1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.7Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”10Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
1Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran.2A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel.3His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.4While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.5So he sent ten young men and said to them, “Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.6Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!7“ ‘Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.8Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.’ ”9When David’s men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David’s name. Then they waited.10Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days.11Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”12David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word.13David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.14One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.15Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing.16Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.17Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.”18Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.19Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.20As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.21David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.22May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!”23When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.24She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.25Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.26And now, my lord, as surely as the LORD your God lives and as you live, since the LORD has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.27And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.28“Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The LORD your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the LORD’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live.29Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.30When the LORD has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel,31my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.”32David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.33May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.34Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”35Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”36When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.37Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.38About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.40His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.”41She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”42Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife.43David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.44But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel son of Laish, who was from Gallim.
1May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.2May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.3But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.4Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds ; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.5A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.6God sets the lonely in families,he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.7When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,8the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.9You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.10Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.11The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:12“Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder.13Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”14When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.15Mount Bashan, majestic mountain, Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,16why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?17The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.18When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious— that you,LORD God, might dwell there.19Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.20Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.21Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.22The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,23that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”24Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.25In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels.26Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.27There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah’s princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.28Summon your power, God ; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.29Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.30Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.31Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God.32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord,33to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.34Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.35You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!