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1 Chron. 2:25–55

2:25 The sons of Jerahmeel, Hezron’s firstborn, were Ram, the firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah; she was Onam’s mother.

27The sons of Ram, Jerahmeel’s firstborn, were Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada.

The sons of Shammai:

Nadab and Abishur.

29Abishur’s wife was Abihail, who bore him Ahban and Molid. 30The sons of Nadab:

Seled and Appaim. (Seled died without having sons.)

31The son of Appaim:

Ishi.

The son of Ishi:

Sheshan.

The son of Sheshan:

Ahlai.

32The sons of Jada, Shammai’s brother:

Jether and Jonathan. (Jether died without having sons.)

33The sons of Jonathan:

Peleth and Zaza.

These were the descendants of Jerahmeel.

34Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. Sheshan had an Egyptian servant named Jarha. 35Sheshan gave his daughter to his servant Jarha as a wife; she bore him Attai.

36Attai was the father of Nathan, and Nathan was the father of Zabad. 37Zabad was the father of Ephlal, and Ephlal was the father of Obed. 38Obed was the father of Jehu, and Jehu was the father of Azariah. 39Azariah was the father of Helez, and Helez was the father of Eleasah. 40Eleasah was the father of Sismai, and Sismai was the father of Shallum. 41Shallum was the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

42The sons of Caleb, Jerahmeel’s brother:

His firstborn Mesha, the father of Ziph, and his second son Mareshah, the father of Hebron.

43The sons of Hebron:

Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema.

44Shema was the father of Raham, the father of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai. 45Shammai’s son was Maon, who was the father of Beth-Zur.

46Caleb’s concubine Ephah bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.

47The sons of Jahdai:

Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.

48Caleb’s concubine Maacah bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah and Sheva the father of Machbenah and Gibea. Caleb’s daughter was Achsah.

50These were the descendants of Caleb.

The sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrath:

Shobal, the father of Kiriath Jearim, 51Salma, the father of Bethlehem, Hareph, the father of Beth-Gader.

52The sons of Shobal, the father of Kiriath Jearim, were Haroeh, half of the Manahathites, 53the clans of Kiriath Jearim – the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites, and Mishraites. (The Zorathites and Eshtaolites descended from these groups.)

54The sons of Salma:

Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth Beth-Joab, half the Manahathites, the Zorites, 55and the clans of the scribes who lived in Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who descended from Hammath, the father of Beth-Rechab.

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Ps. 104:19–35

104:19 He made the moon to mark the months,

and the sun sets according to a regular schedule.

20You make it dark and night comes,

during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.

21The lions roar for prey,

seeking their food from God.

22When the sun rises, they withdraw

and sleep in their dens.

23Men then go out to do their work,

and labor away until evening.

24How many living things you have made, O Lord!

You have exhibited great skill in making all of them;

the earth is full of the living things you have made.

25Over here is the deep, wide sea,

which teems with innumerable swimming creatures,

living things both small and large.

26The ships travel there,

and over here swims the whale you made to play in it.

27All of your creatures wait for you

to provide them with food on a regular basis.

28You give food to them and they receive it;

you open your hand and they are filled with food.

29When you ignore them, they panic.

When you take away their life’s breath, they die

and return to dust.

30When you send your life-giving breath, they are created,

and you replenish the surface of the ground.

31May the splendor of the Lord endure!

May the Lord find pleasure in the living things he has made!

32He looks down on the earth and it shakes;

he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.

33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I exist!

34May my thoughts be pleasing to him!

I will rejoice in the Lord.

35May sinners disappear from the earth,

and the wicked vanish!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

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Mark 7:14–30

7:14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand. 15There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”

17Now when Jesus had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18He said to them, “Are you so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him? 19For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” (This means all foods are clean.) 20He said, “What comes out of a person defiles him. 21For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. 23All these evils come from within and defile a person.”

24After Jesus left there, he went to the region of Tyre. When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but he was not able to escape notice. 25Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him and came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 28She answered, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then he said to her, “Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 30She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

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The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.

[Luther] had previously expressed himself in a similar fashion in his sermons on Genesis of the year 1527. In these he said: “I have often said that anyone who wishes to study Holy Scripture shall see to it that he sticks to the simple meaning of the words, as far as possible, and does not depart from them unless he be compelled to do so by some article of the faith that would demand another meaning than the literal one. For we must be sure that there is no plainer speech on earth than that which God has spoken. Therefore, when Moses writes that God in six days created heaven and earth and all that therein is, let it so remain that there were six days, and you dare not find an explanation that six days were one day. Give the Holy Ghost the honor of being wiser that yourself, for you should so deal with Scripture that you believe that God Himself is speaking. Since it is God who is speaking, it is not fitting frivolously to twist His words to mean what you want them to mean, unless necessity should compel a departure from their literal meaning, namely when faith does not permit the literal meaning.” (51)

–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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