Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Envy blinds us to the truth. Jonathan pleaded with his father to spare David's life, reminding him that David had done him nothing but good. Totally persuaded that David stood in the way of his son's ruling Israel, however, Saul cursed and insulted Jonathan.

The Pharisees also were blinded by envy to the reality of the blind man's healing. They refused to believe that he had ever been blind and then refused to believe that Jesus had performed the miracle. They stubbornly refused to acknowledge that Jesus was anything but a sinner, even if He had performed the miracle (John 9:24). Jesus answered, saying, "I have come to judge the world. I have come to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind" (John 9:39).

You will never convince those who are envious of the work of God that your motives are genuine or that God has truly performed a miracle. They will reason it away, insult you, and may even throw you out (John 9:34). They may remain blind, but one thing you will know: "I was blind, and now I can see!" (v. 25).

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15

David and Jonathan

20 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged1Sa 24:9 your father, that he is trying to kill me?”1Sa 22:23; 23:15; 24:11; 25:29; Ps 40:14; 54:3; 63:9; 70:2

“Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”

But David took an oathDt 6:13 and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”

So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast,S Nu 10:10 and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hideS 1Sa 19:2 in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.If your father misses me at all, tell him, ‘David earnestly asked my permissionver 28 to hurry to Bethlehem,1Sa 17:58 his hometown, because an annualS 1Sa 1:3 sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.’If he says, ‘Very well,’ then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper,1Sa 10:27; 25:17 you can be sure that he is determinedS 1Sa 18:11 to harm me.As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenantS 1Sa 18:3 with you before the Lord. If I am guilty, then kill2Sa 14:32 me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?”

“Never!” Jonathan said. “If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?”

10 David asked, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?”

11 “Come,” Jonathan said, “let’s go out into the field.” So they went there together.

12 Then Jonathan said to David, “I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound1Sa 19:3 out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know?13 But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely,S Ru 1:17 if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the Lord be withS 1Sa 16:18; S 18:12 you as he has been with my father.14 But show me unfailing kindnessS Ge 40:14 like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,15 and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family1Sa 24:21; 2Sa 9:7—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.”

16 So JonathanS 1Sa 18:1 made a covenantS 1Sa 18:3 with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord call David’s enemies to account.S Jos 22:2317 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oathS Jos 9:18; S 1Sa 18:3 out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.ver 2519 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hidS 1Sa 19:2 when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.20 I will shoot three arrows2Ki 13:15 to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.21 Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,’ then come, because, as surely as the Lord lives, you are safe; there is no danger.22 But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyondver 37 you,’ then you must go, because the Lord has sent you away.23 And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the Lord is witnessS Ge 31:50 between you and me forever.”

24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feastS Nu 10:10 came, the king sat down to eat.25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan,Septuagint; Hebrew wall. Jonathan arose and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty.ver 1826 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, “Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.Lev 7:20-2127 But the next day, the second day of the month, David’s place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”

28 Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permissionver 6 to go to Bethlehem.29 He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrificeS Ge 8:20 in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.’ That is why he has not come to the king’s table.”

30 Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom1Sa 23:17; 24:20 will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”

32 “WhyS 1Sa 19:4; Mt 27:23 should he be put to death? WhatS Ge 31:36 has he done?” Jonathan asked his father.33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intendedS 1Sa 18:11, 17 to kill David.

34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him,36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyondver 22 you?”38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.)40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground.S Ge 33:3; Ru 2:10; 1Sa 24:8; 25:23; 2Sa 1:2 Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.

42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace,S 1Sa 1:17; S Ac 15:33 for we have sworn friendshipS Ge 40:14; 2Sa 1:26; Pr 18:24 with each other in the name of the Lord,Isa 48:1 saying, ‘The Lord is witnessS Ge 31:50; S 1Sa 18:3 between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.2Sa 9:1’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.In Hebrew texts this sentence (20:42b) is numbered 21:1.

David at Nob

21 In Hebrew texts 21:1-15 is numbered 21:2-16.David went to Nob,1Sa 22:9, 19; Ne 11:32; Isa 10:32 to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled1Sa 16:4 when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”

David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary breadLev 24:8-9 on hand; however, there is some consecratedMt 12:4 bread here—provided the men have keptS Ex 19:15; S Lev 15:18 themselves from women.”

