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June 2, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 8:1-39
 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be . 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  12 Therefore , brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live . 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry , Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God , and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together . 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth , why doth he yet hope for ? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought : but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29 For whom he did foreknow , he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30 Moreover whom he did predestinate , them he also called : and whom he called , them he also justified : and whom he justified , them he also glorified . 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth . 34 Who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that died , yea rather , that is risen again , who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written , For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Samuel 17:1-54
 1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.  2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together , and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.  3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. 4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.  5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.  6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.  7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array ? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 10 And the Philistine said , I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.  11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed , and greatly afraid . 12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah , whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.  13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.  14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.  15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.  16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening , and presented himself forty days.  17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;  18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.  19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.  20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper , and took , and went , as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.  21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array , army against army.  22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.  23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion , the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid . 25 And the men of Israel said , Have ye seen this man that is come up ? surely to defy Israel is he come up : and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.  26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying , What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?  27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying , So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. 28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said , Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.  29 And David said , What have I now done ? Is there not a cause?  30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.  31 And when the words were heard which David spake , they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.  33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.  34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:  35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.  37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go , and the LORD be with thee. 38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.  39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go ; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.  41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about , and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.  43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.  45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied . 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.  48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose , and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted , and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.  49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.  50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.  51 Therefore David ran , and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead , they fled . 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose , and shouted , and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.  53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.  54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
Psalm 62:1-12
 1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.  2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved . 3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.  4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.  5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved . 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.  9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.  10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase , set not your heart upon them. 11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.  12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
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June 1, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 7:1-25
 1 Know ye not , brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth ? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth ; but if the husband be dead , she is loosed from the law of her husband.  3 So then if, while her husband liveth , she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead , she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.  5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held ; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid . Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said , Thou shalt not covet . 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.  9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came , sin revived , and I died . 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.  11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid . But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would , that do I not; but what I hate , that do I . 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  18 For I know that in me (that is , in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do . 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 Samuel 16:1-23
 1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go , I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.  2 And Samuel said , How can I go ? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said , Take an heifer with thee, and say , I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.  3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do : and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake , and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming , and said , Comest thou peaceably?  5 And he said , Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.  6 And it came to pass, when they were come , that he looked on Eliab, and said , Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth ; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said , Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by . And he said , Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said , There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.  12 And he sent , and brought him in . Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said , Arise , anoint him: for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up , and went to Ramah.  14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well . 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well , and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said , Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing , and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. 19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said , Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.  20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid , and sent them by David his son unto Saul.  21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer . 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying , Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.  23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed , and was well , and the evil spirit departed from him.
Psalm 61:1-8
 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy . 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.  5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.  6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life : and his years as many generations.  7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
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Romans 6:1-23
 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound ? 2 God forbid . How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein ? 3 Know ye not , that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed , that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died , he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth , he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  15 What then? shall we sin , because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid . 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey ; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you . 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed ? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Samuel 15:1-35
 1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.  2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.  3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling , ox and sheep, camel and ass.  4 And Saul gathered the people together , and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.  5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.  6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go , depart , get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.  7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.  8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.  9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse , that they destroyed utterly . 10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying , 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.  12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying , Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about , and passed on , and gone down to Gilgal.  13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.  14 And Samuel said , What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear ? 15 And Saul said , They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed . 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay , and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on . 17 And Samuel said , When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?  18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said , Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed . 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?  20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.  22 And Samuel said , Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned : for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.  25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.  26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.  27 And as Samuel turned about to go away , he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent . 28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent : for he is not a man, that he should repent . 30 Then he said , I have sinned : yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.  31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.  32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said , Surely the bitterness of death is past . 33 And Samuel said , As thy sword hath made women childless , so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.  34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.  35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Psalm 60:1-12
 1 O God, thou hast cast us off , thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased ; O turn thyself to us again . 2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble ; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh . 3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.  4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.  5 That thy beloved may be delivered ; save with thy right hand, and hear me. 6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice , I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.  7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver ; 8 Moab is my washpot ; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me. 9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?  10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off ? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?  11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.  12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
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Romans 5:1-21
 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand , and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5 And hope maketh not ashamed ; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die : yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die . 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled , we shall be saved by his life.  11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  12 Wherefore , as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned : 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come . 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead , much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16 And not as it was by one that sinned , so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered , that the offence might abound . But where sin abounded , grace did much more abound : 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Samuel 14:1-52
 1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come , and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side . But he told not his father.  2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;  3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone . 4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.  5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.  6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come , and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.  7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.  8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them. 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them. 10 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up : for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us. 11 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said , Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves. 12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer , and said , Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer , Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.  13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him. 14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made , was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. 15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers , they also trembled , and the earth quaked : so it was a very great trembling.  16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked ; and, behold, the multitude melted away , and they went on beating down one another. 17 Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered , behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there. 18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.  19 And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.  20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.  21 Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.  22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled , even they also followed hard after them in the battle.  23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.  24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying , Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies . So none of the people tasted any food.  25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.  26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.  27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath : wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb , and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened . 28 Then answered one of the people, and said , Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath , saying , Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint . 29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see , I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened , because I tasted a little of this honey.  30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found ? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?  31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint . 32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.  33 Then they told Saul, saying , Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said , Ye have transgressed : roll a great stone unto me this day.  34 And Saul said , Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat ; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there. 35 And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.  36 And Saul said , Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said , Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.  37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.  38 And Saul said , Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.  39 For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die . But there was not a man among all the people that answered him. 40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee. 41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken : but the people escaped . 42 And Saul said , Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken . 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done . And Jonathan told him, and said , I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die . 44 And Saul answered , God do so and more also : for thou shalt surely die , Jonathan.  45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die , who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not. 46 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place.  47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them. 48 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them. 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua: and the names of his two daughters were these; the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal:  50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.  51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.  52 And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.
