2:1 Bunch yourselves together like straw, you undesirable nation,
2before God’s decree becomes reality and the day of opportunity disappears like windblown chaff,
before the Lord’s raging anger overtakes you—
before the day of the Lord’s angry judgment overtakes you!
3Seek the Lord’s favor, all you humble people of the land who have obeyed his commands!
Strive to do what is right! Strive to be humble!
Maybe you will be protected on the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
4Indeed, Gaza will be deserted
and Ashkelon will become a heap of ruins.
Invaders will drive away the people of Ashdod by noon,
and Ekron will be overthrown.
5Beware, you who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete.
The Lord’s message is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines:
“I will destroy everyone who lives there!”
6The seacoast will be used as pasture lands by the shepherds
and as pens for their flocks.
7Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah will take possession of it.
By the sea they will graze,
in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,
for the Lord their God will intervene for them and restore their prosperity.(NET Bible)
119:33 ה (He)
Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes
so that I might observe it continually.
34Give me understanding so that I might observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
35Guide me in the path of your commands,
for I delight to walk in it.
36Give me a desire for your rules,
rather than for wealth gained unjustly.
37Turn my eyes away from what is worthless.
Revive me with your word.
38Confirm to your servant your promise,
which you made to the one who honors you.
39Take away the insults that I dread.
Indeed, your regulations are good.
40Look, I long for your precepts.
Revive me with your deliverance.(NET Bible)
22:31 “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 33But Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” 34Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know me.”
35Then Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag, or traveler’s bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?” They replied, “Nothing.” 36He said to them, “But now, the one who has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 38So they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” Then he told them, “It is enough.”(NET Bible)
In connection with Jeremiah 23:16, [Luther writes], “O pope, O bishop, O parson, O monks, O theologians, how can you get by here? Do you think it is a small matter when lo y Majesty forbids what does not come from the mouth of God and some- thing else that is not God’s Word?” “God’s Word is so hard that it will suffer no additions, that it alone will be or will not be at all. God may suffer it that unclean additions run through our works and lives but in His Word, which should cleanse me from all addition and filth, He can suffer no addition, or our lives would never become clean in all eternity.” (21)
–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.