves God". Theophilus, however, was more than a publisher. The message of this Gospel was intended for his own instruction (1:4) as well as the instruction of those among whom the book would be circulated. The fact that the Gospel was initially directed to Theophilus does not narrow or limit its purpose. It was written to strengthen the faith of all believers and to answer the attacks of unbelievers. It was presented to displace disconnected and ill-founded reports about Jesus. Luke wanted to show that the place of the Gentile Christian in God's kingdom is based on the teaching of Jesus. He wanted to commend the preaching of the gospel to the whole world.

Date and Place of Writing: The two most commonly suggested periods for dating the Gospel of Luke are: (1) 59-63 A.D., and (2) the 70s or the 80s.

The place of writing was probably Rome, though Achaia, Ephesus and Caesarea also have been suggested. The place to which it was sent would, of course, depend on the residence of Theophilus. Antioch, Achaia and Ephesus are possible destinations.

Luke had outstanding command of the Greek language. His vocabulary is extensive and rich, and his style at times approaches that of classical Greek. When Luke refers to Peter in a Jewish setting, he uses more Semitic language than when he refers to Paul in a Hellenistic setting.

Characteristics: The third Gospel presents the works and teachings of Jesus that are especially important for understanding the way of salvation. Its scope is complete from the birth of Christ to his ascension, its arrangement is orderly, and it appeals to both Jews and Gentiles. The writing is characterized by literary excellence, historical detail and warm, sensitive understaning of Jesus and of those around him.

Since the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) report many of the same episodes in Jesus' life, one would expect much similaity in their accounts. The dissimilarities reveal the distinctive empases of the separate writers. Luke's characterisitc themes include: (1) universality, recognition of Gentiles as well as Jews in God's plan; (2) emphasis on prayer, especially Jesus' praying before important occasions; (3) joy at the announcement of the gospel or "good news"; (4) special concern for the role of women; (5) special interest in the poor; (6) concern for sinners; (7) stress on the family circle; (8) repeated use of the title "Son of Man"; (9) emphasis on the Holy Spirit.

Sources: Although Luke acknowledges that many others had written of Jesus; life, he does not indicate that he relied on these reports for his own writing. He used personal investigation and arrangment, based on testimony from "eyewitnesses and servants of the word" - including the preaching and oral accounts of the apostles. His language differences from the other Synopics and his blocks of distinctive material indicate independent work, though he obviously used some of the same sources.

Plan: Luke's account of Jesus' ministry can be dividedd into three major parts: (1) the events that occurred in and around Galilee, (2) those that took place in Judea and Perea, and (3) those of the final week in Jerusalem. Luke's uniqueness is especially seen in the amount of material devoted to Jesus' closing ministry in Judea and Perea. Sixteen of the 23 parables that occur in Luke are found here. Of the 20 miracles recorded in Luke, only 4 appear in these sections.

The main theme of the Gospel is the nature of Jesus' Messiahship and mission, and a key verse is 19:10.
Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

  • The Coming of Jesus
    • The Birth of John the Baptist
    • The Birth and Childhood of Jesus
  • The Preparation of Jesus for His Public Ministry
    • His Baptism
    • His Genealogy
    • His Temptation
  • His Ministry in Galilee
    • The Choice of the Twelve Apostles
    • The Sermon on the Plain
    • Jesus and the Pharisees
    • The Parables of the Kingdom
  • His Withdrawal to Regions around Galilee
  • His Ministry in Judea
    • The Mission of the 70
    • The Lawyer and the Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • His Ministry in and around Perea
    • At a Pharisees House
    • The Cost of Discipleship
    • The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Prodigal Son
    • The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
    • The Rich Man and Lazarus
    • Ten Healed of Leprosy
    • Christ Foretells His Death
  • His Last Days: Sacrifice and Triumph
    • The Triumphal Entry
    • The Olivet Discourse
    • The Last Supper
    • Jesus Praying in Gethsemane
    • Jesus' Arrest
    • Jesus on Trial
    • The Crucifixion
    • The Ressurrection
    • The The Post-Resurrection Ministry
    • The Ascension

Luke - Chapter 1 - Introduction

Luke 1:1 - Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,

Luke 1:2 - just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

Luke 1:3 - With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke 1:4 - so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Luke 1:5 - The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Luke 1:5 - In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.

Luke 1:6 - Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.

Luke 1:7 - But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.

Luke 1:8 - Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

Luke 1:9 - he was chosen by Lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Luke 1:10 - And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshippers were praying outside.

Luke 1:11 - Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

Luke 1:12 - When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.

Luke 1:13 - But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

Luke 1:14 - He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

Luke 1:15 - for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

Luke 1:16 - Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.

Luke 1:17 - And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous -- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Luke 1:18 - Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."

Luke 1:19 - The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

Luke 1:20 - And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."

