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Ezra 10:18–44

10:18 It was determined that from the descendants of the priests, the following had taken foreign wives: from the descendants of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah. 19(They gave their word to send away their wives; their guilt offering was a ram from the flock for their guilt.)

20From the descendants of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah.

21From the descendants of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah.

22From the descendants of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

23From the Levites: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (also known as Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

24From the singers: Eliashib. From the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem, and Uri.

25From the Israelites: from the descendants of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malkijah, and Benaiah.

26From the descendants of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah.

27From the descendants of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad, and Aziza.

28From the descendants of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.

29From the descendants of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth.

30From the descendants of Pahath Moab: Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui, and Manasseh.

31From the descendants of Harim: Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.

33From the descendants of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.

34From the descendants of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel, 35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi, 36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasu.

38From the descendants of Binnui: Shimei, 39Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah, 40Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, 42Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.

43From the descendants of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel, and Benaiah.

44All these had taken foreign wives, and some of them also had children by these women.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 118

118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

and his loyal love endures.

2Let Israel say,

“Yes, his loyal love endures.”

3Let the family of Aaron say,

“Yes, his loyal love endures.”

4Let the loyal followers of the Lord say,

“Yes, his loyal love endures.”

5In my distress I cried out to the Lord.

The Lord answered me and put me in a wide open place.

6The Lord is on my side; I am not afraid.

What can people do to me?

7The Lord is on my side as my helper.

I look in triumph on those who hate me.

8It is better to take shelter in the Lord

than to trust in people.

9It is better to take shelter in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

10All the nations surrounded me.

Indeed, in the name of the Lord I pushed them away.

11They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.

Indeed, in the name of the Lord I pushed them away.

12They surrounded me like bees.

But they disappeared as quickly as a fire among thorns.

Indeed, in the name of the Lord I pushed them away.

13“You aggressively attacked me and tried to knock me down,

but the Lord helped me.

14The Lord gives me strength and protects me;

he has become my deliverer.”

15They celebrate deliverance in the tents of the godly.

The Lord’s right hand conquers.

16The Lord’s right hand gives victory;

the Lord’s right hand conquers.

17I will not die, but live,

and I will proclaim what the Lord has done.

18The Lord severely punished me,

but he did not hand me over to death.

19Open for me the gates of the just king’s temple.

I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20This is the Lord’s gate—

the godly enter through it.

21I will give you thanks, for you answered me,

and have become my deliverer.

22The stone that the builders discarded

has become the cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s work.

We consider it amazing!

24This is the day the Lord has brought about.

We will be happy and rejoice in it.

25Please, Lord, deliver!

Please, Lord, grant us success!

26May the one who comes in the name of the Lord be blessed.

We will pronounce blessings on you in the Lord’s temple.

27The Lord is God, and he has delivered us.

Tie the offering with ropes

to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give you thanks.

You are my God and I will praise you.

29Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good

and his loyal love endures.

(NET Bible)

1 Peter 3:1–7

3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 2when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 3Let your beauty not be external—the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes— 4but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 5For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 6like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. 7Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers.

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Regarding the statement in Gen. 24:22, that Eliezer had given Rebekah an earring and two bracelets, with a specification as to their weight, Luther makes this comment: “What is here told appears to reason to deal with carnal and worldly matters, and I myself wonder why Moses has so much to say concerning such trifling things and speaks so briefly concerning far more sublime matters. However, there is no doubt that the Holy Ghost wished that these things should be written for our instruction, for there is nothing small, nothing useless presented to us in Holy Scripture; but all things that were written, were written for our learning, Rom. 15:4. For God wishes to be recognized in all things, both small and great.” (54)

–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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