The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday May 14, 2018 (NIV)

1 Samuel 15-16

Saul Rejected as King

15 Samuel told Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over his people Israel.(A) Now, listen to the words of the Lord. This is what the Lord of Armies says: ‘I witnessed[a] what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt.(B) Now go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have.(C) Do not spare them. Kill men and women, infants and nursing babies, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”(D)

Then Saul summoned the troops and counted them at Telaim: two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah. Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the wadi. He warned the Kenites,(E) “Since you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came out of Egypt,(F) go on and leave! Get away from the Amalekites, or I’ll sweep you away with them.” So the Kenites withdrew from the Amalekites.

Then Saul struck down the Amalekites(G) from Havilah(H) all the way to Shur,(I) which is next to Egypt. He captured King Agag(J) of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.(K) Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and choice animals,[b] as well as the young rams and the best of everything else. They were not willing to destroy them, but they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things.

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, 11 “I regret that I made Saul king,(L) for he has turned away from following me and has not carried out my instructions.”(M) So Samuel became angry and cried out to the Lord all night.(N)

12 Early in the morning Samuel got up to confront Saul, but it was reported to Samuel, “Saul went to Carmel(O) where he set up a monument for himself. Then he turned around and went down to Gilgal.”(P) 13 When Samuel came to him, Saul said, “May the Lord bless you.(Q) I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”

14 Samuel replied, “Then what is this sound of sheep, goats,[c] and cattle I hear?”

15 Saul answered, “The troops brought them from the Amalekites and spared the best sheep, goats, and cattle in order to offer a sacrifice to the Lord your God,(R) but the rest we destroyed.”(S)

16 “Stop!” exclaimed Samuel. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”

“Tell me,” he replied.

17 Samuel continued, “Although you once considered yourself unimportant,(T) have you not become the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel 18 and then sent you on a mission and said: ‘Go and completely destroy the sinful Amalekites. Fight against them until you have annihilated them.’ 19 So why didn’t you obey the Lord? Why did you rush on the plunder(U) and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?”

20 “But I did obey the Lord!” Saul answered.[d] “I went on the mission the Lord gave me: I brought back King Agag of Amalek, and I completely destroyed the Amalekites. 21 The troops took sheep, goats, and cattle from the plunder—the best of what was set apart for destruction—to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”(V)

22 Then Samuel said:

Does the Lord(W) take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.(X)
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,(Y)
and defiance is like wickedness(Z) and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.(AA)

24 Saul answered Samuel, “I have sinned.(AB) I have transgressed the Lord’s command(AC) and your words. Because I was afraid of the people, I obeyed them. 25 Now therefore, please forgive my sin(AD) and return with me so I can worship the Lord.”

26 Samuel replied to Saul, “I will not return with you. Because you rejected the word of the Lord,(AE) the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” 27 When Samuel turned to go, Saul grabbed the corner of his robe, and it tore. 28 Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingship of Israel away from you today(AF) and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.(AG) 29 Furthermore, the Eternal One of Israel(AH) does not lie or change his mind, for he is not man who changes his mind.”(AI)

30 Saul said, “I have sinned. Please honor me(AJ) now before the elders of my people and before Israel. Come back with me so I can bow in worship to the Lord your God.”(AK) 31 Then Samuel went back, following Saul, and Saul bowed down to the Lord.

32 Samuel said, “Bring me King Agag of Amalek.”

Agag came to him trembling,[e] for he thought, “Certainly the bitterness of death has come.”[f][g]

33 Samuel declared:

As your sword has made women childless,
so your mother will be childless among women.(AL)

Then he hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.

34 Samuel went to Ramah,(AM) and Saul went up to his home in Gibeah(AN) of Saul. 35 Even to the day of his death, Samuel never saw Saul again.(AO) Samuel mourned for Saul,(AP) and the Lord regretted he had made Saul king over Israel.

Samuel Anoints David

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long are you going to mourn for Saul,(AQ) since I have rejected him as king over Israel?(AR) Fill your horn with oil(AS) and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem(AT) because I have selected a king from his sons.”

Samuel asked, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!”