Luke 1:21 - Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

Luke 1:22 - When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

Luke 1:23 - When his time of service was completed, he returned home.

Luke 1:24 - After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.

Luke 1:25 - The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.

Luke 1:26 - The Birth of Jesus Foretold

Luke 1:26 - In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,

Luke 1:27 - to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 1:28 - The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

Luke 1:29 - Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

Luke 1:30 - But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.

Luke 1:31 - You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

Luke 1:32 - He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,

Luke 1:33 - and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

Luke 1:34 - "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

Luke 1:35 - The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:36 - Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.

Luke 1:37 - For nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 1:38 - "I am the Lord's servant, Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:39 - Mary Visits Elizabeth

Luke 1:39 - At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea

Luke 1:40 - where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.

Luke 1:41 - When Elizabneth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:42 - In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

Luke 1:43 - But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 1:44 - As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

Luke 1:45 - Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!

Luke 1:46 - Mary's Song

Luke 1:46 - And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord

Luke 1:47 - and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Luke 1:48 - for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

Luke 1:49 - for the Mighty One has done great things for me -- holy is his name.

Luke 1:50 - His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

Luke 1:51 - He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

Luke 1:52 - He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

Luke 1:53 - He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

Luke 1:54 - He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

Luke 1:55 - to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."

Luke 1:56 - Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Luke 1:57 - The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:57 - When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.

Luke 1:58 - Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

Luke 1:59 - On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,

Luke 1:60 - but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."

Luke 1:61 - They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."

Luke 1:62 - Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.

Luke 1:63 - He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."

Luke 1:64 - Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.

Luke 1:65 - The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.

Luke 1:66 - Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.

Luke 1:67 - Zechariah's Song

Luke 1:67 - His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

Luke 1:68 - "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

Luke 1:69 - He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David

Luke 1:70 - (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

Luke 1:71 - salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us --

Luke 1:72 - to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,

Luke 1:73 - the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

Luke 1:74 - to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear

Luke 1:75 - in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

Luke 1:76 - And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

Luke 1:77 - to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

Luke 1:78 - because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

Luke 1:79 - to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

Luke 1:80 - And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Luke - Chapter 2 - The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1 - In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

Luke 2:2 - This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Luke 2:3 - And everyone went to his own town to register.

Luke 2:4 - So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

Luke 2:5 - He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

Luke 2:6 - While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

Luke 2:7 - and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:8 - The Shepherds and the Angels

Luke 2:8 - And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Luke 2:9 - An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 2:10 - But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Luke 2:11 - Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:12 - This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Luke 2:13 - Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14 - "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

Luke 2:15 - When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

Luke 2:16 - So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2:17 - When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

Luke 2:18 - and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:19 - But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:20 - The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:21 - On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Luke 2:22 - Jesus Presented in the Temple

Luke 2:22 - When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

Luke 2:23 - (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"),

Luke 2:24 - and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."

Luke 2:25 - Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.

Luke 2:26 - It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

Luke 2:27 - Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,

Luke 2:28 - Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

Luke 2:29 - "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

Luke 2:30 - For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Luke 2:31 - which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

Luke 2:32 - a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel."

Luke 2:33 - The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

Luke 2:34 - Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,

Luke 2:35 - so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Luke 2:36 - There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

Luke 2:37 - and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Luke 2:38 - Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 2:39 - When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.

Luke 2:40 - And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Luke 2:41 - The Boy Jesus at the Temple

Luke 2:41 - Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.

Luke 2:42 - When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.

Luke 2:43 - After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.

Luke 2:44 - Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.

Luke 2:45 - When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

Luke 2:46 - After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Luke 2:47 - Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Luke 2:48 - When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

Luke 2:49 - "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

Luke 2:50 - But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Luke 2:51 - Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Luke 2:52 - And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Luke 3:1 - John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Luke 3:1 - In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar - when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene -

Luke 3:2 - during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

Luke 3:3 - He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:4 - As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.

Luke 3:5 - Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.

Luke 3:6 - And all people will see God's salvation.'"

Luke 3:7 - John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Luke 3:8 - Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 3:9 - The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

Luke 3:10 - "What should we do then?" the crowd asked.

Luke 3:11 - John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."

Luke 3:12 - Even tax collectors came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"

Luke 3:13 - "Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them.

Luke 3:14 - Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely - be content with your pay."

Luke 3:15 - The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.

Luke 3:16 - John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Luke 3:17 - His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Luke 3:18 - And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

Luke 3:19 - But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done,

Luke 3:20 - Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.

