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Neh. 3

3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest and his priestly colleagues arose and built the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and erected its doors, working as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel. 2The men of Jericho built adjacent to it, and Zaccur son of Imri built adjacent to them.

3The sons of Hassenaah rebuilt the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. 4Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakoz, worked on the section adjacent to them. Meshullam son of Berechiah the son of Meshezabel worked on the section next to them. And Zadok son of Baana worked on the section adjacent to them. 5The men of Tekoa worked on the section adjacent to them, but their town leaders would not assist with the work of their master.

6Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah worked on the Jeshanah Gate. They laid its beams and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. 7Adjacent to them worked Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, who were men of Gibeon and Mizpah. These towns were under the jurisdiction of the governor of Trans-Euphrates. 8Uzziel son of Harhaiah, a member of the goldsmiths’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. Hananiah, a member of the perfumers’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. They plastered the city wall of Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. 9Rephaiah son of Hur, head of a half district of Jerusalem, worked on the section adjacent to them. 10Jedaiah son of Harumaph worked on the section adjacent to them opposite his house, and Hattush son of Hashabneiah worked on the section adjacent to him. 11Malkijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath Moab worked on another section and the Tower of the Ovens. 12Shallum son of Hallohesh, head of a half district of Jerusalem, worked on the section adjacent to him, assisted by his daughters.

13Hanun and the residents of Zanoah worked on the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars, in addition to working on 1,500 feet of the wall as far as the Dung Gate.

14Malkijah son of Recab, head of the district of Beth Hakkerem, worked on the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars.

15Shallun son of Col-Hozeh, head of the district of Mizpah, worked on the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it, put on its roof, and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. In addition, he rebuilt the wall of the Pool of Siloam, by the royal garden, as far as the steps that go down from the City of David. 16Nehemiah son of Azbuk, head of a half district of Beth Zur, worked after him as far as the tombs of David and the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.

17After him the Levites worked—Rehum son of Bani and after him Hashabiah, head of half the district of Keilah, for his district. 18After him their relatives worked—Binnui son of Henadad, head of a half district of Keilah. 19Adjacent to him Ezer son of Jeshua, head of Mizpah, worked on another section, opposite the ascent to the armory at the buttress. 20After him Baruch son of Zabbai worked on another section, from the buttress to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. 21After him Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, worked on another section from the door of Eliashib’s house to the end of it.

22After him the priests worked, men of the nearby district. 23After them Benjamin and Hasshub worked opposite their house. After them Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, worked near his house. 24After him Binnui son of Henadad worked on another section, from the house of Azariah to the buttress and the corner. 25After him Palal son of Uzai worked opposite the buttress and the tower that protrudes from the upper palace of the court of the guard. After him Pedaiah son of Parosh 26and the temple servants who were living on Ophel worked up to the area opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the protruding tower. 27After them the men of Tekoa worked on another section, from opposite the great protruding tower to the wall of Ophel.

28Above the Horse Gate the priests worked, each in front of his house. 29After them Zadok son of Immer worked opposite his house, and after him Shemaiah son of Shecaniah, guard at the East Gate, worked. 30After him Hananiah son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, worked on another section. After them Meshullam son of Berechiah worked opposite his quarters. 31After him Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, worked as far as the house of the temple servants and the traders, opposite the Inspection Gate, and up to the room above the corner. 32And between the room above the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and traders worked.

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Ps. 119:129–136

119:129 פ (Pe)

Your rules are marvelous.

Therefore I observe them.

130Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines.

They give insight to the untrained.

131I open my mouth and pant,

because I long for your commands.

132Turn toward me and extend mercy to me,

as you typically do to your loyal followers.

133Direct my steps by your word.

Do not let any sin dominate me.

134Deliver me from oppressive men,

so that I can keep your precepts.

135Smile on your servant.

Teach me your statutes!

136Tears stream down from my eyes,

because people do not keep your law.

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1 John 5:13–21

5:13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

14And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him. 16If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. 17All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death.

18We know that everyone fathered by God does not sin, but God protects the one he has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. 19We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This one is the true God and eternal life. 21Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

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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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