Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Satan may try to delay, hinder, sift, oppose, and confuse, but the moment of your breakthrough must come. Although the hands of a clock move almost imperceptibly, the moment inevitably arrives when the clock strikes the hour. The poet Friedrich von Logau expressed it this way: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all."

Jesus' thirty-three years of preparation and ministry culminated in the glory of His death and resurrection. In that moment, the prince of this world was cast out (John 12:31). David also experienced tremendous pressure in his years of preparation, but suddenly his hour came, Saul died unexpectedly, and the path to the throne was opened (2 Samuel 2:4).

This is the payoff of years of faithful service to a vision: one day the hour will come. Never try to get ahead of your time, for God knows when the circumstances are ripe and you have been thoroughly prepared. All your trials and difficulties are only the stepping-stones to your glorious destiny: to reign forever with Jesus Christ!

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

David Hears of Saul’s Death1:4-12pp — 1Sa 31:1-13; 1Ch 10:1-12

After the deathS 1Sa 26:10; 1Ch 10:13 of Saul, David returned from striking downS Jos 22:8; S 1Sa 30:17 the AmalekitesS Ge 14:7; Nu 13:29 and stayed in Ziklag two days.On the third day a man2Sa 4:10 arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head.S 1Sa 4:12; Job 2:12; Eze 27:30 When he came to David, he fellS 1Sa 20:41 to the ground to pay him honor.S Ge 37:7

“Where have you come from?” David asked him.

He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”

“What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.”

“The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”

Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

“I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,ver 21; S 1Sa 28:4” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit.When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’

“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’

“‘An Amalekite,ver 13; S 1Sa 15:2; S 27:8; 30:13, 17’ I answered.

“Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me!S Jdg 9:54 I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’

10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown2Ki 11:12 that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”

11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and toreS Ge 37:29; S Nu 14:6 them.12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”

“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,S ver 8; S 1Sa 14:48” he answered.

14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?S 1Sa 12:3; S 26:9

15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!”2Sa 4:12 So he struck him down, and he died.2Sa 4:1016 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head.S Lev 20:9; Mt 27:24-25; Ac 18:6 Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan

17 David took up this lamentS Ge 50:10; S Eze 32:2 concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,ver 2618 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):Jos 10:13

19 “A gazelleGazelle here symbolizes a human dignitary. lies slain on your heights, Israel.

How the mighty2Sa 23:8; Ps 29:1; 45:3 have fallen!2Sa 3:38

20 “Tell it not in Gath,Mic 1:10

proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,S Jos 13:3

lest the daughters of the Philistines1Sa 31:8 be glad,

lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.S 1Sa 18:6

21 “Mountains of Gilboa,S ver 6

may you have neither dewS Ge 27:28; S Isa 18:4 nor rain,Dt 11:17; 1Ki 8:35; 17:1; 18:1; 2Ch 6:26; Job 36:27; 38:28; Ps 65:10; 147:8; Isa 5:6; Jer 5:24; 14:4; Am 1:2

may no showers fall on your terraced fields.Or / nor fields that yield grain for offeringsJer 12:4; Eze 31:15

For there the shield of the mighty was despised,

the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.Isa 21:5

22 “From the bloodIsa 34:3, 7; 49:26 of the slain,

from the flesh of the mighty,

the bowDt 32:42 of Jonathan did not turn back,

the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.

23 Saul and Jonathan—

in life they were loved and admired,

and in death they were not parted.

They were swifter than eagles,S Dt 28:49

they were stronger than lions.Jdg 14:18

24 “Daughters of Israel,

weep for Saul,

who clothed you in scarlet and finery,

who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.S Jdg 5:30

25 “How the mighty have fallen in battle!

Jonathan lies slain on your heights.

26 I grieveJer 22:18; 34:5 for you, Jonathanver 17 my brother;S 1Sa 20:42

you were very dear to me.

Your love for me was wonderful,S 1Sa 18:1

more wonderful than that of women.

27 “How the mighty have fallen!

