Bible: 1 Sam 24;1-7; 26:1-25
David Spares Saul’s Life
24:1 When Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, they told him, “Look, David is in the desert of En Gedi.” 24:2 So Saul took three thousand select men from all Israel and went to find 1 David and his men in the region of 2 the rocks of the mountain goats. 3 24:3 He came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave. Saul went into it to relieve himself. 4
Now David and his men were sitting in the recesses of the cave. 24:4 David’s men said to him, “This is the day about which the
24:8 Afterward David got up and went out of the cave. He called out after Saul, “My lord, O king!” When Saul looked behind him, David kneeled down and bowed with his face to the ground. 24:9 David said to Saul, “Why do you pay attention when men say, ‘David is seeking to do you harm’? 24:10 Today your own eyes see how the
24:16 When David finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is that your voice, my son David?” Then Saul wept loudly. 14 24:17 He said to David, “You are more innocent 15 than I, for you have treated me well, even though I have tried to harm you! 24:18 You have explained today how you have treated me well. The
24:22 David promised Saul this on oath. 18 Then Saul went to his house, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.
The Creation of the World
1:2 Now 5 the earth 6 was without shape and empty, 7 and darkness 8 was over the surface of the watery deep, 9 but the Spirit of God 10 was moving 11 over the surface 12 of the water. 13 1:3 God said, 14 “Let there be 15 light.” 16 And there was light! 1:4 God saw 17 that the light was good, 18 so God separated 19 the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called 20 the light “day” and the darkness 21 “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day. 22
1:6 God said, “Let there be an expanse 23 in the midst of the waters and let it separate water 24 from water. 1:7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. 25 It was so. 26 1:8 God called the expanse “sky.” 27 There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.
1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 28 and let dry ground appear.” 29 It was so. 1:10 God called the dry ground “land” 30 and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.
1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: 31 plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, 32 and 33 trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. 1:12 The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. 1:13 There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.
1:14 God said, “Let there be lights 34 in the expanse 35 of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs 36 to indicate seasons and days and years, 1:15 and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. 1:16 God made two great lights 37 – the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. 38 1:17 God placed the lights 39 in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, 1:18 to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. 40 God saw that it was good. 1:19 There was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.
1:20 God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms 41 of living creatures and let birds fly 42 above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 1:21 God created the great sea creatures 43 and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. 1:22 God blessed them 44 and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 45 1:23 There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.
1:24 God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” 46 It was so. 1:25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.
1:26 Then God said, “Let us make 47
humankind 48 in our image, after our likeness, 49 so they may rule 50 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, 51 and over all the creatures that move 52 on the earth.”
1:27 God created humankind 53 in his own image,
in the image of God he created them, 54
male and female he created them. 55
1:28 God blessed 56 them and said 57 to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! 58 Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 59 1:29 Then God said, “I now 60 give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 61 1:30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give 62 every green plant for food.” It was so.
1:31 God saw all that he had made – and it was very good! 63 There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1 The heavens and the earth 64 were completed with everything that was in them. 65 2:2 By 66 the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, 67 and he ceased 68 on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy 69 because on it he ceased all the work that he 70 had been doing in creation. 71
The Creation of Man and Woman
2:5 Now 76 no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 77 had yet sprouted, for the
2:10 Now 96 a river flows 97 from Eden 98 to water the orchard, and from there it divides 99 into four headstreams. 100 2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 101 the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 102 pearls 103 and lapis lazuli 104 are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 105 the entire land of Cush. 106 2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 107 The fourth river is the Euphrates.
“This one at last 130 is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called 131 ‘woman,’
2:24 That is why 134 a man leaves 135 his father and mother and unites with 136 his wife, and they become a new family. 137 2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, 138 but they were not ashamed. 139
The Temptation and the Fall
than any of the wild animals 143 that the
3:6 When 154 the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 155 was attractive 156 to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 157 she took some of its fruit and ate it. 158 She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 159 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall
3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the
“Because you have done this,
cursed 176 are you above all the wild beasts
and all the living creatures of the field!
On your belly you will crawl 177
and dust you will eat 178 all the days of your life.
3:15 And I will put hostility 179 between you and the woman
and between your offspring and her offspring; 180
her offspring will attack 181 your head,
3:16 To the woman he said,
with pain you will give birth to children.
You will want to control your husband, 187
but he will dominate 188 you.”
3:17 But to Adam 189 he said,
“Because you obeyed 190 your wife
and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,
‘You must not eat from it,’
in painful toil you will eat 193 of it all the days of your life.
3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
but you will eat the grain 194 of the field.
3:19 By the sweat of your brow 195 you will eat food
until you return to the ground, 196
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 197
3:20 The man 198 named his wife Eve, 199 because 200 she was the mother of all the living. 201 3:21 The
The Story of Cain and Abel
4:1 Now 212 the man had marital relations with 213 his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 214 and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 215 a man just as the
4:3 At the designated time 220 Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 221 to the
4:6 Then the
4:9 Then the
ground it will no longer yield 241 its best 242 for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 243 on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the
The Beginning of Civilization
4:17 Cain had marital relations 253 with his wife, and she became pregnant 254 and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 255 his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 256 of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.