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usualDt 23:9-11; Jos 3:5; 2Sa 11:11 wheneverOr from us in the past few days since I set out. The men’s bodies are holy1Th 4:4 even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”So the priest gave him the consecrated bread,S Ex 25:30; 1Sa 22:10; Mt 12:3-4; Mk 2:25-28; Lk 6:1-5 since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg1Sa 22:9, 22 the Edomite,1Sa 14:47; Ps 52 Title Saul’s chief shepherd.

David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”

The priest replied, “The swordS 1Sa 17:51 of GoliathS 1Sa 17:4 the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah,1Sa 17:2 is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”

David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

David at Gath

10 That day David fled from Saul and went1Sa 25:13; 27:2 to Achish king of Gath.11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:

“‘Saul has slain his thousands,

and David his tens of thousands’?”S 1Sa 18:7

12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.13 So he pretended to be insanePs 34 Title in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

Jonathan Helps David

20 David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?”

“That’s not true!” Jonathan protested. “You’re not going to die. He always tells me everything he’s going to do, even the little things. I know my father wouldn’t hide something like this from me. It just isn’t so!”

Then David took an oath before Jonathan and said, “Your father knows perfectly well about our friendship, so he has said to himself, ‘I won’t tell Jonathan—why should I hurt him?’ But I swear to you that I am only a step away from death! I swear it by the Lord and by your own soul!”

“Tell me what I can do to help you,” Jonathan exclaimed.

David replied, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. I’ve always eaten with the king on this occasion, but tomorrow I’ll hide in the field and stay there until the evening of the third day.If your father asks where I am, tell him I asked permission to go home to Bethlehem for an annual family sacrifice.If he says, ‘Fine!’ you will know all is well. But if he is angry and loses his temper, you will know he is determined to kill me.Show me this loyalty as my sworn friend—for we made a solemn pact before the Lord—or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father. But please don’t betray me to him!”

“Never!” Jonathan exclaimed. “You know that if I had the slightest notion my father was planning to kill you, I would tell you at once.”

10 Then David asked, “How will I know whether or not your father is angry?”

11 “Come out to the field with me,” Jonathan replied. And they went out there together.12 Then Jonathan told David, “I promise by the Lord, the God of Israel, that by this time tomorrow, or the next day at the latest, I will talk to my father and let you know at once how he feels about you. If he speaks favorably about you, I will let you know.13 But if he is angry and wants you killed, may the Lord strike me and even kill me if I don’t warn you so you can escape and live. May the Lord be with you as he used to be with my father.14 And may you treat me with the faithful love of the Lord as long as I live. But if I die,15 treat my family with this faithful love, even when the Lord destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.”

16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David,Hebrew with the house of David. saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!”17 And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.

18 Then Jonathan said, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. You will be missed when your place at the table is empty.19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid before, and wait there by the stone pile.Hebrew the stone Ezel. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.20 I will come out and shoot three arrows to the side of the stone pile as though I were shooting at a target.21 Then I will send a boy to bring the arrows back. If you hear me tell him, ‘They’re on this side,’ then you will know, as surely as the Lord lives, that all is well, and there is no trouble.22 But if I tell him, ‘Go farther—the arrows are still ahead of you,’ then it will mean that you must leave immediately, for the Lord is sending you away.23 And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them.”

24 So David hid himself in the field, and when the new moon festival began, the king sat down to eat.25 He sat at his usual place against the wall, with Jonathan sitting opposite himAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads with Jonathan standing. and Abner beside him. But David’s place was empty.26 Saul didn’t say anything about it that day, for he said to himself, “Something must have made David ceremonially unclean.”27 But when David’s place was empty again the next day, Saul asked Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse been here for the meal either yesterday or today?”

28 Jonathan replied, “David earnestly asked me if he could go to Bethlehem.29 He said, ‘Please let me go, for we are having a family sacrifice. My brother demanded that I be there. So please let me get away to see my brothers.’ That’s why he isn’t here at the king’s table.”

30 Saul boiled with rage at Jonathan. “You stupid son of a whore!”Hebrew You son of a perverse and rebellious woman. he swore at him. “Do you think I don’t know that you want him to be king in your place, shaming yourself and your mother?31 As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!”

32 “But why should he be put to death?” Jonathan asked his father. “What has he done?”33 Then Saul hurled his spear at Jonathan, intending to kill him. So at last Jonathan realized that his father was really determined to kill David.

34 Jonathan left the table in fierce anger and refused to eat on that second day of the festival, for he was crushed by his father’s shameful behavior toward David.

