Our reading for May 25 is 1 Samuel 29-31 and Proverbs 29:1-14.
1 Samuel 29 – KJV (Audio)
1: Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which [is] in Jezreel.
2: And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
3: Then said the princes of the Philistines, What [do] these Hebrews [here]? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [unto me] unto this day?
4: And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? [should it] not [be] with the heads of these men?
5: [Is] not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
6: Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, [as] the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
7: Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.
8: And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
9: And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou [art] good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
10: Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master’s servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.
11: So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
1 Samuel 30 – KJV (Audio)
1: And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;
2: And had taken the women captives, that [were] therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried [them] away, and went on their way.
3: So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, [it was] burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.
4: Then David and the people that [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5: And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
7: And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
8: And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake [them], and without fail recover [all].
9: So David went, he and the six hundred men that [were] with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
10: But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
11: And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
12: And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk [any] water, three days and three nights.
13: And David said unto him, To whom [belongest] thou? and whence [art] thou? And he said, I [am] a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.
14: We made an invasion [upon] the south of the Cherethites, and upon [the coast] which [belongeth] to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
15: And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.
16: And when he had brought him down, behold, [they were] spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
17: And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18: And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19: And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any [thing] that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
20: And David took all the flocks and the herds, [which] they drave before those [other] cattle, and said, This [is] David’s spoil.
21: And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that [were] with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.
22: Then answered all the wicked men and [men] of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them [ought] of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead [them] away, and depart.
23: Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.
24: For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part [is] that goeth down to the battle, so [shall] his part [be] that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
25: And it was [so] from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
26: And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, [even] to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
27: To [them] which [were] in Bethel, and to [them] which [were] in south Ramoth, and to [them] which [were] in Jattir,
28: And to [them] which [were] in Aroer, and to [them] which [were] in Siphmoth, and to [them] which [were] in Eshtemoa,
29: And to [them] which [were] in Rachal, and to [them] which [were] in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to [them] which [were] in the cities of the Kenites,
30: And to [them] which [were] in Hormah, and to [them] which [were] in Chorashan, and to [them] which [were] in Athach,
31: And to [them] which [were] in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.
1 Samuel 31 – KJV (Audio)
1: Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2: And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
3: And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
4: Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
5: And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
6: So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
7: And when the men of Israel that [were] on the other side of the valley, and [they] that [were] on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8: And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
9: And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish [it in] the house of their idols, and among the people.
10: And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.
11: And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;
12: All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
13: And they took their bones, and buried [them] under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
Proverbs 29:1-14 – KJV (Audio)
1: He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2: When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3: Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance.
4: The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
5: A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6: In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7: The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: [but] the wicked regardeth not to know [it].
8: Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.
9: [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
10: The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11: A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
12: If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
13: The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14: The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
This Daily Bible Study text is from the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible, also known as the Authorized Version.