For this cause he will have a heritage with the great, and he will have a part in the goods of war with the strong, because he gave up his life, and was numbered with the evil-doers taking on himself the sins of the people, and making prayer for the wrongdoers. Isaiah 53.12
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1 Samuel 3
1 Samuel 4
1 Samuel 5
1 Samuel 6
1 Samuel 7
Mark 10.1-31

1 Samuel 3


1
Now the young Samuel was the servant of the Lord before Eli. In those days the Lord kept his word secret from men there was no open vision.
2
And at that time, when Eli was resting in his place, (now his eyes were becoming clouded so that he was not able to see,)
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And the light of God was still burning, while Samuel was sleeping in the Temple of the Lord where the ark of God was,
4
The voice of the Lord said Samuel's name and he said, Here am I.
5
And running to Eli he said, Here am I, for you said my name. And Eli said, I did not say your name go to your rest again. So he went back to his bed.
6
And again the Lord said, Samuel. And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, Here am I for you certainly said my name. But he said in answer, I said nothing, my son go to your rest again.
7
Now at that time Samuel had no knowledge of the Lord, and the revelation of the word of the Lord had not come to him.
8
And for the third time the Lord said Samuel's name. And he got up and went to Eli and said, Here am I for you certainly said my name. Then it was clear to Eli that the voice which had said the child's name was the Lord's.
9
So Eli said to Samuel, Go back: and if the voice comes again, let your answer be, Say on, Lord for the ears of your servant are open. So Samuel went back to his bed.
10
Then the Lord came and said as before, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel made answer, Say on, Lord for the ears of your servant are open.
11
And the Lord said to Samuel, See, I will do a thing in Israel at which the ears of everyone hearing of it will be burning.
12
In that day I will do to Eli everything which I have said about his family, from first to last.
13
And you are to say to him that I will send punishment on his family for ever, for the sin which he had knowledge of because his sons have been cursing God and he had no control over them.
14
So I have made an oath to the family of Eli that no offering of meat or of meal which they may make will ever take away the sin of his family.
15
And Samuel kept where he was, not moving till the time came for opening the doors of the house of God in the morning. And fear kept him from giving Eli an account of his vision.
16
Then Eli said, Samuel, my son. And Samuel answering said, Here am I.
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And he said, What did the Lord say to you? Do not keep it from me: may God's punishment be on you if you keep from me anything he said to you.
18
Then Samuel gave him an account of everything, keeping nothing back. And he said, It is the Lord let him do what seems good to him.
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And Samuel became older, and the Lord was with him and let not one of his words be without effect.
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And it was clear to all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba that Samuel had been made a prophet of the Lord.
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And the Lord was seen again in Shiloh for the Lord gave to Samuel in Shiloh the revelation of his word.

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1 Samuel 4


1
Now at that time the Philistines came together to make war against Israel, and the men of Israel went out to war against the Philistines and took up their position at the side of Eben-ezer: and the Philistines put their forces in position in Aphek.
2
And the Philistines put their forces in order against Israel, and the fighting was hard, and Israel was overcome by the Philistines, who put to the sword about four thousand of their army in the field.
3
And when the people came back to their tents, the responsible men of Israel said, Why has the Lord let the Philistines overcome us today? Let us get the ark of the Lord's agreement here from Shiloh, so that it may be with us and give us salvation from the hands of those who are against us.
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So the people sent to Shiloh and got the ark of the agreement of the Lord of armies whose resting-place is between the winged ones and Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were there with the ark of God's agreement.
5
And when the ark of the Lord's agreement came into the tent-circle, all Israel gave a great cry, so that the earth was sounding with it.
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And the Philistines, hearing the noise of their cry, said, What is this great cry among the tents of the Hebrews? Then it became clear to them that the ark of the Lord had come to the tent-circle.
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And the Philistines, full of fear, said, God has come into their tents. And they said, Trouble is ours! for never before has such a thing been seen.
8
Trouble is ours! Who will give us salvation from the hands of these great gods? These are the gods who sent all sorts of blows on the Egyptians in the waste land.
9
Be strong, O Philistines, be men! Do not be servants to the Hebrews as they have been to you: go forward to the fight without fear.
10
So the Philistines went to the fight, and Israel was overcome, and every man went in flight to his tent: and great was the destruction, for thirty thousand footmen of Israel were put to the sword.
11
And the ark of God was taken and Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli, were put to the sword.
12
And a man of Benjamin went running from the fight and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothing out of order and earth on his head.
13
And when he came, Eli was seated by the wayside watching: and in his heart was fear for the ark of God. And when the man came into the town and gave the news, there was a great outcry.
14
And Eli, hearing the noise and the cries, said, What is the reason of this outcry? And the man came quickly and gave the news to Eli.
15
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were fixed so that he was not able to see.
16
And the man said to Eli, I have come from the army and have come in flight today from the fight. And he said, How did it go, my son?
17
And the man said, Israel went in flight from the Philistines, and there has been great destruction among the people, and your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been taken.
18
And at these words about the ark of God, Eli, falling back off his seat by the side of the doorway into the town, came down on the earth so that his neck was broken and death overtook him, for he was an old man and of great weight. He had been judging Israel for forty years.
19
And his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was with child and near the time when she would give birth and when she had the news that the ark of God had been taken and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, her pains came on her suddenly and she gave birth.
20
And when she was very near death the women who were with her said, Have no fear, for you have given birth to a son. But she made no answer and gave no attention to it.
21
And she gave the child the name of Ichabod, saying, The glory has gone from Israel: because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
22
And she said, The glory is gone from Israel, for the ark of God has been taken.

