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1 Chron. 9:1–34

9:1 Genealogical records were kept for all Israel; they are recorded in the Scroll of the Kings of Israel.

The people of Judah were carried away to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2The first to resettle on their property and in their cities were some Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants. 3Some from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim and Manasseh settled in Jerusalem.

4The settlers included: Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, who was a descendant of Perez son of Judah.

5From the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn and his sons.

6From the descendants of Zerah: Jeuel.

Their relatives numbered 690.

7From the descendants of Benjamin:

Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah; 8Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, son of Mikri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah.

9Their relatives, listed in their genealogical records, numbered 956. All these men were leaders of their families.

10From the priests:

Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jakin; 11Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub the leader in God’s temple; 12Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah; and Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer.

13Their relatives, who were leaders of their families, numbered 1,760. They were capable men who were assigned to carry out the various tasks of service in God’s temple.

14From the Levites:

Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah a descendant of Merari; 15Bakbakkar; Heresh; Galal; Mattaniah son of Mika, son of Zikri, son of Asaph; 16Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun; and Berechiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived among the settlements of the Netophathites.

17The gatekeepers were:

Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their brothers. Shallum was the leader; 18he serves to this day at the King’s Gate on the east. These were the gatekeepers from the camp of the descendants of Levi.

19Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his relatives from his family (the Korahites) were assigned to guard the entrance to the sanctuary. Their ancestors had guarded the entrance to the Lord’s dwelling place. 20Phinehas son of Eleazar had been their leader in earlier times, and the Lord was with him. 21Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the guard at the entrance to the meeting tent.

22All those selected to be gatekeepers at the entrances numbered 212. Their names were recorded in the genealogical records of their settlements. David and Samuel the prophet had appointed them to their positions. 23They and their descendants were assigned to guard the gates of the Lord’s sanctuary (that is, the tabernacle). 24The gatekeepers were posted on all four sides – east, west, north, and south. 25Their relatives, who lived in their settlements, came from time to time and served with them for seven-day periods. 26The four head gatekeepers, who were Levites, were assigned to guard the storerooms and treasuries in God’s sanctuary. 27They would spend the night in their posts all around God’s sanctuary, for they were assigned to guard it and would open it with the key every morning. 28Some of them were in charge of the articles used by those who served; they counted them when they brought them in and when they brought them out. 29Some of them were in charge of the equipment and articles of the sanctuary, as well as the flour, wine, olive oil, incense, and spices. 30(But some of the priests mixed the spices.) 31Mattithiah, a Levite, the firstborn son of Shallum the Korahite, was in charge of baking the bread for offerings. 32Some of the Kohathites, their relatives, were in charge of preparing the bread that is displayed each Sabbath.

33The musicians and Levite family leaders stayed in rooms at the sanctuary and were exempt from other duties, for day and night they had to carry out their assigned tasks. 34These were the family leaders of the Levites, as listed in their genealogical records. They lived in Jerusalem.

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Ps. 111

111:1 Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the godly and the congregation.

2The Lord’s deeds are great,

eagerly awaited by all who desire them.

3His work is majestic and glorious,

and his faithfulness endures forever.

4He does amazing things that will be remembered;

the Lord is merciful and compassionate.

5He gives food to his faithful followers;

he always remembers his covenant.

6He announced that he would do mighty deeds for his people,

giving them a land that belonged to other nations.

7His acts are characterized by faithfulness and justice;

all his precepts are reliable.

8They are forever firm,

and should be faithfully and properly carried out.

9He delivered his people;

he ordained that his covenant be observed forever.

His name is holy and awesome.

10To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living;

all who carry out his precepts acquire good moral insight.

He will receive praise forever.

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Mark 10:46–11:11

10:46 They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” 50He threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Rabbi, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the road.

11:1 Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here soon.’” 4So they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. 5Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders let them go. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.

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

Regarding the statement in Gen. 24:22, that Eliezer had given Rebekah an earring and two bracelets, with a specification as to their weight, Luther makes this comment: “What is here told appears to reason to deal with carnal and worldly matters, and I myself wonder why Moses has so much to say concerning such trifling things and speaks so briefly concerning far more sublime matters. However, there is no doubt that the Holy Ghost wished that these things should be written for our instruction, for there is nothing small, nothing useless presented to us in Holy Scripture; but all things that were written, were written for our learning, Rom. 15:4. For God wishes to be recognized in all things, both small and great.” (54)

–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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