Job 34–35

1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said:

2 “Hear my words, O you wise men;

and give ear unto me, you that have knowledge.

3 For the ear tests words,

as the mouth tastes food.

4 Let us choose justice for ourselves;

let us know among ourselves what is good.

5 “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,

but God has taken away my judgment.

6 Should I lie concerning my right?

My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

7 What man is like Job,

who drinks scorn like water,

8 who goes in company with the workers of iniquity

and walks with wicked men?

9 For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing

that he should delight himself in God.’

10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:

Far be it from God that He should do wickedness,

and from the Almighty that He should commit iniquity.

11 He will repay a man for his work,

and cause every man to find what is according to his ways.

12 Yes, surely God will not do wickedly,

nor will the Almighty pervert judgment.

13 Who has given Him charge over the earth?

Or who has set in order the whole world?

14 If He sets His heart on man,

if He gathers unto Himself His Spirit and His breath,

15 all flesh will perish together,

and man will turn again to dust.

16 “If now you have understanding, hear this;

listen to the voice of my words:

17 Should he who hates justice govern?

And will you condemn Him who is most just?

18 Is it fitting to say to a king, ‘You are wicked’?

And to princes, ‘You are ungodly’?

19 Yet He is not partial to princes,

nor does He regard the rich more than the poor.

For they all are the work of His hands.

20 In a moment they will die,

and the people will be troubled at midnight and pass away,

and the mighty will be taken away without a hand.

21 “For His eyes are upon the ways of man,

and He sees all his goings.

22 There is no darkness nor shadow of death

where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23 For He will not lay upon man more than right,

that he should enter into judgment with God.

24 He will break in pieces mighty men without number,

and set others in their place.

25 Therefore He knows their works,

and He overturns them in the night

so that they are destroyed.

26 He strikes them as wicked men

in the open sight of others,

27 because they turned back from Him

and would not consider any of His ways,

28 so that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto Him;

and He hears the cry of the afflicted.

29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?

And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him,

whether it is done against a nation or against a man only?

30 That the hypocrite should not reign,

lest the people be ensnared.

31 “Should anyone say to God,

‘I have borne chastisement, I will offend no more;

32 teach me what I do not see;

if I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?

33 Should it be according to your mind?

He will repay it, whether you refuse or whether you choose,

and not I; therefore speak what you know.

34 “Let men of understanding say to me,

wise men who listen to me:

35 ‘Job has spoken without knowledge,

and his words were without wisdom.’

36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end,

because he answers like wicked men.

37 For he adds rebellion unto his sin;

he claps his hands among us,

and multiplies his words against God.”

Chapter 35

1 Elihu spoke again and said:

2 “Do you think this is right,

that you say, ‘My righteousness is before God’?

3 For you said, ‘What advantage will it be to me?

What profit will I have if I am cleansed from my sin?’

4 “I will answer you,

and your companions with you.

5 Look unto the heavens and see,

and behold the clouds that are higher than you.

6 If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?

Or if your transgressions are multiplied, what does it do to Him?

7 If you are righteous, what does it give Him?

Or what does He receive from your hand?

8 Your wickedness may hurt a man like you,

and your righteousness may profit a son of man.

9 “Because of the many oppressions they cry out;

they cry out because of the arm of the mighty.

10 But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker,

who gives songs in the night,

11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,

and makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’

12 There they cry out, but He does not answer

because of the pride of evil men.

13 Surely God will not hear vanity,

nor will the Almighty regard it.

14 Although you say you do not see Him,

yet judgment is before Him,

and you must trust in Him.

15 But now, because He has not punished in His anger,

nor taken much notice of folly,

16 therefore Job opens his mouth in vain;

he multiplies words without knowledge.”

Acts 15:1–21

1 Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised in the tradition of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others among them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 3 So being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared what God had done through them.

5 Then some believers of the sect of the Pharisees rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.”

6 The apostles and elders assembled to consider this matter. 7 After much disputing, Peter rose up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago God decided among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, approved of them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, 9 and made no distinction between them and us, and purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why test God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

12 The entire assembly remained silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they had become silent, James answered, “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simon has declared how God first visited the Gentiles to take from among them a people for His name. 15 With this the words of the prophets agree. As it is written:

16 ‘After this I will return,

and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen;

I will rebuild its ruins,

and I will set it up;

17 that the rest of men may seek the Lord,

and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

says the Lord who does all these things.’

18 Known to God are all His works since the beginning of the world.

19 “Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them to abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had in every city since early generations those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”