Job 32–33

1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused; his wrath was aroused against Job because he justified himself rather than God. 3 His wrath was aroused also against his three friends because they had found no answer and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now Elihu had waited until Job had spoken because they were older than he. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was aroused.

6 Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzite answered:

“I am young,

and you are very old;

therefore I was afraid

and dared not show you my opinion.

7 I said, ‘Age should speak,

and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’

8 But there is a spirit in man,

and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

9 Great men are not always wise,

nor do the aged always understand judgment.

10 “Therefore I say,

‘Listen to me; I will also declare my opinion.’

11 Indeed, I waited for your words;

I listened to your reasons,

while you searched out what to say.

12 Yes, I paid attention to you;

and surely none of you convinced Job

or answered his words.

13 Lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom’;

God will subdue him, not man.

14 Now he has not directed his words against me,

so I will not answer him with your speeches.

15 “They are amazed; they answer no more;

they cease speaking.

16 And I have waited,

(for they did not speak, but stood still and answered no more).

17 I said, ‘I also will answer my part;

I too will show my opinion.’

18 For I am full of words;

the spirit within me compels me.

19 See, my belly is like wine that has no vent;

it is ready to burst like new wineskins.

20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed;

I will open my lips and answer.

21 Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone,

nor let me give flattering titles to man.

22 For I do not know how to give flattering titles;

in so doing my Maker would soon take me away.

Chapter 33

1 “Therefore, Job, I pray, hear my speeches,

and listen to all my words.

2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth;

my tongue has spoken in my mouth.

3 My words will be from the uprightness of my heart,

and my lips will utter knowledge clearly.

4 The Spirit of God has made me,

and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.

5 If you can answer me,

set your words in order before me; stand up.

6 Surely I am before God like you;

I also am formed out of the clay.

7 Indeed, no dread of me will make you afraid,

nor will my hand be heavy upon you.

8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,

and I have heard the sound of your words, saying,

9 ‘I am clean, without transgression;

I am innocent, nor is there iniquity in me.

10 Behold, He finds occasions against me,

He counts me for His enemy;

11 He puts my feet in the stocks,

He watches all my paths.’

12 “Look, in this you are not just.

I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

13 Why do you strive against Him?

For He does not give an accounting for any of His words.

14 For God speaks once, yes twice,

yet man does not perceive it.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,

when deep sleep falls upon men,

in slumber on their beds,

16 then He opens the ears of men,

and seals their instruction,

17 that He might turn aside man from his purpose,

and conceal pride from man.

18 He keeps back his soul from the pit,

and his life from perishing by the sword.

19 “He is also chastened with pain on his bed,

and with strong pain in many of his bones,

20 so that his life abhors bread,

and his soul dainty food.

21 His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seen,

and his bones that were not seen stick out.

22 Yes, his soul draws near to the grave,

and his life to the executioners.

23 If there is a messenger for him,

an interpreter, one among a thousand,

to show to man what is right for him,

24 then He is gracious to him, and says,

‘Deliver him from going down to the pit;

I have found a ransom.’

25 His flesh will be fresher than a child’s;

he will return to the days of his youth;

26 he will pray to God, and He will be favorable unto him,

and he will see His face with joy,

for He will render unto man His righteousness.

27 Then he looks at men and says,

‘I have sinned and perverted what was right,

and it did not profit me.’

28 He will deliver his soul from going down to the pit,

and his life will see the light.

29 “Behold, God works all these things,

twice, three times with man,

30 to bring back his soul from the pit,

to be enlightened with the light of the living.

31 “Pay attention, Job, listen to me;

hold your peace, and I will speak.

32 If you have anything to say, answer me;

speak, for I desire to justify you.

33 If not, listen to me; hold your peace,

and I will teach you wisdom.”

Acts 14

1 At Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together and so spoke that a great crowd of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and embittered their minds against the brothers. 3 So they continued there a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to His gracious word, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Jews, and others with the apostles. 5 When an assault was planned by both Gentiles and Jews, with their leaders, to attack them and to stone them, 6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. 7 And there they preached the gospel.

8 In Lystra there sat a man, crippled in his feet, who had never walked and was lame from birth. 9 He heard Paul speaking, who looked intently at him and perceived that he had faith to be healed 10 and said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he jumped up and walked.

11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the main speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, who was in front of the city, brought bulls and garlands to the gates to offer sacrifices with the crowds.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, preaching to you to turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them, 16 who in times past allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying our hearts with food and gladness.” 18 With these words they scarcely restrained the crowds from sacrificing to them.

19 Then some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there and persuaded the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead. 20 But as the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. The next day he departed with Barnabas for Derbe.

21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the minds of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, to go through many afflictions and thus enter the kingdom of God. 23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed. 24 Then they passed throughout Pisidia and came to Pamphylia, 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia.

26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. 27 When they arrived and had assembled the church, they reported what God had done through them and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And there they stayed a long time with the disciples.