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Ezek. 27

27:1 The Lord’s message came to me: 2“You, son of man, sing a lament for Tyre. 3Say to Tyre, who sits at the entrance of the sea, merchant to the peoples on many coasts, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘O Tyre, you have said, “I am perfectly beautiful.”

4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas;

your builders have perfected your beauty.

5They crafted all your planks out of fir trees from Senir;

they took a cedar from Lebanon to make your mast.

6They made your oars from oaks of Bashan;

they made your deck with cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus.

7Fine linen from Egypt, woven with patterns, was used for your sail

to serve as your banner;

blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah were used for your deck’s awning.

8The leaders of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers;

your skilled men, O Tyre, were your captains.

9The elders of Gebal and her skilled men were within you, mending cracks;

all the ships of the sea and their mariners were within you to trade for your merchandise.

10Men of Persia, Lud, and Put were in your army, men of war.

They hung shield and helmet on you; they gave you your splendor.

11The Arvadites joined your army on your walls all around,

and the Gammadites were in your towers.

They hung their quivers on your walls all around;

they perfected your beauty.

12“‘Tarshish was your trade partner because of your abundant wealth; they exchanged silver, iron, tin, and lead for your products. 13Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your clients; they exchanged slaves and bronze items for your merchandise. 14Beth Togarmah exchanged horses, chargers, and mules for your products. 15The Dedanites were your clients. Many coastlands were your customers; they paid you with ivory tusks and ebony. 16Edom was your trade partner because of the abundance of your goods; they exchanged turquoise, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and rubies for your products. 17Judah and the land of Israel were your clients; they traded wheat from Minnith, millet, honey, olive oil, and balm for your merchandise. 18Damascus was your trade partner because of the abundance of your goods and of all your wealth: wine from Helbon, white wool from Zahar, 19and casks of wine from Izal they exchanged for your products. Wrought iron, cassia, and sweet cane were among your merchandise. 20Dedan was your client in saddlecloths for riding. 21Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your trade partners; for lambs, rams, and goats they traded with you. 22The merchants of Sheba and Raamah engaged in trade with you; they traded the best kinds of spices along with precious stones and gold for your products. 23Haran, Kanneh, Eden, merchants from Sheba, Asshur, and Kilmad were your clients. 24They traded with you choice garments, purple clothes and embroidered work, and multicolored carpets bound and reinforced with cords; these were among your merchandise. 25The ships of Tarshish were the transports for your merchandise.

“‘So you were filled and weighed down in the heart of the seas.

26Your rowers have brought you into surging waters.

The east wind has wrecked you in the heart of the seas.

27Your wealth, products, and merchandise, your sailors and captains,

your ship’s carpenters, your merchants,

and all your fighting men within you,

along with all your crew who are in you,

will fall into the heart of the seas on the day of your downfall.

28At the sound of your captains’ cries the waves will surge;

29They will descend from their ships—all who handle the oar,

the sailors and all the sea captains—they will stand on the land.

30They will lament loudly over you and cry bitterly.

They will throw dust on their heads and roll in the ashes;

31they will tear out their hair because of you and put on sackcloth,

and they will weep bitterly over you with intense mourning.

32As they wail they will lament over you, chanting:

“Who was like Tyre, like a tower in the midst of the sea?”

33When your products went out from the seas,

you satisfied many peoples;

with the abundance of your wealth and merchandise

you enriched the kings of the earth.

34Now you are wrecked by the seas, in the depths of the waters;

your merchandise and all your company have sunk along with you.

35All the inhabitants of the coastlands are shocked at you,

and their kings are horribly afraid—their faces are troubled.

36The traders among the peoples hiss at you;

you have become a horror, and will be no more.’”

(NET Bible)

Ps. 88

88:1 A song, a psalm written by the Korahites, for the music director, according to the machalath-leannoth style; a well-written song by Heman the Ezrahite.

O Lord God who delivers me,

by day I cry out

and at night I pray before you.

2Listen to my prayer.

Pay attention to my cry for help.

3For my life is filled with troubles,

and I am ready to enter Sheol.

4They treat me like those who descend into the grave.

I am like a helpless man,

5adrift among the dead,

like corpses lying in the grave

whom you remember no more

and who are cut off from your power.

6You place me in the lowest regions of the Pit,

in the dark places, in the watery depths.

7Your anger bears down on me,

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)

8You cause those who know me to keep their distance;

you make me an appalling sight to them.

I am trapped and cannot get free.

9My eyes grow weak because of oppression.

I call out to you, O Lord, all day long;

I spread out my hands in prayer to you.

10Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?

Do the departed spirits rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)

11Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,

or your faithfulness in the place of the dead?

12Are your amazing deeds experienced in the dark region,

or your deliverance in the land of oblivion?

13As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord;

in the morning my prayer confronts you.

14O Lord, why do you reject me,

and pay no attention to me?

15I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth.

I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.

16Your anger overwhelms me;

your terrors destroy me.

17They surround me like water all day long;

they join forces and encircle me.

18You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance;

those who know me leave me alone in the darkness.

(NET Bible)

Heb. 2:10–18

2:10 For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For indeed he who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so he is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.” 13Again he says, “I will be confident in him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given me.” 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), 15and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. 16For surely his concern is not for angels, but he is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18For since he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

(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.

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