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1 Chron. 4:1–23

4:1 The descendants of Judah:

Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal.

2Reaiah the son of Shobal was the father of Jahath, and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites.

3These were the sons of Etam:

Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister was Hazzelelponi.

4Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the descendants of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah and the father of Bethlehem.

5Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7The sons of Helah: Zereth, Zohar, Ethnan, 8and Koz, who was the father of Anub, Hazzobebah, and the clans of Aharhel the son of Harum.

9Jabez was more respected than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, for she said, “I experienced pain when I gave birth to him.” 10Jabez called out to the God of Israel, “If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!” God answered his prayer.

11Kelub, the brother of Shuhah, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12Eshton was the father of Beth-Rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, the father of Ir Nahash. These were the men of Recah.

13The sons of Kenaz:

Othniel and Seraiah.

The sons of Othniel:

Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai was the father of Ophrah.

Seraiah was the father of Joab, the father of those who live in the Valley of the Craftsmen, for they were craftsmen.

15The sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh:

Iru, Elah, and Naam.

The son of Elah:

Kenaz.

16The sons of Jehallelel:

Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.

17The sons of Ezrah:

Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon.

Mered’s wife Bithiah gave birth to Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa. 18(His Judahite wife gave birth to Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) These were the sons of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered married.

19The sons of Hodiah’s wife, the sister of Naham:

the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

20The sons of Shimon:

Amnon, Rinnah, Ben Hanan, and Tilon.

The descendants of Ishi:

Zoheth and Ben Zoheth.

21The sons of Shelah son of Judah:

Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, the clans of the linen workers at Beth-Ashbea, 22Jokim, the men of Cozeba, and Joash and Saraph, both of whom ruled in Moab and Jashubi Lehem. (This information is from ancient records.) 23They were the potters who lived in Netaim and Gederah; they lived there and worked for the king.

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Ps. 105:23–45

105:23 Israel moved to Egypt;

Jacob lived for a time in the land of Ham.

24The Lord made his people very fruitful,

and made them more numerous than their enemies.

25He caused them to hate his people,

and to mistreat his servants.

26He sent his servant Moses,

and Aaron, whom he had chosen.

27They executed his miraculous signs among them,

and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.

28He made it dark;

they did not disobey his orders.

29He turned their water into blood,

and killed their fish.

30Their land was overrun by frogs,

which even got into the rooms of their kings.

31He ordered flies to come;

gnats invaded their whole territory.

32He sent hail along with the rain;

there was lightning in their land.

33He destroyed their vines and fig trees,

and broke the trees throughout their territory.

34He ordered locusts to come,

innumerable grasshoppers.

35They ate all the vegetation in their land,

and devoured the crops of their fields.

36He struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the firstfruits of their reproductive power.

37He brought his people out enriched with silver and gold;

none of his tribes stumbled.

38Egypt was happy when they left,

for they were afraid of them.

39He spread out a cloud for a cover,

and provided a fire to light up the night.

40They asked for food, and he sent quails;

he satisfied them with food from the sky.

41He opened up a rock and water flowed out;

a river ran through dry regions.

42Yes, he remembered the sacred promise

he made to Abraham his servant.

43When he led his people out, they rejoiced;

his chosen ones shouted with joy.

44He handed the territory of nations over to them,

and they took possession of what other peoples had produced,

45so that they might keep his commands

and obey his laws.

Praise the Lord!

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Mark 8:11–21

8:11 Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for a sign from heaven to test him. 12Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13Then he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.

14Now they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15And Jesus ordered them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!” 16So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 17When he learned of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 18Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? Don’t you remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 20“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Seven.” 21Then he said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

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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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