Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2603https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2603<div class="ExternalClass622082F94A78467BBE9B7BEB66023F01"><p>​<sup>1</sup>O LORD, you have searched me and known me.<br> <sup>2</sup>You know when I sit down and when I rise up;<br> you discern my thoughts from far away.<br> <sup>3</sup>You search out my path and my lying down,<br> and are acquainted with all my ways.<br> <sup>4</sup>Even before a word is on my tongue,<br> O LORD, you know it completely.<br> <sup>5</sup>You hem me in, behind and before,<br> and lay your hand upon me.<br> <sup>6</sup>Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;<br> it is so high that I cannot attain it.<br> <sup>13</sup>For it was you who formed my inward parts;<br> you knit me together in my mother's womb.<br> <sup>14</sup>I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.<br> Wonderful are your works;<br> that I know very well.<br> <sup>15</sup>My frame was not hidden from you,<br> when I was being made in secret,<br> intricately woven in the depths of the earth.<br> <sup>16</sup>Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.<br> In your book were written<br> all the days that were formed for me,<br> when none of them as yet existed.<br> <sup>17</sup>How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!<br> How vast is the sum of them!<br> <sup>18</sup>I try to count them — they are more than the sand;<br> I come to the end — I am still with you.<br></p></div>01/16/2021Judges 2:16-23https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2602https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2602<div class="ExternalClass33F618136FF5499E9C2B687427030CD9"><p>​<sup>16</sup>Then the LORD raised up judges, who delivered them out of the power of those who plundered them.&#160;<sup>17</sup>Yet they did not listen even to their judges; for they lusted after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their ancestors had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD; they did not follow their example.&#160;<sup>18</sup>Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the LORD would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them.&#160;<sup>19</sup>But whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than their ancestors, following other gods, worshiping them and bowing down to them. They would not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.&#160;<sup>20</sup>So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel; and he said, &quot;Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their ancestors, and have not obeyed my voice,&#160;<sup>21</sup>I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died.&quot;&#160;<sup>22</sup>In order to test Israel, whether or not they would take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their ancestors did,&#160;<sup>23</sup>the LORD had left those nations, not driving them out at once, and had not handed them over to Joshua.<br></p></div>01/15/2021Judges 2:6-15https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2601https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2601<div class="ExternalClass858DFF0478C14C7B9C191700B0A5701D"><p><sup>6</sup>When Joshua dismissed the people, the Israelites all went to their own inheritances to take possession of the land.&#160;<sup>7</sup>The people worshiped the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel.&#160;<sup>8</sup>Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of one hundred ten years.&#160;<sup>9</sup>So they buried him within the bounds of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.&#160;<sup>10</sup>Moreover, that whole generation was gathered to their ancestors, and another generation grew up after them, who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.</p><p><sup>11</sup>Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and worshiped the Baals;&#160;<sup>12</sup>and they abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they followed other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were all around them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger.&#160;<sup>13</sup>They abandoned the LORD, and worshiped Baal and the Astartes.&#160;<sup>14</sup>So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers who plundered them, and he sold them into the power of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.&#160;<sup>15</sup>Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them to bring misfortune, as the LORD had warned them and sworn to them; and they were in great distress.<br></p></div>01/14/2021John 1:29-34https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2600https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2600<div class="ExternalClass874DA6B2222E4076802621C937EE610A"><p>​<sup>29</sup>The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, &quot;Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!&#160;<sup>30</sup>This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'&#160;<sup>31</sup>I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.&quot;&#160;<sup>32</sup>And John testified, &quot;I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.&#160;<sup>33</sup>I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'&#160;<sup>34</sup>And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.&quot;<br></p></div>01/13/2021Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2597https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2597<div class="ExternalClassB5743F8003DF47919B881D8C39AA1725"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Save me, O God,<br> for the waters have come up to my neck.<br> <sup>2</sup>I sink in deep mire,<br> where there is no foothold;<br> I have come into deep waters,<br> and the flood sweeps over me.<br> <sup>3</sup>I am weary with my crying;<br> my throat is parched.<br> My eyes grow dim<br> with waiting for my God.<br> <sup>4</sup>More in number than the hairs of my head<br> are those who hate me without cause;<br> many are those who would destroy me,<br> my enemies who accuse me falsely.<br> What I did not steal<br> must I now restore?<br> <sup>5</sup>O God, you know my folly;<br> the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.<br> <sup>30</sup>I will praise the name of God with a song;<br> I will magnify him with thanksgiving.<br> <sup>31</sup>This will please the LORD more than an ox<br> or a bull with horns and hoofs.<br> <sup>32</sup>Let the oppressed see it and be glad;<br> you who seek God, let your hearts revive.<br> <sup>33</sup>For the LORD hears the needy,<br> and does not despise his own that are in bonds.<br> <sup>34</sup>Let heaven and earth praise him,<br> the seas and everything that moves in them.<br> <sup>35</sup>For God will save Zion<br> and rebuild the cities of Judah;<br> and his servants shall live there and possess it;<br> <sup>36</sup>the children of his servants shall inherit it,<br> and those who love his name shall live in it.<br></p></div>01/12/2021Romans 4:1-12https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2596https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2596<div class="ExternalClass67F61992A575410DBC64E63EF371C9A1"><p><sup>1</sup>What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?&#160;<sup>2</sup>For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.&#160;<sup>3</sup>For what does the scripture say? &quot;Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.&quot;&#160;<sup>4</sup>Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.&#160;<sup>5</sup>But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.&#160;<sup>6</sup>So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works&#58;<br> <sup>7</sup>&quot;Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,<br> and whose sins are covered;<br> <sup>8</sup>blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.&quot;</p><p><sup>9</sup>Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, &quot;Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.&quot;&#160;<sup>10</sup>How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.&#160;<sup>11</sup>He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them,&#160;<sup>12</sup>and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.<br></p></div>01/11/2021