1Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.2We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.3Do you really think-anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same-that you will escape God's judgment?4Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?5But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed.6He will repay each one according to his works :7eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;8but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness;9affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek;10but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.11There is no favoritism with God. 12All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law.13For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.14So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law.15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts. Their consciences testify in support of this, and their competing thoughts either accuse or excuse them16on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
17Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, and boast in God,18and know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law,19and are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,20an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having in the law the full expression of knowledge and truth-21you then, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach, "You must not steal"-do you steal?22You who say, "You must not commit adultery"-do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples?23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?24For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
25For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.26Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law's requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision?27A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision.28For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh.29On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God.
1So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?2Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God.3What then? If some did not believe, will their unbelief cancel God's faithfulness?4Absolutely not! God must be true, but everyone is a liar, as it is written: That You may be justified in Your words and triumph when You judge. 5But if our unrighteousness highlights God's righteousness, what are we to say? I use a human argument: Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath?6Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?7But if by my lie God's truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?8And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, "Let us do evil so that good may come"? Their condemnation is deserved!
17Samuel summoned the people to the Lord at Mizpah18and said to the Israelites, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I brought Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you from the power of the Egyptians and all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.'19But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your troubles and afflictions. You said to Him, 'You must set a king over us.' Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans." 20Samuel had all the tribes of Israel come forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected.21Then he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward by its clans, and the Matrite clan was selected. Finally, Saul son of Kish was selected. But when they searched for him, they could not find him.22They again inquired of the Lord, "Has the man come here yet?" The Lord replied, "There he is, hidden among the supplies." 23They ran and got him from there. When he stood among the people, he stood a head taller than anyone else.24Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the one the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among the entire population." And all the people shouted, "Long live the king!" 25Samuel proclaimed to the people the rights of kingship. He wrote them on a scroll, which he placed in the presence of the Lord. Then, Samuel sent all the people away, each to his home. 26Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, and brave men whose hearts God had touched went with him.27But some wicked men said, "How can this guy save us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.
1 Nahash the Ammonite came up and laid siege to Jabesh-gilead. All the men of Jabesh said to him, "Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you." 2Nahash the Ammonite replied, "I'll make one with you on this condition: that I gouge out everyone's right eye and humiliate all Israel." 3"Don't do anything to us for seven days," the elders of Jabesh said to him, "and let us send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. If no one saves us, we will surrender to you." 4When the messengers came to Gibeah, Saul's [hometown], and told the terms to the people, all wept aloud.5Just then Saul was coming in from the field behind his oxen. "What's the matter with the people? Why are they weeping?" Saul inquired, and they repeated to him the words of the men from Jabesh. 6When Saul heard these words, the Spirit of God suddenly took control of him, and his anger burned furiously.7He took a team of oxen, cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the land of Israel by messengers who said, "This is what will be done to the ox of anyone who doesn't march behind Saul and Samuel." As a result, the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out united. 8Saul counted them at Bezek. There were 300,000 Israelites and 30,000 men from Judah.9He told the messengers who had come, "Tell this to the men of Jabesh-gilead: 'Deliverance will be yours tomorrow by the time the sun is hot.' " So the messengers told the men of Jabesh, and they rejoiced. 10Then the men of Jabesh said to [Nahash], "Tomorrow we will come out, and you can do whatever you want to us." 11The next day Saul organized the troops into three divisions. During the morning watch, they invaded the Ammonite camp and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. There were survivors, but they were so scattered that no two of them were left together.
12Afterwards, the people said to Samuel, "Who said that Saul should not reign over us? Give us those men so we can kill them!" 13But Saul ordered, "No one will be executed this day, for today the Lord has provided deliverance in Israel." 14Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let's go to Gilgal, so we can renew the kingship there."15So all the people went to Gilgal, and there in the Lord's presence they made Saul king. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings in the Lord's presence, and Saul and all the men of Israel greatly rejoiced.
1Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. 2My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. 3When I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 5They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life. 7Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath. 8You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? 9Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me. 10In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, 11in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 12I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You. 13For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.