Parsha XI.iii “Also regard not your stuff”

45,8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and He
hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all
the land of Egypt. 45,9 Hasten ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him:
Thus saith thy son Joseph: God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto
me, tarry not. 45,10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt
be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy
flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast; 45,11 and there will I sustain
thee; for there are yet five years of famine; lest thou come to poverty, thou,
and thy household, and all that thou hast. 45,12 And, behold, your eyes see, and
the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
45,13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye
have seen; and ye shall hasten and bring down my father hither.’ 45,14 And he
fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his
neck. 45,15 And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them; and after that
his brethren talked with him. 45,16 And the report thereof was heard in
Pharaoh’s house, saying: ‘Joseph’s brethren are come’; and it pleased Pharaoh
well, and his servants. 45,17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: ‘Say unto thy
brethren: This do ye: lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
45,18 and take your father and your households, and come unto me; and I will
give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
45,19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye: take you wagons out of the land of
Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
45,20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good things of all the land of Egypt
are yours.’ 45,21 And the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons,
according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
45,22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he
gave three hundred shekels of silver, and five changes of raiment. 45,23 And to
his father he sent in like manner ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt,
and ten she-asses laden with corn and bread and victual for his father by the
way. 45,24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed; and he said unto
them: ‘See that ye fall not out by the way.’ 45,25 And they went up out of
Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father. 45,26 And they
told him, saying: ‘Joseph is yet alive, and he is ruler over all the land of
Egypt.’ And his heart fainted, for he believed them not. 45,27 And they told him
all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them; and when he saw the wagons
which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

Parsha XI.ii “Then shall I bear the blame”

44,31 it will come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die; and thy
servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to
the grave. 44,32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father,
saying: If I bring him not unto thee, then shall I bear the blame to my father
for ever. 44,33 Now therefore, let thy servant, I pray thee, abide instead of
the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 44,34 For
how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I look upon the
evil that shall come on my father.’ 45,1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself
before all them that stood by him; and he cried: ‘Cause every man to go out from
me.’ And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his
brethren. 45,2 And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of
Pharaoh heard. 45,3 And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘I am Joseph; doth my
father yet live?’ And his brethren could not answer him; for they were
affrighted at his presence. 45,4 And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘Come near
to me, I pray you.’ And they came near. And he said: ‘I am Joseph your brother,
whom ye sold into Egypt. 45,5 And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life. 45,6
For these two years hath the famine been in the land; and there are yet five
years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. 45,7 And God sent me
before you to give you a remnant on the earth, and to save you alive for a great

Parsha XI.i “his brother is dead”

GENESIS 44,18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said: ‘Oh my
lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not
thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh. 44,19 My
lord asked his servants, saying: Have ye a father, or a brother? 44,20 And we
said unto my lord: We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a
little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his
father loveth him. 44,21 And thou saidst unto thy servants: Bring him down unto
me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 44,22 And we said unto my lord: The lad
cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would
die. 44,23 And thou saidst unto thy servants: Except your youngest brother come
down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 44,24 And it came to pass when we
came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 44,25 And
our father said: Go again, buy us a little food. 44,26 And we said: We cannot go
down; if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we may not
see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us. 44,27 And thy
servant my father said unto us: Ye know that my wife bore me two sons; 44,28 and
the one went out from me, and I said: Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have
not seen him since; 44,29 and if ye take this one also from me, and harm befall
him, ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 44,30 Now
therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us;
seeing that his soul is bound up with the lad’s soul;

Parsha,vii “The men shall dine with me”