Luke 3:21 - The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus

Luke 3:21 - When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened

Luke 3:22 - and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

Luke 3:23 - Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,

Luke 3:24 - the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi, the son of Melki,
the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

Luke 3:25 - the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos,
the son of Nahum, the son of Esli,
the son of Naggai,

Luke 3:26 - the son of Maath,
the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein,
the son of Josek, the son of Joda,

Luke 3:27 - the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa,
the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel,
the son of Neri,

Luke 3:28 - the son of Melki,
the son of Addi, the son of Cosam,
the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,

Luke 3:29 - the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer,
the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi,

Luke 3:30 - the son of Simeon,
the son of Judah, the son of Joseph,
the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,

Luke 3:31 - the son of Melea, the son of Menna,
the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan,
the son of David,

Luke 3:32 - the son of Jesse,
the son of Obed, the son of Boaz,
the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,

Luke 3:33 - the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,
the son of Hezron, the son of Perez,
the son of Judah,

Luke 3:34 - the son of Jacob,
the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,
the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

Luke 3:35 - the son of Serug, the son of Reu,
the son of Peleg, the son of Eber,
the son of Shelah,

Luke 3:36 - the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem,
the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

Luke 3:37 - the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel,
the son of Kenan,

Luke 3:38 - the son of Enosh,
the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
the son of God.

Luke 4:1 - Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Luke 4:1 - Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Luke 4:2 - where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

Luke 4:3 - The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

Luke 4:4 - Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"

Luke 4:5 - The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

Luke 4:6 - And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.

Luke 4:7 - If you worship me, it will all be yours."

Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

Luke 4:9 - The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.

Luke 4:10 - For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;

Luke 4:11 - they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"

Luke 4:12 - Jesus answered, "It is said: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Luke 4:13 - When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:14 - Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

Luke 4:14 - Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

Luke 4:15 - He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

Luke 4:16 - He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,

Luke 4:17 - and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

Luke 4:18 - "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

Luke 4:19 - to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Luke 4:20 - Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luke 4:21 - He began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Luke 4:22 - All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.

Luke 4:23 - Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself!' And you will tell me, 'Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'"

Luke 4:24 - "Truly I tell you," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

Luke 4:25 - I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.

Luke 4:26 - Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.

Luke 4:27 - And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed - only Naaman the Syrian."

Luke 4:28 - All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.

Luke 4:29 - They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.

Luke 4:30 - But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Luke 4:31 - Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit

Luke 4:31 - Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.

Luke 4:32 - They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

Luke 4:33 - In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,

Luke 4:34 - "Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God!"

Luke 4:35 - "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

Luke 4:36 - All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!"

Luke 4:37 - And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Luke 4:38 - Jesus Heals Many

Luke 4:38 - Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.

Luke 4:39 - So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

Luke 4:40 - At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.

Luke 4:41 - Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.

Luke 4:42 - At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.

Luke 4:43 - But he said, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."

Luke 4:44 - And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

Luke 5:1 - One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.

Luke 5:2 - He saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.

Luke 5:3 - He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Luke 5:4 - When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Luke 5:5 - Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

Luke 5:6 - When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

Luke 5:7 - So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

Luke 5:8 - When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"

Luke 5:9 - For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,

Luke 5:10 - and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people."

Luke 5:11 - So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

Luke 5:12 - While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Luke 5:13 - Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.

Luke 5:14 - Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."

Luke 5:15 - Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Luke 5:16 - But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

Luke 5:17 - One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.

Luke 5:18 - Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.

Luke 5:19 - When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

Luke 5:20 - When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

Luke 5:21 - The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Luke 5:22 - Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?

Luke 5:23 - Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

Luke 5:24 - But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."

Luke 5:25 - Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.

Luke 5:26 - Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

Luke 5:27 - After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him,

Luke 5:28 - and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

Luke 5:29 - Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

Luke 5:30 - But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

Luke 5:31 - Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Luke 5:32 - I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

Luke 5:33 - They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."

Luke 5:34 - Jesus answered, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?

Luke 5:35 - But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."

Luke 5:36 - He told them this parable: "No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.

Luke 5:37 - And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

Luke 5:38 - No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, 'The old is better.'"

Luke 6:1 - Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Luke 6:1 - One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.

Luke 6:2 - Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"

Luke 6:3 - Jesus answered them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?

Luke 6:4 - He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."

Luke 6:5 - Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."

Luke 6:6 - On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.

Luke 6:7 - The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.

Luke 6:8 - But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.

Luke 6:9 - Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"

Luke 6:10 - He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

Luke 6:11 - But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:12 - The Twelve Apostles

Luke 6:12 - One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

Luke 6:13 - When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

Luke 6:14 - Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,

Luke 6:15 - Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,

Luke 6:16 - Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Luke 6:17 - Blessings and Woes

Luke 6:17 - He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,

Luke 6:18 - who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured,

Luke 6:19 - and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

Luke 6:20 - Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:21 - Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Luke 6:22 - Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

Luke 6:23 - "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

Luke 6:24 - "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 6:25 - Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.

Luke 6:26 - Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Luke 6:27 - Love for Enemies

Luke 6:27 - "But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

Luke 6:28 - bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:29 - If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

Luke 6:30 - Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

Luke 6:31 - Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:32 - "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

Luke 6:33 - And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.

