Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Daniel 9:1-19https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2698https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2698<div class="ExternalClass6AED724AD8E542D6A7DB0F4AB05FA8A7"><p><sup>1</sup>In the first year of Darius son of Ahasuerus, by birth a Mede, who became king over the realm of the Chaldeans — <sup>2</sup>in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to the prophet Jeremiah, must be fulfilled for the devastation of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.</p><p><sup>3</sup>Then I turned to the Lord GOD, to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. <sup>4</sup>I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying,</p><p>&quot;Ah, LORD, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments, <sup>5</sup>we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. <sup>6</sup>We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.</p><p><sup>7</sup>Righteousness is on your side, O LORD, but open shame, as at this day, falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. <sup>8</sup>Open shame, O LORD, falls on us, our kings, our officials, and our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. <sup>9</sup>To the LORD our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him, <sup>10</sup>and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.<br> <sup>11</sup>All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. So the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against you. <sup>12</sup>He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers, by bringing upon us a calamity so great that what has been done against Jerusalem has never before been done under the whole heaven. <sup>13</sup>Just as it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us. We did not entreat the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and reflecting on his fidelity. <sup>14</sup>So the LORD kept watch over this calamity until he brought it upon us. Indeed, the LORD our God is right in all that he has done; for we have disobeyed his voice.</p><p><sup>15</sup>And now, O LORD our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made your name renowned even to this day — we have sinned, we have done wickedly. <sup>16</sup>O LORD, in view of all your righteous acts, let your anger and wrath, we pray, turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because of our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people have become a disgrace among all our neighbors. <sup>17</sup>Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your desolated sanctuary. <sup>18</sup>Incline your ear, O my God, and hear. Open your eyes and look at our desolation and the city that bears your name. We do not present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies. <sup>19</sup>O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, listen and act and do not delay! For your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people bear your name!&quot;<br></p></div>04/15/2021Psalm 135https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2697https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2697<div class="ExternalClassA579EFEBBA014FF68943A1F8381FC7A6"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Praise the LORD!<br> Praise the name of the LORD;<br> give praise, O servants of the LORD,<br> <sup>2</sup>you that stand in the house of the LORD,<br> in the courts of the house of our God.<br> <sup>3</sup>Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;<br> sing to his name, for he is gracious.<br> <sup>4</sup>For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,<br> Israel as his own possession.<br> <sup>5</sup>For I know that the LORD is great;<br> our LORD is above all gods.<br> <sup>6</sup>Whatever the LORD pleases he does,<br> in heaven and on earth,<br> in the seas and all deeps.<br> <sup>7</sup>He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;<br> he makes lightnings for the rain<br> and brings out the wind from his storehouses.<br> <sup>8</sup>He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,<br> both human beings and animals;<br> <sup>9</sup>he sent signs and wonders<br> into your midst, O Egypt,<br> against Pharaoh and all his servants.<br> <sup>10</sup>He struck down many nations<br> and killed mighty kings —<br> <sup>11</sup>Sihon, king of the Amorites,<br> and Og, king of Bashan,<br> and all the kingdoms of Canaan —<br> <sup>12</sup>and gave their land as a heritage,<br> a heritage to his people Israel.<br> <sup>13</sup>Your name, O LORD, endures forever,<br> your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.<br> <sup>14</sup>For the LORD will vindicate his people,<br> and have compassion on his servants.<br> <sup>15</sup>The idols of the nations are silver and gold,<br> the work of human hands.<br> <sup>16</sup>They have mouths, but they do not speak;<br> they have eyes, but they do not see;<br> <sup>17</sup>they have ears, but they do not hear,<br> and there is no breath in their mouths.<br> <sup>18</sup>Those who make them<br> and all who trust them<br> shall become like them.<br> <sup>19</sup>O house of Israel, bless the LORD!<br> O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!<br> <sup>20</sup>O house of Levi, bless the LORD!<br> You that fear the LORD, bless the LORD!<br> <sup>21</sup>Blessed be the LORD from Zion,<br> he who resides in Jerusalem.<br> Praise the LORD!<br></p></div>04/14/2021Daniel 6:1-28https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2696https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2696<div class="ExternalClass73437438FD3346FEAA12E655030C6DF1"><p><sup>1</sup>It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, stationed throughout the whole kingdom, <sup>2</sup>and over them three presidents, including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so that the king might suffer no loss. <sup>3</sup>Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. <sup>4</sup>So the presidents and the satraps tried to find grounds for complaint against Daniel in connection with the kingdom. But they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him. <sup>5</sup>The men said, &quot;We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.&quot;</p><p><sup>6</sup>So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to him, &quot;O King Darius, live forever! <sup>7</sup>All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions. <sup>8</sup>Now, O king, establish the interdict and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.&quot; <sup>9</sup>Therefore King Darius signed the document and interdict.</p><p><sup>10</sup>Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. <sup>11</sup>The conspirators came and found Daniel praying and seeking mercy before his God. <sup>12</sup>Then they approached the king and said concerning the interdict, &quot;O king! Did you not sign an interdict, that anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human, within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions?&quot; The king answered, &quot;The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.&quot; <sup>13</sup>Then they responded to the king, &quot;Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the interdict you have signed, but he is saying his prayers three times a day.