25:1 The Lord’s message came to me: 2“Son of man, turn toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them. 3Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You said “Aha!” about my sanctuary when it was desecrated, about the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and about the house of Judah when they went into exile. 4So take note, I am about to make you slaves of the tribes of the east. They will make camps among you and pitch their tents among you. They will eat your fruit and drink your milk. 5I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 6For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped your hands, stamped your feet, and rejoiced with intense scorn over the land of Israel, 7take note—I have stretched out my hand against you, and I will hand you over as plunder to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands. I will destroy you; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
8“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Moab and Seir say, “Look, the house of Judah is like all the other nations.” 9So look, I am about to open up Moab’s flank, eliminating the cities, including its frontier cities, the beauty of the land—Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and Kiriathaim. 10I will hand it over, along with the Ammonites, to the tribes of the east, so that the Ammonites will no longer be remembered among the nations. 11I will execute judgments against Moab. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”
12“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Edom has taken vengeance against the house of Judah; they have made themselves fully culpable by taking vengeance on them. 13So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom, and I will kill the people and animals within her, and I will make her desolate; from Teman to Dedan they will die by the sword. 14I will exact my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel. They will carry out in Edom my anger and rage; they will experience my vengeance, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
15“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘The Philistines have exacted merciless revenge, showing intense scorn in their effort to destroy Judah with unrelenting hostility. 16So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Take note, I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines. I will kill the Kerethites and destroy those who remain on the seacoast. 17I will exact great vengeance upon them with angry rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I exact my vengeance upon them.’”(NET Bible)
86:1 A prayer of David.
Listen, O Lord. Answer me.
For I am oppressed and needy.
2Protect me, for I am loyal.
You are my God; deliver your servant who trusts in you.
3Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I cry out to you all day long.
4Make your servant glad,
for to you, O Lord, I pray.
5Certainly, O Lord, you are kind and forgiving,
and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.
6O Lord, hear my prayer.
Pay attention to my plea for mercy.
7In my time of trouble I cry out to you,
for you will answer me.
8None can compare to you among the gods, O Lord.
Your exploits are incomparable.
9All the nations, whom you created,
will come and worship you, O Lord.
They will honor your name.
10For you are great and do amazing things.
You alone are God.
11O Lord, teach me how you want me to live.
Then I will obey your commands.
Make me wholeheartedly committed to you.
12O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks with my whole heart.
I will honor your name continually.
13For you will extend your great loyal love to me
and will deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.
14O God, arrogant men attack me;
a gang of ruthless men, who do not respect you, seek my life.
15But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.
You are patient and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness.
16Turn toward me and have mercy on me.
Give your servant your strength.
Deliver this son of your female servant.
17Show me evidence of your favor.
Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed,
for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me.(NET Bible)
1:8 but of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.
9You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.
So God, your God, has anointed you over your companions with the oil of rejoicing.”
“You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord,
and the heavens are the works of your hands.
11They will perish, but you continue.
And they will all grow old like a garment,
12and like a robe you will fold them up
and like a garment they will be changed,
but you are the same and your years will never run out.”
13But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?(NET Bible)
In his Exposition of the Prophet Zechariah, of 1527, in the explanation of the passage 11:12 ., Luther raises the question, “Why does Matthew (27:9) attribute the text of the thirty pieces of silver to the prophet Jeremiah when it appears here in Zechariah?” He answers: “It is true, this and similar questions do not mean much to me since they are of no particular profit, and Matthew has done enough when he has cited a genuine text even if he does not have the correct name, just as in other places he cites texts but does not give them in the exact words of Scripture; we can pass that by, and it does no harm that he does not use the exact words, for the sense has been preserved, and so here, what does it matter if he does not give the name exactly, because more depends on the words than on the name. And that is the manner of all apostles who do the same thing, citing the statements of Scripture without such meticulous care concerning the text. Wherefore it would be much harder to question their procedure than to question Matthew here about the name of Jeremiah. Let anyone who loves idle questions ask on. He will find more to question than he can answer.” (49)
–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.