43,16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said
to the steward of his house: ‘Bring the men into the house, and kill the beasts,
and prepare the meat; for the men shall dine with me at noon.’ 43,17 And the man
did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 43,18 And
the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they
said: ‘Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are
we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take
us for bondmen, and our asses.’ 43,19 And they came near to the steward of
Joseph’s house, and they spoke unto him at the door of the house, 43,20 and
said: ‘Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food. 43,21 And
it came to pass, when we came to the lodging-place, that we opened our sacks,
and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full
weight; and we have brought it back in our hand. 43,22 And other money have we
brought down in our hand to buy food. We know not who put our money in our
sacks.’ 43,23 And he said: ‘Peace be to you, fear not; your God, and the God of
your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.’ And he
brought Simeon out unto them. 43,24 And the man brought the men into Joseph’s
house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses
provender. 43,25 And they made ready the present against Joseph’s coming at
noon; for they heard that they should eat bread there. 43,26 And when Joseph
came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house,
and bowed down to him to the earth. 43,27 And he asked them of their welfare,
and said: ‘Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spoke? Is he yet alive?’
43,28 And they said: ‘Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive.’ And they
bowed the head, and made obeisance. 43,29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw
Benjamin his brother, his mother’s son, and said: ‘Is this your youngest brother
of whom ye spoke unto me?’ And he said: ‘God be gracious unto thee, my son.’
43,30 And Joseph made haste; for his heart yearned toward his brother; and he
sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 43,31 And
he washed his face, and came out; and he refrained himself, and said: ‘Set on
bread.’ 43,32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves,
and for the Egyptians, that did eat with him, by themselves; because the
Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto
the Egyptians. 43,33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his
birthright, and the youngest according to his youth; and the men marvelled one
with another. 43,34 And portions were taken unto them from before him; but
Benjamin’s portion was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and
were merry with him. 44,1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying:
‘Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s
money in his sack’s mouth. 44,2 And put my goblet, the silver goblet, in the
sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money.’ And he did according to the
word that Joseph had spoken. 44,3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were
sent away, they and their asses. 44,4 And when they were gone out of the city,
and were not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward: ‘Up, follow after the
men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them: Wherefore have ye rewarded
evil for good? 44,5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby he
indeed divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.’ 44,6 And he overtook them, and
he spoke unto them these words. 44,7 And they said unto him: ‘Wherefore speaketh
my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do
such a thing. 44,8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we
brought back unto thee out of the land of Canaan; how then should we steal out
of thy lord’s house silver or gold? 44,9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be
found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.’ 44,10 And he said:
‘Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be
my bondman; and ye shall be blameless.’ 44,11 Then they hastened, and took down
every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 44,12 And he
searched, beginning at the eldest, and leaving off at the youngest; and the
goblet was found in Benjamin’s sack. 44,13 And they rent their clothes, and
laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 44,14 And Judah and his
brethren came to Joseph’s house, and he was yet there; and they fell before him
on the ground. 44,15 And Joseph said unto them: ‘What deed is this that ye have
done? know ye not that such a man as I will indeed divine?’ 44,16 And Judah
said: ‘What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we
clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants; behold, we are
my lord’s bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found.’ 44,17
And he said: ‘Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the
goblet is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up in peace
unto your father.’ {S}

The Prophets: 1-Samuel-22,23

1 Samuel Chapter 22

1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men. 3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab; and he said unto the king of Moab: ‘Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.’ 4 And he brought them before the king of Moab; and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the stronghold. {S} 5 And the prophet Gad said unto David: ‘Abide not in the stronghold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah.’ Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hereth. {S} 6 And Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him; now Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisk-tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. 7 And Saul said unto his servants that stood about him: ‘Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds; 8 that all of you have conspired against me, and there was none that disclosed it to me when my son made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or discloseth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?’ {S} 9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said: ‘I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.’ 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests that were in Nob; and they came all of them to the king. {S} 12 And Saul said: ‘Hear now, thou son of Ahitub.’ And he answered: ‘Here I am, my lord.’ 13 And Saul said unto him: ‘Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?’ {S} 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said: ‘And who among all thy servants is so trusted as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and giveth heed unto thy bidding, and is honourable in thy house? 15 Have I to-day begun to inquire of God for him? be it far from me; let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father; for thy servant knoweth nothing of all this, less or more.’ 16 And the king said: ‘Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.’ 17 And the king said unto the guard that stood about him: ‘Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew that he fled, and did not disclose it to me.’ But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. {S} 18 And the king said to Doeg: ‘Turn thou, and fall upon the priests.’ And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and he slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen and asses and sheep, with the edge of the sword. 20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had slain the LORD’S priests. 22 And David said unto Abiathar: ‘I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul; I have brought about the death of all the persons of thy father’s house. 23 Abide thou with me, fear not; for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life; for with me thou shalt be in safeguard.’ {S}

