Job 17–19

1 “My spirit is broken,

my days are extinguished,

the grave is ready for me.

2 Are not mockers with me?

And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?

3 “Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.

Who is he who will shake hands with me?

4 For You have hidden their heart from understanding.

Therefore will You not exalt them.

5 He who speaks flattery to his friends,

even the eyes of his children will fail.

6 “And He has made me a byword of the people,

someone in whose face they spit.

7 My eye also is dim because of sorrow,

and all my members are like a shadow.

8 Upright men will be astonished at this,

and the innocent will stir up himself against the hypocrite.

9 The righteous also will hold to his way,

and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

10 “But as for you all, return and come now,

for I cannot find one wise man among you.

11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off,

even the thoughts of my heart.

12 They change the night into day;

the light is short because of darkness.

13 If I wait, the grave is my house;

I have made my bed in the darkness.

14 I have said to the pit, ‘You are my father’;

to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister.’

15 Where now is my hope?

As for my hope, who will see it?

16 Will they go down to the gates of Sheol?

Will we descend together in the dust?”

Chapter 18

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

2 “How long will it be until you put an end to words?

Gain understanding, and afterwards we will speak.

3 Why are we counted as beasts

and regarded as stupid in your sight?

4 You who tear yourself in anger,

will the earth be forsaken for you?

And will the rock be removed from its place?

5 “Yes, the light of the wicked will be put out,

and the spark of his fire will not shine.

6 The light will be dark in his tent,

and his candle beside him will be put out.

7 The steps of his strength will be shortened,

and his own counsel will cast him down.

8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet,

and he walks upon a snare.

9 The trap will take him by the heel,

and the snare will prevail against him.

10 The snare is laid for him in the ground,

and a trap for him in the path.

11 Terrors will make him afraid on every side

and will drive him to his feet.

12 His strength will be hungry,

and destruction will be ready at his side.

13 It will devour the parts of his skin;

the firstborn of death will devour his limbs.

14 His confidence will be rooted out of his tent,

and it will bring him to the king of terrors.

15 They dwell in his tent who have no part with him;

brimstone will be scattered upon his habitation.

16 His roots will be dried up beneath,

and above his branch will dry up.

17 The memory of him will perish from the earth,

and he will have no name in the street.

18 He will be driven from light into darkness,

and chased out of the world.

19 He has neither descendant nor posterity among his people,

nor anyone remaining in his dwellings.

20 They who come after him will be astonished at his day,

as they who went before were seized with fright.

21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,

and this is the place of him who does not know God.”

Chapter 19

1 Then Job answered:

2 “How long will you torment my soul

and break me in pieces with words?

3 These ten times you have reproached me;

you are not ashamed that you have wronged me.

4 And if indeed I have erred,

my error remains with me.

5 If indeed you exalt yourselves against me

and plead against me with my disgrace,

6 know now that God has bent me

and has surrounded me with His net.

7 “Look, I cry out concerning wrong, but I am not heard;

I cry aloud, but there is no justice.

8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass,

and He has set darkness in my paths.

9 He has stripped me of my glory

and taken the crown from my head.

10 He has destroyed me on every side, and I am gone;

my hope He has uprooted like a tree.

11 He has also kindled His wrath against me,

and He counts me as one of His enemies.

12 His troops come together

and build up their road against me;

they set up camp all around my tent.

13 “He has removed my brothers far from me,

and my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.

14 My relatives have failed,

and my close friends have forgotten me.

15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants,

count me for a stranger;

I am a foreigner in their sight.

16 I called my servant, but he gave me no answer;

I begged him with my mouth.

17 My breath is offensive to my wife;

I am loathsome to the children of my own body.

18 Yes, young children despise me;

I arose, and they spoke against me.

19 All my close friends abhorred me,

and they whom I love are turned against me.

20 My bones cling to my skin and to my flesh,

and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21 “Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O you my friends,

for the hand of God has struck me!

22 Why do you persecute me as God does,

and are not satisfied with my flesh?

23 “Oh, that my words were written!

Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!

24 That they were engraved with an iron pen

and lead in the rock forever!

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,

and He will stand at last on the earth;

26 and after my skin is destroyed,

yet in my flesh I will see God,

27 whom I will see for myself,

and my eyes will behold, and not another.

How my heart yearns within me.

28 “If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’

since the root of the matter is found in me,

29 be afraid of the sword for yourselves;

for wrath brings the punishments of the sword,

that you may know there is a judgment.”

Acts 10:1–23

1 In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, the centurion of a band of soldiers called the Italian Detachment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave many alms to the people and continually prayed to God. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.”

4 When he looked at him he was afraid, and said, “What is it, Lord?”

He said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up as a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and bring back Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

7 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who continually waited on him. 8 When he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

9 The next day as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour. 10 He became very hungry and desired to eat. But while they prepared a meal, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened, and a vessel like a great sheet, tied at the four corners, descending to him, and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth and wild beasts and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

14 Peter said, “Not at all, Lord. For I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”

15 The voice spoke to him a second time: “What God has cleansed, do not call common.”

16 This happened three times. And again the vessel was taken up into heaven.

17 Now while Peter wondered what this vision which he had seen might mean, the men who were sent by Cornelius had inquired for Simon’s house and stood at the gate, 18 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there.

19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Three men are looking for you. 20 So rise and go down, and go with them, doubting nothing. For I have sent them.”

21 Then Peter went down to the men who were sent to him by Cornelius and said, “Here I am, the one you are seeking. Why have you come?”

22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a man who is righteous and fears God and is of good report throughout the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house to hear your words.” 23 Then he invited them in and gave them lodging.

The next day Peter went with them, and some brothers from Joppa accompanied him.