Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 5:38-48http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1113http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1113<div class="ExternalClass2CECE985127148C9A3D04D5D8B9EF84D"><p>​<strong>Seventh Sunday after Epiphany</strong></p><p>&quot;You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.</p><p>&quot;You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.</p></div>02/19/2017Leviticus 24:10-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1112http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1112<div class="ExternalClass6A03D17958C14936A1B83ACDD42E28A2"><p>A man whose mother was an Israelite and whose father was an Egyptian came out among the people of Israel; and the Israelite woman's son and a certain Israelite began fighting in the camp. The Israelite woman's son blasphemed the Name in a curse. And they brought him to Moses — now his mother's name was Shelomith, daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan — and they put him in custody, until the decision of the LORD should be made clear to them.</p><p>The LORD said to Moses, saying&#58; Take the blasphemer outside the camp; and let all who were within hearing lay their hands on his head, and let the whole congregation stone him. And speak to the people of Israel, saying&#58; Anyone who curses God shall bear the sin. One who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; the whole congregation shall stone the blasphemer. Aliens as well as citizens, when they blaspheme the Name, shall be put to death. Anyone who kills a human being shall be put to death. Anyone who kills an animal shall make restitution for it, life for life. Anyone who maims another shall suffer the same injury in return&#58; fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; the injury inflicted is the injury to be suffered. One who kills an animal shall make restitution for it; but one who kills a human being shall be put to death. You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen&#58; for I am the LORD your God. Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel; and they took the blasphemer outside the camp, and stoned him to death. The people of Israel did as the LORD had commanded Moses.</p></div>02/18/2017Psalm 119:33-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1111http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1111<div class="ExternalClass0C024611B9534BE697CBED11C6FFC840"><p>​Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes,<br> and I will observe it to the end.<br> Give me understanding, that I may keep your law<br> and observe it with my whole heart.<br> Lead me in the path of your commandments,<br> for I delight in it.<br> Turn my heart to your decrees,<br> and not to selfish gain.<br> Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;<br> give me life in your ways.<br> Confirm to your servant your promise,<br> which is for those who fear you.<br> Turn away the disgrace that I dread,<br> for your ordinances are good.<br> See, I have longed for your precepts;<br> in your righteousness give me life.</p></div>02/17/2017Exodus 22:21-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1110http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1110<div class="ExternalClass0D2DC1F13895460E82613D11DCC76D3D"><p>You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans.</p><p>If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them. If you take your neighbor's cloak in pawn, you shall restore it before the sun goes down; for it may be your neighbor's only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if your neighbor cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate.</p></div>02/16/2017Psalm 119:9-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1109http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1109<div class="ExternalClassD6ADB9BFE97F41A18606793B23EA0D2C"><p>​How can young people keep their way pure?<br> By guarding it according to your word.<br> With my whole heart I seek you;<br> do not let me stray from your commandments.<br> I treasure your word in my heart,<br> so that I may not sin against you.<br> Blessed are you, O LORD;<br> teach me your statutes.<br> With my lips I declare<br> all the ordinances of your mouth.<br> I delight in the way of your decrees<br> as much as in all riches.<br> I will meditate on your precepts,<br> and fix my eyes on your ways.<br> I will delight in your statutes;<br> I will not forget your word.</p></div>02/15/2017James 2:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1108http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1108<div class="ExternalClass64E7261290614FA7AAA43576CB537FDF"><p>My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, &quot;Have a seat here, please,&quot; while to the one who is poor you say, &quot;Stand there,&quot; or, &quot;Sit at my feet,&quot; have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?</p><p>You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, &quot;You shall love your neighbor as yourself.&quot; But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said, &quot;You shall not commit adultery,&quot; also said, &quot;You shall not murder.&quot; Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.</p></div>02/14/2017