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1 Chron. 3:1–24

3:1 These were the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron:

The firstborn was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel;

the second was Daniel, whose mother was Abigail from Carmel;

2the third was Absalom whose mother was Maacah, daughter of King Talmai of Geshur;

the fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith;

3the fifth was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital;

the sixth was Ithream, whose mother was Eglah, David’s wife.

4These six were born to David in Hebron, where he ruled for seven years and six months.

He ruled thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 5These were the sons born to him in Jerusalem:

Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon – the mother of these four was Bathsheba the daughter of Ammiel.

6The other nine were Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 7Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

9These were all the sons of David, not counting the sons of his concubines. Tamar was their sister.

10Solomon’s son was Rehoboam,

followed by Abijah his son,

Asa his son,

Jehoshaphat his son,

11Joram his son,

Ahaziah his son,

Joash his son,

12Amaziah his son,

Azariah his son,

Jotham his son,

13Ahaz his son,

Hezekiah his son,

Manasseh his son,

14Amon his son,

Josiah his son.

15The sons of Josiah:

Johanan was the firstborn; Jehoiakim was born second; Zedekiah third; and Shallum fourth.

16The sons of Jehoiakim:

his son Jehoiachin and his son Zedekiah.

17The sons of Jehoiachin the exile:

Shealtiel his son, 18Malkiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19The sons of Pedaiah:

Zerubbabel and Shimei.

The sons of Zerubbabel:

Meshullam and Hananiah. Shelomith was their sister.

20The five others were Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-Hesed.

21The descendants of Hananiah:

Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, the sons of Rephaiah, of Arnan, of Obadiah, and of Shecaniah.

22The descendants of Shecaniah:

Shemaiah and his sons: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat – six in all.

23The sons of Neariah:

Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam – three in all.

24The sons of Elioenai:

Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani – seven in all.

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Ps. 105:1–22

105:1 Give thanks to the Lord!

Call on his name!

Make known his accomplishments among the nations!

2Sing to him!

Make music to him!

Tell about all his miraculous deeds!

3Boast about his holy name!

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

4Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!

Seek his presence continually!

5Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,

his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed,

6O children of Abraham, God’s servant,

you descendants of Jacob, God’s chosen ones!

7He is the Lord our God;

he carries out judgment throughout the earth.

8He always remembers his covenantal decree,

the promise he made to a thousand generations –

9the promise he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac!

10He gave it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as a lasting promise,

11saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion of your inheritance.”

12When they were few in number,

just a very few, and resident foreigners within it,

13they wandered from nation to nation,

and from one kingdom to another.

14He let no one oppress them;

he disciplined kings for their sake,

15saying, “Don’t touch my chosen ones!

Don’t harm my prophets!”

16He called down a famine upon the earth;

he cut off all the food supply.

17He sent a man ahead of them –

Joseph was sold as a servant.

18The shackles hurt his feet;

his neck was placed in an iron collar,

19until the time when his prediction came true.

The Lord’s word proved him right.

20The king authorized his release;

the ruler of nations set him free.

21He put him in charge of his palace,

and made him manager of all his property,

22giving him authority to imprison his officials

and to teach his advisers.

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Mark 7:31–8:10

7:31 Then Jesus went out again from the region of Tyre and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 33After Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 34Then he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). 35And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 36Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 37People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples and said to them, 2“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 3If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 5He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 6Then he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So they served the crowd. 7They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8Everyone ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9There were about four thousand who ate. Then he dismissed them. 10Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

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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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