35 The next morning, as agreed, Jonathan went out into the field and took a young boy with him to gather his arrows.36 “Start running,” he told the boy, “so you can find the arrows as I shoot them.” So the boy ran, and Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him.37 When the boy had almost reached the arrow, Jonathan shouted, “The arrow is still ahead of you.38 Hurry, hurry, don’t wait.” So the boy quickly gathered up the arrows and ran back to his master.39 He, of course, suspected nothing; only Jonathan and David understood the signal.40 Then Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy and told him to take them back to town.

41 As soon as the boy was gone, David came out from where he had been hiding near the stone pile.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads near the south edge. Then David bowed three times to Jonathan with his face to the ground. Both of them were in tears as they embraced each other and said good-bye, especially David.

42 At last Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn loyalty to each other in the Lord’s name. The Lord is the witness of a bond between us and our children forever.” Then David left, and Jonathan returned to the town.This sentence is numbered 21:1 in Hebrew text.

David Runs from Saul

21 Verses 21:1-15 are numbered 21:2-16 in Hebrew text.David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. “Why are you alone?” he asked. “Why is no one with you?”

“The king has sent me on a private matter,” David said. “He told me not to tell anyone why I am here. I have told my men where to meet me later.Now, what is there to eat? Give me five loaves of bread or anything else you have.”

“We don’t have any regular bread,” the priest replied. “But there is the holy bread, which you can have if your young men have not slept with any women recently.”

“Don’t worry,” David replied. “I never allow my men to be with women when we are on a campaign. And since they stay clean even on ordinary trips, how much more on this one!”

Since there was no other food available, the priest gave him the holy bread—the Bread of the Presence that was placed before the Lord in the Tabernacle. It had just been replaced that day with fresh bread.

Now Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief herdsman, was there that day, having been detained before the Lord.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

David asked Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword? The king’s business was so urgent that I didn’t even have time to grab a weapon!”

“I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is nothing else here.”

“There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me!”

10 So David escaped from Saul and went to King Achish of Gath.11 But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there. “Isn’t this David, the king of the land?” they asked. “Isn’t he the one the people honor with dances, singing,

‘Saul has killed his thousands,

and David his ten thousands’?”

12 David heard these comments and was very afraid of what King Achish of Gath might do to him.13 So he pretended to be insane, scratching on doors and drooling down his beard.

14 Finally, King Achish said to his men, “Must you bring me a madman?15 We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest?”

20 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?

And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.

And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.

If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.

If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.

Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the Lord with thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?

And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?

10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?

11 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.

12 And Jonathan said unto David, O Lord God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and shew it thee;

13 The Lord do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the Lord be with thee, as he hath been with my father.

14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the Lord, that I die not:

15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the Lord hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.

16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David's enemies.

17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.

20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.

21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the Lord liveth.

22 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the Lord hath sent thee away.

23 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the Lord be between thee and me for ever.

24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.

26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.

27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?

28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:

29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king's table.

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?

31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.

32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?

33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.

35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.

36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?

38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.

39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.

40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.

41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.

42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

21 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?

And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.

And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.

And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.

So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.

And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.

And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

10 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?

15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

John 9:1-41

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,S Mt 23:7 who sinned,ver 34; Lk 13:2; Ac 28:4 this manEze 18:20 or his parents,Ex 20:5; Job 21:19 that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.Jn 11:4As long as it is day,Jn 11:9; 12:35 we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”S Jn 1:4

After saying this, he spitMk 7:33; 8:23 on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”ver 11; 2Ki 5:10; Lk 13:4 (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.Isa 35:5; Jn 11:37

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”Ac 3:2, 10Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”ver 7

12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.Mt 12:1-14; Jn 5:915 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.ver 10 “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”S Mt 12:2

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?”S Jn 2:11 So they were divided.S Jn 6:52

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”S Mt 21:11

18 TheyS Jn 1:19 still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind.21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders,S Jn 7:13 who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put outver 34; Lk 6:22 of the synagogue.Jn 12:42; 16:223 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”ver 21

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,”Jos 7:19 they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”ver 16

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you alreadyver 15 and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!Jn 5:4529 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”Jn 8:14

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.Ge 18:23-32; Ps 34:15, 16; 66:18; 145:19, 20; Pr 15:29; Isa 1:15; 59:1, 2; Jn 15:7; Jas 5:16-18; 1Jn 5:14, 1532 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.33 If this man were not from God,ver 16; Jn 3:2 he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth;ver 2 how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.ver 22, 35; Isa 66:5