Parsha X.v ” . . . if ye be upright men”

42,19 if ye be upright men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but go ye, carry corn for
the famine of your houses; 42,20 and bring your youngest brother unto me; so
shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die.’ And they did so. 42,21 And
they said one to another: ‘We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that
we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear;
therefore is this distress come upon us.’ 42,22 And Reuben answered them,
saying: ‘Spoke I not unto you, saying: Do not sin against the child; and ye
would not hear? therefore also, behold, his blood is required.’ 42,23 And they
knew not that Joseph understood them; for the interpreter was between them.
42,24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them,
and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their
eyes. 42,25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with corn, and to
restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way;
and thus was it done unto them. 42,26 And they laded their asses with their
corn, and departed thence. 42,27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his
ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in
the mouth of his sack. 42,28 And he said unto his brethren: ‘My money is
restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack.’ And their heart failed them, and they
turned trembling one to another, saying: ‘What is this that God hath done unto
us?’ 42,29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and
told him all that had befallen them, saying: 42,30 ‘The man, the lord of the
land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 42,31 And we
said unto him: We are upright men; we are no spies. 42,32 We are twelve
brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our
father in the land of Canaan. 42,33 And the man, the lord of the land, said unto
us: Hereby shall I know that ye are upright men: leave one of your brethren with
me, and take corn for the famine of your houses, and go your way. 42,34 And
bring your youngest brother unto me; then shall I know that ye are no spies, but
that ye are upright men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall
traffic in the land.’ 42,35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks,
that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and
their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 42,36 And Jacob their
father said unto them: ‘Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and
Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away; upon me are all these things
come.’ 42,37 And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying: ‘Thou shalt slay my two
sons, if I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him
back to thee.’ 42,38 And he said: ‘My son shall not go down with you; for his
brother is dead, and he only is left; if harm befall him by the way in which ye
go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 43,1 And the
famine was sore in the land. 43,2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up
the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, that their father said unto them:
‘Go again, buy us a little food.’ 43,3 And Judah spoke unto him, saying: ‘The
man did earnestly forewarn us, saying: Ye shall not see my face, except your
brother be with you. 43,4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down
and buy thee food; 43,5 but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down, for
the man said unto us: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with
you.’ 43,6 And Israel said: ‘Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the
man whether ye had yet a brother?’ 43,7 And they said: ‘The man asked straitly
concerning ourselves, and concerning our kindred, saying: Is your father yet
alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these
words; could we in any wise know that he would say: Bring your brother down?’
43,8 And Judah said unto Israel his father: ‘Send the lad with me, and we will
arise and go, that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our
little ones. 43,9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him;
if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the
blame for ever. 43,10 For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a
second time.’ 43,11 And their father Israel said unto them: ‘If it be so now, do
this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the
man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and ladanum, nuts, and
almonds; 43,12 and take double money in your hand; and the money that was
returned in the mouth of your sacks carry back in your hand; peradventure it was
an oversight; 43,13 take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man;
43,14 and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto
you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I be bereaved of my
children, I am bereaved.’ 43,15 And the men took that present, and they took
double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt,
and stood before Joseph.

