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1 Samuel chapter 23

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When David was told, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,"
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he inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" The LORD answered him, "Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah."
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But David's men said to him, "Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!"
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Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, "Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand."
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So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah.
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(Now Abiathar son of Ahimelech had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)
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Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, "God has handed him over to me, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars."
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And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.
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When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod."
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David said, "O LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me.
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Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant." And the LORD said, "He will."
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Again David asked, "Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?" And the LORD said, "They will."
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So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.
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David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
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While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life.
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And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.
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"Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."
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The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.
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The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon?
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Now, O king, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for handing him over to the king."
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Saul replied, "The LORD bless you for your concern for me.
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Go and make further preparation. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty.
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Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information. Then I will go with you; if he is in the area, I will track him down among all the clans of Judah."
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So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.
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Saul and his men began the search, and when David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Desert of Maon. When Saul heard this, he went into the Desert of Maon in pursuit of David.
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Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them,
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a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land."
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Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.
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And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi.

Psalm chapter 31

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For the director of music. A psalm of David. In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
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Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
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Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
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Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
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Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.
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I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the LORD.
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I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
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You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.
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Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
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My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
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Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.
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I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
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For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.
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But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
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My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.
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Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
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Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave.
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Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
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How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
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In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.
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Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
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In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.
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Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.
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Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm chapter 54

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For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?" Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might.
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Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.
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Strangers are attacking me; ruthless men seek my life-- men without regard for God. Selah
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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
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Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.
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I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.
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For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Matthew chapter 7

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"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
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For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
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"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
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How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
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You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
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"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
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"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
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For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
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"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
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Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
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If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
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So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
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"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
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But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
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"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
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By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
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Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
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A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
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Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
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Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
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"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
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Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
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Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
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"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
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The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
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But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
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The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
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When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
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because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
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