My Daily Reading
1Sa 26:1-25 TS2009
1 And the Ziphites came to Sha’ul at Giḇʽah, saying, “Is not Dawiḏ hiding himself in the hill of Ḥaḵilah, overlooking the wasteland?”
2 And Sha’ul rose up and went down to the Wilderness of Ziph, and with him three thousand chosen men of Yisra’ĕl, to seek Dawiḏ in the Wilderness of Ziph.
3 And Sha’ul encamped in the hill of Ḥaḵilah, overlooking the wasteland, by the way, while Dawiḏ was dwelling in the wilderness, and he saw that Sha’ul came after him into the wilderness.
4 And Dawiḏ sent out spies, and learned that Sha’ul had indeed come.
5 And Dawiḏ rose up and came to the place where Sha’ul had encamped. And Dawiḏ saw the place where Sha’ul lay, and Aḇnĕr son of Nĕr, the commander of his army. And Sha’ul was lying within the enclosure, with the people encamped all around him.
6 And Dawiḏ spoke up and said to Aḥimeleḵ the Ḥittite and to Aḇishai son of Tseruyah, brother of Yo’aḇ, saying, “Who does go down with me to Sha’ul in the camp?” And Aḇishai said, “I, I go down with you.”
7 And Dawiḏ and Aḇishai came to the people by night and saw Sha’ul lying asleep within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head, and Aḇnĕr and the people lay all around him.
8 And Aḇishai said to Dawiḏ, “Elohim has surrendered your enemy into your hand this day. And now, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right into the earth, and not a second time!”
9 But Dawiḏ said to Aḇishai, “Do not destroy him, for who shall stretch out his hand against the anointed of יהוה, and be guiltless?”
10 Dawiḏ also said, “As יהוה lives, except יהוה does smite him, or his day come that he shall die, or he shall go out to battle and perish,
11 far be it from me, by יהוה, that I stretch out my hand against the anointed of יהוה. And now, please take the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go.”
12 So Dawiḏ took the spear and the jug of water by Sha’ul’s head, and they went away. And no man saw it or knew it or awoke, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from יהוה had fallen on them.
13 And Dawiḏ passed over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill far away, a great distance being between them.
14 And Dawiḏ called out to the people and to Aḇnĕr son of Nĕr, saying, “Do you not answer, Aḇnĕr?” And Aḇnĕr answered and said, “Who are you, calling out to the sovereign?”
15 And Dawiḏ said to Aḇnĕr, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Yisra’ĕl? Why then have you not guarded your master the sovereign? For one of the people came in to destroy your master the sovereign.
16 “What you have done is not good. As יהוה lives, you are worthy to die, because you have not guarded your master, the anointed of יהוה. And now see where the sovereign’s spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head.”
17 And Sha’ul recognised Dawiḏ’s voice, and said, “Is that your voice, my son Dawiḏ?” And Dawiḏ said, “It is my voice, my master, O sovereign.”
18 And he said, “Why is this that my master is pursuing his servant? For what have I done, or what evil is in my hand?
19 “And now, please, let my master the sovereign hear the words of his servant: If יהוה has moved you against me, let Him accept an offering. But if it is the children of men, then they are cursed before יהוה, for they have driven me out today that I should not join myself to the inheritance of יהוה, saying, ‘Go, serve other mighty ones.’
20 “And now, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of יהוה. For the sovereign of Yisra’ĕl has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
21 And Sha’ul said, “I have sinned. Come back, my son Dawiḏ. For no more am I going to do evil to you, because my life was precious in your eyes today. See, I have acted foolishly, and have greatly strayed.”
22 And Dawiḏ answered and said, “See, the sovereign’s spear! And let one of the young men come over and get it.
23 “And let יהוה reward every man for his righteousness and his trustworthiness, for this day יהוה gave you into my hand, but I would not stretch out my hand against the anointed of יהוה.
24 “And see, as your life has been valued in my eyes today, so let my life be valued in the eyes of יהוה, and let Him deliver me out of all distress.”
25 And Sha’ul said to Dawiḏ, “Blessed are you, my son Dawiḏ, achieving much, and indeed prevailing!” Then Dawiḏ went on his way, and Sha’ul returned to his place.
1Ki 11:1-43 TS2009
1 And Sovereign Shelomoh loved many foreign women in addition to the daughter of Pharaoh: Mo’aḇite, Ammonite, Eḏomite, Tsiḏonian, and Ḥittite women;
2 from the nations of whom יהוה had said to the children of Yisra’ĕl, “You do not go into them, and they do not go into you, for they shall certainly turn away your hearts after their mighty ones.” Shelomoh clung to these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.
