Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Proverbs 15:8-11, 24-33http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/992http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/992<div class="ExternalClassB5AEAA8AE97146DFB01643B71ACA6F2B"><p>The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, <br>but the prayer of the upright is his delight.<br> The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,<br> but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.<br> There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,<br> but one who hates a rebuke will die.<br> Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD,<br> how much more human hearts!<br> For the wise the path of life leads upward,<br> in order to avoid Sheol below.<br> The LORD tears down the house of the proud,<br> but maintains the widow's boundaries.<br> Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD,<br> but gracious words are pure.<br> Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,<br> but those who hate bribes will live.<br> The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,<br> but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.<br> The LORD is far from the wicked,<br> but he hears the prayer of the righteous.<br> The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,<br> and good news refreshes the body.<br> The ear that heeds wholesome admonition<br> will lodge among the wise.<br> Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,<br> but those who heed admonition gain understanding.<br> The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,<br> and humility goes before honor.​</p></div>10/27/2016Daniel 5:13-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/991http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/991<div class="ExternalClass6597F1B5AB1743CFA65C8F7B18637AF8"><p>Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king said to Daniel, &quot;So you are Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? I have heard of you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that enlightenment, understanding, and excellent wisdom are found in you. Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and tell me its interpretation, but they were not able to give the interpretation of the matter. But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you are able to read the writing and tell me its interpretation, you shall be clothed in purple, have a chain of gold around your neck, and rank third in the kingdom.&quot;</p><p>Then Daniel answered in the presence of the king, &quot;Let your gifts be for yourself, or give your rewards to someone else! Nevertheless I will read the writing to the king and let him know the interpretation. O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar kingship, greatness, glory, and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. He killed those he wanted to kill, kept alive those he wanted to keep alive, honored those he wanted to honor, and degraded those he wanted to degrade. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he acted proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was stripped from him. He was driven from human society, and his mind was made like that of an animal. His dwelling was with the wild asses, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body was bathed with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God has sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals, and sets over it whomever he will. And you, Belshazzar his son, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this! You have exalted yourself against the LORD of heaven! The vessels of his temple have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them. You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know; but the God in whose power is your very breath, and to whom belong all your ways, you have not honored.</p><p>So from his presence the hand was sent and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed&#58; MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is the interpretation of the matter&#58; MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.&quot;</p><p>Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him that he should rank third in the kingdom.</p><p>That very night Belshazzar, the Chaldean king, was killed.&#160; And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.</p> </div>10/26/2016Daniel 5:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/990http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/990<div class="ExternalClassB55D2F70E4234D91962E776411E7D8BB"><p>King Belshazzar made a great festival for a thousand of his lords, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.</p><p>Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar commanded that they bring in the vessels of gold and silver that his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the vessels of gold and silver that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.</p><p>Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the wall of the royal palace, next to the lampstand. The king was watching the hand as it wrote. Then the king's face turned pale, and his thoughts terrified him. His limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the diviners; and the king said to the wise men of Babylon, &quot;Whoever can read this writing and tell me its interpretation shall be clothed in purple, have a chain of gold around his neck, and rank third in the kingdom.&quot; Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king the interpretation. Then King Belshazzar became greatly terrified and his face turned pale, and his lords were perplexed.</p><p>The queen, when she heard the discussion of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall. The queen said, &quot;O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts terrify you or your face grow pale. There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and diviners, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.&quot;</p></div>10/25/20161 Samuel 2:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/989http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/989<div class="ExternalClass2DFE666EAA144821835E33DDAD89DD8E"><p>​Hannah prayed and said,<br> &quot;My heart exults in the LORD;<br> my strength is exalted in my God.<br> My mouth derides my enemies,<br> because I rejoice in my victory.&quot;<br> &quot;There is no Holy One like the LORD,<br> no one besides you;<br> there is no Rock like our God.&quot;<br> Talk no more so very proudly,<br> let not arrogance come from your mouth;<br> for the LORD is a God of knowledge,<br> and by him actions are weighed.&quot;<br> The bows of the mighty are broken,<br> but the feeble gird on strength.&quot;<br> Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,<br> but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.<br> The barren has borne seven,<br> but she who has many children is forlorn.&quot;<br> The LORD kills and brings to life;<br> he brings down to Sheol and raises up.<br> The LORD makes poor and makes rich;<br> he brings low, he also exalts.&quot;<br> He raises up the poor from the dust;<br> he lifts the needy from the ash heap,<br> to make them sit with princes<br> and inherit a seat of honor.<br> For the pillars of the earth are the LORD's,<br> and on them he has set the world.&quot;<br> &quot;He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,<br> but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;<br> for not by might does one prevail.&quot;<br> The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered;<br> the Most High will thunder in heaven.<br> &#160;The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;<br> &#160;he will give strength to his king,<br> &#160;and exalt the power of his anointed.&quot;</p></div>10/24/2016Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/988http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/988<div class="ExternalClass2E4FC15F5B3548AC80F8FEBA7CBAAAC7"><p><strong>​Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Although our iniquities testify against us,<br> act, O LORD, for your name's sake;<br> our apostasies indeed are many,<br> and we have sinned against you.<br> O hope of Israel,<br> its savior in time of trouble,<br> why should you be like a stranger in the land,<br> like a traveler turning aside for the night?<br> Why should you be like someone confused,<br> like a mighty warrior who cannot give help?<br> Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us,<br> and we are called by your name;<br> do not forsake us!<br> Thus says the LORD concerning this people&#58;<br> Truly they have loved to wander,<br> they have not restrained their feet;<br> therefore the LORD does not accept them,<br> now he will remember their iniquity<br> and punish their sins.<br> Have you completely rejected Judah?<br> Does your heart loathe Zion?<br> Why have you struck us down<br> so that there is no healing for us?<br> We look for peace, but find no good;<br> for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.<br> We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD,<br> the iniquity of our ancestors,<br> for we have sinned against you.<br> Do not spurn us, for your name's sake;<br> do not dishonor your glorious throne;<br> remember and do not break your covenant with us.<br> Can any idols of the nations bring rain?<br> Or can the heavens give showers?<br> Is it not you, O LORD our God?<br> We set our hope on you,<br> for it is you who do all this.<br></p></div>10/23/2016Luke 1:46-55http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/987http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/987<div class="ExternalClassC2A409960A99412D9A5D74C1F5291F38"><p>​And Mary said,<br> &quot;My soul magnifies the Lord,<br> and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,<br> for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.<br> Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;<br> for the Mighty One has done great things for me,<br> and holy is his name.<br> His mercy is for those who fear him<br> from generation to generation.<br> He has shown strength with his arm;<br> he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.<br> He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,<br> and lifted up the lowly;<br> he has filled the hungry with good things,<br> and sent the rich away empty.<br> He has helped his servant Israel,<br> in remembrance of his mercy,<br> according to the promise he made to our ancestors,<br> to Abraham and to his descendants forever.&quot;</p></div>10/22/2016