The weapons of war have perished!”S 1Sa 2:4

David Anointed King Over Judah

In the course of time, David inquiredS 1Sa 23:2, 11-12 of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.

The Lord said, “Go up.”

David asked, “Where shall I go?”

“To Hebron,”S Ge 13:18; S 23:19 the Lord answered.

So David went up there with his two wives,S 1Sa 25:43 Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail,S 1Sa 25:42 the widow of Nabal of Carmel.David also took the men who were with him,S 1Sa 27:2; 1Ch 12:22 each with his family, and they settled in HebronS Ge 13:18; 23:2; 37:14 and its towns.Then the men of Judah came to Hebron,S 1Sa 30:31 and there they anointedS 1Sa 2:35; 2Sa 5:3-5; 1Ch 12:23-40 David king over the tribe of Judah.

When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh GileadS Jdg 21:8; S 1Sa 11:1 who had buried Saul,he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord blessS Jdg 17:2; S 1Sa 23:21; 2Ti 1:16 you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness,Ex 34:6 and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.Now then, be strongS Jos 1:6; S Jdg 5:21 and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”

War Between the Houses of David and Saul3:2-5pp — 1Ch 3:1-4

Meanwhile, AbnerS 1Sa 14:50; S 2Sa 3:27 son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth2Sa 4:5; 1Ch 8:33; 9:39 son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.S Ge 32:2He made him king over Gilead,S Nu 32:26 AshuriS Jos 19:24-31 and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.1Ch 12:29

10 Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David.11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.2Sa 5:5

David Learns of Saul’s Death

After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag.On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.

“Where have you come from?” David asked.

“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.

“What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”

The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

“How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him.When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

“He responded, ‘Who are you?’

“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

“Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”

11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news.12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.

13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”

And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”

14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him.16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

David’s Song for Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan,18 and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is known as the Song of the Bow, and it is recorded in The Book of Jashar.Or The Book of the Upright.

19 Your pride and joy, O Israel, lies dead on the hills!

Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!

20 Don’t announce the news in Gath,

don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,

or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice

and the pagans will laugh in triumph.

21 O mountains of Gilboa,

let there be no dew or rain upon you,

nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;

the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.

22 The bow of Jonathan was powerful,

and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.

They shed the blood of their enemies

and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.

23 How beloved and gracious were Saul and Jonathan!

They were together in life and in death.

They were swifter than eagles,

stronger than lions.

24 O women of Israel, weep for Saul,

for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,

in garments decorated with gold.

25 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen in battle!

Jonathan lies dead on the hills.

26 How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!

Oh, how much I loved you!

And your love for me was deep,

deeper than the love of women!

27 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!

Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.

David Anointed King of Judah

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wivesand his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron.Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul,he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial.May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done.Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

Ishbosheth Proclaimed King of Israel

But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had already gone to Mahanaim with Saul’s son Ishbosheth.Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal.There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.

10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the people of Judah remained loyal to David.11 David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.

And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed.

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

And now the Lord shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

John 12:20-50

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Now there were some GreeksJn 7:35; Ac 11:20 among those who went up to worship at the festival.21 They came to Philip, who was from BethsaidaS Mt 11:21 in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hourS Mt 26:18 has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.Jn 13:32; 17:124 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,1Co 15:36 it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep itMt 10:39; Mk 8:35; Lk 14:26; 17:33 for eternal life.S Mt 25:4626 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.Jn 14:3; 17:24; 2Co 5:8; Php 1:23; 1Th 4:17 My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled,Mt 26:38, 39; Jn 11:33, 38; 13:21 and what shall I say? ‘Father,S Mt 11:25 save me from this hour’?ver 23 No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven,S Mt 3:17 “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit,Ex 19:9; Jn 11:42 not mine.31 Now is the time for judgment on this world;Jn 16:11 now the prince of this worldJn 14:30; 16:11; 2Co 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1Jn 4:4; 5:19 will be driven out.32 And I, when I am lifted upThe Greek for lifted up also means exalted. from the earth,ver 34; Isa 11:10; Jn 3:14; 8:28 will draw all people to myself.”Jn 6:4433 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.Jn 18:32; 21:19

