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1 Chron. 11:10–47

11:10 These were the leaders of David’s warriors who, together with all Israel, stood courageously with him in his kingdom by installing him as king, in keeping with the Lord’s message concerning Israel. 11This is the list of David’s warriors:

Jashobeam, a Hacmonite, was head of the officers. He killed three hundred men with his spear in a single battle.

12Next in command was Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite. He was one of the three elite warriors. 13He was with David in Pas Dammim when the Philistines assembled there for battle. In an area of the field that was full of barley, the army retreated before the Philistines, 14but then they made a stand in the middle of that area. They defended it and defeated the Philistines; the Lord gave them a great victory.

15Three of the thirty leaders went down to David at the rocky cliff at the cave of Adullam, while a Philistine force was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16David was in the stronghold at the time, while a Philistine garrison was in Bethlehem. 17David was thirsty and said, “How I wish someone would give me some water to drink from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate!” 18So the three elite warriors broke through the Philistine forces and drew some water from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate. They carried it back to David, but David refused to drink it. He poured it out as a drink offering to the Lord 19and said, “God forbid that I should do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it to him, he refused to drink it. Such were the exploits of the three elite warriors.

20Abishai the brother of Joab was head of the three elite warriors. He killed three hundred men with his spear and gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 21From the three he was given double honor and he became their officer, even though he was not one of them.

22Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave warrior from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he also went down and killed a lion inside a cistern on a snowy day. 23He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom; Benaiah attacked him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 24Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 25He received honor from the thirty warriors, though he was not one of the three elite warriors. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

26The mighty warriors were:

Asahel the brother of Joab,

Elhanan son of Dodo, from Bethlehem,

27Shammoth the Harorite,

Helez the Pelonite,

28Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

Abiezer the Anathothite,

29Sibbekai the Hushathite,

Ilai the Ahohite,

30Maharai the Netophathite,

Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite,

31Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjaminite territory,

Benaiah the Pirathonite,

32Hurai from the valleys of Gaash,

Abiel the Arbathite,

33Azmaveth the Baharumite,

Eliahba the Shaalbonite,

34the sons of Hashem the Gizonite,

Jonathan son of Shageh the Hararite,

35Ahiam son of Sakar the Hararite,

Eliphal son of Ur,

36Hepher the Mekerathite,

Ahijah the Pelonite,

37Hezro the Carmelite,

Naarai son of Ezbai,

38Joel the brother of Nathan,

Mibhar son of Hagri,

39Zelek the Ammonite,

Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,

40Ira the Ithrite,

Gareb the Ithrite,

41Uriah the Hittite,

Zabad son of Achli,

42Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, leader of the Reubenites and the thirty warriors with him,

43Hanan son of Maacah,

Joshaphat the Mithnite,

44Uzzia the Ashterathite,

Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,

45Jediael son of Shimri,

and Joha his brother, the Tizite,

46Eliel the Mahavite,

and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam,

and Ithmah the Moabite,

47Eliel,

and Obed,

and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 114

114:1 When Israel left Egypt,

when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind,

2Judah became his sanctuary,

Israel his kingdom.

3The sea looked and fled;

the Jordan River turned back.

4The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs.

5Why do you flee, O sea?

Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?

6Why do you skip like rams, O mountains,

like lambs, O hills?

7Tremble, O earth, before the Lord –

before the God of Jacob,

8who turned a rock into a pool of water,

a hard rock into springs of water!

(NET Bible)

Mark 12:13–27

12:13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to trap him with his own words. 14When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” 15But he saw through their hypocrisy and said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16So they brought one, and he said to them, “Whose image is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” 17Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.

18Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) also came to him and asked him, 19“Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a mans brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother.’ 20There were seven brothers. The first one married, and when he died he had no children. 21The second married her and died without any children, and likewise the third. 22None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. 23In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” 24Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? 25For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

(NET Bible)

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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