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Psalm 54

1  Save me, O God, by your name 
   and vindicate me by your power.
2  Hear my prayer, O God; 
   give heed to the words of my mouth.
3  For strangers have risen up against me,
      and the ruthless seek after my life; 
   they have not set God before them.
4  Behold, God is my helper; 
   it is the Lord who upholds my life.
5  May evil rebound on those who lie in wait for me; 
   destroy them in your faithfulness.
6  An offering of a free heart will I give you 
   and praise your name, O Lord, for it is gracious.
7  For he has delivered me out of all my trouble, 
   and my eye has seen the downfall of my enemies.

Psalm 56

1  Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; 
   all day long they assault and oppress me.
2  My adversaries trample over me all the day long; 
   many are they that make proud war against me.
3  In the day of my fear I put my trust in you, 
   in God whose word I praise.
4  In God I trust, and will not fear, 
   for what can flesh do to me?
5  All day long they wound me with words; 
   their every thought is to do me evil.
6  They stir up trouble; they lie in wait; 
   marking my steps, they seek my life.
7  Shall they escape for all their wickedness? 
   In anger, O God, cast the peoples down.
8  You have counted up my groaning;
      put my tears into your bottle; 
   are they not written in your book?
9  Then shall my enemies turn back
      on the day when I call upon you; 
   this I know, for God is on my side.
10  In God whose word I praise,
      in the Lord whose word I praise, 
   in God I trust and will not fear:
      what can flesh do to me?
11  To you, O God, will I fulfil my vows; 
   to you will I present my offerings of thanks,
12  For you will deliver my soul from death
      and my feet from falling, 
   that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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1 Samuel 9: 1-14

Saul Chosen to Be King

9There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.

3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, ‘Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys.’ 4He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with him, ‘Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and worry about us.’ 6But he said to him, ‘There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honour. Whatever he says always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about the journey on which we have set out.’ 7Then Saul replied to the boy, ‘But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have we?’ 8The boy answered Saul again, ‘Here, I have with me a quarter-shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way.’ 9(Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God would say, ‘Come, let us go to the seer’; for the one who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.) 10Saul said to the boy, ‘Good; come, let us go.’ So they went to the town where the man of God was.

11 As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and said to them, ‘Is the seer here?’ 12They answered, ‘Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the shrine. 13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterwards those eat who are invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately.’ 14So they went up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming out towards them on his way up to the shrine.

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Luke 22: 31-38

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 ‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded* to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ 33And he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!’ 34Jesus* said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.’

Purse, Bag, and Sword

35 He said to them, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘No, not a thing.’ 36He said to them, ‘But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, “And he was counted among the lawless”; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.’ 38They said, ‘Lord, look, here are two swords.’ He replied, ‘It is enough.’

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