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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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August 16, 2015 - Pentecost 12, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Proverbs 9:1-10 for the Pentecost 12, series B, August 16, 2015.

It is from Large Catechism, Lord's Prayer, pages 417-418.

Wisdom is a marvelous virtue when one fears the Lord, has good judgment and productive efforts. It is appropriate that we ask God to give our civil authorities wisdom, strength and success.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


It would be very proper to place on the coat of arms of every pious prince a loaf of bread instead of a lion, or impress it on money. This would remind both princes and their subjects that by their office we have protection and peace. Without them, we could not eat our daily bread. Princes are worthy of honor. We should give to them for their office what we ought, as to people through whom we enjoy peace and quietness. We should pray for them that through them God may bestow more blessings and goods.

This petition [Give us this day our daily bread] extends through all conditions on earth, like when we ask God to give us food and drink, clothing, house and home, and health of body. Or when we ask that He cause the grain and fruit of the field to grow and mature well. Furthermore, we ask that He help us at home with good housekeeping and that He give and preserve for us a godly wife, children, and servants. We ask that He cause all we are engaged in to prosper and succeed, favor us with faithful neighbors and good friends. We ask that He give wisdom, strength, and success to emperors, kings, and especially to the rulers of our country and to all counselors, magistrates, and officers. Then they may govern well and vanquish the Turks and all enemies. We ask that He give to subjects and the common people obedience, peace, and harmony in their life with one another. (paragraphs 75-77)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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