Luke 6:34 - And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

Luke 6:35 - But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:36 - Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:37 - Judging Others

Luke 6:37 - "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Luke 6:39 - He also told them this parable: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

Luke 6:40 - The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

Luke 6:41 - "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Luke 6:42 - How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Luke 6:43 - A Tree and Its Fruit

Luke 6:43 - "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.

Luke 6:44 - Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.

Luke 6:45 - A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Luke 6:46 - The Wise and Foolish Builders

Luke 6:46 - "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?

Luke 6:47 - As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.

Luke 6:48 - They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

Luke 6:49 - But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Luke 7:1 - The Faith of the Centurion

Luke 7:1 - When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum.

Luke 7:2 - There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.

Luke 7:3 - The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.

Luke 7:4 - When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,

Luke 7:5 - because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."

Luke 7:6 - So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.

Luke 7:7 - That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Luke 7:8 - For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

Luke 7:9 - When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."

Luke 7:10 - Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Luke 7:11 - Jesus Raises a Widow's Son

Luke 7:11 - Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.

Luke 7:12 - As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out - the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.

Luke 7:13 - When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

Luke 7:14 - Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"

Luke 7:15 - The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Luke 7:16 - They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."

Luke 7:17 - This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

Luke 7:18 - Jesus and John the Baptist

Luke 7:18 - John's disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them,

Luke 7:19 - he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

Luke 7:20 - When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?'"

Luke 7:21 - At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.

Luke 7:22 - So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

Luke 7:23 - Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

Luke 7:24 - After John's messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?

Luke 7:25 - If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.

Luke 7:26 - But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Luke 7:27 - This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

Luke 7:28 - I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

Luke 7:29 - (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John.

Luke 7:30 - But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

Luke 7:31 - Jesus went on to say, "To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?

Luke 7:32 - They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: "'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.'

Luke 7:33 - For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'

Luke 7:34 - The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'

Luke 7:35 - But wisdom is proved right by all her children."

Luke 7:36 - Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36 - When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.

Luke 7:37 - A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.

Luke 7:38 - As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Luke 7:39 - When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner."

Luke 7:40 - Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.

Luke 7:41 - "Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

Luke 7:42 - Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

Luke 7:43 - Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

Luke 7:44 - Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

Luke 7:45 - You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.

Luke 7:46 - You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

Luke 7:47 - Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little."

Luke 7:48 - Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

Luke 7:49 - The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

Luke 7:50 - Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Luke 8:1 - The Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:1 - After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,

Luke 8:2 - and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;

Luke 8:3 - Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Luke 8:4 - While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:

Luke 8:5 - "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.

Luke 8:6 - Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.

Luke 8:7 - Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.

Luke 8:8 - Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

Luke 8:9 - His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

Luke 8:10 - He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, "'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'

Luke 8:11 - "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

Luke 8:12 - Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Luke 8:13 - Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

Luke 8:14 - The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.

Luke 8:15 - But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Luke 8:16 - A Lamp on a Stand

Luke 8:16 - "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

Luke 8:17 - For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

Luke 8:18 - Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them."

Luke 8:19 - Jesus' Mother and Brothers

Luke 8:19 - Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.

Luke 8:20 - Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."

Luke 8:21 - He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

Luke 8:22 - Jesus Calms the Storm

Luke 8:22 - One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out.

Luke 8:23 - As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

Luke 8:24 - The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

Luke 8:25 - "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."

Luke 8:26 - Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

Luke 8:26 - They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.

Luke 8:27 - When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.

Luke 8:28 - When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!"

Luke 8:29 - For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

Luke 8:30 - Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.

Luke 8:31 - And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

Luke 8:32 - A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.

Luke 8:33 - When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

Luke 8:34 - When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,

Luke 8:35 - and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Luke 8:36 - Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.

Luke 8:37 - Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

Luke 8:38 - The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luke 8:39 - "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Luke 8:40 - Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

Luke 8:40 - Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.

Luke 8:41 - Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house

Luke 8:42 - because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

Luke 8:43 - And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

Luke 8:44 - She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Luke 8:45 - "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."

Luke 8:46 - But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."

Luke 8:47 - Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Luke 8:48 - Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Luke 8:49 - While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher anymore."

Luke 8:50 - Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

Luke 8:51 - When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.

Luke 8:52 - Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."

Luke 8:53 - They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.

Luke 8:54 - But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"

Luke 8:55 - Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

Luke 8:56 - Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Luke 9:1 - Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Luke 9:1 - When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,

Luke 9:2 - and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:3 - He told them: "Take nothing for the journey - no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.

Luke 9:4 - Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.

Luke 9:5 - If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."

Luke 9:6 - So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Luke 9:7 - Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,

Luke 9:8 - others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.

Luke 9:9 - But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.

