of Samuel 18:6-9.19:1-7.
When David and Saul
approached (on David's return after slaying the Philistine), women came out from each of the
cities of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and
The women played and sang: "Saul has slain his
thousands, and David his ten thousands."
Saul was very
angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: "They give David ten thousands, but only thousands
to me. All that remains for him is the kingship."
from that day on, Saul was jealous of David.
discussed his intention of killing David with his son Jonathan and with all his servants. But Saul's
son Jonathan, who was very fond of David,
told him: "My
father Saul is trying to kill you. Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning; get out of
sight and remain in hiding.
I, however, will go out and
stand beside my father in the countryside where you are, and will speak to him about you. If I learn
anything, I will let you know."
Jonathan then spoke
well of David to his father Saul, saying to him: "Let not your majesty sin against his servant
David, for he has committed no offense against you, but has helped you very much by his
When he took his life in his hands and slew the
Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great victory for all Israel through him, you were glad to
see it. Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without
Saul heeded Jonathan's plea and swore, "As the
LORD lives, he shall not be killed."
summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to him. Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and
David served him as before.
Have mercy on
me, God, for I am treated harshly; attackers press me all the day.
My foes treat me harshly all the day; yes, many are my attackers. O
My wanderings you have noted; are my tears
not stored in your vial, recorded in your book?
turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side.
My foes turn back when I call on you. This I
know: God is on my side.
My foes turn back when I call
on you. This I know: God is on my side.
God, I praise
in you I trust, I do not fear. What can
mere mortals do to me?
I have made vows to you, God; with offerings I will fulfill
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:7-12.
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from
Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing, a
large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and
from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his
disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had
diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.
whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of
He warned them sternly not to make him