Psalm 59:1-17
 1 Deliver me from mine enemies , O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.  3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.  4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold . 5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors . Selah.  6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.  7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear ? 8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision . 9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.  10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies . 11 Slay them not, lest my people forget : scatter them by thy power; and bring them down , O Lord our shield.  12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak . 13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.  14 And at evening let them return ; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.  15 Let them wander up and down for meat , and grudge if they be not satisfied . 16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.  17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing : for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
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May 29, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 4:1-25
 1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found ? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.  3 For what saith the scripture ? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.  6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven , and whose sins are covered . 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned ? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.  11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe , though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:  12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.  13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void , and the promise made of none effect : 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is , there is no transgression.  16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,  17 (As it is written , I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed , even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were . 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken , So shall thy seed be . 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead , when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:  20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised , he was able also to perform . 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;  24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed , if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
1 Samuel 13:1-23
 1 Saul reigned one year ; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,  2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.  3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying , Let the Hebrews hear . 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.  5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up , and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.  6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait , (for the people were distressed ,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.  7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling . 8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9 And Saul said , Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.  10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came ; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. 11 And Samuel said , What hast thou done ? And Saul said , Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;  12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.  13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly : thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.  14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue : the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 15 And Samuel arose , and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred men.  16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.  17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:  18 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.  19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said , Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:  20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.  21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks , and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.  22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found . 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash.
Psalm 58:1-11
 1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?  2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.  3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.  4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;  5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers , charming never so wisely . 6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.  7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually : when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces . 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away : like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.  9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind , both living, and in his wrath.  10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.  11 So that a man shall say , Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
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May 28, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 3:9-31
 9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;  10 As it is written , There is none righteous, no, not one:  11 There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God.  12 They are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one . 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit ; the poison of asps is under their lips:  14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:  15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:  16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:  17 And the way of peace have they not known : 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.  19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith , it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped , and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested , being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe : for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God;  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past , through the forbearance of God;  26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded . By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the law.
1 Samuel 12:1-25
 1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. 2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded ; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.  3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken ? or whose ass have I taken ? or whom have I defrauded ? whom have I oppressed ? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. 4 And they said , Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand.  5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered , He is witness.  6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.  7 Now therefore stand still , that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.  8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.  9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said , We have sinned , because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies , and we will serve thee. 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.  12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.  13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen , and whom ye have desired ! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. 14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:  15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.  16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.  17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.  18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.  19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.  20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;  21 And turn ye not aside : for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver ; for they are vain.  22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.  23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:  24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly , ye shall be consumed , both ye and your king.
Psalm 57:1-11
 1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge , until these calamities be overpast . 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up . Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.  4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire , even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.  5 Be thou exalted , O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.  6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down : they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.  7 My heart is fixed , O God, my heart is fixed : I will sing and give praise . 8 Awake up , my glory; awake , psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.  9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.  10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.  11 Be thou exalted , O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
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May 26, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 1:16-32
 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written , The just shall live by faith.  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen , being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful ; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened . 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools , 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator , who is blessed for ever. Amen.  26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another ; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet . 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 Samuel 9:1-27
 1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.  2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.  3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost . And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise , go seek the asses.  4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not. 5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come , and let us return ; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass : now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go . 7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go , what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we? 8 And the servant answered Saul again , and said , Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.  9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake , Come , and let us go to the seer : for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer .) 10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said ; come , let us go . So they went unto the city where the man of God was. 11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here? 12 And they answered them, and said , He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:  13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat : for the people will not eat until he come , because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden . Now therefore get you up ; for about this time ye shall find him. 14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.  15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came , saying , 16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.  18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said , Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is. 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said , I am the seer : go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go , and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.  20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found . And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?  21 And Saul answered and said , Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me? 22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden , which were about thirty persons.  23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. 24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said , Behold that which is left ! set it before thee, and eat : for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said , I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.  25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.  26 And they arose early : and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying , Up , that I may send thee away . And Saul arose , and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.  27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on ,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
1 Samuel 10:1-16
 1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said , Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?  2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found : and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying , What shall I do for my son?  3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:  4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.  5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy : 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.  7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. 8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry , till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do . 9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.  10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?  12 And one of the same place answered and said , But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?  13 And when he had made an end of prophesying , he came to the high place.  14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said , To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.  15 And Saul's uncle said , Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. 16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found . But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake , he told him not.
Psalm 55:1-23
 1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.  2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise ; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy , because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said , Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away , and be at rest . 7 Lo, then would I wander far off , and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.  9 Destroy , O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.  10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.  12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance . 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.  15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray , and cry aloud : and he shall hear my voice.  18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear , and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.  20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.  21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.  22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved . 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
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Romans 2:1-29
 1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest : for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.  2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.  3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  8 But unto them that are contentious , and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:  11 For there is no respect of persons with God.  12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;  13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified . 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:  15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness , and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another Wink 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.  17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,  18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent , being instructed out of the law;  19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,  20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal , dost thou steal ? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery , dost thou commit adultery ? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege ? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written . 25 For circumcision verily profiteth , if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly ; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly ; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Romans 3:1-8
 1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.  3 For what if some did not believe ? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect ? 4 God forbid : yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written , That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged . 5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say ? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)  6 God forbid : for then how shall God judge the world?  7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?  8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported , and as some affirm that we say ,) Let us do evil, that good may come ? whose damnation is just.
1 Samuel 10:17-27
 17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;  18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.  20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near , the tribe of Benjamin was taken . 21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken , and Saul the son of Kish was taken : and when they sought him, he could not be found . 22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered , Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.  23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.  24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen , that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted , and said , God save the king.  25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away , every man to his house.  26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched . 27 But the children of Belial said , How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace .
1 Samuel 11:1-15
 1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up , and encamped against Jabeshgilead : and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.  3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days' respite , that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee. 4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept . 5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said , What aileth the people that they weep ? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.  6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.  7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces , and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying , Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.  8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.  9 And they said unto the messengers that came , Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabeshgilead , To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad . 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said , To morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you. 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered , so that two of them were not left together.  12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said , Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death . 13 And Saul said , There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.  14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come , and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. 15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Psalm 56:1-13
 1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up ; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.  3 What time I am afraid , I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust ; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.  6 They gather themselves together , they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.  7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.  8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?  9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know ; for God is for me. 10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.  11 In God have I put my trust : I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
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May 25, 2014 - King James Version
Romans 1:1-15
 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)  3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;  4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:  6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:  7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  8 First , I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.  9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;  10 Making request , if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.  11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established ; 12 That is , that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.  13 Now I would not have you ignorant , brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto ,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.  14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
1 Samuel 8:1-22
 1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old , that he made his sons judges over Israel.  2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.  3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.  4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together , and came to Samuel unto Ramah,  5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old , and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said , Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.  7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.  11 And he said , This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.  12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.  13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers . 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.  15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.  16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.  17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.  18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.  19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said , Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.  21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.  22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
Psalm 54:1-7
 1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.  2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.  4 Behold, God is mine helper : the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.  5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies : cut them off in thy truth.  6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.  7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies .
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May 24, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 28:17-31
 17 And it came to pass , that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together : and when they were come together , he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go , because there was no cause of death in me.  19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of . 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.  21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest : for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against . 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God , persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  24 And some believed the things which were spoken , and some believed not . 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed , after that Paul had spoken one word , Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,  26 Saying , Go unto this people, and say , Hearing ye shall hear , and shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see , and not perceive : 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross , and their ears are dull of hearing , and their eyes have they closed ; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted , and I should heal them.  28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.  29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed , and had great reasoning among themselves.  30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,  31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
1 Samuel 6:1-21
 1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.  2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners , saying , What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.  3 And they said , If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed , and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you. 4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered , Five golden emerods , and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.  5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods , and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.  6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go , and they departed ? 7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them:  8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away , that it may go . 9 And see , if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us: it was a chance that happened to us . 10 And the men did so ; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:  11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.  12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway , lowing as they went , and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.  13 And they of Bethshemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the LORD.  15 And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Bethshemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the LORD.  16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.  17 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;  18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.  19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented , because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.  20 And the men of Bethshemesh said , Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us? 21 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying , The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down , and fetch it up to you.
1 Samuel 7:1-17
 1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came , and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.  2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long ; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.  3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying , If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.  4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only. 5 And Samuel said , Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.  6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.  7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.  8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.  9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him. 10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.  11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.  12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying , Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. 13 So the Philistines were subdued , and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.  14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.  15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.  16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.  17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.
Psalm 53:1-6
 1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.  2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand , that did seek God.  3 Every one of them is gone back : they are altogether become filthy ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.  5 There were they in great fear , where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame , because God hath despised them. 6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice , and Israel shall be glad .
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May 23, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 28:1-16
 1 And when they were escaped , then they knew that the island was called Melita.  2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.  3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live . 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.  6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen , or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while , and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds , and said that he was a god.  7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.  8 And it came to pass , that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in , and prayed , and laid his hands on him, and healed him.  9 So when this was done , others also, which had diseases in the island, came , and were healed : 10 Who also honoured us with many honours ; and when we departed , they laded us with such things as were necessary.  11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.  12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.  13 And from thence we fetched a compass , and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew , and we came the next day to Puteoli:  14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.  15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw , he thanked God, and took courage.  16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
1 Samuel 4:1-22
 1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.  2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.  3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said , Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies . 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.  5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again . 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said , What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.  7 And the Philistines were afraid , for they said , God is come into the camp. And they said , Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore . 8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.  9 Be strong , and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight . 10 And the Philistines fought , and Israel was smitten , and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.  11 And the ark of God was taken ; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain . 12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent , and with earth upon his head.  13 And when he came , lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching : for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out . 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said , What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily , and told Eli.  15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim , that he could not see . 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said , What is there done, my son?  17 And the messenger answered and said , Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead , and the ark of God is taken . 18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake , and he died : for he was an old man, and heavy . And he had judged Israel forty years.  19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered : and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken , and that her father in law and her husband were dead , she bowed herself and travailed ; for her pains came upon her. 20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. 21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying , The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken , and because of her father in law and her husband.  22 And she said , The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken .
1 Samuel 5:1-12
 1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.  2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.  3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again . 4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.  6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods , even Ashdod and the coasts thereof. 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said , The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.  8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said , What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered , Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. 9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about , the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts . 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out , saying , They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.  11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said , Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods : and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
Psalm 52:1-9
 1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.  2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.  4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.  5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away , and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.  6 The righteous also shall see , and fear , and shall laugh at him: 7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.  8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.  9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
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May 22, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 27:13-44
 13 And when the south wind blew softly , supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.  14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.  15 And when the ship was caught , and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive . 16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:  17 Which when they had taken up , they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven . 18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest , the next day they lightened the ship ; 19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.  20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared , and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away . 21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said , Sirs , ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.  22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer : for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.  23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am , and whom I serve , 24 Saying , Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo , God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.  25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer : for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.  26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.  27 But when the fourteenth night was come , as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;  28 And sounded , and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.  29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks , they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.  30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,  31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved . 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off . 33 And while the day was coming on , Paul besought them all to take meat, saying , This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.  34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.  35 And when he had thus spoken , he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat . 36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.  37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.  38 And when they had eaten enough , they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.  39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded , if it were possible , to thrust in the ship.  40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind , and made toward shore.  41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground ; and the forepart stuck fast , and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.  42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out , and escape . 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:  44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship . And so it came to pass , that they escaped all safe to land.