The Prophets : “there shall be holy bread in their vessels”

1 Samuel Chapter 21

1 And he arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city. 2 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came to meet David trembling, and said unto him: ‘Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?’ 3 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest: ‘The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me: Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee; and the young men have I appointed to such and such a place. 4 Now therefore what is under thy hand? five loaves of bread? give them in my hand, or whatsoever there is present.’ 5 And the priest answered David, and said: ‘There is no common bread under my hand, but there is holy bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.’ {P}
6 And David answered the priest, and said unto him: ‘Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days; when I came out, the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was but a common journey; how much more then to-day, when there shall be holy bread in their vessels?’ 7 So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.– 8 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.– 9 And David said unto Ahimelech: ‘And is there peradventure here under thy hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.’ {S} 10 And the priest said: ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here.’ {S} And David said: ‘There is none like that; give it me.’ 11 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 12 And the servants of Achish said unto him: ‘Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying: Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?’ 13 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 14 And he changed his demeanour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. {S} 15 Then said Achish unto his servants: ‘Lo, when ye see a man that is mad, wherefore do ye bring him to me? 16 Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?’ {P}

Parsha X.iv ” … famine began to come”

41,53 And the seven years
of plenty, that was in the land of Egypt, came to an end. 41,54
And the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said; and there was
famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 41,55 And
when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread;
and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians: ‘Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you,
do.’ 41,56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth; and Joseph opened
all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine was sore in the
land of Egypt. 41,57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn;
because the famine was sore in all the earth. 42,1 Now Jacob saw that there was
corn in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons: ‘Why do ye look one upon another?’
42,2 And he said: ‘Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Get you
down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.’ 42,3
And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn from Egypt. 42,4 But Benjamin,
Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said: ‘Lest
peradventure harm befall him.’ 42,5 And the sons of Israel came to buy among
those that came; for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 42,6 And Joseph was
the governor over the land; he it was that sold to all the people of the land.
And Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down to him with their faces to the earth.
42,7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange
unto them, and spoke roughly with them; and he said unto them: ‘Whence come ye?’
And they said: ‘From the land of Canaan to buy food.’ 42,8 And Joseph knew his
brethren, but they knew him not. 42,9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he
dreamed of them, and said unto them: ‘Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the
land ye are come.’ 42,10 And they said unto him: ‘Nay, my lord, but to buy food
are thy servants come. 42,11 We are all one man’s sons; we are upright men, thy
servants are no spies.’ 42,12 And he said unto them: ‘Nay, but to see the
nakedness of the land ye are come.’ 42,13 And they said: ‘We thy servants are
twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the
youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.’ 42,14 And Joseph said
unto them: ‘That is it that I spoke unto you, saying: Ye are spies. 42,15 Hereby
ye shall be proved, as Pharaoh liveth, ye shall not go forth hence, except your
youngest brother come hither. 42,16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your
brother, and ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be
truth in you; or else, as Pharaoh liveth, surely ye are spies.’ 42,17 And he put
them all together into ward three days. 42,18 And Joseph said unto them the
third day. ‘This do, and live; for I fear God:

…,… …,… …,… …,… …,… …,… …,…
I love God. I want you to love God. God is love. Do you love God? God loves you.

Chaplain Danny Gonzalez


The Prophets : 1 Samuel 20 ” … but David’s place was empty”