4 And it came to be, when Shelomoh was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other mighty ones. And his heart was not perfect with יהוה his Elohim, as was the heart of his father Dawiḏ.
5 And Shelomoh went after Ashtoreth the mighty one of the Tsiḏonians, and after Milkom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 Thus Shelomoh did evil in the eyes of יהוה, and did not follow יהוה completely, like his father Dawiḏ.
7 Then Shelomoh built a high place for Kemosh the abomination of Mo’aḇ, on the hill that is east of Yerushalayim, and for Moleḵ the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8 And so he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and slaughtered to their mighty ones.
9 Therefore יהוה was enraged with Shelomoh, because his heart had turned away from יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, who had appeared to him twice,
10 and had commanded him concerning this word, not to go after other mighty ones. But he did not guard what יהוה had commanded.
11 And יהוה said to Shelomoh, “Because you have done this, and have not guarded My covenant and My laws, which I have commanded you, I shall certainly tear the reign away from you and give it to your servant.
12 “Only, I do not do it in your days, for the sake of your father Dawiḏ. Out of the hand of your son I shall tear it.
13 “Only, I shall not tear away all the reign but give one tribe to your son for the sake of my servant Dawiḏ, and for the sake of Yerushalayim which I have chosen.”
14 And יהוה raised up an adversary against Shelomoh, Haḏaḏ the Eḏomite. He was of the seed of the sovereign in Eḏom.
15 And it came to be, when Dawiḏ was in Eḏom, and Yo’aḇ the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, after he had struck every male in Eḏom –
16 Yo’aḇ remained there with all Yisra’ĕl for six new moons, until every male in Eḏom was cut off –
17 that Haḏaḏ fled to go to Mitsrayim, he and certain Eḏomites of his father’s servants with him, while Haḏaḏ was still a little child.
18 And they arose from Miḏyan and came to Paran, and took men with them from Paran and came to Mitsrayim, to Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim, who gave him a house, and ordered food for him, and gave him land.
19 And Haḏaḏ found much favour in the eyes of Pharaoh, so that he gave him as wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Sovereigness Taḥpenĕs.
20 And the sister of Taḥpenĕs bore him Genuḇath his son, whom Taḥpenĕs weaned in Pharaoh’s house. And Genuḇath was in the house of Pharaoh among the sons of Pharaoh.
21 And Haḏaḏ heard in Mitsrayim that Dawiḏ slept with his fathers, and that Yo’aḇ the commander of the army was dead, and Haḏaḏ said to Pharaoh, “Let me go to my land.”
22 And Pharaoh said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that you are now seeking to go to your own land?” And he answered, “No, but please let me go.”
23 And Elohim raised up another adversary against him, Rezon son of Elyaḏa who had fled from his master, Haḏaḏezer sovereign of Tsoḇah,
24 and gathered men to him and became commander over a raiding band, when Dawiḏ killed those of Tsoḇah. And they went to Dammeseq and dwelt there, and reigned in Dammeseq.
25 And he was an adversary of Yisra’ĕl all the days of Shelomoh – besides the trouble that Haḏaḏ caused – and he was hostile to Yisra’ĕl and reigned over Aram.
26 And a servant of Shelomoh, Yaroḇʽam son of Neḇat, an Ephrayimite from Tserĕḏah, whose mother’s name was Tseruʽah, a widow, also lifted up a hand against the sovereign.
27 And this is what caused him to lift up a hand against the sovereign: Shelomoh had built Millo, repairing the breaks in the City of Dawiḏ his father.
28 And the man Yaroḇʽam was a brave man. And Shelomoh, seeing that the young man was doing his work well, made him the officer over all the compulsory labour of the house of Yosĕph.
29 And it came to be at that time, when Yaroḇʽam went out of Yerushalayim, that the prophet Aḥiyah the Shilonite met him on the way. And he was wearing a new garment, and the two were alone in the field.
30 And Aḥiyah took hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces,
31 and said to Yaroḇʽam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus said יהוה, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, ‘See, I am tearing the reign out of the hand of Shelomoh and shall give ten tribes to you,
32 but he shall have one tribe for the sake of My servant Dawiḏ, and for the sake of Yerushalayim, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Yisra’ĕl.
33 Because they have forsaken Me, and bow themselves to Ashtoreth the mighty one of the Tsiḏonians, to Kemosh the mighty one of the Mo’aḇites, and to Milkom the mighty one of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways – to do what is right in My eyes, and My laws and My right-rulings, as did his father Dawiḏ.
34 But I do not take all the reign out of his hand, because I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of My servant Dawiḏ, whom I chose because he guarded My commands and My laws.