The Lord answered, “Take a young cow with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’(AU) Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do.(AV) You are to anoint for me the one I indicate to you.”(AW)

Samuel did what the Lord directed and went to Bethlehem.(AX) When the elders of the town met him, they trembled[h] and asked, “Do[i] you come in peace?”(AY)

“In peace,” he replied. “I’ve come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves(AZ) and come with me to the sacrifice.”[j] Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab(BA) and said, “Certainly the Lord’s anointed one is here before him.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees,[k] for humans see what is visible,[l] but the Lord sees the heart.”(BB)

Jesse called Abinadab(BC) and presented him to Samuel. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said. Then Jesse presented Shammah,(BD) but Samuel said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel asked him, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,”(BE) he answered, “but right now he’s tending the sheep.” Samuel told Jesse, “Send for him. We won’t sit down to eat until he gets here.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy,[m] handsome appearance.(BF)

Then the Lord said, “Anoint him, for he is the one.”(BG) 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him(BH) in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on David from that day forward.(BI) Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.

David in Saul’s Court

14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul,(BJ) and an evil spirit sent from the Lord began to torment him, 15 so Saul’s servants said to him, “You see that an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command your servants here in your presence to look for someone who knows how to play the lyre. Whenever the evil spirit from God comes on you, that person can play the lyre, and you will feel better.”(BK)

17 Then Saul commanded his servants, “Find me someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

18 One of the young men answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is also a valiant man,(BL) a warrior, eloquent, handsome, and the Lord is with him.”(BM)

19 Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a wineskin, and one young goat and sent them by his son David to Saul.(BN) 21 When David came to Saul(BO) and entered his service, Saul loved him very much, and David became his armor-bearer. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse: “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor with me.” 23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul,(BP) David would pick up his lyre and play, and Saul would then be relieved, feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.


  1. 15:2 LXX reads I will avenge
  2. 15:9 Lit and the second ones
  3. 15:14 Lit sheep in my ears
  4. 15:20 Lit answered Samuel
  5. 15:32 Hb obscure
  6. 15:32 LXX reads “Is death bitter in this way?”
  7. 15:32 Lit turned
  8. 16:4 LXX reads were astonished
  9. 16:4 DSS, LXX read “Seer, do
  10. 16:5 LXX reads and rejoice with me today
  11. 16:7 LXX reads God does not see as a man sees
  12. 16:7 Lit for the man sees according to the eyes
  13. 16:12 Or ruddy

Cross references:

  1. 15:1 : 1Sm 9:16
  2. 15:2 : Ex 17:8-16; Nm 24:20; Dt 25:17-19
  3. 15:3 : Nm 24:20; Dt 20:16-18
  4. 15:3 : Jos 6:17-21; 1Sm 22:19
  5. 15:6 : Jdg 1:16; 4:11
  6. 15:6 : Ex 18:9-10; Nm 10:29-32
  7. 15:7 : 1Sm 14:48
  8. 15:7 : Gn 16:7; 25:17-18
  9. 15:7 : Ex 15:22; 1Sm 27:8
  10. 15:8 : Nm 24:7; Est 3:1
  11. 15:8 : 1Sm 27:8; 30:1; 2Sm 8:12
  12. 15:11 : Gn 6:6-7; Ex 32:14; 2Sm 24:16
  13. 15:11 : 1Kg 9:6-7
  14. 15:11 : Ex 32:11-13; Lk 6:12
  15. 15:12 : Jos 15:55; 1Sm 25:2
  16. 15:12 : 1Sm 13:13-14
  17. 15:13 : Gn 14:19; 2Sm 2:5
  18. 15:15 : Gn 3:12-13
  19. 15:14-15 : Ex 32:21-24
  20. 15:17 : 1Sm 9:21
  21. 15:19 : 1Sm 14:32
  22. 15:21 : Ex 32:22-23
  23. 15:22 : Ps 40:6-8; 51:16-17; Is 1:11-15; Mc 6:6-8
  24. 15:22 : Heb 10:5-7
  25. 15:23 : Dt 18:10
  26. 15:23 : Gn 31:19,34
  27. 15:23 : 1Sm 8:7
  28. 15:24 : Nm 22:34; 2Sm 12:13; Ps 51:3-4
  29. 15:24 : Pr 29:25; Is 51:12-13
  30. 15:25 : Ex 10:17
  31. 15:26 : 1Sm 13:14; 16:1
  32. 15:28 : 1Sm 28:17-18
  33. 15:27-28 : 1Kg 11:30-36
  34. 15:29 : 1Ch 29:11; Ps 18:1-2
  35. 15:29 : Nm 23:19; Ezk 24:14
  36. 15:30 : Jn 12:43
  37. 15:30 : Is 29:13
  38. 15:33 : Gn 9:6; Jdg 1:7; Mt 7:2
  39. 15:34 : 1Sm 7:17
  40. 15:34 : 1Sm 11:4
  41. 15:35 : 1Sm 19:24
  42. 15:35 : 1Sm 16:1
  43. 16:1 : 1Sm 15:35
  44. 16:1 : 1Sm 13:13-14; 15:23
  45. 16:1 : 1Sm 9:16; 10:1; 2Kg 9:1
  46. 16:1 : Ru 4:17-22
  47. 16:2 : 1Sm 20:29
  48. 16:3 : Ex 4:15; Ac 9:6
  49. 16:3 : Dt 17:14-15; 1Sm 9:16
  50. 16:4 : Gn 48:7; Lk 2:4
  51. 16:4 : 1Kg 2:13; 2Kg 9:22; 1Ch 12:17-18
  52. 16:5 : Gn 35:2; Ex 19:10
  53. 16:6 : 1Sm 17:13
  54. 16:7 : 1Kg 8:39; Jr 17:10; Lk 16:15; Jn 2:24-25
  55. 16:8 : 1Sm 17:13
  56. 16:9 : 1Sm 17:13
  57. 16:11 : 1Sm 17:12; 2Sm 13:3
  58. 16:12 : 1Sm 17:42
  59. 16:12 : 1Sm 9:17
  60. 16:13 : 1Sm 10:1
  61. 16:13 : Ps 51:10-12; Ezk 36:27; Ac 2:1-17
  62. 16:14 : 1Sm 11:6; 18:12; 28:15
  63. 16:16 : 1Sm 18:10; 19:9; 2Kg 3:15
  64. 16:18 : 1Sm 17:32-36
  65. 16:18 : 1Sm 3:19; 18:12-14
  66. 16:20 : 1Sm 10:4,27; Pr 18:16
  67. 16:21 : Gn 41:46; Pr 22:29
  68. 16:23 : 1Sm 16:14-16
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John 8:1-20