1 Samuel Chapter 20

1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan: ‘What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?’ 2 And he said unto him: ‘Far from it; thou shalt not die; behold, my father doeth nothing either great or small, but that he discloseth it unto me; and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.’ 3 And David swore moreover, and said: ‘Thy father knoweth well that I have found favour in thine eyes; and he saith: Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved; but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.’ 4 Then said Jonathan unto David: ‘What doth thy soul desire, that I should do it for thee?’ {P}
5 And David said unto Jonathan: ‘Behold, to-morrow is the new moon, when I should sit with the king to eat; so let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even. 6 If thy father miss me at all, then say: David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Beth-lehem his city; for it is the yearly sacrifice there for all the family. 7 If he say thus: It is well; thy servant shall have peace; but if he be wroth, then know that evil is determined by him. 8 Therefore deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee; but if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?’ {P}
9 And Jonathan said: ‘Far be it from thee; for if I should at all know that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee? {S} 10 Then said David to Jonathan: ‘Who shall tell me if perchance thy father answer thee roughly?’ {S} 11 And Jonathan said unto David: ‘Come and let us go out into the field.’ And they went out both of them into the field. {S} 12 And Jonathan said unto David: ‘The LORD, the God of Israel–when I have sounded my father about this time to-morrow, or the third day, behold, if there be good toward David, shall I not then send unto thee, and disclose it unto thee? 13 The LORD do so to Jonathan, and more also, should it please my father to do thee evil, if I disclose it not unto thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace; and the LORD be with thee, as He hath been with my father. 14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not; 15 but also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever; no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.’ 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David: ‘The LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.’ 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. {S} 18 And Jonathan said unto him: ‘To-morrow is the new moon; and thou wilt be missed, thy seat will be empty. 19 And in the third day thou shalt hide thyself well, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself in the day of work, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel. 20 And I will shoot three arrows to the side-ward, as though I shot at a mark. 21 And, behold, I will send the lad: Go, find the arrows. If I say unto the lad: Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee; take them, and come; for there is peace to thee and no hurt, as the LORD liveth. 22 But if I say thus unto the boy: Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way; for the LORD hath sent thee away. 23 And as touching the matter which I and thou have spoken of, behold, the LORD is between me and thee for ever.’ {S} 24 So David hid himself in the field; and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to the meal to eat. 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon the seat by the wall; and Jonathan stood up, and Abner sat by Saul’s side; but David’s place was empty. 26 Nevertheless Saul spoke not any thing that day; for he thought: ‘Something hath befallen him, he is unclean; surely he is not clean.’ {S} 27 And it came to pass on the morrow after the new moon, which was the second day, that David’s place was empty; {P}

and Saul said unto Jonathan his son: ‘Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to the meal, neither yesterday, nor to-day?’ 28 And Jonathan answered Saul: ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Beth-lehem; 29 and he said: Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me; and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he is not come unto the king’s table.’ {S} 30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him: ‘Thou son of perverse rebellion, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own shame, and unto the shame of thy mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the earth, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he deserveth to die.’ {S} 32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him: ‘Wherefore should he be put to death? what hath he done?’ 33 And Saul cast his spear at him to smite him; whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to put David to death. {S} 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no food the second day of the month; for he was grieved for David, and because his father had put him to shame. {S} 35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him. 36 And he said unto his lad: ‘Run, find now the arrows which I shoot.’ And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said: ‘Is not the arrow beyond thee?’ 38 And Jonathan cried after the lad: ‘Make speed, hasten, stay not.’ And Jonathan’s lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master. 39 But the lad knew not any thing; only Jonathan and David knew the matter. {S} 40 And Jonathan gave his weapons unto his lad, and said unto him: ‘Go, carry them to the city.’ 41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the South, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times; and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. 42 And Jonathan said to David: ‘Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying: The LORD shall be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed, for ever.’ {P}

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I love God. I want you to love God. God is love. Do you love God? God loves you.

Chaplain Danny Gonzalez


Parsha X.ii “A man in whom the spirit of God is”

41,38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants:
‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is?’
41,39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: ‘Forasmuch as God hath shown thee
all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou. 41,40 Thou shalt be over
my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled; only in the
throne will I be greater than thou.’ 41,41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: ‘See, I
have set thee over all the land of Egypt.’ 41,42 And Pharaoh took off his signet
ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures
of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. 41,43 And he made him to
ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him: ‘Abrech’;
and he set him over all the land of Egypt. 41,44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph:
‘I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all
the land of Egypt.’ 41,45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah; and
he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On. And Joseph
went out over the land of Egypt.– 41,46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he
stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.–And Joseph went out from the presence of
Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 41,47 And in the seven years
of plenty the earth brought forth in heaps. 41,48 And he gathered up all the
food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in
the cities; the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up
in the same. 41,49 And Joseph laid up corn as the sand of the sea, very much,
until they left off numbering; for it was without number. 41,50 And unto Joseph
were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of
Poti-phera priest of On bore unto him. 41,51 And Joseph called the name of the
first-born Manasseh: ‘for God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my
father’s house.’ 41,52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: ‘for God
hath made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.’

