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Neh. 4:1–14

4:1 (3:33) Now when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall he became angry and was quite upset. He derided the Jews, 2and in the presence of his colleagues and the army of Samaria he said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they be left to themselves? Will they again offer sacrifice? Will they finish this in a day? Can they bring these burnt stones to life again from piles of dust?”

3Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was close by, said, “If even a fox were to climb up on what they are building, it would break down their wall of stones!”

4Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Return their reproach on their own head. Reduce them to plunder in a land of exile! 5Do not cover their iniquity, and do not wipe out their sin from your sight, for they have bitterly offended the builders.

6So we rebuilt the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height. The people were enthusiastic in their work.

7(4:1) When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the people of Ashdod heard that the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem had moved ahead and that the breaches had begun to be closed, they were very angry. 8All of them conspired together to move with armed forces against Jerusalem and to create a disturbance in it. 9So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard to protect against them both day and night. 10Then those in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers has failed! The debris is so great that we are unable to rebuild the wall.”

11Our adversaries also boasted, “Before they are aware or anticipate anything, we will come in among them and kill them, and we will bring this work to a halt!”

12So it happened that the Jews who were living near them came and warned us repeatedly about all the schemes they were plotting against us.

13So I stationed people at the lower places behind the wall in the exposed places. I stationed the people by families, with their swords, spears, and bows. 14When I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awesome Lord, and fight on behalf of your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your families!”

(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.

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2 John 1–13

1:1 From the elder, to an elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth (and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth), 2because of the truth that resides in us and will be with us forever. 3Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

4I rejoiced greatly because I have found some of your children living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

5But now I ask you, lady (not as if I were writing a new commandment to you, but the one we have had from the beginning), that we love one another. 6(Now this is love: that we walk according to his commandments.) This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it. 7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, people who do not confess Jesus as Christ coming in the flesh. This person is the deceiver and the antichrist! 8Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for, but receive a full reward.

9Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not give him any greeting 11because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds.

12Though I have many other things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come visit you and speak face to face so that our joy may be complete.

13The children of your elect sister greet you.

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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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