Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light(A) and my salvation(B)
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold(C) of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?(D)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.(E)
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;(F)
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.(G)

One thing(H) I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,(I)
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble(J)
    he will keep me safe(K) in his dwelling;
he will hide me(L) in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.(M)

Then my head will be exalted(N)
    above the enemies who surround me;(O)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice(P) with shouts of joy;(Q)
    I will sing(R) and make music(S) to the Lord.

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  1. Psalm 27:2 Or slander

34 Then Samuel left for Ramah,(A) but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah(B) of Saul. 35 Until the day Samuel(C) died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned(D) for him. And the Lord regretted(E) that he had made Saul king over Israel.

Samuel Anoints David

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn(F) for Saul, since I have rejected(G) him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil(H) and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse(I) of Bethlehem. I have chosen(J) one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show(K) you what to do. You are to anoint(L) for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem,(M) the elders of the town trembled(N) when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?(O)

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate(P) yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab(Q) and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,(R) but the Lord looks at the heart.”(S)

Then Jesse called Abinadab(T) and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah(U) pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all(V) the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”(W)

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

12 So he(X) sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome(Y) features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed(Z) him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord(AA) came powerfully upon David.(AB) Samuel then went to Ramah.

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners(A)

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,”(B) Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.(C)

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors(D) and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect(E) complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”(F)

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”(G)

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