The Prophets: 1 Samuel 19 “The teraphim was in the bed”

1 Samuel Chapter 19

1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should slay David; but Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David. 2 And Jonathan told David, saying: ‘Saul my father seeketh to slay thee; now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself in the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself. 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will speak with my father of thee; and if I see aught, I will tell thee.’ {S} 4 And Jonathan spoke good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him: ‘Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his work hath been very good towards thee; 5 for he put his life in his hand, and smote the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great victory for all Israel; thou sawest it, and didst rejoice; wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?’ 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan; and Saul swore: ‘As the LORD liveth, he shall not be put to death.’ 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as beforetime. {S} 8 And there was war again; and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled before him. 9 And an evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing with his hand. 10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the spear into the wall; and David fled, and escaped that night. {P}
11 And Saul sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning; and Michal David’s wife told him, saying: ‘If thou save not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain.’ 12 So Michal let David down through the window; and he went, and fled, and escaped. 13 And Michal took the teraphim, and laid it in the bed, and put a quilt of goats’ hair at the head thereof, and covered it with a cloth. {S} 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said: ‘He is sick.’ {S} 15 And Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying: ‘Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.’ 16 And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the quilt of goats’ hair at the head thereof. {S} 17 And Saul said unto Michal: ‘Why hast thou deceived me thus, and let mine enemy go, that he is escaped?’ And Michal answered Saul: ‘He said unto me: Let me go; why should I kill thee?’ 18 Now David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. 19 And it was told Saul, saying: ‘Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.’ 20 And Saul sent messengers to take David; and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as head over them, the spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. {S} And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied. 22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to the great cistern that is in Secu; and he asked and said: ‘Where are Samuel and David?’ And one said: ‘Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.’ 23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah; and the spirit of God came upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. 24 And he also stripped off his clothes, and he also prophesied before Samuel, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say: ‘Is Saul also among the prophets?’ {P}

Parsha X.ii “The thing is established by God”


41,17 And Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph: ‘In my dream, behold, I
stood upon the brink of the river. 41,18 And, behold, there came up out of the
river seven kine, fat-fleshed and well-favoured; and they fed in the reed-grass.
41,19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very
ill-favoured and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for
badness. 41,20 And the lean and ill-favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat
kine. 41,21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had
eaten them; but they were still ill-favoured as at the beginning. So I awoke.
41,22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up upon one stalk,
full and good. 41,23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with
the east wind, sprung up after them. 41,24 And the thin ears swallowed up the
seven good ears. And I told it unto the magicians; but there was none that could
declare it to me.’ 41,25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh: ‘The dream of Pharaoh is
one; what God is about to do He hath declared unto Pharaoh. 41,26 The seven good
kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
41,27 And the seven lean and ill-favoured kine that came up after them are seven
years, and also the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind; they shall be
seven years of famine. 41,28 That is the thing which I spoke unto Pharaoh: what
God is about to do He hath shown unto Pharaoh. 41,29 Behold, there come seven
years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. 41,30 And there shall
arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in
the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; 41,31 and the plenty
shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine which followeth; for it
shall be very grievous. 41,32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh
twice, it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring
it to pass. 41,33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise,
and set him over the land of Egypt. 41,34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him
appoint overseers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt
in the seven years of plenty. 41,35 And let them gather all the food of these
good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the
cities, and let them keep it. 41,36 And the food shall be for a store to the
land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt;
that the land perish not through the famine.’ 41,37 And the thing was good in
the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