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1 Samuel 5


1
Now the Philistines, having taken the ark of God, took it with them from Eben-ezer to Ashdod.
2
They took the ark of God into the house of Dagon and put it by the side of Dagon.
3
And when the people of Ashdod got up early on the morning after, they saw that Dagon had come down to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon up and put him in his place again.
4
And when they got up early on the morning after, Dagon had come down to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord and his head and his hands were broken off on the doorstep only the base was in its place.
5
So to this day no priest of Dagon, or any who come into Dagon's house, will put his foot on the doorstep of the house of Dagon in Ashdod.
6
But the hand of the Lord was hard on the people of Ashdod and he sent disease on them through all the country of Ashdod.
7
And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, Let not the ark of the God of Israel be with us, for his hand is hard on us and on Dagon our god.
8
So they sent for all the lords of the Philistines to come together there, and said, What are we to do with the ark of the God of Israel? And their answer was, Let the ark of the God of Israel be taken away to Gath. So they took the ark of the God of Israel away.
9
But after they had taken it away, the hand of the Lord was stretched out against the town for its destruction: and the signs of disease came out on all the men of the town, small and great.
10
So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And when the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of the town made an outcry, saying, They have sent the ark of the God of Israel to us for the destruction of us and of our people.
11
So they sent and got together all the lords of the Philistines, and they said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its place, so that it may not be the cause of death to us and to our people: for there was a great fear of death through all the town the hand of God was very hard on them there.
12
And those men who were not overtaken by death were cruelly diseased: and the cry of the town went up to heaven.

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1 Samuel 6


1
Now the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines for seven months.
2
And the Philistines sent for the priests and those who were wise in secret arts, and said to them, What are we to do with the ark of the Lord? How are we to send it away to its place?
3
And they said, If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it without an offering, but send him a sin-offering with it: then you will have peace again, and it will be clear to you why the weight of his hand has not been lifted from you.
4
Then they said, What sin-offering are we to send to him? And they said, Five gold images of the growths caused by your disease and five gold mice, one for every lord of the Philistines: for the same disease came on you and on your lords.
5
So make images of the growths caused by your disease and of the mice which are damaging your land and give glory to the God of Israel: it may be that the weight of his hand will be lifted from you and from your gods and from your land.
6
Why do you make your hearts hard, like the hearts of Pharaoh and the Egyptians? When he had made sport of them, did they not let the people go, and they went away?
7
So now, take and make ready a new cart, and two cows which have never come under the yoke, and have the cows yoked to the cart, and take their young ones away from them:
8
And put the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the gold images which you are sending as a sin-offering in a chest by its side and send it away so that it may go.
9
If it goes by the land of Israel to Beth-shemesh, then this great evil is his work but if not, then we may be certain that the evil was not his doing, but was the working of chance.
10
And the men did so they took two cows, yoking them to the cart and shutting up their young ones in their living-place:
11
And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the chest with the gold images.
12
And the cows took the straight way, by the road to Beth-shemesh they went by the highway, not turning to the right or to the left, and the sound of their voices was clear on the road and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the edge of Beth-shemesh.
13
And the people of Beth-shemesh were cutting their grain in the valley, and lifting up their eyes they saw the ark and were full of joy when they saw it.
14
And the cart came into the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite, and came to a stop there by a great stone: and cutting up the wood of the cart they made a burned offering of the cows to the Lord.
15
Then the Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the chest in which were the gold images, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh made burned offerings and gave worship that day before the Lord.
16
And the five lords of the Philistines, having seen it, went back to Ekron the same day.
17
Now these are the gold images which the Philistines sent as a sin-offering to the Lord one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron
18
And the gold mice, one for every town of the Philistines, the property of the five lords, walled towns as well as country places: and the great stone where they put the ark of the Lord is still in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite to this day.
19
But the Lord sent destruction on seventy men of the people of Beth-shemesh for looking into the ark of the Lord and great was the sorrow of the people for the destruction which the Lord had sent on them.
20
And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to keep his place before the Lord, this holy God? and to whom may he go from us?
21
And they sent men to the people living in Kiriath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have sent back the ark of the Lord come and take it up to your country.

