Job 22–24

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

2 “Can a man be profitable to God,

as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?

3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous?

Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?

4 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,

and enters into judgment with you?

5 Is not your wickedness great,

and your iniquity infinite?

6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing,

and stripped the naked of their clothing.

7 You have not given water to the weary to drink,

and you have withheld bread from the hungry.

8 But as for the mighty man, he possessed the earth,

and the honorable man lived in it.

9 You have sent widows away empty,

and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.

10 Therefore snares are all around you,

and sudden fear troubles you,

11 or darkness, so that you cannot see;

and an abundance of waters covers you.

12 “Is not God in the height of heaven?

And see the height of the stars, how high they are!

13 And you say, ‘What does God know?

Can He judge through the dark cloud?

14 Thick clouds are His covering, so He cannot see;

and He walks above the circle of heaven.’

15 Will you keep to the old way,

that wicked men have trod?

16 They were cut down before their time;

their foundations were swept away by a flood.

17 They said to God, ‘Depart from us,’

and, ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’

18 Yet He filled their houses with good things;

but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

19 “The righteous see it and are glad,

and the innocent laugh them to scorn:

20 ‘Surely our adversaries are cut down,

and the fire consumes their remnant.’

21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him and be at peace;

thereby good will come to you.

22 Receive, I pray, the teaching from His mouth,

and lay up His words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;

you will put away iniquity far from your tents.

24 Then you will lay up gold as dust,

and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold

and your precious silver;

26 for then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,

and will lift up your face unto God.

27 You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you,

and you will pay your vows.

28 You will also declare a matter, and it will be established unto you;

and the light will shine upon your ways.

29 When men are cast down, and you say, ‘There is a time of exaltation!’

then He will save the humble person.

30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent;

he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”

Chapter 23

1 Then Job answered:

2 “Today also my complaint is bitter;

my hand is heavy because of my groaning.

3 Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,

that I might come even to His seat!

4 I would present my case before Him

and fill my mouth with arguments.

5 I would know the words that He would answer me

and understand what He would say to me.

6 Will He plead against me with His great power?

No! But He would take note of me.

7 There the righteous might dispute with Him;

so would I be delivered forever from my Judge.

8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,

and backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

9 when He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;

He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.

10 But He knows the way that I take;

when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

11 My foot has held fast to His steps;

I have kept His way and have not turned aside.

12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;

I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

13 “But He is resolute, and who can turn Him?

And whatever His soul desires, that He does.

14 For He performs what is appointed for me,

and many such things are with Him.

15 Therefore I am troubled at His presence;

when I consider, I am afraid of Him.

16 For God makes my heart soft,

and the Almighty troubles me;

17 because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness,

nor has He covered the darkness from my face.

Chapter 24

1 “Since times of judgment are not kept by the Almighty,

why do they who know Him not see His days?

2 Some remove the landmarks;

they violently take away flocks and feed on them.

3 They drive away the donkey of the orphan;

they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.

4 They turn away the needy;

the poor of the earth are forced to hide.

5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert,

they go out to their work, rising early for a prey.

The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.

6 They gather their fodder in the field,

and they glean in the vineyard of the wicked.

7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing,

and they have no covering in the cold.

8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains

and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

9 They snatch the fatherless from the breast

and take a pledge from the poor.

10 They cause him to go naked without clothing,

and they take away the sheaf from the hungry.

11 They press out oil within their walls

and tread their winepresses, yet suffer thirst.

12 Men groan from outside the city,

and the soul of the wounded cries out;

yet God does not charge them with wrong.

13 “They are those who rebel against the light;

they do not know its ways

nor abide in its paths.

14 The murderer, rising with the light, kills the poor and needy,

and in the night he is like a thief.

15 Also the eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,

saying, ‘No eye will see me’;

and he disguises his face.

16 In the dark they break into houses,

which they had marked for themselves in the daytime;

they do not know the light.

17 For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death;

if someone recognizes them,

they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18 “He is swift as the waters.

Their portion is cursed in the earth.

They do not turn toward the way of the vineyards.

19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters;

so the grave consumes those who have sinned.

20 The womb will forget him;

the worm will feed sweetly on him;

he will be remembered no more,

and wickedness will be broken like a tree.

21 He preys on the barren who do not bear,

and does no good for the widow.

22 But God draws the mighty away with His power;

He rises up, and no man is sure of life.

23 He gives them security, and they rely on it;

yet His eyes are on their ways.

24 They are exalted for a little while but are gone and brought low;

they are taken out of the way like all others

and cut off as the tops of the grain.

25 “If it is not so, who will prove me a liar

and make my speech worth nothing?”

Acts 11

1 The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised disputed with him, 3 saying, “You went in and ate with uncircumcised men!”

4 Peter began explaining it to them in order, saying, 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying. And in a trance I saw a vision: A vessel like a great sheet was descending, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came to me. 6 I considered what I had observed and saw four-footed creatures and wild beasts and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’

8 “I said, ‘Not at all, Lord. For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’

9 “The voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times. And again everything was taken up into heaven.

11 “And immediately three men sent from Caesarea to me came to the house where I was. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. Moreover these six brothers came with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said to him, ‘Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter. 14 He will speak words to you by which you and all your household will be saved.’

15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as He fell on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?”

18 When they heard these things, they were silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then God has granted to the Gentiles also repentance unto life.”

19 Now those who were scattered by the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to no one except Jews. 20 Some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

22 News of these things came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and exhorted them all to remain with the Lord with a loyal heart. 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And many people were added to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a considerable crowd. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

27 In these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and prophesied by the Spirit that there would be a great famine throughout all the world, which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then every disciple, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. 30 Indeed they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.