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Chaplain Danny Gonzalez
The Church of Pasadena
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The Prophets : 1 Samuel 18

1 Samuel Chapter 18

1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his apparel, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 5 And David went out; whithersoever Saul sent him, he had good success; and Saul set him over the men of war; and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. {P}
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with timbrels, with joy, and with three-stringed instruments. 7 And the women sang one to another in their play, and said: Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and this saying displeased him; and he said: ‘They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and all he lacketh is the kingdom!’ 9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. {S} 10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house; and David played with his hand, as he did day by day; and Saul had his spear in his hand. 11 And Saul cast the spear; for he said: ‘I will smite David even to the wall.’ And David stepped aside out of his presence twice. 12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. {S} 14 And David had great success in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. 15 And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David; for he went out and came in before them. {P}
17 And Saul said to David: ‘Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife; only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’S battles.’ For Saul said: ‘Let not my hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.’ {S} 18 And David said unto Saul: ‘Who am I, and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?’ 19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife. 20 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David; and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21 And Saul said: ‘I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.’ Wherefore Saul said to David: ‘Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law through the one of the twain.’ 22 And Saul commanded his servants: ‘Speak with David secretly, and say: Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee; now therefore be the king’s son-in-law.’ 23 And Saul’s servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said: ‘Seemeth it to you a light thing to be the king’s son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?’ 24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying: ‘On this manner spoke David.’ 25 And Saul said: ‘Thus shall ye say to David: The king desireth not any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies.’ For Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son-in-law. And the days were not expired; 27 and David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might be the king’s son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife. {S} 28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David; and Michal Saul’s daughter loved him. 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul was David’s enemy continually. {P}
30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth; and it came to pass, as often as they went forth, that David prospered more than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by. {S}

Parsha,vii 12-16-11

39,7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her
eyes upon Joseph; and she said: ‘Lie with me.’ 39,8 But he refused, and said
unto his master’s wife: ‘Behold, my master, having me, knoweth not what is in
the house, and he hath put all that he hath into my hand; 39,9 he is not greater
in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee,
because thou art his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin
against God?’ 39,10 And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that
he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 39,11 And it came
to pass on a certain day, when he went into the house to do his work, and there
was none of the men of the house there within, 39,12 that she caught him by his
garment, saying: ‘Lie with me.’ And he left his garment in her hand, and fled,
and got him out. 39,13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his
garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 39,14 that she called unto the men of
her house, and spoke unto them, saying: ‘See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto
us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.
39,15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried,
that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got him out.’ 39,16 And she laid
up his garment by her, until his master came home. 39,17 And she spoke unto him
according to these words, saying: ‘The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought
unto us, came in unto me to mock me. 39,18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up
my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out.’ 39,19 And it
came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke unto
him, saying: ‘After this manner did thy servant to me’; that his wrath was
kindled. 39,20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the
place where the king’s prisoners were bound; and he was there in the prison.
39,21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him
favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 39,22 And the keeper of the
prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and
whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 39,23 The keeper of the prison
looked not to any thing that was under his hand, because the LORD was with him;
and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. {P}

[Study Question: Why was Joseph imrpisoned and rather than executed?]