1 Samuel 3:1-21
 1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.  2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see ; 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered , Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said , Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said , I called not; lie down again . And he went and lay down . 6 And the LORD called yet again , Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said , Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered , I called not, my son; lie down again . 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said , Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.  9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go , lie down : and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say , Speak , LORD; for thy servant heareth . So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  10 And the LORD came , and stood , and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered , Speak ; for thy servant heareth . 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle . 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin , I will also make an end . 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth ; because his sons made themselves vile , and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.  15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.  16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said , Samuel, my son. And he answered , Here am I. 17 And he said , What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also , if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said , It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.  19 And Samuel grew , and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.  20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.  21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
Psalm 51:1-19
 1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned , and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest , and be clear when thou judgest . 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean : wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice . 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise . 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
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Acts 27:1-12
 1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.  2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched , meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.  3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself . 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.  5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.  6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein . 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;  8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens ; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.  9 Now when much time was spent , and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past , Paul admonished them, 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.  11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.  12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter ; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
1 Samuel 2:11-36
 11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.  12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.  13 And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came , while the flesh was in seething , with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;  14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came , and said to the man that sacrificed , Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.  16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth ; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.  17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.  18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.  19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.  20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said , The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.  21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived , and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.  22 Now Eli was very old , and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.  23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.  24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear : ye make the LORD'S people to transgress . 25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them. 26 And the child Samuel grew on , and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.  27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?  28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?  29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?  30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith , I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith , Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour , and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed . 31 Behold, the days come , that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.  32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.  33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.  34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. 35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.  36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say , Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.
Psalm 50:1-23
 1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken , and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined . 3 Our God shall come , and shall not keep silence : a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.  5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.  6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.  7 Hear , O my people, and I will speak ; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.  8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.  10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.  11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.  12 If I were hungry , I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?  14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. 16 But unto the wicked God saith , What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. 18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers . 19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.  20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.  21 These things hast thou done , and I kept silence ; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.  22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces , and there be none to deliver . 23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
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May 20, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 26:19-32
 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:  20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.  21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come : 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.  24 And as he thus spake for himself , Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself ; much learning doth make thee mad . 25 But he said , I am not mad , most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.  26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely : for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.  27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest . 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.  29 And Paul said , I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost , and altogether such as I am , except these bonds.  30 And when he had thus spoken , the king rose up , and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:  31 And when they were gone aside , they talked between themselves, saying , This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.  32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty , if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
1 Samuel 1:1-28
 1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:  2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.  3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered , he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:  5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.  6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret , because the LORD had shut up her womb.  7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept , and did not eat . 8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved ? am not I better to thee than ten sons?  9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk . Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.  10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore . 11 And she vowed a vow, and said , O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.  12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.  13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved , but her voice was not heard : therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said , No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.  16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17 Then Eli answered and said , Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said , Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat , and her countenance was no more sad. 19 And they rose up in the morning early , and worshipped before the LORD, and returned , and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived , that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.  21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.  22 But Hannah went not up ; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned , and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.  23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode , and gave her son suck until she weaned him. 24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.  25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.  26 And she said , Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.  27 For this child I prayed ; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
1 Samuel 2:1-10
 1 And Hannah prayed , and said , My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies ; because I rejoice in thy salvation.  2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.  3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed . 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.  5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased : so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble . 6 The LORD killeth , and maketh alive : he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up . 7 The LORD maketh poor , and maketh rich : he bringeth low , and lifteth up . 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail . 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces ; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Psalm 49:1-20
 1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear , all ye inhabitants of the world:  2 Both low and high , rich and poor, together.  3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.  4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.  5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;  7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious , and it ceaseth for ever:)  9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.  10 For he seeth that wise men die , likewise the fool and the brutish person perish , and leave their wealth to others.  11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.  12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish . 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.  14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.  15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.  16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich , when the glory of his house is increased ; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away : his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.  20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish .
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May 19, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 26:1-18
 1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself : 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:  3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.  4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;  5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify , that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.  6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:  7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come . For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.  8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?  9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death , I gave my voice against them. 11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme ; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.  12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,  13 At midday , O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.  14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  15 And I said , Who art thou , Lord? And he said , I am Jesus whom thou persecutest . 16 But rise , and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen , and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Ruth 3:1-18
 1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.  3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking . 4 And it shall be, when he lieth down , that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie , and thou shalt go in , and uncover his feet, and lay thee down ; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do . 5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do . 6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk , and his heart was merry , he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down . 8 And it came to pass at midnight , that the man was afraid , and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.  9 And he said , Who art thou? And she answered , I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman . 10 And he said , Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.  11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest : for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.  12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman : howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman , well; let him do the kinsman's part : but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.  14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said , Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.  15 Also he said , Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.  16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said , Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. 17 And she said , These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.  18 Then said she, Sit still , my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall : for the man will not be in rest , until he have finished the thing this day.
Ruth 4:1-22
 1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said , Ho, such a one! turn aside , sit down here. And he turned aside , and sat down . 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said , Sit ye down here. And they sat down . 3 And he said unto the kinsman , Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:  4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying , Buy it before the inhabitants , and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know : for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said , I will redeem it. 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead , to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.  6 And the kinsman said , I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. 7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.  8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.  9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.  10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.  11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said , We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:  12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.  13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.  14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman , that his name may be famous in Israel.  15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying , There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.  18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,  19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,  20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,  21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,  22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
Psalm 48:1-14
 1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.  2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.  3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.  4 For, lo, the kings were assembled , they passed by together.  5 They saw it, and so they marvelled ; they were troubled , and hasted away . 6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail . 7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.  8 As we have heard , so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.  9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.  10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.  11 Let mount Zion rejoice , let the daughters of Judah be glad , because of thy judgments.  12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. 13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.  14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
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May 18, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 25:1-27
 1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.  2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,  3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.  4 But Festus answered , that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither. 5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.  6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought . 7 And when he was come , the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about , and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove . 8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.  9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said , Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?  10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged : to the Jews have I done no wrong , as thou very well knowest . 11 For if I be an offender , or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die : but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.  12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered , Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go . 13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.  14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying , There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:  15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.  16 To whom I answered , It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face , and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.  17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth . 18 Against whom when the accusers stood up , they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed : 19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead , whom Paul affirmed to be alive . 20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.  21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.  22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow , said he, thou shalt hear him.  23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come , and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth . 24 And Festus said , King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.  25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.  26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had , I might have somewhat to write . 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.
