1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from the Philistines, and they fell down wounded on mount Gilboa.
2 And when the Philistines had draw near, pursuing Saul and his sons, they struck down Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
3 And the battle grew heavy against Saul. And the archers found him, and they wounded him with arrows.
4 And Saul said to his armor bearer: “Unsheathe your sword and kill me. Otherwise, these uncircumcised men may arrive and mock me.” But his armor bearer was not willing, having been struck with fear. And so, Saul took hold of his sword, and he fell upon it.
5 And when his armor bearer had seen this, specifically, that Saul was dead, he now fell on his sword also, and he died.
6 Therefore, Saul died, and his three sons passed away, and his entire house fell, together.
7 And when the men of Israel who were living in the plains had seen this, they fled. And since Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and were dispersed, here and there. And the Philistines arrived and lived among them.
8 Then, on the next day, when the Philistines were taking away the spoils of the slain, they found Saul and his sons, lying on mount Gilboa.
9 And when they had despoiled him, and had cut off his head, and had stripped his armor, they sent these things into their land, so that they would be carried around and displayed in the temples of the idols and to the people.
10 But his armor they consecrated in the shrine of their god, and his head they affixed in the temple of Dagon.
11 When the men of Jabesh Gilead had heard this, specifically, all that the Philistines had done concerning Saul,
12 each one of the valiant men rose up, and they took the bodies of Saul and of his sons. And they brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak that was in Jabesh. And they fasted for seven days.
13 Thus did Saul die for his iniquities, because he betrayed the commandment of the Lord which he had instructed, and did not keep it. And moreover, he even consulted a woman diviner;
14 for he did not trust in the Lord. Because of this, he caused his death, and he transferred his kingdom to David, the son of Jesse.
1 Then all of Israel was gathered to David at Hebron, saying: “We are your bone and your flesh.
2 Also, yesterday and the day before, when Saul still reigned, you were the one who led out and brought in Israel. For the Lord your God said to you: ‘You shall pasture my people Israel, and you shall be the leader over them.’ “
3 Therefore, all those greater by birth of Israel went to the king at Hebron. And David formed a pact with them before the Lord. And they anointed him king over Israel, in accord with the word of the Lord, which he spoke by the hand of Samuel.
4 Then David and all of Israel went to Jerusalem. The same is Jebus, where the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were.
5 And those who were living in Jebus said to David: “You shall not enter here.” But David seized the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David.
6 And he said, “Whoever shall strike the Jebusites first, shall be ruler and commander.” And so Joab, the son of Zeruiah, ascended first, and he was made the leader.
7 Then David lived in the stronghold, and for this reason it was called the City of David.
8 And he built up the city all around, from Millo even to every side. But Joab built the rest of the city.
9 And David continued advancing and increasing, and the Lord of hosts was with him.
10 These are the leaders of the strong men of David, who assisted him, so that he would become king over all of Israel, in accord with the word of the Lord, which he spoke to Israel.
11 And this is the number of the robust of David: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, leader among the thirty. He lifted up his spear over three hundred, who were wounded at one time.
12 And after him, there was Eleazar, the son of his uncle, an Ahohite, who was among the three powerful ones.
13 He was with David in Pasdammim, when the Philistines were gathered to that place for battle. Now the field of that region was full of barley, but the people had fled from the face of the Philistines.
14 These men stood in the midst of the field, and they defended it. And when they had struck down the Philistines, the Lord gave a great salvation to his people.
15 Then three from the thirty leaders descended to the rock where David was, to the cave of Adullam, when the Philistines had made camp in the Valley of the Rephaim.
16 Now David was in a stronghold, and a garrison of the Philistines was in Bethlehem.
17 And then David desired and said, “O if only someone would give me water from the well of Bethlehem, which is at the gate!”
18 Therefore, these three broke through to the midst of the camp of the Philistines, and they drew water from the well of Bethlehem, which was at the gate. And they took it to David, so that he might drink. But he was not willing; and instead, he offered it as a libation to the Lord,
19 saying: “Far be it from me, that I would do this in the sight of my God, and that I would drink the blood of these men. For at the peril of their own lives, they brought the water to me.” And for this reason, he was not willing to drink. The three most powerful accomplished these things.
20 Also, Abishai, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred, who were wounded. And he was most renown among the three,
21 and he was famous among the second three and their leader. Yet truly, he did not reach as far as the first three.
22 Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, from Kabzeel, was a very mature man, who had accomplished many deeds. He struck down the two lions of God from Moab. And he descended and killed a lion in the middle of a pit, in the time of snow.
23 And he struck down an Egyptian man, whose stature was five cubits, and who had a spear like a weaver’s beam. And yet he descended to him with a staff. And he seized the spear that he was holding in his hand. And he killed him with his own spear.
24 These things were done by Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who was most renowned among the three robust ones,
25 the first among the thirty. Yet truly, he did not reach as far as the three. Then David placed him beside his ear.