Spiritual Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believeS Jn 3:15 in the Son of Man?”S Mt 8:20

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”Ro 10:14

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”Jn 4:26

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.Mt 28:9

39 Jesus said,Some early manuscripts do not have Then the man said … 39 Jesus said. “For judgmentS Jn 5:22 I have come into this world,Jn 3:19; 12:47 so that the blind will seeLk 4:18 and those who see will become blind.”Mt 13:13

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”Ro 2:19

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.Jn 15:22, 24

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us.Other manuscripts read I must quickly carry out the tasks assigned me by the one who sent me; still others read We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me. The night is coming, and then no one can work.But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

10 They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”

11 He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”

12 “Where is he now?” they asked.

“I don’t know,” he replied.

13 Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees,14 because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him.15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

17 Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”

18 The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents.19 They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

20 His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind,21 but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.”22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue.23 That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this,Or Give glory to God, not to Jesus; Greek reads Give glory to God. because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

26 “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”

27 “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”

28 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses!29 We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”

30 “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from?31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.32 Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind.33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”

34 “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.

Spiritual Blindness

35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?Some manuscripts read the Son of God? “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.

36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.

39 Then Jesus told him,Some manuscripts do not include “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. Then Jesus told him. “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they seeGreek those who see. that they are blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Psalms 113:1-114:8

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 9S Ps 22:23

Praise the Lord, you his servants;Ps 34:22; S 103:21; 134:1

praise the name of the Lord.

Let the name of the Lord be praised,S Ps 30:4; 48:10; 145:21; 148:13; 149:3; Isa 12:4

both now and forevermore.Ps 115:18; 131:3; Da 2:20

From the rising of the sunIsa 24:15; 45:6; 59:19; Mal 1:11 to the place where it sets,

the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is exaltedS Ps 99:2 over all the nations,

his glory above the heavens.S Ps 8:1; S 57:11

Who is like the Lord our God,S Ex 8:10; S Ps 35:10

the One who sits enthronedS Ps 103:19 on high,S Job 16:19

who stoops down to lookPs 11:4; 138:6; Isa 57:15

on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor1Sa 2:8; Ps 35:10; 68:10; 140:12 from the dust

and lifts the needyPs 107:41 from the ash heap;

he seats themS 2Sa 9:11 with princes,

with the princes of his people.

He settles the childlessS 1Sa 2:5 woman in her home

as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,S Ex 13:3; S 29:46

Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,

JudahPs 76:1 became God’s sanctuary,S Ex 15:17; Ps 78:68-69

Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,Ex 14:21; Ps 77:16

the Jordan turned back;S Ex 15:8; S Jos 3:16

the mountains leapedS Jdg 5:5 like rams,

the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?S Ex 14:21

Why, Jordan, did you turn back?

Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,

you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth,S Ex 15:14; S 1Ch 16:30 at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turned the rock into a pool,

the hard rock into springs of water.S Ex 17:6; S Nu 20:11

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!

Yes, give praise, O servants of the Lord.

Praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord

now and forever.

Everywhere—from east to west—

praise the name of the Lord.

For the Lord is high above the nations;

his glory is higher than the heavens.

Who can be compared with the Lord our God,

who is enthroned on high?

He stoops to look down

on heaven and on earth.

He lifts the poor from the dust

and the needy from the garbage dump.

He sets them among princes,

even the princes of his own people!

He gives the childless woman a family,

making her a happy mother.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 114

When the Israelites escaped from Egypt—

when the family of Jacob left that foreign land—

the land of Judah became God’s sanctuary,

and Israel became his kingdom.

The Red SeaHebrew the sea; also in 114:5. saw them coming and hurried out of their way!

The water of the Jordan River turned away.

The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs!

What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way?

What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?

Why, mountains, did you skip like rams?

Why, hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the God of Jacob.

He turned the rock into a pool of water;

yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.

113 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,

Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

114 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Proverbs 15:15-17

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.ver 13

16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord

than great wealth with turmoil.ver 17; Ps 37:16-17; Pr 13:8; 16:8; 17:1

17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love

than a fattened calf with hatred.S ver 16; Pr 17:1; Ecc 4:6

15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;

for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,

than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love

is better than steak with someone you hate.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

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