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1 Chron. 23:1–23

23:1 When David was old and approaching the end of his life, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

2David assembled all the leaders of Israel, along with the priests and the Levites. 3The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men. 4David said, “Of these, 24,000 are to direct the work of the Lord’s temple; 6,000 are to be officials and judges; 54,000 are to be gatekeepers; and 4,000 are to praise the Lord with the instruments I supplied for worship.” 6David divided them into groups corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

7The Gershonites included Ladan and Shimei.

8The sons of Ladan:

Jehiel the oldest, Zetham, and Joel – three in all.

9The sons of Shimei:

Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran – three in all.

These were the leaders of the family of Ladan.

10The sons of Shimei:

Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. These were Shimei’s sons – four in all. 11Jahath was the oldest and Zizah the second oldest. Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were considered one family with one responsibility.

12The sons of Kohath:

Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel – four in all.

13The sons of Amram:

Aaron and Moses.

Aaron and his descendants were chosen on a permanent basis to consecrate the most holy items, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to serve him, and to praise his name. 14The descendants of Moses the man of God were considered Levites.

15The sons of Moses:

Gershom and Eliezer.

16The son of Gershom:

Shebuel the oldest.

17The son of Eliezer was Rehabiah, the oldest. Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had many descendants.

18The son of Izhar:

Shelomith the oldest.

19The sons of Hebron:

Jeriah the oldest, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20The sons of Uzziel:

Micah the oldest, and Isshiah the second.

21The sons of Merari:

Mahli and Mushi.

The sons of Mahli:

Eleazar and Kish.

22Eleazar died without having sons; he had only daughters. The sons of Kish, their cousins, married them.

23The sons of Mushi:

Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth – three in all.

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Ps. 119:105–112

119:105 נ (Nun )

Your word is a lamp to walk by,

and a light to illumine my path.

106I have vowed and solemnly sworn

to keep your just regulations.

107I am suffering terribly.

O Lord, revive me with your word!

108O Lord, please accept the freewill offerings of my praise!

Teach me your regulations!

109My life is in continual danger,

but I do not forget your law.

110The wicked lay a trap for me,

but I do not wander from your precepts.

111I claim your rules as my permanent possession,

for they give me joy.

112I am determined to obey your statutes

at all times, to the very end.

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1 Cor. 7:17–24

7:17 Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches. 18Was anyone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was anyone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God’s commandments is what counts. 20Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called. 21Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity. 22For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ’s slave. 23You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. 24In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.

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

Both facts were certain to Luther: the divine origin of Scripture and its resultant inerrancy, on the one hand, and, on the other, the active cooperation of the human personality of the authors in their composition. The fact that he appreciated the latter distinguishes his view from the inspiration theories of the later dogmaticians who either entirely or to a great extent excluded such cooperation; that he did not grow weary of emphasizing the former, establishes his agreement with them. Only in the true unity of both views do we arrive at the whole truth. (62)

–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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