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1 Chron. 25:1–31

25:1 David and the army officers selected some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to prophesy as they played stringed instruments and cymbals. The following men were assigned this responsibility:

2From the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were supervised by Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.

3From the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah – six in all, under supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied as he played a harp, giving thanks and praise to the Lord.

4From the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. 5All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s prophet. God had promised him these sons in order to make him prestigious. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6All of these were under the supervision of their fathers; they were musicians in the Lord’s temple, playing cymbals and stringed instruments as they served in God’s temple. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the supervision of the king. 7They and their relatives, all of them skilled and trained to make music to the Lord, numbered two hundred eighty-eight.

8They cast lots to determine their responsibilities – oldest as well as youngest, teacher as well as student.

9The first lot went to Asaph’s son Joseph and his relatives and sons – twelve in all,

the second to Gedaliah and his relatives and sons – twelve in all,

10the third to Zaccur and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

11the fourth to Izri and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

12the fifth to Nethaniah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

13the sixth to Bukkiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

14the seventh to Jesharelah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

15the eighth to Jeshaiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

16the ninth to Mattaniah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

17the tenth to Shimei and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

18the eleventh to Azarel and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

19the twelfth to Hashabiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

20the thirteenth to Shubael and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

21the fourteenth to Mattithiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

22the fifteenth to Jerimoth and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

23the sixteenth to Hananiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

24the seventeenth to Joshbekashah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

25the eighteenth to Hanani and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

26the nineteenth to Mallothi and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

27the twentieth to Eliathah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

28the twenty-first to Hothir and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

29the twenty-second to Giddalti and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

30the twenty-third to Mahazioth and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,

31the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer and his sons and relatives – twelve in all.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 119:137–144

119:137 צ (Tsade )

You are just, O Lord,

and your judgments are fair.

138The rules you impose are just,

and absolutely reliable.

139My zeal consumes me,

for my enemies forget your instructions.

140Your word is absolutely pure,

and your servant loves it!

141I am insignificant and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

142Your justice endures,

and your law is reliable.

143Distress and hardship confront me,

yet I find delight in your commands.

144Your rules remain just.

Give me insight so that I can live.

(NET Bible)

1 Cor. 9:1–14

9:1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord. 3This is my defense to those who examine me. 4Do we not have the right to financial support? 5Do we not have the right to the company of a believing wife, like the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 6Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work? 7Who ever serves in the army at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not consume its milk? 8Am I saying these things only on the basis of common sense, or does the law not say this as well? 9For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” God is not concerned here about oxen, is he? 10Or is he not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest. 11If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you? 12If others receive this right from you, are we not more deserving?

But we have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? 14In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. (NET Bible)

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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