June 12 - Romans 16, 2 Samuel 1 and Psalm 72
Personal GreetingsRomans 16 I have good things to say about Phoebe, who is a leader in the church at Cenchreae. 2Welcome her in a way that is proper for someone who has faith in the Lord and is one of God's own people. Help her in any way you can. After all, she has proved to be a respected leader for many others, including me.
3Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila. They have not only served Christ Jesus together with me, 4but they have even risked their lives for me. I am grateful for them and so are all the Gentile churches. 5Greet the church that meets in their home.
Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who was the first person in Asia to have faith in Christ.
6Greet Mary, who has worked so hard for you.
7Greet my relatives Andronicus and Junias, who were in jail with me. They are highly respected by the apostles and were followers of Christ before I was.
8Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend whose faith is in the Lord.
9Greet Urbanus, who serves Christ along with us.
Greet my dear friend Stachys.
10Greet Apelles, a faithful servant of Christ.
Greet Aristobulus and his family.
11Greet Herodion, who is a relative of mine.
Greet Narcissus and the others in his family, who have faith in the Lord.
12Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who work hard for the Lord.
Greet my dear friend Persis. She also works hard for the Lord.
13Greet Rufus, that special servant of the Lord, and greet his mother, who has been like a mother to me.
14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, and Hermas, as well as our friends who are with them.
15Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all of God's people who are with them.
16Be sure to give each other a warm greeting.
All of Christ's churches greet you.
17My friends, I beg you to watch out for anyone who causes trouble and divides the church by refusing to do what all of you were taught. Stay away from them! 18They want to serve themselves and not Christ the Lord. Their flattery and fancy talk fool people who don't know any better. 19I am glad that everyone knows how well you obey the Lord. But still, I want you to understand what is good and not have anything to do with evil. 20Then God, who gives peace, will soon crush Satan under your feet. I pray that our Lord Jesus will be kind to you.
21Timothy, who works with me, sends his greetings, and so do my relatives, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater.
22I, Tertius, also send my greetings. I am a follower of the Lord, and I wrote this letter.
23-24Gaius welcomes me and the whole church into his home, and he sends his greetings.
Erastus, the city treasurer, and our dear friend Quartus send their greetings too.
Paul's Closing Prayer25Praise God! He can make you strong by means of my good news, which is the message about Jesus Christ. For ages and ages this message was kept secret, 26but now at last it has been told. The eternal God commanded his prophets to write about the good news, so that all nations would obey and have faith. 27And now, because of Jesus Christ, we can praise the only wise God forever! Amen.
David Finds Out about Saul's Death2 Samuel 1 Saul was dead.
Meanwhile, David had defeated the Amalekites and returned to Ziklag. 2Three days later, a soldier came from Saul's army. His clothes were torn, and dirt was on his head. He went to David and knelt down in front of him.
3David asked, "Where did you come from?"
The man answered, "From Israel's army. I barely escaped with my life."
4"Who won the battle?" David asked.
The man said, "Our army turned and ran, but many were wounded and died. Even King Saul and his son Jonathan are dead."
5David asked, "How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?"
6The young man replied:
I was on Mount Gilboa and saw King Saul leaning on his spear. The enemy's war chariots and cavalry were closing in on him. 7When he turned around and saw me, he called me over. I went and asked what he wanted.
8Saul asked me, "Who are you?"
"An Amalekite," I answered.
9Then he said, "Kill me! I'm dying, and I'm in terrible pain."
10So I killed him. I knew he was too badly wounded to live much longer. Then I took his crown and his arm-band, and I brought them to you, Your Majesty. Here they are.
11Right away, David and his soldiers tore their clothes in sorrow. 12They cried all day long and would not eat anything. Everyone was sad because Saul, his son Jonathan, and many of the LORD's people had been killed in the battle.
13David asked the young man, "Where is your home?"
The man replied, "My father is an Amalekite, but we live in Israel."
14-16David said to him, "Why weren't you afraid to kill the LORD's chosen king? And you even told what you did. It's your own fault that you're going to die!"
Then David told one of his soldiers, "Come here and kill this man!"
David Sings in Memory of Saul17David sang a song in memory of Saul and Jonathan, 18and he ordered his men to teach the song to everyone in Judah. He called it "The Song of the Bow," and it can be found in The Book of Jashar. This is the song:
19Israel, your famous hero lies dead on the hills,
and your mighty warriors have fallen!
20Don't tell it in Gath or spread the news
on the streets of Ashkelon.
The godless Philistine women will be happy
and jump for joy.
21Don't let dew or rain fall on the hills of Gilboa.
Don't let its fields grow offerings for God.
There the warriors' shields were smeared with mud,
and Saul's own shield was left unpolished.
22The arrows of Jonathan struck, and warriors died.
The sword of Saul cut the enemy apart.
23It was easy to love Saul and Jonathan.
Together in life, together in death,
they were faster than eagles and stronger than lions.
24Women of Israel, cry for Saul.
He brought you fine red cloth
and jewelry made of gold.
25Our warriors have fallen in the heat of battle,
and Jonathan lies dead on the hills of Gilboa.
26Jonathan, I miss you most! I loved you like a brother.
You were truly loyal to me,
more faithful than a wife to her husband.
27Our warriors have fallen,
and their weapons are destroyed.
1Please help the king to be honest and fair
just like you, our God.
2Let him be honest and fair with all your people,
especially the poor.
3Let peace and justice rule every mountain and hill.
4Let the king defend the poor, rescue the homeless,
and crush everyone who hurts them.
5Let the king live forever like the sun and the moon.
6Let him be as helpful as rain
that refreshes the meadows and the ground.
7Let the king be fair with everyone,
and let there be peace
until the moon falls from the sky.
8Let his kingdom reach from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates River across all the earth.
9Force the desert tribes to accept his rule,
and make his enemies crawl in the dirt.
10Force the rulers of Tarshish and of the islands
to pay taxes to him.
Make the kings of Sheba and of Seba bring gifts.
11Make other rulers bow down and all nations serve him.
12Do this because the king rescues the homeless
when they cry out,
and he helps everyone who is poor and in need.
13The king has pity on the weak and the helpless
and protects those in need.
14He cares when they hurt,
and he saves them from cruel and violent deaths.
15Long live the king! Give him gold from Sheba.
Always pray for the king and praise him each day.
16Let cities overflow with food
and hills be covered with grain,
just like Mount Lebanon.
Let the people in the cities prosper like wild flowers.
17May the glory of the king shine brightly forever
like the sun in the sky.
Let him make nations prosper and learn to praise him.
18LORD God of Israel, we praise you.
Only you can work miracles.
19We will always praise your glorious name.
Let your glory be seen everywhere on earth.
Amen and amen.
20This ends the prayers of David, the son of Jesse.
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