&quot;</p><p><sup>14</sup>When the king heard the charge, he was very much distressed. He was determined to save Daniel, and until the sun went down he made every effort to rescue him. <sup>15</sup>Then the conspirators came to the king and said to him, &quot;Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.&quot;</p><p><sup>16</sup>Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, &quot;May your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you!&quot; <sup>17</sup>A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, so that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. <sup>18</sup>Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no food was brought to him, and sleep fled from him.</p><p><sup>19</sup>Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. <sup>20</sup>When he came near the den where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel, &quot;O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you faithfully serve been able to deliver you from the lions?&quot; <sup>21</sup>Daniel then said to the king, &quot;O king, live forever! <sup>22</sup>My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.&quot; <sup>23</sup>Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. <sup>24</sup>The king gave a command, and those who had accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the den of lions — they, their children, and their wives. Before they reached the bottom of the den the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.</p><p><sup>25</sup>Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language throughout the whole world&#58; &quot;May you have abundant prosperity! <sup>26</sup>I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel&#58;<br> For he is the living God,<br> enduring forever.<br> His kingdom shall never be destroyed,<br> and his dominion has no end.<br> <sup>27</sup>He delivers and rescues,<br> he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth;<br> for he has saved Daniel<br> from the power of the lions.&quot;<br> <sup>28</sup>So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.<br></p></div>04/13/2021Daniel 3:1-30https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2695https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2695<div class="ExternalClassDF9B47A2BC38453D81F287F98991D17C"><p><sup>1</sup>King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. <sup>2</sup>Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to assemble and come to the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. <sup>3</sup>So the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, assembled for the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When they were standing before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, <sup>4</sup>the herald proclaimed aloud, &quot;You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, <sup>5</sup>that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. <sup>6</sup>Whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.&quot; <sup>7</sup>Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.</p><p><sup>8</sup>Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. <sup>9</sup>They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, &quot;O king, live forever! <sup>10</sup>You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, <sup>11</sup>and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. <sup>12</sup>There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon&#58; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up.&quot;</p><p><sup>13</sup>Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. <sup>14</sup>Nebuchadnezzar said to them, &quot;Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? <sup>15</sup>Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?&quot;</p><p><sup>16</sup>Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, &quot;O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. <sup>17</sup>If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. <sup>18</sup>But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.&quot;</p><p><sup>19</sup>Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, <sup>20</sup>and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. <sup>21</sup>So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics, their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. <sup>22</sup>Because the king's command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. <sup>23</sup>But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.</p><p><sup>24</sup>Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, &quot;Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?&quot; They answered the king, &quot;True, O king.&quot; <sup>25</sup>He replied, &quot;But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.&quot; <sup>26</sup>Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, &quot;Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!&quot; So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. <sup>27</sup>And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. <sup>28</sup>Nebuchadnezzar said, &quot;Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king's command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. <sup>29</sup>Therefore I make a decree&#58; Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.&quot; <sup>30</sup>Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.<br></p></div>04/12/20211 John 1:1--2:2https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2694https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2694<div class="ExternalClass2632D3893BA1433EAD0BE6E0B59CE968"><p><strong>Second Sunday of Easter</strong></p><p><sup>1&#58;1</sup>We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — <sup>2</sup>this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us — <sup>3</sup>we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. <sup>4</sup>We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.</p><p><sup>5</sup>This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. <sup>6</sup>If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; <sup>7</sup>but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. <sup>8</sup>If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. <sup>9</sup>If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. <sup>10</sup>If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.</p><p><sup>2&#58;1</sup>My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; <sup>2</sup>and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.​</p></div>04/11/2021Daniel 2:24-29https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2693https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2693<div class="ExternalClassFE1091C68B6C4760AFF9555215B896FB"><p><sup>24</sup>Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, &quot;Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will give the king the interpretation.&quot;</p><p><sup>25</sup>Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him&#58; &quot;I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can tell the king the interpretation.&quot; <sup>26</sup>The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, &quot;Are you able to tell me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?&quot; <sup>27</sup>Daniel answered the king, &quot;No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, <sup>28</sup>but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed were these&#58; <sup>29</sup>To you, O king, as you lay in bed, came thoughts of what would be hereafter, and the revealer of mysteries disclosed to you what is to be.<br></p></div>04/10/2021