July 21st, 2016


First Reading: 1 Sam. 4:1-22

Philistines Take the Ark in Victory

 1Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside (A)Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in (B)Aphek.

 2The Philistines drew up in battle array to meet Israel. When the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield.

 3When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, "(C)Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? (D)Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies."

 4So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts (E)who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

 5As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, (F)all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded.

 6When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, "What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp.

 7The Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp." And they said, "(G)Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.

 8"Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.

 9"(H)Take courage and be men, O Philistines, or you will become slaves to the Hebrews, (I)as they have been slaves to you; therefore, be men and fight."

 10So the Philistines fought and (J)Israel was defeated, and (K)every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers.

 11And the ark of God was taken; and (L)the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

 12Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with (M)his clothes torn and dust on his head.

 13When he came, behold, (N)Eli was sitting on his seat by the road eagerly watching, because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. So the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out.

 14When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, "What does the noise of this commotion mean?" Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

 15Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and (O)his eyes were set so that he could not see.

 16The man said to Eli, "I am the one who came from the battle line. Indeed, I escaped from the battle line today." And he said, "(P)How did things go, my son?"

 17Then the one who brought the news replied, "Israel has fled before the Philistines and there has also been a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been taken."

 18When he mentioned the ark of God, (Q)Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.

 19Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas's wife, was pregnant and about to give birth; and when she heard the news that the ark of God was taken and that her father-in-law and her husband had died, she kneeled down and gave birth, for her pains came upon her.

 20And about the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, "(R)Do not be afraid, for you have given birth to a son." But she did not answer or pay attention.

 21And she called the boy [a]Ichabod, saying, "(S)The glory has departed from Israel," because (T)the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.

 22She said, "The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken."

Footnotes:1 Samuel 4:21 I.e. No glory
Cross references:1 Samuel 4:1 : 1 Sam 7:12 1 Samuel 4:1 : Josh 12:18; 1 Sam 29:1 1 Samuel 4:3 : Josh 7:7, 8 1 Samuel 4:3 : Num 10:35; Josh 6:6 1 Samuel 4:4 : Ex 25:22; 2 Sam 6:2; Ps 80:1 1 Samuel 4:5 : Josh 6:5, 20 1 Samuel 4:7 : Ex 15:14 1 Samuel 4:9 : 1 Cor 16:13 1 Samuel 4:9 : Judg 13:1; 1 Sam 14:21 1 Samuel 4:10 : Deut 28:15, 25; 1 Sam 4:2 1 Samuel 4:10 : 2 Sam 18:17; 19:8; 2 Kin 14:12; 2 Chr 25:22 1 Samuel 4:11 : 1 Sam 2:34; Ps 78:56-64 1 Samuel 4:12 : Josh 7:6; 2 Sam 1:2; 15:32; Neh 9:1; Job 2:12 1 Samuel 4:13 : 1 Sam 1:9; 4:18 1 Samuel 4:15 : 1 Sam 3:2; 1 Kin 14:4 1 Samuel 4:16 : 2 Sam 1:4 1 Samuel 4:18 : 1 Sam 4:13 1 Samuel 4:20 : Gen 35:16-19 1 Samuel 4:21 : Ps 26:8; Jer 2:11 1 Samuel 4:21 : 1 Sam 4:11

Second Reading: Acts 16:23-40

 23When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding (A)the jailer to guard them securely;

 24and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in (B)the stocks.

 25But about midnight (C)Paul and Silas were praying and (D)singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

 26and suddenly (E)there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately (F)all the doors were opened and everyone's (G)chains were unfastened.

 27When (H)the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about (I)to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

 28But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!"

 29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before (J)Paul and Silas,

 30and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, (K)what must I do to be saved?"

The Jailer Converted
 31They said, "(L)Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and (M)your household."

 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.

 33And he took them (N)that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.

 34And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with (O)his whole household.

 35Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, "Release those men."

 36And (P)the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The chief magistrates have sent to release you Therefore come out now and go (Q)in peace."

 37But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us in public without trial, (R)men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out."

 38The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. (S)They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans,

 39and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them (T)to leave the city.

 40They went out of the prison and entered the house of (U)Lydia, and when they saw (V)the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

Cross references:Acts 16:23 : Acts 16:27, 36 Acts 16:24 : Job 13:27; 33:11; Jer 20:2; 29:26 Acts 16:25 : Acts 16:19 Acts 16:25 : Eph 5:19 Acts 16:26 : Acts 4:31 Acts 16:26 : Acts 12:10 Acts 16:26 : Acts 12:7 Acts 16:27 : Acts 16:23, 36 Acts 16:27 : Acts 12:19 Acts 16:29 : Acts 16:19 Acts 16:30 : Acts 2:37; 22:10 Acts 16:31 : Mark 16:16 Acts 16:31 : Acts 11:14; 16:15 Acts 16:33 : Acts 16:25 Acts 16:34 : Acts 11:14; 16:15 Acts 16:36 : Acts 16:27 Acts 16:36 : Acts 15:33 Acts 16:37 : Acts 22:25-29 Acts 16:38 : Acts 22:29 Acts 16:39 : Matt 8:34 Acts 16:40 : Acts 16:14 Acts 16:40 : Acts 1:15; 16:2


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