40,1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of
Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. 40,2 And Pharaoh was
wroth against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against
the chief of the bakers. 40,3 And he put them in ward in the house of the
captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 40,4
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph to be with them, and he ministered
unto them; and they continued a season in ward. 40,5 And they dreamed a dream
both of them, each man his dream, in one night, each man according to the
interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who
were bound in the prison. 40,6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and
saw them, and, behold, they were sad. 40,7 And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that
were with him in the ward of his master’s house, saying: ‘Wherefore look ye so
sad to-day?’ 40,8 And they said unto him: ‘We have dreamed a dream, and there is
none that can interpret it.’ And Joseph said unto them: ‘Do not interpretations
belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.’ 40,9 And the chief butler told his dream
to Joseph, and said to him: ‘In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 40,10
and in the vine were three branches; and as it was budding, its blossoms shot
forth, and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes, 40,11 and Pharaoh’s
cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup,
and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.’ 40,12 And Joseph said unto him: ‘This
is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; 40,13 within yet
three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee unto thine office;
and thou shalt give Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when
thou wast his butler. 40,14 But have me in thy remembrance when it shall be well
with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto
Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house. 40,15 For indeed I was stolen away out
of the land of the Hebrews; and here also have I done nothing that they should
put me into the dungeon.’ 40,16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation
was good, he said unto Joseph: ‘I also saw in my dream, and, behold, three
baskets of white bread were on my head; 40,17 and in the uppermost basket there
was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of
the basket upon my head.’ 40,18 And Joseph answered and said: ‘This is the
interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days; 40,19 within yet three
days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a
tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.’ 40,20 And it came to
pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all
his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the
chief baker among his servants. 40,21 And he restored the chief butler back unto
his butlership; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 40,22 But he hanged the
chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 40,23 Yet did not the chief
butler remember Joseph, but forgot him. {P}

The Prophets : 1 Samuel 17

1 Samuel Chapter 17

1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and they were gathered together at Socoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched in the vale of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side; and there was a valley between them. 4 And there went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, and he was clad with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a javelin of brass between his shoulders. 7 And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them: ‘Why do ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.’ 10 And the Philistine said: ‘I do taunt the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.’ 11 And when Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. {P}
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem in Judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons; and the man was an old man in the days of Saul, stricken in years among men. 13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse had gone after Saul to the battle; and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the first-born, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 And David was the youngest; and the three eldest followed Saul.– {S} 15 Now David went to and fro from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Beth-lehem.– 16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. {P}
17 And Jesse said unto David his son: ‘Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to thy brethren. 18 And bring these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and to thy brethren shalt thou bring greetings, and take their pledge; 19 now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, are in the vale of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.’ {S} 20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the barricade, as the host which was going forth to the fight shouted for the battle. 21 And Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army. 22 And David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words; and David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men of Israel said: ‘Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to taunt Israel is he come up; and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.’ {P}
26 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying: ‘What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the taunt from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should have taunted the armies of the living God?’ 27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying: ‘So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.’ 28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said: ‘Why art thou come down? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy presumptuousness, and the naughtiness of thy heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.’ 29 And David said: ‘What have I now done? Was it not but a word?’ 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke after the same manner; and the people answered him after the former manner. 31 And when the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them before Saul; and he was taken to him. 32 And David said to Saul: ‘Let no man’s heart fail within him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.’ 33 And Saul said to David: ‘Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.’ {S} 34 And David said unto Saul: ‘Thy servant kept his father’s sheep; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant smote both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath taunted the armies of the living God.’ {S} 37 And David said: ‘The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.’ {S} And Saul said unto David: ‘Go, and the LORD shall be with thee.’ 38 And Saul clad David with his apparel, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head, and he clad him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his apparel, and he essayed to go[, but could not]; for he had not tried it. And David said unto Saul: ‘I cannot go with these; for I have not tried them.’ And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came nearer and nearer unto David; and the man that bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and withal of a fair countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David: ‘Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his god. 44 And the Philistine said to David: ‘Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.’ {S} 45 Then said David to the Philistine: ‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin; but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast taunted. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into my hand; and I will smite thee, and take thy head from off thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel; 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hand.’ {S} 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slung it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 And David ran, and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw that their mighty man was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou comest to Gai, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. 53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their camp. 54 And David took the head of the philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent. {S} 55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host: ‘Abner, whose son is this youth?’ And Abner said: ‘As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.’ 56 And the king said: ‘Inquire thou whose son the stripling is.’ {S} 57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him: ‘Whose son art thou, thou young man?’ And David answered: ‘I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite.’