26 Moreover, the strongest men of the army were Asahel, the brother of Joab; and Elhanan, the son of his uncle, from Bethlehem;
27 Shammoth, a Harorite; Helez, a Pelonite;
28 Ira, the son of Ikkesh, a Tekoite; Abiezer, an Anathothite;
29 Sibbecai, a Hushathite; Ilai, an Ahohite;
30 Maharai, a Netophathite; Heled, the son of Baanah, a Netophathite;
31 Ithai, the son of Ribai, from Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin; Benaiah, a Pirathonite;
32 Hurai, from the torrent Gaash; Abiel, an Arbathite; Azmaveth, a Baharumite; Eliahba, a Shaalbonite.
33 The sons of Hashem, a Gizonite: Jonathan, the son of Shagee, a Hararite;
34 Ahiam, the son of Sachar, a Hararite;
35 Eliphal, the son of Ur;
36 Hepher, a Mecherathite; Ahijah, a Pelonite;
37 Hezro, a Carmelite; Naharai, the son of Ezbai;
38 Joel, the brother of Nathan; Mibhar, the son of Hagri;
39 Zelek, an Ammonite; Naarai, a Beerothite, the armor bearer of Joab, the son of Zeruiah;
40 Ira, an Ithrite; Gareb, an Ithrite;
41 Uriah, a Hittite; Zabad, the son of Ahlai;
42 Adina, the son of Shiza, a Reubenite, the leader of the Reubenites, and thirty who were with him;
43 Hanan, the son of Maacah; and Joshaphat, a Mithnite;
44 Uzzia, an Ashterathite; Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham, an Aroerite;
45 Jediael, the son of Shimri; and Joha, his brother, a Tizite;
46 Eliel, a Mahavite; and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam; and Ithmah, a Moabite; Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel from Mezobaite.
56 Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven: praiseworthy and glorious forever.
57 All works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
58 Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
59 Heaven, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
60 All waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
61 All powers of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
62 Sun and moon, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
63 Stars of heaven, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
64 Every rain and dew, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
65 Every breath of God, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
66 Fire and steam, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
67 Cold and heat, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
68 Dews and frost, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
69 Sleet and winter, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
70 Ice and snow, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
71 Nights and days, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
72 Light and darkness, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
73 Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
74 May the land bless the Lord: and praise and exalt him above all forever.
75 Mountains and hills, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
76 All things that grow in the land, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.
1 A psalm of a canticle on the sabbath day.
2 It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High.
3 To shew forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night:
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called as an Apostle, separated for the Gospel of God,
2 which he had promised beforehand, through his Prophets, in the Holy Scriptures,
3 about his Son, who was made for him from the offspring of David according to the flesh,
4 the Son of God, who was predestined in virtue according to the Spirit of sanctification from the resurrection of the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 through whom we have received grace and Apostleship, for the sake of his name, for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles,
6 from whom you also have been called by Jesus Christ:
7 To all who are at Rome, the beloved of God, called as saints. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 Certainly, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, first for all of you, because your faith is being announced throughout the entire world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit by the Gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I have kept a remembrance of you
10 always in my prayers, pleading that in some way, at some time, I may have a prosperous journey, within the will of God, to come to you.
11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you a certain spiritual grace to strengthen you,
12 specifically, to be consoled together with you through that which is mutual: your faith and mine.
13 But I want you to know, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you, (though I have been hindered even to the present time) so that I might obtain some fruit among you also, just as also among the other Gentiles.
14 To the Greeks and to the uncivilized, to the wise and to the foolish, I am in debt.
15 So within me there is a prompting to evangelize to you also who are at Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation for all believers, the Jew first, and the Greek.
17 For the justice of God is revealed within it, by faith unto faith, just as it was written: “For the just one lives by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven over every impiety and injustice among those men who fend off the truth of God with injustice.
19 For what is known about God is manifest in them. For God has manifested it to them.
20 For unseen things about him have been made conspicuous, since the creation of the world, being understood by the things that were made; likewise his everlasting virtue and divinity, so much so that they have no excuse.
21 For although they had known God, they did not glorify God, nor give thanks. Instead, they became weakened in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was obscured.
22 For, while proclaiming themselves to be wise, they became foolish.
23 And they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of flying things, and of four-legged beasts, and of serpents.
24 For this reason, God handed them over to the desires of their own heart for impurity, so that they afflicted their own bodies with indignities among themselves.
25 And they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And they worshipped and served the creature, rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all eternity. Amen.
26 Because of this, God handed them over to shameful passions. For example, their females have exchanged the natural use of the body for a use which is against nature.
27 And similarly, the males also, abandoning the natural use of females, have burned in their desires for one another: males doing with males what is disgraceful, and receiving within themselves the recompense that necessarily results from their error.
28 And since they did not prove to have God by knowledge, God handed them over to a morally depraved way of thinking, so that they might do those things which are not fitting:
29 having been completely filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness; full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malice, gossiping;
30 slanderous, hateful toward God, abusive, arrogant, self-exalting, devisers of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 foolish, disorderly; without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.
32 And these, though they had known the justice of God, did not understand that those who act in such a manner are deserving of death, and not only those who do these things, but also those who consent to what is done.