Day 186

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Job 31-32 (Listen)

Job's Final Appeal

31:1 的 have made a covenant with my eyes;
  how then could I gaze at a virgin?
What would be my portion from God above
  and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
  and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
Does not he see my ways
  and number all my steps?

的f I have walked with falsehood
  and my foot has hastened to deceit;
(Let me be weighed in a just balance,
  and let God know my integrity!)
if my step has turned aside from the way
  and my heart has gone after my eyes,
  and if any spot has stuck to my hands,
then let me sow, and another eat,
  and let what grows for me [1] be rooted out.

的f my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
  and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,
then let my wife grind for another,
  and let others bow down on her.
For that would be a heinous crime;
  that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon,
  and it would burn to the root all my increase.

的f I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
  when they brought a complaint against me,
what then shall I do when God rises up?
  When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
  And did not one fashion us in the womb?

的f I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
  or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
or have eaten my morsel alone,
  and the fatherless has not eaten of it
(for from my youth the fatherless [2] grew up with me as with a father,
  and from my mother's womb I guided the widow [3]),
if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
  or the needy without covering,
if his body has not blessed me, [4]
  and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
  because I saw my help in the gate,
then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
  and let my arm be broken from its socket.
For I was in terror of calamity from God,
  and I could not have faced his majesty.

的f I have made gold my trust
  or called fine gold my confidence,
if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
  or because my hand had found much,
if I have looked at the sun [5] when it shone,
  or the moon moving in splendor,
and my heart has been secretly enticed,
  and my mouth has kissed my hand,
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
  for I would have been false to God above.

的f I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
  or exulted when evil overtook him
(I have not let my mouth sin
  by asking for his life with a curse),
if the men of my tent have not said,
  糎ho is there that has not been filled with his meat?
(the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
  I have opened my doors to the traveler),
if I have concealed my transgressions as others do [6]
  by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
because I stood in great fear of the multitude,
  and the contempt of families terrified me,
  so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors
Oh, that I had one to hear me!
  (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!)
  Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary!
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
  I would bind it on me as a crown;
I would give him an account of all my steps;
  like a prince I would approach him.

的f my land has cried out against me
  and its furrows have wept together,
if I have eaten its yield without payment
  and made its owners breathe their last,
let thorns grow instead of wheat,
  and foul weeds instead of barley.

The words of Job are ended.

Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends

32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.

And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said:

的 am young in years,
  and you are aged;
therefore I was timid and afraid
  to declare my opinion to you.
I said, 銑et days speak,
  and many years teach wisdom.
But it is the spirit in man,
  the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
It is not the old [7] who are wise,
  nor the aged who understand what is right.
Therefore I say, 銑isten to me;
  let me also declare my opinion.

釘ehold, I waited for your words,
  I listened for your wise sayings,
  while you searched out what to say.
I gave you my attention,
  and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job
  or who answered his words.
Beware lest you say, 糎e have found wisdom;
  God may vanquish him, not a man.
He has not directed his words against me,
  and I will not answer him with your speeches.

典hey are dismayed; they answer no more;
  they have not a word to say.
And shall I wait, because they do not speak,
  because they stand there, and answer no more?
I also will answer with my share;
  I also will declare my opinion.
For I am full of words;
  the spirit within me constrains me.
Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent;
  like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak, that I may find relief;
  I must open my lips and answer.
I will not show partiality to any man
  or use flattery toward any person.
For I do not know how to flatter,
  else my Maker would soon take me away.

Acts 13:1-23 (Listen)

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, [8] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 鉄et apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, 添ou son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time. Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia

Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, 釘rothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it. So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:

溺en of Israel and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he put up with [9] them in the wilderness. And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 選 have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will. Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.


[1] 31:8 Or let my descendants
[2] 31:18 Hebrew he
[3] 31:18 Hebrew her
[4] 31:20 Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
[5] 31:26 Hebrew the light
[6] 31:33 Or as Adam did
[7] 32:9 Hebrew many [in years]
[8] 13:1 Niger is a Latin word meaning black, or dark
[9] 13:18 Some manuscripts he carried (compare Deuteronomy 1:31)



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