34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the LawS Jn 10:34 that the Messiah will remain forever,Ps 110:4; Isa 9:7; Eze 37:25; Da 7:14 so how can you say, ‘The Son of ManS Mt 8:20 must be lifted up’?Jn 3:14 Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the lightver 46 just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light,Eph 5:8 before darkness overtakes you.1Jn 1:6; 2:11 Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”ver 46; S Lk 16:8 When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.Jn 8:59

Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signsS Jn 2:11 in their presence, they still would not believe in him.38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

“Lord, who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”Isaiah 53:1Isa 53:1; Ro 10:16

39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

40 “He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their hearts,

so they can neither see with their eyes,

nor understand with their hearts,

nor turn—and I would heal them.”Isaiah 6:10Isa 6:10; S Mt 13:13, 15

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ gloryIsa 6:1-4 and spoke about him.Lk 24:27

42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him.ver 11; Jn 7:48 But because of the PhariseesS Jn 7:13 they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;Jn 9:2243 for they loved human praise1Sa 15:30 more than praise from God.S Ro 2:29

44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.S Mt 10:40; Jn 5:2445 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.S Jn 14:946 I have come into the world as a light,S Jn 1:4 so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.S Jn 3:1748 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn themJn 5:45 at the last day.49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded meJn 14:31 to say all that I have spoken.50 I know that his command leads to eternal life.S Mt 25:46 So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”S Jn 14:24

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration21 paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.”22 Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. to enter into his glory.24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.26 Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!28 Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”29 When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.

30 Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine.31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

34 The crowd responded, “We understood from ScriptureGreek from the law. that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”

35 Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

The Unbelief of the People

37 But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:

Lord, who has believed our message?

To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”Isa 53:1.

39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,

40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes

and hardened their hearts—

so that their eyes cannot see,

and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and have me heal them.”Isa 6:10.

41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory.42 Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me.45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”

20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open for me the gatesS Ps 24:7 of the righteous;

I will enterPs 100:4 and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the LordPs 122:1-2

through which the righteous may enter.Ps 15:1-2; 24:3-4; Rev 22:14

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;S ver 5

you have become my salvation.Ps 27:1

22 The stoneIsa 8:14 the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;Isa 17:10; 19:13; 28:16; Zec 4:7; 10:4; Mt 21:42; Mk 12:10; Lk 20:17*; S Ac 4:11*; 1Pe 2:7*

23 the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelousMt 21:42*; Mk 12:11* in our eyes.

24 The Lord has done it this very day;

let us rejoice today and be glad.S Ps 70:4

25 Lord, save us!S Ps 28:9; 116:4

Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comesS Mt 11:3; 21:9*; 23:39*; Mk 11:9*; Lk 13:35*; 19:38*; Jn 12:13* in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.The Hebrew is plural.Ps 129:8

27 The Lord is God,S 1Ki 18:21

and he has made his light shinePs 27:1; Isa 58:10; 60:1, 19, 20; Mal 4:2; 1Pe 2:9 on us.

With boughs in hand,S Lev 23:40 join in the festal procession

upOr Bind the festal sacrifice with ropes / and take it to the horns of the altar.Ex 27:2

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;

you are my God,S Ge 28:21; S Ps 16:2; 63:1; Isa 25:1 and I will exaltS Ex 15:2 you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,

and I will go in and thank the Lord.

20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,

and the godly enter there.

21 I thank you for answering my prayer

and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected

has now become the cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing,

and it is wonderful to see.

24 This is the day the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Please, Lord, please save us.

Please, Lord, please give us success.

26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.

Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you!

You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Proverbs 15:27-28

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,

but the one who hates bribes will live.S Ex 23:8; S Ps 15:5; Isa 1:23; 33:15

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,S Pr 14:8

but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.S Ps 59:7

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,

but those who hate bribes will live.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;

the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

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