52:1 Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful clothes,
O Jerusalem, holy city.
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
2Shake off the dirt!
Get up, captive Jerusalem.
Take off the iron chains around your neck,
O captive daughter Zion.
3For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
4For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;
Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
5And now, what do we have here?” says the Lord.
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,” says the Lord,
“and my name is constantly slandered all day long.
6For this reason my people will know my name;
for this reason they will know at that time that I am the one who says,
‘Here I am.’”
7How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8Listen, your watchmen shout;
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes
the Lord’s return to Zion.
9In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord consoles his people;
he protects Jerusalem.
10The Lord reveals his royal power
in the sight of all the nations;
the entire earth sees
our God deliver.
11Leave! Leave! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything unclean!
Get out of it!
Stay pure, you who carry the Lord’s holy items.
12Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic.
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.(NET Bible)
38:1 A psalm of David, written to get God’s attention.
O Lord, do not continue to rebuke me in your anger.
Do not continue to punish me in your raging fury.
2For your arrows pierce me,
and your hand presses me down.
3My whole body is sick because of your judgment;
I am deprived of health because of my sin.
4For my sins overwhelm me;
like a heavy load, they are too much for me to bear.
5My wounds are infected and starting to smell,
because of my foolish sins.
6I am dazed and completely humiliated;
all day long I walk around mourning.
7For I am overcome with shame,
and my whole body is sick.
8I am numb with pain and severely battered;
I groan loudly because of the anxiety I feel.
9O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire;
my groaning is not hidden from you.
10My heart beats quickly;
my strength leaves me.
I can hardly see.
11Because of my condition, even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance;
my neighbors stand far away.
12Those who seek my life try to entrap me;
those who want to harm me speak destructive words.
All day long they say deceitful things.
13But I am like a deaf man—I hear nothing;
I am like a mute who cannot speak.
14I am like a man who cannot hear
and is incapable of arguing his defense.
15Yet I wait for you, O Lord!
You will respond, O Lord, my God!
16I have prayed for deliverance, because otherwise they will gloat over me;
when my foot slips they will arrogantly taunt me.
17For I am about to stumble,
and I am in constant pain.
18Yes, I confess my wrongdoing,
and I am concerned about my sins.
19But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous;
those who hate me without cause outnumber me.
20They repay me evil for the good I have done;
though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me.
21Do not abandon me, O Lord.
My God, do not remain far away from me.
22Hurry and help me, O Lord, my deliverer.(NET Bible)
17:1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he looked upward to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify you— 2just as you have given him authority over all humanity, so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life—that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent. 4I glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me at your side with the glory I had with you before the world was created.
6“I have revealed your name to the men you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they understand that everything you have given me comes from you, 8because I have given them the words you have given me. They accepted them and really understand that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9I am praying on behalf of them. I am not praying on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you have given me because they belong to you. 10Everything I have belongs to you, and everything you have belongs to me, and I have been glorified by them. 11I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them safe in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. 12When I was with them I kept them safe and watched over them in your name that you have given me. Not one of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, so that the scripture could be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience my joy completed in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. 17Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. 18Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 19And I set myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart.
20“I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, 21that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 22The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one— 23I in them and you in me—that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.
24“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they can see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men know that you sent me. 26I made known your name to them, and I will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them, and I may be in them.”(NET Bible)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.
In general, there is evident in the sermons [of Luther] preached before the posting of the Theses, as far as they have been preserved, a strong emphasis on the Word as the Means of Grace. In the sermon of October 5, 1516, even this sentence is found, “faith surrenders itself captive to the Word of Christ”—surely a strong emphasis on the authority of Scripture. (15)
–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.