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.(A)

An Adulteress Forgiven

At dawn he went to the temple(B) again, and all the people were coming to him.(C) He sat down(D) and began to teach them.

Then the scribes and the Pharisees(E) brought a woman caught in adultery,(F) making her stand in the center. “Teacher,” they said to him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery.(G) In the law Moses(H) commanded us to stone such women.(I) So what do you say?” They asked this to trap him,(J) in order that they might have evidence to accuse him.

Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with his finger. When they persisted in questioning him, he stood up and said to them, “The one without sin(K) among you(L) should be the first to throw a stone at her.”(M) Then he stooped down again and continued writing on the ground. When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only he was left, with the woman in the center. 10 When Jesus stood up, he said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, Lord,”[a] she answered.

“Neither do I condemn you,”(N) said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”]

The Light of the World

12 Jesus spoke to them again: “I am(O) the light(P) of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”(Q)

13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”

14 “Even if I testify about myself,” Jesus replied, “My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going.(R) 15 You judge(S) by human standards.[b](T) I judge no one.(U) 16 And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.(V) 17 Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.(W) 18 I am the one who testifies(X) about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your Father?”

“You know neither me nor my Father,”(Y) Jesus answered. “If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”(Z) 20 He spoke these words by the treasury,(AA) while teaching in the temple. But no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.


  1. 8:11 Or Sir; Jn 4:15,49; 5:7; 6:34; 9:36
  2. 8:15 Lit You judge according to the flesh
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Psalm 110

Psalm 110

The Priestly King

A psalm of David.

This is the declaration of the Lord
to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”(A)
The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion.
Rule[a] over your surrounding[b] enemies.(B)
Your people will volunteer
on your day of battle.[c](C)
In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn,
the dew of your youth belongs to you.[d](D)
The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“You are a priest forever
according to the pattern of Melchizedek.”(E)

The Lord is at your right hand;
he will crush kings on the day of his anger.(F)
He will judge the nations, heaping up corpses;(G)
he will crush leaders over the entire world.(H)
He will drink from the brook by the road;(I)
therefore, he will lift up his head.(J)


  1. 110:2 One Hb ms, LXX, Tg read You will rule
  2. 110:2 Lit Rule in the midst of your
  3. 110:3 Lit power
  4. 110:3 Hb obscure
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Proverbs 15:8-10

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord,(A)
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.(B)

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.(C)

10 Discipline is harsh for the one who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.

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