Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 119-:57-64http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1115http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1115<div class="ExternalClass853FAF858B094A97BBA6088C260E16B1"><p>​The LORD is my portion;<br> I promise to keep your words.<br> I implore your favor with all my heart;<br> be gracious to me according to your promise.<br> When I think of your ways,<br> I turn my feet to your decrees;<br> I hurry and do not delay<br> to keep your commandments.<br> Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,<br> I do not forget your law.<br> At midnight I rise to praise you,<br> because of your righteous ordinances.<br> I am a companion of all who fear you,<br> of those who keep your precepts.<br> The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;<br> teach me your statutes.</p></div>02/21/2017Proverbs 25:11-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1114http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1114<div class="ExternalClass937B2A19485D4ED19C4A1E2D7B59114D"><p>​A word fitly spoken<br> is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.<br> Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold<br> is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.<br> Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest<br> are faithful messengers to those who send them;<br> they refresh the spirit of their masters.<br> Like clouds and wind without rain<br> is one who boasts of a gift never given.<br> With patience a ruler may be persuaded,<br> and a soft tongue can break bones.<br> If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,<br> or else, having too much, you will vomit it.<br> Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house,<br> otherwise the neighbor will become weary of you and hate you.<br> Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow<br> is one who bears false witness against a neighbor.<br> Like a bad tooth or a lame foot<br> is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble.<br> Like vinegar on a wound <br>is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.<br> Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood,<br> sorrow gnaws at the human heart. <br>If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat;<br> and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink;<br> for you will heap coals of fire on their heads,<br> and the LORD will reward you.</p></div>02/20/2017Matthew 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>02/16/2017