35 And I shall take the reign out of his son’s hand and give it to you, the ten tribes.
36 And to his son I give one tribe, so that My servant Dawiḏ shall always have a lamp before Me in Yerushalayim, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My Name there.
37 So I take you, and you shall reign over all that your being desires, and you shall be sovereign over Yisra’ĕl.
38 And it shall be, if you obey all that I command you, and shall walk in My ways, and do what is right in My eyes, to guard My laws and My commands, as My servant Dawiḏ did, then I shall be with you and build for you a steadfast house, as I built for Dawiḏ, and shall give Yisra’ĕl to you.
39 And because of this I humble the seed of Dawiḏ, but not forever.’ ”
40 And Shelomoh sought to kill Yaroḇʽam, but Yaroḇʽam rose up and fled to Mitsrayim, to Shishaq sovereign of Mitsrayim, and was in Mitsrayim until the death of Shelomoh.
41 And the rest of the acts of Shelomoh, all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Shelomoh?
42 And the days that Shelomoh reigned in Yerushalayim over all Yisra’ĕl was forty years.
43 So Shelomoh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of Dawiḏ his father, and Reḥaḇʽam his son reigned in his place.
1Ch 11:1-47 TS2009
1 And all Yisra’ĕl came together to Dawiḏ at Ḥeḇron, saying, “See, we are your bone and your flesh.
2 “Also, in time past, even when Sha’ul was sovereign, you were the one who led Yisra’ĕl out and brought them in. And יהוה your Elohim said to you, ‘Shepherd My people Yisra’ĕl, and be ruler over My people Yisra’ĕl.’ ”
3 So all the elders of Yisra’ĕl came to the sovereign at Ḥeḇron, and Dawiḏ made a covenant with them at Ḥeḇron before יהוה. And they anointed Dawiḏ sovereign over Yisra’ĕl, according to the word of יהוה by Shemu’ĕl.
4 And Dawiḏ and all Yisra’ĕl went to Yerushalayim, which is Yeḇus, where the Yeḇusites were, the inhabitants of the land.
5 And the inhabitants of Yeḇus said to Dawiḏ, “You do not come in here.” But Dawiḏ captured the stronghold of Tsiyon, the City of Dawiḏ.
6 And Dawiḏ said, “Whoever strikes the Yeḇusites first becomes chief and commander.” And Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah went up first, and became chief.
7 And Dawiḏ dwelt in the stronghold, so they called it the City of Dawiḏ.
8 And he built the city around it, from Millo round about, and Yo’aḇ revived the rest of the city.
9 And Dawiḏ went on and became great, and יהוה of hosts was with him.
10 And these were the heads of the mighty men whom Dawiḏ had, who strengthened themselves with him in his reign, with all Yisra’ĕl, to set him up to reign over Yisra’ĕl, according to the word of יהוה.
11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom Dawiḏ had: Yashoḇʽam son of a Ḥaḵmonite, chief of the thirty. He had lifted up his spear against three hundred, slain at one time.
12 And after him was Elʽazar son of Doḏo, the Aḥoḥite, who was one of the three mighty men.
13 He was with Dawiḏ at Pasdammim, and the Philistines were gathered there for battle, and a portion of the field was filled with barley, and the people had fled before the Philistines.
14 But they took their stand in the midst of that field, and delivered it, and struck the Philistines. Thus יהוה saved them by a great deliverance.
15 And three of the thirty chiefs went down to the rock to Dawiḏ, into the cave of Aḏullam, while the army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Repha’im.
16 And Dawiḏ was then in the stronghold, and the watch-post of the Philistines was then in Bĕyth Leḥem.
17 And Dawiḏ longed and said, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem, which is by the gate!”
18 And the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to Dawiḏ. But Dawiḏ would not drink it, but poured it out to יהוה.
19 And he said, “Far be it from me, O my Elohim, that I should do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who have risked their lives? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” And he would not drink it. This is what the three mighty men did.
20 And Aḇishai the brother of Yo’aḇ was chief of another three. And he had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, who were slain, and won a name among the three.
21 Of the three he was more esteemed than the other two men, so he became their head. However he did not come to the first three.
22 Benayah was the son of Yehoyaḏa, the son of a brave man from Qaḇtse'ĕl, who had done many deeds. He struck two lion-like Mo’aḇites. He also went down and struck a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
23 And he struck a Mitsrian, a man of great height, five cubits tall. And in the Mitsrian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam, and he went down to him with a staff and wrenched the spear out of the Mitsrian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.