Ruth 1:1-22
 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled , that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.  2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah . And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. 3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died ; and she was left , and her two sons.  4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.  5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.  6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.  7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.  8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go , return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead , and with me. 9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept . 10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.  11 And Naomi said , Turn again , my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?  12 Turn again , my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say , I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;  13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown ? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me. 14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again : and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. 15 And she said , Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.  16 And Ruth said , Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest , I will go ; and where thou lodgest , I will lodge : thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  17 Where thou diest , will I die , and there will I be buried : the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. 19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said , Is this Naomi?  20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? 22 So Naomi returned , and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
Ruth 2:1-23
 1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.  2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go , my daughter.  3 And she went , and came , and gleaned in the field after the reapers : and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.  4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers , The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee. 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers , Whose damsel is this? 6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said , It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:  7 And she said , I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came , and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.  8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:  9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap , and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst , go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn . 10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?  11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore . 12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust . 13 Then she said , Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.  14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers : and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat , and was sufficed , and left . 15 And when she was risen up to glean , Boaz commanded his young men, saying , Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned : and it was about an ephah of barley.  18 And she took it up , and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned : and she brought forth , and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.  19 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought , and said , The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.  20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead . And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen . 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said , He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.  22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.  23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.
Psalm 47:1-9
 1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  2 For the LORD most high is terrible ; he is a great King over all the earth.  3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.  4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved . Selah.  5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.  6 Sing praises to God, sing praises : sing praises unto our King, sing praises . 7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding . 8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.  9 The princes of the people are gathered together , even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted .
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May 17, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 24:10-27
 10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak , answered , Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:  11 Because that thou mayest understand , that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship . 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people , neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:  13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.  14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:  15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow , that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.  16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.  17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.  18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.  19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object , if they had ought against me.  20 Or else let these same here say , if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,  21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.  22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said , When Lysias the chief captain shall come down , I will know the uttermost of your matter.  23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.  24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.  25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance , and judgment to come , Felix trembled , and answered , Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.  26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.  27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound .
Judges 21:1-25
 1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying , There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.  2 And the people came to the house of God , and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;  3 And said , O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?  4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early , and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.  5 And the children of Israel said , Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying , He shall surely be put to death . 6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said , There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.  7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain , seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?  8 And they said , What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.  9 For the people were numbered , and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.  10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest , and commanded them, saying , Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.  11 And this is the thing that ye shall do , Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man . 12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.  13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them. 14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead : and yet so they sufficed them not. 15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.  16 Then the elders of the congregation said , How shall we do for wives for them that remain , seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?  17 And they said , There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.  18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn , saying , Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.  19 Then they said , Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.  20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying , Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;  21 And see , and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.  22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain , that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty . 23 And the children of Benjamin did so , and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced , whom they caught : and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them. 24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance.  25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Psalm 46:1-11
 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear , though the earth be removed , and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled , though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved : God shall help her, and that right early.  6 The heathen raged , the kingdoms were moved : he uttered his voice, the earth melted . 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  8 Come , behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.  9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder ; he burneth the chariot in the fire.  10 Be still , and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
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May 15, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 22:30
 30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear , and brought Paul down , and set him before them.
Acts 23:1-22
 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said , Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.  2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.  3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law ? 4 And they that stood by said , Revilest thou God's high priest?  5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written , Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.  6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question . 7 And when he had so said , there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided . 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.  9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose , and strove , saying , We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down , and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.  11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said , Be of good cheer , Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.  12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together , and bound themselves under a curse , saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.  13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.  14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said , We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.  15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near , are ready to kill him.  16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.  17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said , Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.  18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said , Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.  19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately , and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?  20 And he said , The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.  21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath , that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.  22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart , and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.
Judges 19:1-30
 1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah . 2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah , and was there four whole months . 3 And her husband arose , and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again , having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father's house: and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him. 4 And his father in law , the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink , and lodged there. 5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart : and the damsel's father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way . 6 And they sat down , and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel's father had said unto the man, Be content , I pray thee, and tarry all night , and let thine heart be merry . 7 And when the man rose up to depart , his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again . 8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart : and the damsel's father said , Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon , and they did eat both of them. 9 And when the man rose up to depart , he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law , the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening , I pray you tarry all night : behold, the day groweth to an end , lodge here, that thine heart may be merry ; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.  10 But the man would not tarry that night , but he rose up and departed , and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled , his concubine also was with him. 11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent ; and the servant said unto his master, Come , I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it. 12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.  13 And he said unto his servant, Come , and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night , in Gibeah, or in Ramah.  14 And they passed on and went their way ; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.  15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in , he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging . 16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.  17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said , Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou? 18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah , but I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.  19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.  20 And the old man said , Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.  21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink . 22 Now as they were making their hearts merry , behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about , and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying , Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly ; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.  24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.  25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring , they let her go . 26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.  27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.  28 And he said unto her, Up , and let us be going . But none answered . Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up , and gat him unto his place.  29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.  30 And it was so , that all that saw it said , There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice , and speak your minds.
Psalm 44:1-26
 1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.  2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out . 3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. 4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.  5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. 8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.  9 But thou hast cast off , and put us to shame ; and goest not forth with our armies.  10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. 11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.  12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.  13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. 14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.  15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, 16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth ; by reason of the enemy and avenger . 17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.  18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;  19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.  20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;  21 Shall not God search this out ? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.  22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.  23 Awake , why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise , cast us not off for ever.  24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.
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May 16, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 23:23-35
 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying , Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;  24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on , and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.  25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:  26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting . 27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.  28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:  29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.  30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell . 31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.  32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:  33 Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.  34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was . And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;  35 I will hear thee, said he , when thine accusers are also come . And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
Acts 24:1-9
 1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.  2 And when he was called forth , Tertullus began to accuse him, saying , Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,  3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.  4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.  5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:  6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple : whom we took , and would have judged according to our law.  7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,  8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.  9 And the Jews also assented , saying that these things were so.
