Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2008http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2008<div class="ExternalClass4D1A26AE4F8C4C6DBCB61CC7C80F0A28"><p><strong>​The Holy Trinity</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>Does not wisdom call,<br> and does not understanding raise her voice?<br> <sup>2</sup>On the heights, beside the way,<br> at the crossroads she takes her stand;<br> <sup>3</sup>beside the gates in front of the town,<br> at the entrance of the portals she cries out&#58;<br> <sup>4</sup>&quot;To you, O people, I call,<br> and my cry is to all that live.<br> <sup>22</sup>The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, <br>the first of his acts of long ago.<br> <sup>23</sup>Ages ago I was set up,<br> at the first, before the beginning of the earth.<br> <sup>24</sup>When there were no depths I was brought forth,<br> when there were no springs abounding with water.<br> <sup>25</sup>Before the mountains had been shaped,<br> before the hills, I was brought forth — <br><sup>26</sup>when he had not yet made earth and fields, <br>or the world's first bits of soil.<br> <sup>27</sup>When he established the heavens, I was there,<br> when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,<br> <sup>28</sup>when he made firm the skies above,<br> when he established the fountains of the deep,<br> <sup>29</sup>when he assigned to the sea its limit,<br> so that the waters might not transgress his command,<br> when he marked out the foundations of the earth,<br> <sup>30</sup>then I was beside him, like a master worker; <br>and I was daily his delight,<br> rejoicing before him always,<br> <sup>31</sup>rejoicing in his inhabited world<br> and delighting in the human race.<br></p></div>06/16/2019Proverbs 4:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2007http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2007<div class="ExternalClassBDA78740B45D48AE85DF1425C7E0246C"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Listen, children, to a father's instruction,<br> and be attentive, that you may now insight;<br> <sup>2</sup>for I give you good precepts&#58;<br> do not forsake my teaching.<br> <sup>3</sup>When I was a son with my father,<br> tender, and my mother's favorite,<br> <sup>4</sup>he taught me, and said to me,<br> &quot;Let your heart hold fast my words;<br> keep my commandments, and live.<br> <sup>5</sup>Get wisdom; get insight&#58; do not forget, nor turn away<br> from the words of my mouth.<br> <sup>6</sup>Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;<br> love her, and she will guard you.<br> <sup>7</sup>The beginning of wisdom is this&#58; Get wisdom,<br> and whatever else you get, get insight.<br> <sup>8</sup>Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;<br> she will honor you if you embrace her.<br> <sup>9</sup>She will place on your head a fair garland;<br> she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.&quot;</p></div>06/15/2019Proverbs 3:19-26http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2006http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2006<div class="ExternalClass755F5FC6D5464011BE12AB9700BDEBC3"><p>​<sup>19</sup>The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;<br> by understanding he established the heavens;<br> <sup>20</sup>by his knowledge the deeps broke open,<br> and the clouds drop down the dew.<br> <sup>21</sup>My child, do not let these escape from your sight&#58;<br> keep sound wisdom and prudence,<br> <sup>22</sup>and they will be life for your soul<br> and adornment for your neck.<br> <sup>23</sup>Then you will walk on your way securely<br> and your foot will not stumble.<br> <sup>24</sup>If you sit down, you will not be afraid;<br> when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.<br> <sup>25</sup>Do not be afraid of sudden panic,<br> or of the storm that strikes the wicked;<br> <sup>26</sup>for the LORD will be your confidence<br> and will keep your foot from being caught.</p></div>06/14/2019Proverbs 3:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2005http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2005<div class="ExternalClass3EBF933D998646A9A678BED798EAFC93"><p>​<sup>13</sup>Happy are those who find wisdom,<br> and those who get understanding,<br> <sup>14</sup>for her income is better than silver,<br> and her revenue better than gold.<br> <sup>15</sup>She is more precious than jewels,<br> and nothing you desire can compare with her.<br> <sup>16</sup>Long life is in her right hand;<br> in her left hand are riches and honor.<br> <sup>17</sup>Her ways are ways of pleasantness,<br> and all her paths are peace.<br> <sup>18</sup>She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;<br> those who hold her fast are called happy.</p></div>06/13/2019Numbers 24:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2004http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2004<div class="ExternalClass1AB74CC1891D474E862605F82FB663A4"><p><sup>1</sup>Now Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, so he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. <sup>2</sup>Balaam looked up and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. Then the spirit of God came upon him, <sup>3</sup>and he uttered his oracle, saying&#58;<br> &quot;The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,<br> the oracle of the man whose eye is clear, <br><sup>4</sup>the oracle of one who hears the words of God,<br> who sees the vision of the Almighty,<br> who falls down, but with eyes uncovered&#58;<br> <sup>5</sup>how fair are your tents, O Jacob,<br> your encampments, O Israel!<br> <sup>6</sup>Like palm groves that stretch far away,<br> like gardens beside a river,<br> like aloes that the LORD has planted,<br> like cedar trees beside the waters.<br> <sup>7</sup>Water shall flow from his buckets,<br> and his seed shall have abundant water,<br> his king shall be higher than Agag,<br> and his kingdom shall be exalted.<br> <sup>8</sup>God who brings him out of Egypt,<br> is like the horns of a wild ox for him;<br> he shall devour the nations that are his foes<br> and break their bones.<br> He shall strike with his arrows.<br> <sup>9</sup>He crouched, he lay down like a lion,<br> and like a lioness; who will rouse him up?<br> Blessed is everyone who blesses you,<br> and cursed is everyone who curses you.&quot;</p><p><sup>0</sup>Then Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, &quot;I summoned you to curse my enemies, but instead you have blessed them these three times. <sup>11</sup>Now be off with you! Go home! I said, 'I will reward you richly,' but the LORD has denied you any reward.&quot; <sup>12</sup>And Balaam said to Balak, &quot;Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, <sup>13</sup>'If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD says, that is what I will say'? <sup>14</sup>So now, I am going to my people; let me advise you what this people will do to your people in days to come.&quot;</p></div>06/12/2019Psalm 112http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2003http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2003<div class="ExternalClass98B345C221CD42EEA213DC0AE10F6430"><p><strong>​Barnabas, Apostle</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>Praise the LORD!<br> Happy are those who fear the LORD,<br> who greatly delight in his commandments.<br> <sup>2</sup>Their descendants will be mighty in the land;<br> the generation of the upright will be blessed.<br> <sup>3</sup>Wealth and riches are in their houses,<br> and their righteousness endures forever.<br> <sup>4</sup>They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;<br> they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.<br> <sup>5</sup>It is well with those who deal generously and lend,<br> who conduct their affairs with justice.<br> <sup>6</sup>For the righteous will never be moved;<br> they will be remembered forever.<br> <sup>7</sup>They are not afraid of evil tidings;<br> their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD.<br> <sup>8</sup>Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;<br> in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.<br> <sup>9</sup>They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;<br> their righteousness endures forever;<br> their horn is exalted in honor.<br> <sup>10</sup>The wicked see it and are angry;<br> they gnash their teeth and melt away;<br> the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.<br></p></div>06/11/2019