Luke 9:10 - Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Luke 9:10 - When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida,

Luke 9:11 - but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Luke 9:12 - Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."

Luke 9:13 - He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish - unless we go and buy food for all this crowd."

Luke 9:14 - (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

Luke 9:15 - The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.

Luke 9:16 - Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.

Luke 9:17 - They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Luke 9:18 - Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

Luke 9:18 - Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

Luke 9:19 - They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."

Luke 9:20 - "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "God's Messiah."

Luke 9:21 - Jesus Predicts His Death

Luke 9:21 - Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.

Luke 9:22 - And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."

Luke 9:23 - Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:24 - For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 9:25 - What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?

Luke 9:26 - Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Luke 9:27 - "Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:28 - The Transfiguration

Luke 9:28 - About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

Luke 9:29 - As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

Luke 9:30 - Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.

Luke 9:31 - They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.

Luke 9:32 - Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

Luke 9:33 - As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)

Luke 9:34 - While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Luke 9:35 - A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."

Luke 9:36 - When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Luke 9:37 - Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

Luke 9:37 - The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.

Luke 9:38 - A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.

Luke 9:39 - A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.

Luke 9:40 - I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."

Luke 9:41 - "You unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."

Luke 9:42 - Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.

Luke 9:43 - And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

Luke 9:43 - Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

Luke 9:43 - While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples,

Luke 9:44 - "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men."

Luke 9:45 - But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

Luke 9:46 - An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

Luke 9:47 - Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

Luke 9:48 - Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest."

Luke 9:49 - "Master," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."

Luke 9:50 - "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."

Luke 9:51 - Samaritan Opposition

Luke 9:51 - As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

Luke 9:52 - And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;

Luke 9:53 - but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.

Luke 9:54 - When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

Luke 9:55 - But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Luke 9:56 - Then he and his disciples went to another village.

Luke 9:57 - The Cost of Following Jesus

Luke 9:57 - As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."

Luke 9:58 - Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

Luke 9:59 - He said to another man, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Luke 9:60 - Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:61 - Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family."

Luke 9:62 - Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

Luke 10:1 - Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

Luke 10:1 - After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

Luke 10:2 - He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Luke 10:3 - Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

Luke 10:4 - Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

Luke 10:5 - "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.'

Luke 10:6 - If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.

Luke 10:7 - Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

Luke 10:8 - "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.

Luke 10:9 - Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

Luke 10:10 - But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say,

Luke 10:11 - 'Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'

Luke 10:12 - I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

Luke 10:13 - "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Luke 10:14 - But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.

Luke 10:15 - And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.

Luke 10:16 - "Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me."

Luke 10:17 - The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."

Luke 10:18 - He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Luke 10:19 - I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Luke 10:20 - However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Luke 10:21 - At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

Luke 10:22 - "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

Luke 10:23 - Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.

Luke 10:24 - For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

Luke 10:25 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25 - On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 10:26 - "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

Luke 10:27 - He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Luke 10:28 - "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

Luke 10:29 - But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

Luke 10:30 - In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

Luke 10:31 - A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:32 - So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:33 - But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Luke 10:34 - He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Luke 10:35 - The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

Luke 10:36 - "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

Luke 10:37 - The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Luke 10:38 - At the Home of Martha and Mary

Luke 10:38 - As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

Luke 10:39 - She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.

Luke 10:40 - But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

Luke 10:41 - "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,

Luke 10:42 - but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Luke 11:1 - Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

Luke 11:1 - One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

Luke 11:2 - He said to them, "When you pray, say: "'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Luke 11:3 - Give us each day our daily bread.

Luke 11:4 - Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'"

Luke 11:5 - Then Jesus said to them, "Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;

Luke 11:6 - a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.'

Luke 11:7 - And suppose the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.'

Luke 11:8 - I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

Luke 11:9 - "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:10 - For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:11 - "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?

Luke 11:12 - Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

Luke 11:13 - If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Luke 11:14 - Jesus and Beelzebul

Luke 11:14 - Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.

Luke 11:15 - But some of them said, "By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."

Luke 11:16 - Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

Luke 11:17 - Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.

Luke 11:18 - If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

Luke 11:19 - Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.

Luke 11:20 - But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Luke 11:21 - "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

Luke 11:22 - But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

Luke 11:23 - "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:24 - "When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.'

Luke 11:25 - When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.

Luke 11:26 - Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first."

Luke 11:27 - As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."

Luke 11:28 - He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Luke 11:29 - The Sign of Jonah

Luke 11:29 - As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.

Luke 11:30 - For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.

Luke 11:31 - The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.

Luke 11:32 - The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Luke 11:33 - The Lamp of the Body

Luke 11:33 - "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.

Luke 11:34 - Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.

Luke 11:35 - See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

Luke 11:36 - Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you."

Luke 11:37 - Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law

Luke 11:37 - When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.

Luke 11:38 - But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.

Luke 11:39 - Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

Luke 11:40 - You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?