Judges 20:1-48
 1 Then all the children of Israel went out , and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.  2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.  3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?  4 And the Levite , the husband of the woman that was slain , answered and said , I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge . 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced , that she is dead . 6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces , and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.  7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.  8 And all the people arose as one man, saying , We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.  9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it; 10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do , when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.  11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.  12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying , What wickedness is this that is done among you? 13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death , and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:  14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.  15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.  16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded ; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss . 17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.  18 And the children of Israel arose , and went up to the house of God , and asked counsel of God, and said , Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said , Judah shall go up first.  19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.  20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.  21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.  22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.  23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying , Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said , Go up against him.) 24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.  25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.  26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up , and came unto the house of God , and wept , and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.  27 And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,  28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying , Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease ? And the LORD said , Go up ; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.  29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.  30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.  31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God , and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.  32 And the children of Benjamin said , They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said , Let us flee , and draw them from the city unto the highways.  33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.  34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore : but they knew not that evil was near them. 35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.  36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten : for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.  37 And the liers in wait hasted , and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along , and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.  38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait , that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.  39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said , Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.  40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.  41 And when the men of Israel turned again , the men of Benjamin were amazed : for they saw that evil was come upon them. 42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. 43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about , and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising . 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.  45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them. 46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.  47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.  48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand : also they set on fire all the cities that they came to .
Psalm 45:1-17
 1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer . 2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.  3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.  4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things . 5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies ; whereby the people fall under thee. 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad . 9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.  10 Hearken , O daughter, and consider , and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;  11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.  13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.  14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. 15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought : they shall enter into the king's palace.  16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.  17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
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May 14, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 21:37-40
 37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee ? Who said , Canst thou speak Greek?  38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar , and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?  39 But Paul said , I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.  40 And when he had given him licence , Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying ,
Acts 22:1-30
 1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.  2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith ,) 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.  4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.  5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness , and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished . 6 And it came to pass , that, as I made my journey , and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.  7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  8 And I answered , Who art thou , Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest . 9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.  10 And I said , What shall I do , Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise , and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do . 11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.  12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13 Came unto me, and stood , and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight . And the same hour I looked up upon him.  14 And he said , The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.  15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard . 16 And now why tarriest thou ? arise , and be baptized , and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.  17 And it came to pass , that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;  18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste , and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.  19 And I said , Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:  20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed , I also was standing by , and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.  21 And he said unto me, Depart : for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.  22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said , Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live . 23 And as they cried out , and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,  24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.  25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by , Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?  26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying , Take heed what thou doest : for this man is a Roman.  27 Then the chief captain came , and said unto him, Tell me , art thou a Roman ? He said , Yea.  28 And the chief captain answered , With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said , But I was free born . 29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid , after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.  30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear , and brought Paul down , and set him before them.
Judges 17:1-13
 1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.  2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst , and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said , Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.  3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said , I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee. 4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder , who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.  5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.  6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.  7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. 8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed . 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah , and I go to sojourn where I may find a place. 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in . 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.  12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.  13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good , seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
Judges 18:1-31
 1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in ; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.  2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go , search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there. 3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here? 4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.  5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel , we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous . 6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go . 7 Then the five men departed , and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure ; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.  8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye? 9 And they said , Arise , that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still ? be not slothful to go , and to enter to possess the land.  10 When ye go , ye shall come unto a people secure , and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.  11 And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.  12 And they went up , and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.  13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah.  14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do . 15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him. 16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.  17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up , and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.  18 And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye? 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace , lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?  20 And the priest's heart was glad , and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.  21 So they turned and departed , and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them. 22 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together , and overtook the children of Dan.  23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company ? 24 And he said , Ye have taken away my gods which I made , and the priest, and ye are gone away : and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? 25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.  26 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.  27 And they took the things which Micah had made , and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure : and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.  28 And there was no deliverer , because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.  30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.  31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made , all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
Psalm 43:1-5
 1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.  2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off ? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy ? 3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.  4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.  5 Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
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May 13, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 21:1-36
 1 And it came to pass , that after we were gotten from them, and had launched , we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:  2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard , and set forth . 3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus , we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.  4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.  5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way ; and they all brought us on our way , with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed . 6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again . 7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.  8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed , and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.  9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy . 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.  11 And when he was come unto us , he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said , Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.  12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.  13 Then Paul answered , What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.  14 And when he would not be persuaded , we ceased , saying , The will of the Lord be done . 15 And after those days we took up our carriages , and went up to Jerusalem.  16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge . 17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.  18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present . 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.  20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest , brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe ; and they are all zealous of the law:  21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.  22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together : for they will hear that thou art come . 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;  24 Them take , and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly , and keepest the law.  25 As touching the Gentiles which believe , we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.  26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.  27 And when the seven days were almost ended , the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,  28 Crying out , Men of Israel, help : This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.  29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)  30 And all the city was moved , and the people ran together : and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut . 31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar . 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.  33 Then the chief captain came near , and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was , and what he had done . 34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.  35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was , that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.  36 For the multitude of the people followed after , crying , Away with him.
Judges 16:1-31
 1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot , and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying , Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in , and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying , In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. 3 And Samson lay till midnight , and arose at midnight , and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.  4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.  5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.  6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried , then shall I be weak , and be as another man.  8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried , and she bound him with them. 9 Now there were men lying in wait , abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known . 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound . 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied , then shall I be weak , and be as another man.  12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.  13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound . And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.  14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.  15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say , I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death ; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven , then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak , and be like any other man.  18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying , Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.  19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20 And she said , The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said , I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. 21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.  22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven . 23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said , Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.  24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said , Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy , and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said , Call for Samson, that he may make us sport . And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport : and they set him between the pillars.  26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth , that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport . 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said , O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.  29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood , and on which it was borne up , of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.  30 And Samson said , Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.  31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down , and took him, and brought him up , and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
Psalm 42:1-11
 1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday . 5 Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.  6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.  7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy ? 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?  11 Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
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May 12, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 20:17-34
 17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.  18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know , from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,  19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:  20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,  21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.  22 And now, behold , I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there : 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.  24 But none of these things move me , neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  25 And now, behold , I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.  26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.  28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  30 Also of your own selves shall men arise , speaking perverse things , to draw away disciples after them.  31 Therefore watch , and remember , that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.  32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up , and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified . 33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.  34 Yea, ye yourselves know , that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Judges 14:1-20
 1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.  2 And he came up , and told his father and his mother, and said , I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.  3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well . 4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.  5 Then went Samson down , and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done . 7 And he went down , and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well . 8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.  9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating , and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat : but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.  10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do . 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out , then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:  13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. 14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.  15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have ? is it not so? 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said , Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee? 17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted : and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.  18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down , What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.  19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled , and he went up to his father's house.  20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend .
