3:1 Beware to the filthy, stained city;
the city filled with oppressors!
2She is disobedient;
she has refused correction.
She does not trust the Lord;
she has not sought the advice of her God.
3Her princes are as fierce as roaring lions;
her rulers are as hungry as wolves in the desert,
who completely devour their prey by morning.
4Her prophets are proud;
they are deceitful men.
Her priests have defiled what is holy;
they have broken God’s laws.
5The just Lord resides within her;
he commits no unjust acts.
Every morning he reveals his justice.
At dawn he appears without fail.
Yet the unjust know no shame.
6 “I destroyed nations;
their walled cities are in ruins.
I turned their streets into ruins;
no one passes through them.
Their cities are desolate;
no one lives there.
7I thought, ‘Certainly you will respect me!
Now you will accept correction!’
If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed
by all the punishments I have threatened.
But they eagerly sinned
in everything they did.
8Therefore you must wait patiently for me,” says the Lord,
“for the day when I attack and take plunder.
I have decided to gather nations together
and assemble kingdoms,
so I can pour out my fury on them –
all my raging anger.
For the whole earth will be consumed
by my fiery anger.(NET Bible)
119:49 ז (Zayin )
Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50This is what comforts me in my trouble,
for your promise revives me.
51Arrogant people do nothing but scoff at me.
Yet I do not turn aside from your law.
52I remember your ancient regulations,
O Lord, and console myself.
53Rage takes hold of me because of the wicked,
those who reject your law.
54Your statutes have been my songs
in the house where I live.
55I remember your name during the night, O Lord,
and I will keep your law.
56This has been my practice,
for I observe your precepts.(NET Bible)
22:54 Then they arrested Jesus, led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56Then a slave girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too!” 57But Peter denied it: “Woman, I don’t know him!” 58Then a little later someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59And after about an hour still another insisted, “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62And he went outside and wept bitterly.
63Now the men who were holding Jesus under guard began to mock him and beat him. 64They blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65They also said many other things against him, reviling him.(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.