Luke 11:41 - But now as for what is inside you - be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

Luke 11:42 - "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

Luke 11:43 - "Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

Luke 11:44 - "Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it."

Luke 11:45 - One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."

Luke 11:46 - Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

Luke 11:47 - "Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them.

Luke 11:48 - So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.

Luke 11:49 - Because of this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.'

Luke 11:50 - Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world,

Luke 11:51 - from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.

Luke 11:52 - "Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."

Luke 11:53 - When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions,

Luke 11:54 - waiting to catch him in something he might say.

Luke 12:1 - Warnings and Encouragements

Luke 12:1 - Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Luke 12:2 - There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

Luke 12:3 - What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

Luke 12:4 - "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

Luke 12:5 - But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

Luke 12:6 - Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

Luke 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:8 - "I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.

Luke 12:9 - But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.

Luke 12:10 - And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Luke 12:11 - "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

Luke 12:12 - for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."

Luke 12:13 - The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:13 - Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

Luke 12:14 - Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"

Luke 12:15 - Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."

Luke 12:16 - And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.

Luke 12:17 - He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

Luke 12:18 - "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.

Luke 12:19 - And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'

Luke 12:20 - "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

Luke 12:21 - "This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."

Luke 12:22 - Do Not Worry

Luke 12:22 - Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.

Luke 12:23 - For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Luke 12:24 - Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Luke 12:25 - Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

Luke 12:26 - Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Luke 12:27 - "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

Luke 12:28 - If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you - you of little faith!

Luke 12:29 - And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

Luke 12:30 - For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.

Luke 12:31 - But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:32 - "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:33 - Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

Luke 12:34 - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:35 - Watchfulness

Luke 12:35 - "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

Luke 12:36 - like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.

Luke 12:37 - It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.

Luke 12:38 - It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

Luke 12:39 - But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

Luke 12:40 - You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Luke 12:41 - Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"

Luke 12:42 - The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

Luke 12:43 - It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.

Luke 12:44 - Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Luke 12:45 - But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.

Luke 12:46 - The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

Luke 12:47 - "The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.

Luke 12:48 - But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Luke 12:49 - Not Peace but Division

Luke 12:49 - "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

Luke 12:50 - But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!

Luke 12:51 - Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

Luke 12:52 - From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.

Luke 12:53 - They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

Luke 12:54 - Interpreting the Times

Luke 12:54 - He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does.

Luke 12:55 - And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.

Luke 12:56 - Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?

Luke 12:57 - "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?

Luke 12:58 - As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.

Luke 12:59 - I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny."

Luke 13:1 - Repent or Perish

Luke 13:1 - Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

Luke 13:2 - Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?

Luke 13:3 - I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

Luke 13:4 - Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

Luke 13:5 - I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Luke 13:6 - Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.

Luke 13:7 - So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

Luke 13:8 - "'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.

Luke 13:9 - If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"

Luke 13:10 - Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

Luke 13:10 - On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,

Luke 13:11 - and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.

Luke 13:12 - When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."

Luke 13:13 - Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Luke 13:14 - Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."

Luke 13:15 - The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?

Luke 13:16 - Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"

Luke 13:17 - When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

Luke 13:18 - The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Luke 13:18 - Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?

Luke 13:19 - It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches."

Luke 13:20 - Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?

Luke 13:21 - It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough."

Luke 13:22 - The Narrow Door

Luke 13:22 - Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.

Luke 13:23 - Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,

Luke 13:24 - "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Luke 13:25 - Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

Luke 13:26 - "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

Luke 13:27 - "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

Luke 13:28 - "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.

Luke 13:29 - People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

Luke 13:30 - Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."

Luke 13:31 - Jesus' Sorrow for Jerusalem

Luke 13:31 - At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."

Luke 13:32 - He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'

Luke 13:33 - In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day - for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Luke 13:34 - "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Luke 13:35 - Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Luke 14:1 - Jesus at a Pharisee's House

Luke 14:1 - One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

Luke 14:2 - There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body.

Luke 14:3 - Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"

Luke 14:4 - But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Luke 14:5 - Then he asked them, "If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?"

Luke 14:6 - And they had nothing to say.

Luke 14:7 - When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:

Luke 14:8 - "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.

Luke 14:9 - If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.

Luke 14:10 - But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.

Luke 14:11 - For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Luke 14:12 - Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.

Luke 14:13 - But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

Luke 14:14 - and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Luke 14:15 - The Parable of the Great Banquet

Luke 14:15 - When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."

Luke 14:16 - Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

Luke 14:17 - At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'

Luke 14:18 - "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'

Luke 14:19 - "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'

Luke 14:20 - "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'

Luke 14:21 - "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

Luke 14:22 - "'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'

Luke 14:23 - "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

Luke 14:24 - I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

Luke 14:25 - The Cost of Being a Disciple

Luke 14:25 - Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:

Luke 14:26 - "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters - yes, even their own life - such a person cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27 - And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:28 - "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

Luke 14:29 - For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,

Luke 14:30 - saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.'