Judges 15:1-20
 1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid ; and he said , I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in . 2 And her father said , I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her. 3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.  4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.  5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.  6 Then the Philistines said , Who hath done this? And they answered , Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up , and burnt her and her father with fire.  7 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease . 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.  9 Then the Philistines went up , and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.  10 And the men of Judah said , Why are ye come up against us? And they answered , To bind Samson are we come up , to do to him as he hath done to us. 11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. 13 And they spake unto him, saying , No; but we will bind thee fast , and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.  14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.  15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 16 And Samson said , With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.  17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking , that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.  18 And he was sore athirst , and called on the LORD, and said , Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?  19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk , his spirit came again , and he revived : wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.  20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
Job 42:1-17
 1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said , 2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 4 Hear , I beseech thee, and I will speak : I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.  7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right , as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept : lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right , like my servant Job.  9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went , and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job . 10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.  12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.  13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.  14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.  15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.  16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.  17 So Job died , being old and full of days.
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Acts 20:1-16
 1 And after the uproar was ceased , Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.  2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation , he came into Greece,  3 And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.  4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.  5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.  6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.  7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together . 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching , he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.  10 And Paul went down , and fell on him, and embracing him said , Trouble not yourselves ; for his life is in him.  11 When he therefore was come up again , and had broken bread, and eaten , and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed . 12 And they brought the young man alive , and were not a little comforted . 13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed , minding himself to go afoot . 14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in , and came to Mitylene.  15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.  16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted , if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Judges 13:1-25
 1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.  2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive , and bear a son.  4 Now therefore beware , I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.  6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying , A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible : but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:  7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink , neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.  8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said , O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born . 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste , and ran , and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.  11 And Manoah arose , and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said , I am. 12 And Manoah said , Now let thy words come to pass . How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware . 14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe . 15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.  16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.  17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour ? 18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret ? 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously ; and Manoah and his wife looked on . 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.  21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.  22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die , because we have seen God.  23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.  24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew , and the LORD blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Job 41:1-34
 1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down ? 2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?  3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?  5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?  6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?  7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?  8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more . 9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain : shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up : who then is able to stand before me? 11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power , nor his comely proportion.  13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?  14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.  15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.  16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 17 They are joined one to another, they stick together , that they cannot be sundered . 18 By his neesings a light doth shine , and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.  19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out . 20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.  21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.  22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together : they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved . 24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. 25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid : by reason of breakings they purify themselves. 26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold : the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.  27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.  28 The arrow cannot make him flee : slingstones are turned with him into stubble.  29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.  30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.  31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.  32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.  33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.  34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
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May 10, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 19:21-41
 21 After these things were ended , Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying , After I have been there, I must also see Rome.  22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.  23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.  24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;  25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said , Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  26 Moreover ye see and hear , that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:  27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised , and her magnificence should be destroyed , whom all Asia and the world worshippeth . 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out , saying , Great is Diana of the Ephesians.  29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.  30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.  31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.  32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused ; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together . 33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward . And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.  34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out , Great is Diana of the Ephesians.  35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said , Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?  36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet , and to do nothing rashly.  37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.  38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open , and there are deputies: let them implead one another.  39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.  40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.  41 And when he had thus spoken , he dismissed the assembly.
Judges 11:34-40
 34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.  35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said , Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low , and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back . 36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies , even of the children of Ammon.  37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows . 38 And he said , Go . And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.  39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed : and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,  40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
Judges 12:1-15
 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together , and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.  2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.  3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me? 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said , Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.  5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said , Let me go over ; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said , Nay; 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right . Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.  7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.  8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.  9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.  10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.  11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.  12 And Elon the Zebulonite died , and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.  13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.  14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews , that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.  15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died , and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.
Job 40:1-24
 1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said , 2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. 3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said , 4 Behold, I am vile ; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.  5 Once have I spoken ; but I will not answer : yea, twice; but I will proceed no further . 6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said , 7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous ? 9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? 10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low ; and tread down the wicked in their place. 13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret . 14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee. 15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.  16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.  17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together . 18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.  19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play . 21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.  22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about . 23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.  24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
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May 9, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 19:1-20
 1 And it came to pass , that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,  2 He said unto them , Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto him , We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized ? And they said , Unto John's baptism.  4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is , on Christ Jesus.  5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied . 7 And all the men were about twelve.  8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.  9 But when divers were hardened , and believed not , but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.  10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.  11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:  12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.  13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying , We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth . 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva , a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said , Jesus I know , and Paul I know ; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded . 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified . 18 And many that believed came , and confessed , and shewed their deeds.  19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together , and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed .
Judges 10:1-18
 1 And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.  2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died , and was buried in Shamir.  3 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.  4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.  5 And Jair died , and was buried in Camon.  6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. 7 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.  8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.  9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed . 10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying , We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.  11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?  12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.  13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more . 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen ; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.  15 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned : do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.  16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.  17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together , and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together , and encamped in Mizpeh.  18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
Judges 11:1-33
 1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot : and Gilead begat Jephthah.  2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew up , and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.  3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him. 4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.  5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:  6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come , and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.  7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress ? 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.  9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head?  10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.  11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.  12 And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying , What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?  13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.  14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon:  15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:  16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;  17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying , Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and Israel abode in Kadesh.  18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab.  19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass , we pray thee, through thy land into my place.  20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together , and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.  21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.  22 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.  23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it? 24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess ? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess . 25 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them, 26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not recover them within that time?  27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.  28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him. 29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.  30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said , If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,  31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.  32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.  33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards , with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
Job 39:1-30
 1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth ? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve ? 2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil ? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth ? 3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.  4 Their young ones are in good liking , they grow up with corn; they go forth , and return not unto them. 5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?  6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.  7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver . 8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.  9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?  10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?  13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks ? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?  14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,  15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;  17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.  18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider . 19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?  20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.  21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.  22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted ; neither turneth he back from the sword.  23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.  24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.  25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.  26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?  27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high ? 28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.  29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.  30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
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Acts 18:1-28
 1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;  2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.  3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought : for by their occupation they were tentmakers.  4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.  5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.  6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed , he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.  7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.  8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed , and were baptized . 9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid , but speak , and hold not thy peace : 10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.  11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.  12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,  13 Saying , This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.  14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:  15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. 16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.  17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.  18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.  19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.  20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;  21 But bade them farewell , saying , I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will . And he sailed from Ephesus.  22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up , and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.  23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed , and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.  24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard , they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.  27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote , exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come , helped them much which had believed through grace:  28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
Judges 9:1-57
 1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying , 2 Speak , I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.  3 And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said , He is our brother.  4 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.  5 And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left ; for he hid himself. 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together , and all the house of Millo , and went , and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.  7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried , and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you. 8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?  10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?  12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?  14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.  16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king , and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands;  17 (For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:  18 And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)  19 If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: 20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo ; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo , and devour Abimelech.  21 And Jotham ran away , and fled , and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.  22 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,  23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:  24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come , and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.  25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told Abimelech.  26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him. 27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink , and cursed Abimelech.  28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said , Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him? 29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out . 30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled . 31 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech privily, saying , Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren be come to Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the city against thee. 32 Now therefore up by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field:  33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up , thou shalt rise early , and set upon the city: and, behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion . 34 And Abimelech rose up , and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.  35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out , and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose up , and the people that were with him, from lying in wait.  36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains as if they were men.  37 And Gaal spake again and said , See there come people down by the middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim . 38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst , Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised ? go out , I pray now, and fight with them. 39 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.  40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate.  41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.  42 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.  43 And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked , and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and smote them. 44 And Abimelech, and the company that was with him, rushed forward , and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields, and slew them. 45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.  46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.  47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together . 48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do , make haste , and do as I have done. 49 And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.  50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it. 51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.  52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.  53 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.  54 Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer , and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through , and he died . 55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead , they departed every man unto his place.  56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:  57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
Job 38:1-41
 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said , 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare , if thou hast understanding.  5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest ? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened ? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth , as if it had issued out of the womb?  9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  11 And said , Hitherto shalt thou come , but no further : and here shall thy proud waves be stayed ? 12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;  13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.  15 And from the wicked their light is withholden , and the high arm shall be broken . 16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?  17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?  18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 19 Where is the way where light dwelleth ? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born ? or because the number of thy days is great?  22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,  23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?  24 By what way is the light parted , which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?  25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;  26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;  27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth ? 28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?  29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen . 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?  32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?  33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?  34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go , and say unto thee, Here we are? 36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?  37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,  38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together ? 39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,  40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?  41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
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May 7, 2014 - King James Version
Acts 17:16-34
 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.  17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons , and in the market daily with them that met with him . 18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said , What will this babbler say ? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.  19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying , May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest , is? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean . 21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell , or to hear some new thing.)  22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said , Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.  23 For as I passed by , and beheld your devotions , I found an altar with this inscription , TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship , him declare I unto you.  24 God that made the world and all things therein , seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed , and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him , though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live , and move , and have our being ; as certain also of your own poets have said , For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at ; but now commandeth all men every where to repent : 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained ; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked : and others said , We will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them.  34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed : among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Judges 7:1-25
 1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early , and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.  2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying , Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying , Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.  4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go . 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth , him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink . 6 And the number of them that lapped , putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.  7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.  8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.  9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise , get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.  10 But if thou fear to go down , go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:  11 And thou shalt hear what they say ; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.  12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.  13 And when Gideon was come , behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said , Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell , and overturned it, that the tent lay along . 14 And his fellow answered and said , This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.  15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped , and returned into the host of Israel, and said , Arise ; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.  16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.  17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do , so shall ye do . 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say , The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.  19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch : and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.  20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried , The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.  21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran , and cried , and fled . 22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.  23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.  24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying , Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together , and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.  25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
Judges 8:1-35
 1 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.  2 And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?  3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that . 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over , he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give , I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.  6 And the princes of Succoth said , Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?  7 And Gideon said , Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.  8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. 9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying , When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.  10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.  11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was secure.  12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled , he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.  13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and enquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men.  15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said , Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying , Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?  16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.  17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.  18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered , As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.  19 And he said , They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive , I would not slay you. 20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up , and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared , because he was yet a youth.  21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said , Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose , and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels' necks.  22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.  23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)  25 And they answered , We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.  26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks.  27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.  28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more . And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.  29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.  30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten : for he had many wives.  31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.  32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.  33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead , that the children of Israel turned again , and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.  34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:  35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.
Job 37:1-24
 1 At this also my heart trembleth , and is moved out of his place.  2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.  3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.  4 After it a voice roareth : he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard . 5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend . 6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.  7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.  8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.  9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.  10 By the breath of God frost is given : and the breadth of the waters is straitened.  11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:  12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.  13 He causeth it to come , whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.  14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still , and consider the wondrous works of God.  15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine ? 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?  17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?  19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.  20 Shall it be told him that I speak ? if a man speak , surely he shall be swallowed up . 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth , and cleanseth them. 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.  23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out : he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict . 24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
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