Cain and Abel

Now the man [a]had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a male child with the help of the Lord.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now (A)Abel was (B)a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a cultivator of the ground. So it came about [b]in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground. (C)Abel, on his part also brought an offering, from the firstborn of his flock and from their fat portions. And (D)the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering; but (E)for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So (F)Cain became very angry and his face [c]was gloomy.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 4:1 Lit knew his
  2. Genesis 4:3 Lit at the end of days
  3. Genesis 4:5 Lit fell

The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

10 Now (A)Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective (B)firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on [a]the fire and offered [b]strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. (C)And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying,

‘By those who (D)come near Me I [c](E)will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will (F)be honored.’”

So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 10:1 Lit it
  2. Leviticus 10:1 I.e., unauthorized
  3. Leviticus 10:3 Or will show Myself holy

Samuel Rebukes Saul

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 (A)I regret that I have made Saul king, because (B)he has turned back from [a]following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was furious and (C)cried out to the Lord all night. 12 Samuel got up early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was reported to Samuel, saying, “Saul came to (D)Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on [b]down to (E)Gilgal.” 13 So Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “(F)Blessed are you of the Lord! I have carried out the command of the Lord.” 14 But Samuel said, “(G)What then is this [c]bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the [d]bellowing of the oxen which I hear?” 15 Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for (H)the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord your God; but the rest we have completely destroyed.” 16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop, and let me inform you of what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”

17 So Samuel said, “[e]Is it not true, (I)though you were [f]insignificant in your own eyes, that you became the head of the tribes of Israel? For the Lord anointed you as king over Israel. 18 And the Lord sent you on a [g]mission, and said, ‘(J)Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are eliminated.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? (K)Instead, you loudly rushed upon the spoils and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord!”

20 Then Saul said to Samuel, “(L)I did obey the voice of the Lord, for I went on the [h]mission on which the Lord sent me; and I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have completely destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But (M)the people took some of the spoils, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things designated for destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.” 22 Samuel said,

(N)Does the Lord have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, (O)to obey is better than a sacrifice,
And to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as reprehensible as the sin of (P)divination,
And insubordination is as reprehensible as (Q)false religion and idolatry.
Since you have rejected the word of the Lord,
(R)He has also rejected you from being king.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 15:11 Lit after
  2. 1 Samuel 15:12 Lit and went down
  3. 1 Samuel 15:14 Lit sound
  4. 1 Samuel 15:14 Lit sound
  5. 1 Samuel 15:17 Or Though you were..., did you not become
  6. 1 Samuel 15:17 Lit small
  7. 1 Samuel 15:18 Lit way
  8. 1 Samuel 15:20 Lit way

Peril in Moving the Ark

(A)Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David [a]departed from [b](B)Baale-judah, with all the people who were with him, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the (C)Name, the very name of the Lord of armies who (D)is [c]enthroned above the cherubim. They had mounted the ark of God on (E)a new cart and moved it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. So (F)they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark. Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel (G)were celebrating before the Lord (H)with all kinds of instruments made of juniper wood, and with [d]lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.

But when they came to the (I)threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah (J)reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, because the oxen nearly overturned it. And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and (K)God struck him down there for [e]his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 Lit arose and went
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 I.e., Kiriath-jearim
  3. 2 Samuel 6:2 Lit sitting
  4. 2 Samuel 6:5 Or zithers
  5. 2 Samuel 6:7 Lit the