Day 180

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Job 16-18 (Listen)

Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

16:1 Then Job answered and said:

“I have heard many such things;
  miserable comforters are you all.
Shall windy words have an end?
  Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
  if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
  and shake my head at you.
I could strengthen you with my mouth,
  and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.

“If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
  and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
Surely now God has worn me out;
  he has [1] made desolate all my company.
And he has shriveled me up,
  which is a witness against me,
and my leanness has risen up against me;
  it testifies to my face.
He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;
  he has gnashed his teeth at me;
  my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
Men have gaped at me with their mouth;
  they have struck me insolently on the cheek;
  they mass themselves together against me.
God gives me up to the ungodly
  and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
  he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his target;
  his archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;
  he pours out my gall on the ground.
He breaks me with breach upon breach;
  he runs upon me like a warrior.
I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin
  and have laid my strength in the dust.
My face is red with weeping,
  and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
although there is no violence in my hands,
  and my prayer is pure.

“O earth, cover not my blood,
  and let my cry find no resting place.
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
  and he who testifies for me is on high.
My friends scorn me;
  my eye pours out tears to God,
that he would argue the case of a man with God,
  as [2] a son of man does with his neighbor.
For when a few years have come
  I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

17:1 “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;
  the graveyard is ready for me.
Surely there are mockers about me,
  and my eye dwells on their provocation.

“Lay down a pledge for me with yourself;
  who is there who will put up security for me?
Since you have closed their hearts to understanding,
  therefore you will not let them triumph.
He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property—
  the eyes of his children will fail.

“He has made me a byword of the peoples,
  and I am one before whom men spit.
My eye has grown dim from vexation,
  and all my members are like a shadow.
The upright are appalled at this,
  and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
Yet the righteous holds to his way,
  and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
But you, come on again, all of you,
  and I shall not find a wise man among you.
My days are past; my plans are broken off,
  the desires of my heart.
They make night into day:
  ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’ [3]
If I hope for Sheol as my house,
  if I make my bed in darkness,
if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
  and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
where then is my hope?
  Who will see my hope?
Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?
  Shall we descend together into the dust?”

Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you hunt for words?
  Consider, and then we will speak.
Why are we counted as cattle?
  Why are we stupid in your sight?
You who tear yourself in your anger,
  shall the earth be forsaken for you,
  or the rock be removed out of its place?

“Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out,
  and the flame of his fire does not shine.
The light is dark in his tent,
  and his lamp above him is put out.
His strong steps are shortened,
  and his own schemes throw him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
  and he walks on its mesh.
A trap seizes him by the heel;
  a snare lays hold of him.
A rope is hidden for him in the ground,
  a trap for him in the path.
Terrors frighten him on every side,
  and chase him at his heels.
His strength is famished,
  and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
It consumes the parts of his skin;
  the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
  and is brought to the king of terrors.
In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
  sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
His roots dry up beneath,
  and his branches wither above.
His memory perishes from the earth,
  and he has no name in the street.
He is thrust from light into darkness,
  and driven out of the world.
He has no posterity or progeny among his people,
  and no survivor where he used to live.
They of the west are appalled at his day,
  and horror seizes them of the east.
Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
  such is the place of him who knows not God.”

Acts 9:1-22 (Listen)

The Conversion of Saul

9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.

Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues

For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.


[1] 16:7 Hebrew you have; also verse 8
[2] 16:21 Hebrew and
[3] 17:12 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain



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