Monday, November 17, 2014

2 Samuel, Day 1 Readings

David Claims Kingship and Makes Jerusalem His Capitol  

Today's first reading tells of the beginnings of David's reign as king.  He is again anointed, this time in front of the people.  However, the transfer of power from Saul to David is not peaceful.  The new king must continue to go into battle against others who also claim the throne.

Read 2 Samuel 2:1-17  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection tells how David, after consolidating power and becoming the so
le king of the Israelites, captured Jerusalem and made the captured stronghold his personal city.  Again, after this, David and his armies must fight against the Philistines.

Read 2 Samuel 5:1-12, 17-25  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Samuel 1-5 today.