Daily Reading - June 12, 2019


2 Samuel 1

2 Samuel

Chapter 1

David Learns of Saul's Death

1 Now it came about after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag.
2 On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust [fn] on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.
3 Then David said to him, "From where do you come?" And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel."
4 David said to him, "How did things go? Please tell me." And he said, "The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also."
5 So David said to the young man who told him, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"
6 The young man who told him said, "By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear. And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely.
7 "When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, 'Here I am.'
8 "He said to me, 'Who are you?' And I answered [fn] him, 'I am an Amalekite.'
9 "Then he said to me, 'Please stand beside me and kill me, for agony has seized me because my life [fn] still lingers in me.'
10 "So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which was on his head and the bracelet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord."

11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so also did all the men who were with him.
12 They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the Lord and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13 David said to the young man who told him, "Where are you from?" And he answered [fn], "I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite."
14 Then David said to him, "How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?"
15 And David called one of the young men and said, "Go, cut [fn] him down." So he struck him and he died.
16 David said to him, "Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the Lord's anointed.' "

David's Dirge for Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,
18 and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

19 "Your [fn] beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen!
20 "Tell it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, The daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.
21 "O mountains of Gilboa, Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
22 "From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back, And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
23 "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.
24 "O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
25 "How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
26 "I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.
27 "How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!"
Psalms 72

Psalm 72

The Reign of the Righteous King.

A Psalm of Solomon.

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.
2 May [fn] he [fn] judge Your people with righteousness And Your [fn] afflicted with justice.
3 Let [fn] the mountains bring peace [fn] to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.
4 May [fn] he vindicate the afflicted [fn] of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.

5 Let [fn] them fear You while the sun endures, And as [fn] long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May [fn] he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may [fn] the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 Let [fn] the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let [fn] the kings of Tarshish and of the islands [fn] bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts [fn].
11 And [fn] let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted [fn] also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives [fn] of the needy he will save.
14 He will rescue [fn] their life [fn] from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them [fn] pray for him continually; Let them [fn] bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever; May his name increase [fn] as [fn] long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
Romans 16

Chapter 16

Greetings and Love Expressed

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant [fn] of the church which is at Cenchrea;
2 that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints [fn], and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and [fn] of myself as well.

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4 who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;
5 also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia [fn].
6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junias [fn], my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were [fn] in Christ before me.
8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
10 Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord.
13 Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them.
15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints [fn] who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances [fn] contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites [fn]; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.
22 I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother.
24 [The [fn] grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,
26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;
27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
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