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1 Samuel 7


1
So the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the Lord to the house of Abinadab in Gibeah, and they made his son Eleazar holy and put the ark in his care.
2
And the ark was in Kiriath-jearim for a long time, as much as twenty years: and all Israel was searching after the Lord with weeping.
3
Then Samuel said to all Israel, If with all your hearts you would come back to the Lord, then put away all the strange gods and the Astartes from among you, and let your hearts be turned to the Lord, and be servants to him only: and he will make you safe from the hands of the Philistines.
4
So the children of Israel gave up the worship of Baal and Astarte, and became worshippers of the Lord only.
5
Then Samuel said, Let all Israel come to Mizpah and I will make prayer to the Lord for you.
6
So they came together to Mizpah, and got water, draining it out before the Lord, and they took no food that day, and they said, We have done evil against the Lord. And Samuel was judge of the children of Israel in Mizpah.
7
Now when the Philistines had news that the children of Israel had come together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And the children of Israel, hearing of it, were full of fear.
8
And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Go on crying to the Lord our God for us to make us safe from the hands of the Philistines.
9
And Samuel took a young lamb, offering all of it as a burned offering to the Lord and Samuel made prayers to the Lord for Israel and the Lord gave him an answer.
10
And while Samuel was offering the burned offering, the Philistines came near for the attack on Israel but at the thunder of the Lord's voice that day the Philistines were overcome with fear, and they gave way before Israel.
11
And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and went after the Philistines, attacking them till they came under Beth-car.
12
Then Samuel took a stone and put it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, naming it Eben-ezer, and saying, Up to now the Lord has been our help.
13
So the Philistines were overcome, and did not come into the country of Israel again: and all the days of Samuel the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines.
14
And the towns which the Philistines had taken were given back to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and all the country round them Israel made free from the power of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
15
And Samuel was judge of Israel all the days of his life.
16
From year to year he went in turn to Beth-el and Gilgal and Mizpah, judging Israel in all those places.
17
And his base was at Ramah, where his house was there he was judge of Israel and there he made an altar to the Lord.

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Mark 10

1-31
1
And he got up, and went into the country of Judaea on the other side of Jordan: and great numbers of people came together to him again and, as was his way, he gave them teaching.
2
And Pharisees came to him, testing him with the question, Is it right for a man to put away his wife?
3
And he said to them in answer, What did Moses say you were to do?
4
And they said to him, Moses let us give her a statement in writing, and be free from her.
5
But Jesus said to them, Because of your hard hearts he gave you this law.
6
But from the first, male and female made he them.
7
For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife
8
And the two will become one flesh so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9
Let not that which has been joined together by God be parted by man.
10
And in the house the disciples put questions to him again about this thing.
11
And he said to them, Whoever puts away his wife and takes another, is false to his wife
12
And if she herself puts away her husband and takes another, she is false to her husband.
13
And they took to him little children, so that he might put his hands on them: and the disciples said sharp words to them.
14
And when Jesus saw it, he was angry, and said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not keep them away for of such is the kingdom of God.
15
Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all.
16
And he took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing, putting his hands on them.
17
And while he was going out into the way, a man came running to him, and went down on his knees, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?
18
And Jesus said to him, Why do you say I am good? no one is good but one, and that is God.
19
You have knowledge of what is said in the law, Do not put any one to death, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Do not get money by deceit, Give honour to your father and mother.
20
And he said to him, Master, all these laws I have kept from the time when I was young.
21
And Jesus, looking on him and loving him, said, There is one thing needed: go, get money for your goods, and give it to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven: and come with me.
22
But his face became sad at the saying, and he went away sorrowing: for he was one who had much property.
23
And Jesus, looking round about, said to his disciples, How hard it is for those who have wealth to come into the kingdom of God!
24
And the disciples were full of wonder at his words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who put faith in wealth to come into the kingdom of God!
25
It is simpler for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a man of wealth to come into the kingdom of God.
26
And they were greatly surprised, saying to him, Who then may have salvation?
27
Jesus, looking on them, said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God.
28
Peter said to him, See, we have given up everything, and come after you.
29
Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news,
30
Who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land--though with great troubles and, in the world to come, eternal life.
31
But a great number who are first will be last: and those who are last will be first.

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