Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 35:11-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718<div class="ExternalClassA551CD6F231B4178904538944E5C1FCF"><p>​Malicious witnesses rise up;<br> they ask me about things I do not know.<br> They repay me evil for good;<br> my soul is forlorn.<br> But as for me, when they were sick,<br> I wore sackcloth;<br> I afflicted myself with fasting.<br> I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,<br> as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;<br> I went about as one who laments for a mother,<br> bowed down and in mourning.<br> But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,<br> they gathered together against me;<br> ruffians whom I did not know<br> tore at me without ceasing;<br> they impiously mocked more and more,<br> gnashing at me with their teeth.<br> How long, O LORD, will you look on?<br> Rescue me from their ravages,<br> my life from the lions!<br> Then I will thank you in the great congregation;<br> in the mighty throng I will praise you.<br> Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,<br> or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.<br> For they do not speak peace,<br> but they conceive deceitful words<br> against those who are quiet in the land.<br> They open wide their mouths against me;<br> they say, &quot;Aha, Aha,<br> our eyes have seen it.&quot;<br> You have seen, O LORD; do not be silent!<br> O LORD, do not be far from me!<br> Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense,<br> for my cause, my God and my LORD!<br> Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,<br> according to your righteousness,<br> and do not let them rejoice over me.<br> Do not let them say to themselves,<br> &quot;Aha, we have our heart's desire.&quot;<br> Do not let them say, &quot;We have swallowed you up.&quot;<br> Let all those who rejoice at my calamity<br> be put to shame and confusion;<br> let those who exalt themselves against me<br> be clothed with shame and dishonor.<br> Let those who desire my vindication<br> shout for joy and be glad,<br> and say evermore,<br> &quot;Great is the LORD,<br> who delights in the welfare of his servant.&quot;<br> Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness<br> and of your praise all day long.</p></div>02/09/2016Acts 10:9-23ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/717http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/717<div class="ExternalClassB7AAE4CD90964B59AAC3E098BD2AA046"><p>About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, &quot;Get up, Peter; kill and eat.&quot; But Peter said, &quot;By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.&quot; The voice said to him again, a second time, &quot;What God has made clean, you must not call profane.&quot; This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.</p><p>Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon's house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, &quot;Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.&quot; So Peter went down to the men and said, &quot;I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?&quot; They answered, &quot;Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.&quot; So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.</p><p>The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him.</p></div>02/08/2016Exodus 34:29-35http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/716http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/716<div class="ExternalClass2B49ECDCF21C42D18844DF8767D68CD7"><p>​Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.</p></div>02/07/2016Deuteronomy 9:15-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/715http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/715<div class="ExternalClass13C8423FB28A4EF7A35ECA8634077757"><p>So I turned and went down from the mountain, while the mountain was ablaze; the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. Then I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God, by casting for yourselves an image of a calf; you had been quick to turn from the way that the LORD had commanded you. So I took hold of the two tablets and flung them from my two hands, smashing them before your eyes. Then I lay prostrate before the LORD as before, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin you had committed, provoking the LORD by doing what was evil in his sight. For I was afraid that the anger that the LORD bore against you was so fierce that he would destroy you. But the LORD listened to me that time also. The LORD was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him, but I interceded also on behalf of Aaron at that same time. Then I took the sinful thing you had made, the calf, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it thoroughly, until it was reduced to dust; and I threw the dust of it into the stream that runs down the mountain.</p><p>At Taberah also, and at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah, you provoked the LORD to wrath. And when the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, &quot;Go up and occupy the land that I have given you,&quot; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God, neither trusting him nor obeying him. You have been rebellious against the LORD as long as he has known you.</p></div>02/06/2016Deuteronomy 9:6-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/714http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/714<div class="ExternalClassC9661982B5B045B1A604A5D7C67AA1D6"><p>Know, then, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to occupy because of your righteousness; for you are a stubborn people. Remember and do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; you have been rebellious against the LORD from the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place.</p><p>Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you. When I went up the mountain to receive the stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water. And the LORD gave me the two stone tablets written with the finger of God; on them were all the words that the LORD had spoken to you at the mountain out of the fire on the day of the assembly. At the end of forty days and forty nights the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant. Then the LORD said to me, &quot;Get up, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought from Egypt have acted corruptly. They have been quick to turn from the way that I commanded them; they have cast an image for themselves.&quot; Furthermore the LORD said to me, &quot;I have seen that this people is indeed a stubborn people. Let me alone that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and more numerous than they.&quot;</p></div>02/05/2016Deuteronomy 9:1-5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/713http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/713<div class="ExternalClass6DC2E7849FC14CC2906D5090531EDB2B"><p>Hear, O Israel! You are about to cross the Jordan today, to go in and dispossess nations larger and mightier than you, great cities, fortified to the heavens, a strong and tall people, the offspring of the Anakim, whom you know. You have heard it said of them, &quot;Who can stand up to the Anakim?&quot; Know then today that the LORD your God is the one who crosses over before you as a devouring fire; he will defeat them and subdue them before you, so that you may dispossess and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.</p><p>When the LORD your God thrusts them out before you, do not say to yourself, &quot;It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to occupy this land&quot;; it is rather because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you are going in to occupy their land; but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is dispossessing them before you, in order to fulfill the promise that the LORD made on oath to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.</p></div>02/04/2016