July 31st, 2019

Joseph of Arimathea

First Reading: 1 Sam. 16:1-23

David Anointed King

 1The LORD said to Samuel,(A) "How long will you grieve over Saul, since(B) I have rejected him from being king over Israel?(C) Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite,(D) for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." 2And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say,(E) 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.' 3And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do.(F) And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you." 4Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city(G) came to meet him trembling and said,(H) "Do you come peaceably?" 5And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.(I) Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

 6When they came, he looked on(J) Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him." 7But the LORD said to Samuel,(K) "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,(L) but the LORD looks on the heart." 8Then Jesse called(M) Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." 9Then Jesse made(N) Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." 10And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these." 11Then Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said,(O) "There remains yet the youngest,[a] but behold, he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse,(P) "Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here." 12And he sent and brought him in. Now he was(Q) ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said,(R) "Arise, anoint him, for this is he." 13Then Samuel took(S) the horn of oil(T) and anointed him in the midst of his brothers.(U) And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

David in Saul’s Service

 14(V) Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul,(W) and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him. 15And Saul’s servants said to him, "Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. 16Let our lord now command your servants(X) who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will(Y) play it, and you will be well." 17So Saul said to his servants, "Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me." 18One of the young men answered, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing,(Z) a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence,(AA) and the LORD is with him." 19Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me David your son,(AB) who is with the sheep." 20(AC) And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21And David came to Saul(AD) and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. 22And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight." 23And(AE) whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre(AF) and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

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Second Reading: Acts 25:13-27

Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice

 13Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying,(A) "There is a man left prisoner by Felix, 15and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case(B) against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16(C) I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone(D) before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 17(E) So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on(F) the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. 18When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 19Rather they(G) had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about(H) a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I(I) asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. 21But(J) when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of(K) the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar." 22Then(L) Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," said he, "you will hear him."

 23So on the next day(M) Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom(N) the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here,(O) shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25But I found that(P) he had done nothing deserving death. And(Q) as he himself appealed to(R) the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him."

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