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Neh. 4:15–23

4:15 It so happened that when our adversaries heard that we were aware of these matters, God frustrated their intentions. Then all of us returned to the wall, each to his own work. 16From that day forward, half my men were doing the work and half were taking up spears, shields, bows, and body armor. Now the officers were behind all the people of Judah 17who were rebuilding the wall. Those who were carrying loads did so by keeping one hand on the work and the other on their weapon. 18The builders, to a man, had their swords strapped to their sides while they were building. But the trumpeter remained with me.

19I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “The work is demanding and extensive, and we are spread out on the wall, far removed from one another. 20Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather there with us. Our God will fight for us!”

21So we worked on, with half holding spears, from dawn till dusk. 22At that time I instructed the people, “Let every man and his coworker spend the night in Jerusalem and let them be guards for us by night and workers by day.” 23We did not change clothes—not I, nor my relatives, nor my workers, nor the watchmen who were with me. Each had his weapon, even when getting a drink of water.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 119:145–152

119:145 ק (Qof)

I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, O Lord!

I will observe your statutes.”

146I cried out to you, “Deliver me,

so that I can keep your rules.”

147I am up before dawn crying for help.

I find hope in your word.

148My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours

so that I can meditate on your word.

149Listen to me because of your loyal love.

O Lord, revive me, as you typically do.

150Those who are eager to do wrong draw near;

they are far from your law.

151You are near, O Lord,

and all your commands are reliable.

152I learned long ago that

you ordained your rules to last.

(NET Bible)

3 John 1–15

1:1 From the elder, to Gaius my dear brother, whom I love in truth. 2Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth.

4I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

5Dear friend, you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers (even though they are strangers). 6They have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7For they have gone forth on behalf of “The Name,” accepting nothing from the pagans. 8Therefore we ought to support such people so that we become coworkers in cooperation with the truth.

9I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge us. 10Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to the deeds he is doing—the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church! 11Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.

12Demetrius has been testified to by all, even by the truth itself. We also testify to him, and you know that our testimony is true.

13I have many things to write to you, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink. 14But I hope to see you right away, and we will speak face to face. (1:15) Peace be with you. The friends here greet you. Greet the friends there by name. (NET Bible)

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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