July 21st, 2016


First Reading: 1 Sam. 4:1-22

The Philistines Capture the Ark

 1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.


   Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at(A) Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at(B) Aphek. 2The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. 3And when the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here(C) from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies." 4So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts,(D) who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

 5As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel(E) gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. 6And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, "What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp, 7the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "A god has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. 8Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness. 9(F) Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews(G) as they have been to you; be men and fight."

 10So the Philistines fought,(H) and Israel was defeated,(I) and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11(J) And the ark of God was captured,(K) and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

The Death of Eli

 12A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day,(L) with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. 13When he arrived,(M) Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out. 14When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, "What is this uproar?" Then the man hurried and came and told Eli. 15Now Eli was ninety-eight years old(N) and his eyes were set so that he could not see. 16And the man said to Eli, "I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today." And he said,(O) "How did it go, my son?" 17He who brought the news answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured." 18As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backward(P) from his seat by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.

 19Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. And when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her. 20And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her,(Q) "Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son." But she did not answer or pay attention. 21And she named the child(R) Ichabod, saying,(S) "The glory has departed[a] from Israel!" because(T) the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 22And she said, "The glory has departed from Israel,(U) for the ark of God has been captured."

Footnotes:1 Samuel 4:21 Or gone into exile; also verse 22
Cross references:1 Samuel 4:1 : 1 Samuel 5:1; 7:12 1 Samuel 4:1 : 1 Samuel 29:1; Josh 12:18 1 Samuel 4:3 : Josh 18:1 1 Samuel 4:4 : Exodus 25:22; 2 Sam 6:2; Psalm 80:1; 99:1; Num 7:89 1 Samuel 4:5 : Josh 6:5, 20 1 Samuel 4:9 : 2 Sam 10:12; 1 Cor 16:13 1 Samuel 4:9 : Judg 13:1 1 Samuel 4:10 : 1 Samuel 4:2; Psalm 78:62; Lev 26:17; Deut 28:25 1 Samuel 4:10 : 2 Sam 18:17; 19:8; 2 Kgs 14:12; 2 Chr 25:22 1 Samuel 4:11 : 1 Samuel 2:32; Psalm 78:60, 61 1 Samuel 4:11 : 1 Samuel 2:34; Psalm 78:64 1 Samuel 4:12 : Josh 7:6 1 Samuel 4:13 : 1 Samuel 4:18; 1 Samuel 1:9 1 Samuel 4:15 : 1 Kgs 14:4; 1 Samuel 3:2 1 Samuel 4:16 : 2 Sam 1:4 1 Samuel 4:18 : 1 Samuel 4:13 1 Samuel 4:20 : Gen 35:17 1 Samuel 4:21 : 1 Samuel 14:3 1 Samuel 4:21 : Psalm 78:61; Psalm 26:8 1 Samuel 4:21 : 1 Samuel 4:11 1 Samuel 4:22 : 1 Samuel 4:21

Second Reading: Acts 16:23-40

23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24Having received this order, he put them into the inner(A) prison and fastened their feet in(B) the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted
 25(C) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly(D) there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately(E) all the doors were opened, and(F) everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and(G) was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." 29And the jailer[a] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he(H) fell down before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs,(I) what must I do to be(J) saved?" 31And they said,(K) "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you(L) and your household." 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them(M) the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he(N) was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he(O) rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

 35But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go." 36And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace." 37But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly,(P) uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out." 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and(Q) they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and(R) asked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited(S) Lydia. And when they had seen(T) the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

Footnotes:Acts 16:29 Greek he
Cross references:Acts 16:24 : Luke 21:12 Acts 16:24 : Job 13:27; 33:11; Jer 20:2, 3; 29:26 Acts 16:25 : Job 35:10; Psalm 42:8; 77:6; 119:62 Acts 16:26 : Acts 4:31 Acts 16:26 : Acts 5:19; 12:10 Acts 16:26 : Acts 12:7 Acts 16:27 : Acts 12:19; 27:42; 1 Kgs 20:39 Acts 16:29 : Acts 10:25 Acts 16:30 : Acts 2:37; 22:10; Luke 3:10, 12, 14; John 6:28, 29 Acts 16:30 : Acts 16:17 Acts 16:31 : Mark 16:16 Acts 16:31 : Acts 11:14 Acts 16:33 : Acts 16:25 Acts 16:33 : Acts 8:12 Acts 16:34 : Psalm 9:14; 13:5; Isa 25:9; Luke 1:47; 1 Pet 1:6, 8; Acts 2:46 Acts 16:37 : Acts 22:25, 29 Acts 16:38 : Acts 16:37 Acts 16:39 : Matt 8:34 Acts 16:40 : Acts 16:14 Acts 16:40 : John 21:23


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