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Proverbs 17 (ESV)

17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.

A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the Lord tests hearts.

An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the glory of children is their fathers.

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
still less is false speech to a prince.

A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
wherever he turns he prospers.

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.

11  An evil man seeks only rebellion,
and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12  Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
rather than a fool in his folly.

13  If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will not depart from his house.

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

15  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

16  Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
when he has no sense?

17  A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.

18  One who lacks sense gives a pledge
and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

19  Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

20  A man of crooked heart does not discover good,
and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

21  He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,
and the father of a fool has no joy.

22  A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23  The wicked accepts a bribe in secret
to pervert the ways of justice.

24  The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

25  A foolish son is a grief to his father
and bitterness to her who bore him.

26  To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,
nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Psalm 118 (ESV)

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?

The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

10  All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

11  They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

12  They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

13  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
but the Lord helped me.

14  The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

15  Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,

16  the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17  I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.

18  The Lord has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

20  This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21  I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.

22  The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

23  This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.

24  This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25  Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27  The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!

28  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.

29  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

James 2:14–26 (ESV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

In connection with Jeremiah 23:16, [Luther writes], “O pope, O bishop, O parson, O monks, O theologians, how can you get by here? Do you think it is a small matter when lo y Majesty forbids what does not come from the mouth of God and some- thing else that is not God’s Word?”  “God’s Word is so hard that it will suffer no additions, that it alone will be or will not be at all. God may suffer it that unclean additions run through our works and lives but in His Word, which should cleanse me from all addition and filth, He can suffer no addition, or our lives would never become clean in all eternity.” (21)

–Johann Michael Reu, Luther on the Scriptures

This daily Bible reading guide, Reading the Word of God, was conceived and prepared as a result of the ongoing discussions between representatives of three church bodies: Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The following individuals have represented their church bodies and approved this introduction and the reading guide: LCC: President Robert Bugbee; NALC: Bishop John Bradosky, Revs. Mark Chavez, James Nestingen, and David Wendel; LCMS: Revs. Albert Collver, Joel Lehenbauer, John Pless, and Larry Vogel.

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