Luke 14:31 - "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

Luke 14:32 - If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Luke 14:33 - In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Luke 14:34 - "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

Luke 14:35 - It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

Luke 15:1 - The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1 - Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

Luke 15:2 - But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Luke 15:3 - Then Jesus told them this parable:

Luke 15:4 - "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

Luke 15:5 - And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

Luke 15:6 - and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'

Luke 15:7 - I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:8 - The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15:8 - "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

Luke 15:9 - And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'

Luke 15:10 - In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Luke 15:11 - The Parable of the Lost Son

Luke 15:11 - Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.

Luke 15:12 - The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

Luke 15:13 - "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

Luke 15:14 - After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

Luke 15:15 - So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

Luke 15:16 - He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

Luke 15:17 - "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!

Luke 15:18 - I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Luke 15:19 - I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.'

Luke 15:20 - So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Luke 15:21 - "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

Luke 15:22 - "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Luke 15:23 - Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.

Luke 15:24 - For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:25 - "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luke 15:26 - So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.

Luke 15:27 - 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

Luke 15:28 - "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

Luke 15:29 - But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.

Luke 15:30 - But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

Luke 15:31 - "'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

Luke 15:32 - But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

Luke 16:1 -The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

Luke 16:1 - Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

Luke 16:2 - So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'

Luke 16:3 - "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg -

Luke 16:4 - I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'

Luke 16:5 - "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'

Luke 16:6 - "'Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.'

Luke 16:7 - "Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' "'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

Luke 16:8 - "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

Luke 16:9 - I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Luke 16:10 - "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 16:11 - So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:12 - And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?

Luke 16:13 - "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

Luke 16:14 - The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

Luke 16:15 - He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight.

Luke 16:16 - Additional Teachings

Luke 16:16 - "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.

Luke 16:17 - It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

Luke 16:18 - "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Luke 16:19 - The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19 - "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

Luke 16:20 - At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores

Luke 16:21 - and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

Luke 16:22 - "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.

Luke 16:23 - In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

Luke 16:24 - So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

Luke 16:25 - "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

Luke 16:26 - And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

Luke 16:27 - "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,

Luke 16:28 - for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

Luke 16:29 - "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

Luke 16:30 - "'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

Luke 16:31 - "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

Luke 17:1 - Sin, Faith, Duty

Luke 17:1 - Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.

Luke 17:2 - It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.

Luke 17:3 - So watch yourselves. "If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.

Luke 17:4 - Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying 'I repent,' you must forgive them."

Luke 17:5 - The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

Luke 17:6 - He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Luke 17:7 - "Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'?

Luke 17:8 - Won't he rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?

Luke 17:9 - Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?

Luke 17:10 - So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

Luke 17:11 - Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

Luke 17:11 - Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

Luke 17:12 - As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance

Luke 17:13 - and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

Luke 17:14 - When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

Luke 17:15 - One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

Luke 17:16 - He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:17 - Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

Luke 17:18 - Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Luke 17:19 - Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Luke 17:20 - The Coming of the Kingdom of God

Luke 17:20 - Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,

Luke 17:21 - nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is in your midst."

Luke 17:22 - Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.

Luke 17:23 - People will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.

Luke 17:24 - For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Luke 17:25 - But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

Luke 17:26 - "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.

Luke 17:27 - People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

Luke 17:28 - "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.

Luke 17:29 - But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

Luke 17:30 - "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:31 - On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.

Luke 17:32 - Remember Lot's wife!

Luke 17:33 - Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.

Luke 17:34 - I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.

Luke 17:35 - Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."

Luke 17:36 - (Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matthew 24:40 - Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.)

Luke 17:37 - "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."

Luke 18:1 - The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1 - Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

Luke 18:2 - He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.

Luke 18:3 - And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'

Luke 18:4 - "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think,

Luke 18:5 - yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!'"

Luke 18:6 - And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.

Luke 18:7 - And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Luke 18:8 - I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

Luke 18:9 - The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9 - To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

Luke 18:10 - "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

Luke 18:11 - The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector.

Luke 18:12 - I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

Luke 18:13 - "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

Luke 18:14 - "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Luke 18:15 - The Little Children and Jesus

Luke 18:15 - People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.

Luke 18:16 - But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:17 - Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

Luke 18:18 - The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Luke 18:18 - A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 18:19 - "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good - except God alone.

Luke 18:20 - You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"

Luke 18:21 - "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.

Luke 18:22 - When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Luke 18:23 - When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.

Luke 18:24 - Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

Luke 18:25 - Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

Luke 18:26 - Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"

Luke 18:27 - Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God."

Luke 18:28 - Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"

Luke 18:29 - "Truly I tell you," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God

Luke 18:30 - will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life."