24 This is what Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa did, and won a name among the three mighty men.
25 See, he was more esteemed than the thirty, but he did not come to the first three. And Dawiḏ set him over his court.
26 And the mighty men of the armies were Asah’ĕl the brother of Yo’aḇ, Elḥanan son of Doḏo of Bĕyth Leḥem,
27 Shammoth the Harorite, Ḥĕlets the Pelonite,
28 Ira son of Iqqĕsh the Teqowite, Aḇiʽezer the Anathothite,
29 Sibbeḵai the Ḥushathite, Ilai the Aḥoḥite,
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Ḥĕleḏ son of Baʽanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai son of Riḇai of Giḇʽah, of the children of Binyamin, Benayah the Pirathonite,
32 Ḥurai of the wadis of Gaʽash, Aḇi’ĕl the Arbathite,
33 Azmaweth the Baḥarumite, Elyaḥba the Shaʽalbonite,
34 the sons of Hashĕm the Gizonite, Yonathan son of Shaḡĕ the Hararite,
35 Aḥyam son of Saḵar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,
36 Ḥĕpher the Mekĕrathite, Aḥiyah the Pelonite,
37 Ḥetsro the Karmelite, Naʽarai son of Ezbai,
38 Yo’ĕl the brother of Nathan, Miḇḥar son of Haḡri,
39 Tseleq the Ammonite, Naḥarai the Bĕrothite (the armour-bearer of Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah),
40 Ira the Yithrite, Garĕḇ the Yithrite,
41 Uriyah the Ḥittite, Zaḇaḏ son of Aḥlai,
42 Aḏina son of Shiza the Re’uḇĕnite, the head of the Re’uḇĕnites, and thirty with him,
43 Ḥanan son of Maʽaḵah, and Yoshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Uzziya the Ashterathite, Shama and Yeʽi’ĕl the sons of Ḥotham the Aroʽĕrite,
45 Yeḏiya’ĕl son of Shimri, and Yoḥa his brother, the Titsite,
46 Eli’ĕl the Maḥawite, and Yeriḇai and Yoshawyah the sons of Elnaʽam, Yithmah the Mo’aḇite,
47 Eli’ĕl, and Oḇĕḏ, and Yaʽasi’ĕl of Metsoḇayah.
Rev 2:1-29 TS2009
1 “To the messenger of the assembly of Ephesos write, ‘He who is holding the seven stars in His right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, says this:
2 “I know your works, and your labour, and your endurance, and that you are not able to bear evil ones, and have tried those who say they are emissaries and are not, and have found them false;
3 and you have been bearing up and have endurance, and have laboured for My Name’s sake and have not become weary.
4 “But I hold this against you, that you have left your first love.
5 “So remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works, or else I shall come to you speedily and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
6 “Yet this you have, that you hate the works of the Nikolaites, which I also hate.
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Elohim.” ’
Gen. 2:9; 3:22, 24
8 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Smurna write, ‘This says the First and the Last,
Isa. 44:6; 48:12
who became dead, and came to life:
9 “I know your works, and pressure, and poverty – yet you are rich – and the blasphemy of those who say they are Yehuḏim and are not, but are a congregation of Satan.
10 “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. See, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, in order to try you, and you shall have pressure ten days. Be trustworthy until death, and I shall give you the crown of life.
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes shall by no means be harmed by the second death.” ’
12 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Pergamos write, ‘He who has the sharp two-edged sword, says this:
13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is. And you hold fast to My Name, and did not deny the belief in Me, even in the days in which Antipas was My trustworthy witness, who was killed near you, where Satan dwells.
14 “But I hold a few matters against you, because you have there those who adhere to the teaching of Bilʽam, who taught Balaq to put a stumbling-block before the children of Yisra’ĕl, to eat food offered to idols, and to commit whoring.
15 “So you also have those who adhere to the teaching of the Nikolaites, which teaching I hate.
16 “Repent, or else I shall come to you speedily and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I shall give him a white stone, and on the stone a renewed Name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’
18 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Thyatira write, ‘This says the Son of Elohim, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass:
19 “I know your works, and love, and service, and belief, and your endurance. And as for your works, the last are more than the first.
20 “But I hold against you that you allow that woman Izeḇel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and lead My servants astray to commit whoring and to eat food offered to idols.
21 “And I gave her time to repent of her whoring, and she did not repent.
22 “See, I am throwing her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their works.
23 “And I shall slay her children with death. And all the assemblies shall know that I am the One searching the kidneys and hearts. And I shall give to each one of you according to your works.
24 “And to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not possess this teaching, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they call them, I am not putting on you another burden.
25 “But hold fast what you have until I come.
26 “And he who overcomes, and guards My works until the end, to him I shall give authority over the nations,
27 and he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron, as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces,
as I also have received from My Father.
28 “And I shall give him the morning star.
29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’