Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Revelation 17:1-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1757http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1757<div class="ExternalClass54E45D6AF7A44F9AA95147286C8C049D"><p>Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, &quot;Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.&quot; So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery&#58; &quot;Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth's abominations.&quot; And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.</p><p>When I saw her, I was greatly amazed. But the angel said to me, &quot;Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.</p><p>This calls for a mind that has wisdom&#58; the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.&quot;</p><p>And he said to me, &quot;The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.&quot;</p></div>10/19/20182 Timothy 4:5-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1756http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1756<div class="ExternalClass0D273ECD367443219A9B4F84B673B5F6"><p><strong>​Luke, Evangelist</strong></p><p>As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.</p><p>As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.<br> Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.</p></div>10/18/2018Obadiah 17-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1755http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1755<div class="ExternalClassB10793B5AC3047C28AE6198EEB560CC2"><p>​But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,<br> and it shall be holy;<br> and the house of Jacob shall take possession of those who dispossessed them.<br> The house of Jacob shall be a fire,<br> the house of Joseph a flame,<br> and the house of Esau stubble;<br> they shall burn them and consume them,<br> and there shall be no survivor of the house of Esau; <br>or the LORD has spoken.<br> Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,<br> and those of the Shephelah the land of the Philistines;<br> they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria, <br>and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.<br> The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah<br> shall possess Phoenicia as far as Zarephath;<br> and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad<br> shall possess the towns of the Negeb.<br> Those who have been saved shall go up to Mount Zion<br> to rule Mount Esau;<br> and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.</p></div>10/17/2018Obadiah 10-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1754http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1754<div class="ExternalClassC786C525CCF44CE8891A22FCE3A52A5E"><p>​For the slaughter and violence done to your brother Jacob,<br> shame shall cover you,<br> and you shall be cut off forever.<br> On the day that you stood aside,<br> on the day that strangers carried off his wealth,<br> and foreigners entered his gates<br> and cast lots for Jerusalem,<br> you too were like one of them.<br> But you should not have gloated over your brother<br> on the day of his misfortune;<br> you should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah<br> on the day of their ruin;<br> you should not have boasted<br> on the day of distress.<br> You should not have entered the gate of my people<br> on the day of their calamity;<br> you should not have joined in the gloating over Judah's disaster<br> on the day of his calamity;<br> you should not have looted his goods<br> on the day of his calamity.<br> You should not have stood at the crossings<br> to cut off his fugitives;<br> you should not have handed over his survivors<br> on the day of distress.<br> For the day of the LORD is near against all the nations.<br> As you have done, it shall be done to you;<br> your deeds shall return on your own head.<br> For as you have drunk on my holy mountain,<br> all the nations around you shall drink;<br> they shall drink and gulp down,<br> and shall be as though they had never been.</p></div>10/16/2018Obadiah 1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1753http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1753<div class="ExternalClassBAE79EA3575848AD8C802E12DE38B593"><p>The vision of Obadiah.<br> Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom&#58;<br> We have heard a report from the LORD,<br> and a messenger has been sent among the nations&#58;<br> &quot;Rise up! Let us rise against it for battle!&quot;<br> I will surely make you least among the nations;<br> you shall be utterly despised.<br> Your proud heart has deceived you,<br> you that live in the clefts of the rock,<br> whose dwelling is in the heights.<br> You say in your heart,<br> &quot;Who will bring me down to the ground?&quot;<br> Though you soar aloft like the eagle,<br> though your nest is set among the stars,<br> from there I will bring you down, <br>says the LORD.</p><p>If thieves came to you,<br> if plunderers by night<br> &#160;— how you have been destroyed! — <br>would they not steal only what they wanted?<br> If grape-gatherers came to you,<br> would they not leave gleanings?<br> How Esau has been pillaged,<br> his treasures searched out!<br> All your allies have deceived you,<br> they have driven you to the border;<br> your confederates have prevailed against you;<br> those who ate your bread have set a trap for you — <br>there is no understanding of it.<br> On that day, says the LORD,<br> I will destroy the wise out of Edom,<br> and understanding out of Mount Esau.<br> Your warriors shall be shattered, O Teman,<br> so that everyone from Mount Esau will be cut off.</p></div>10/15/2018Amos 5:6-7, 10-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1752http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1752<div class="ExternalClass45A19D3145CF4BC28AB6438BF5F30F17"><p><strong>​Twentieth-First Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Seek the LORD and live,<br> or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,<br> and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.<br> Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,<br> and bring righteousness to the ground!<br> They hate the one who reproves in the gate,<br> and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.<br> Therefore because you trample on the poor<br> and take from them levies of grain,<br> you have built houses of hewn stone,<br> but you shall not live in them;<br> you have planted pleasant vineyards,<br> but you shall not drink their wine.<br> For I know how many are your transgressions,<br> and how great are your sins — <br>you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,<br> and push aside the needy in the gate.<br> Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;<br> for it is an evil time.<br> Seek good and not evil,<br> that you may live;<br> and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you,<br> just as you have said.<br> Hate evil and love good,<br> and establish justice in the gate;<br> it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,<br> will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.<br></p></div>10/14/2018