Luke 18:31 - Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

Luke 18:31 - Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

Luke 18:32 - He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;

Luke 18:33 - they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."

Luke 18:34 - The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

Luke 18:35 - A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight

Luke 18:35 - As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.

Luke 18:36 - When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.

Luke 18:37 - They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

Luke 18:38 - He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luke 18:39 - Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luke 18:40 - Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,

Luke 18:41 - "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.

Luke 18:42 - Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."

Luke 18:43 - Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Luke 19:1 - Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Luke 19:1 - Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

Luke 19:2 - A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

Luke 19:3 - He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.

Luke 19:4 - So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

Luke 19:5 - When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."

Luke 19:6 - So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

Luke 19:7 - All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."

Luke 19:8 - But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

Luke 19:9 - Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

Luke 19:11 - The Parable of the Ten Minas

Luke 19:11 - While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.

Luke 19:12 - He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.

Luke 19:13 - So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'

Luke 19:14 - "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'

Luke 19:15 - "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

Luke 19:16 - "The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.'

Luke 19:17 - "'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'

Luke 19:18 - "The second came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned five more.'

Luke 19:19 - "His master answered, 'You take charge of five cities.'

Luke 19:20 - "Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.

Luke 19:21 - I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'

Luke 19:22 - "His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?

Luke 19:23 - Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'

Luke 19:24 - "Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'

Luke 19:25 - "'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'

Luke 19:26 - "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.

Luke 19:27 - But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"

Luke 19:28 - Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

Luke 19:28 - After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Luke 19:29 - As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,

Luke 19:30 - "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

Luke 19:31 - If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say, 'The Lord needs it.'"

Luke 19:32 - Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.

Luke 19:33 - As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

Luke 19:34 - They replied, "The Lord needs it."

Luke 19:35 - They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.

Luke 19:36 - As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

Luke 19:37 - When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

Luke 19:38 - "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Luke 19:39 - Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

Luke 19:40 - "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

Luke 19:41 - As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

Luke 19:42 - and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes.

Luke 19:43 - The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.

Luke 19:44 - They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."

Luke 19:45 - Jesus at the Temple

Luke 19:45 - When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.

Luke 19:46 - "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"

Luke 19:47 - Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.

Luke 19:48 - Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

Luke - Chapter 20 - The Authority of Jesus Questioned

Luke 20:1 - One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.

Luke 20:2 - "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they said. "Who gave you this authority?"

Luke 20:3 - He replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me:

Luke 20:4 - John's baptism - was it from heaven, or of human origin?"

Luke 20:5 - They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?'

Luke 20:6 - But if we say, 'Of human origin,' all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet."

Luke 20:7 - So they answered, "We don't know where it was from."

Luke 20:8 - Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

Luke 20:9 - The Parable of the Tenants

Luke 20:9 - He went on to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.

Luke 20:10 - At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

Luke 20:11 - He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.

Luke 20:12 - He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

Luke 20:13 - "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.'

Luke 20:14 - "But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. 'This is the heir,' they said. 'Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'

Luke 20:15 - So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

Luke 20:16 - He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "God forbid!"

Luke 20:17 - Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?

Luke 20:18 - Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed."

Luke 20:19 - The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

Luke 20:20 - Paying Taxes to Caesar

Luke 20:20 - Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.

Luke 20:21 - So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.

Luke 20:22 - Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

Luke 20:23 - He saw through their duplicity and said to them,

Luke 20:24 - "Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" "Caesar's," they replied.

Luke 20:25 - He said to them, "Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

Luke 20:26 - They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

Luke 20:27 - The Resurrection and Marriage

Luke 20:27 - Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.

Luke 20:28 - "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.

Luke 20:29 - Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.

Luke 20:30 - The second

Luke 20:31 - and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children.

Luke 20:32 - Finally, the woman died too.

Luke 20:33 - Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

Luke 20:34 - Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.

Luke 20:35 - But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage,

Luke 20:36 - and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.

Luke 20:37 - But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'

Luke 20:38 - He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."

Luke 20:39 - Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!"

Luke 20:40 - And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Luke 20:41 - Whose Son is the Messiah?

Luke 20:41 - Then Jesus said to them, "Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David?

Luke 20:42 - David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:
"'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand

Luke 20:43 - until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'

Luke 20:44 - David calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?"

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

Luke 20:45 - While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,

Luke 20:46 - "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.

Luke 20:47 - They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely."

Luke - Chapter 21 - The Widow's Offering

Luke 21:1 - As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.

Luke 21:2 - He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.

Luke 21:3 - "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others.

Luke 21:4 - All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Luke 21:5 - Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,

Luke 21:6 - "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."

Luke 21:7 - "Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"

Luke 21:8 - He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them.

Luke 21:9 - When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."

Luke 21:10 - Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Luke 21:11 - There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Luke 21:12 - "But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.

Luke 21:13 - And so you will bear testimony to me