4:19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 257 of those who live in tents and keep 258 livestock. 4:21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who play the harp and the flute. 4:22 Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 259 all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
4:23 Lamech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah! Listen to me!
You wives of Lamech, hear my words!
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man 260 for hurting me.
4:24 If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much,
then Lamech seventy-seven times!” 261
4:25 And Adam had marital relations 262 with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 263 me another child 264 in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” 4:26 And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people 265 began to worship 266 the
From Adam to Noah
5:3 When 272 Adam had lived 130 years he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and he named him Seth. 5:4 The length of time Adam lived 273 after he became the father of Seth was 800 years; during this time he had 274 other 275 sons and daughters. 5:5 The entire lifetime 276 of Adam was 930 years, and then he died. 277
5:6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father 278 of Enosh. 5:7 Seth lived 807 years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had 279 other 280 sons and daughters. 5:8 The entire lifetime of Seth was 912 years, and then he died.
5:9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 5:10 Enosh lived 815 years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:11 The entire lifetime of Enosh was 905 years, and then he died.
5:12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 5:13 Kenan lived 840 years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:14 The entire lifetime of Kenan was 910 years, and then he died.
5:15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 5:16 Mahalalel lived 830 years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:17 The entire lifetime of Mahalalel was 895 years, and then he died.
5:18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 5:19 Jared lived 800 years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:20 The entire lifetime of Jared was 962 years, and then he died.
5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 5:22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 281 for 300 years, 282 and he had other 283 sons and daughters. 5:23 The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared 284 because God took 285 him away.
5:25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 5:26 Methuselah lived 782 years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other 286 sons and daughters. 5:27 The entire lifetime of Methuselah was 969 years, and then he died.
5:28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 5:29 He named him Noah, 287 saying, “This one will bring us comfort 288 from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that the
5:32 After Noah was 500 years old, he 290 became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
God’s Grief over Humankind’s Wickedness
6:1 When humankind 291 began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born 292 to them, 293 6:2 the sons of God 294 saw that the daughters of humankind were beautiful. Thus they took wives for themselves from any they chose. 6:3 So the
6:4 The Nephilim 302 were on the earth in those days (and also after this) 303 when the sons of God were having sexual relations with 304 the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. 305 They were the mighty heroes 306 of old, the famous men. 307
6:5 But the
The Judgment of the Flood
6:9 This is the account of Noah. 320
Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 321
6:11 The earth was ruined 326 in the sight of 327 God; the earth was filled with violence. 328 6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 329 it was ruined, 330 for all living creatures 331 on the earth were sinful. 332 6:13 So God said 333 to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, 334 for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy 335 them and the earth. 6:14 Make 336 for yourself an ark of cypress 337 wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover 338 it with pitch inside and out. 6:15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 339 6:16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches 340 from the top. 341 Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 6:17 I am about to bring 342 floodwaters 343 on the earth to destroy 344 from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. 345 Everything that is on the earth will die, 6:18 but I will confirm 346 my covenant with you. You will enter 347 the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 6:19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, 348 male and female, to keep them alive 349 with you. 6:20 Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. 350 6:21 And you must take 351 for yourself every kind of food 352 that is eaten, 353 and gather it together. 354 It will be food for you and for them.
7:5 And Noah did all 366 that the
7:6 Noah 367 was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed 368 the earth. 7:7 Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives because 369 of the floodwaters. 7:8 Pairs 370 of clean animals, of unclean animals, of birds, and of everything that creeps along the ground, 7:9 male and female, came into the ark to Noah, 371 just as God had commanded him. 372 7:10 And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. 373
7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep 374 burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 375 were opened. 7:12 And the rain fell 376 on the earth forty days and forty nights.
7:13 On that very day Noah entered the ark, accompanied by his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, along with his wife and his sons’ three wives. 377 7:14 They entered, 378 along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings. 379 7:15 Pairs 380 of all creatures 381 that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. 7:16 Those that entered were male and female, 382 just as God commanded him. Then the
7:17 The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. 7:18 The waters completely overwhelmed 383 the earth, and the ark floated 384 on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 385 the earth so that even 386 all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 387 above the mountains. 388 7:21 And all living things 389 that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life 390 in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the
Isaac and Abimelech
26:1 There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred 1 in the days of Abraham. 2 Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. 26:2 The
26:7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 15 He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 16 “The men of this place will kill me to get 17 Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
26:8 After Isaac 18 had been there a long time, 19 Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed 20 Isaac caressing 21 his wife Rebekah. 26:9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really 22 your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” 23
26:10 Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? 24 One of the men 25 might easily have had sexual relations with 26 your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!” 26:11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches 27 this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 28
26:12 When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, 29 because the
26:16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere, 38 for you have become much more powerful 39 than we are.” 26:17 So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley. 40 26:18 Isaac reopened 41 the wells that had been dug 42 back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up 43 after Abraham died. Isaac 44 gave these wells 45 the same names his father had given them. 46
26:19 When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing 47 water there, 26:20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled 48 with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac 49 named the well 50 Esek 51 because they argued with him about it. 52 26:21 His servants 53 dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it 54 Sitnah. 55 26:22 Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac 56 named it 57 Rehoboth, 58 saying, “For now the
26:23 From there Isaac 59 went up to Beer Sheba. 26:24 The