Day 187

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Job 33-34 (Listen)

Elihu Rebukes Job

33:1 “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
  and listen to all my words.
Behold, I open my mouth;
  the tongue in my mouth speaks.
My words declare the uprightness of my heart,
  and what my lips know they speak sincerely.
The Spirit of God has made me,
  and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Answer me, if you can;
  set your words in order before me; take your stand.
Behold, I am toward God as you are;
  I too was pinched off from a piece of clay.
Behold, no fear of me need terrify you;
  my pressure will not be heavy upon you.

“Surely you have spoken in my ears,
  and I have heard the sound of your words.
You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression;
  I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me.
Behold, he finds occasions against me,
  he counts me as his enemy,
he puts my feet in the stocks
  and watches all my paths.’

“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you,
  for God is greater than man.
Why do you contend against him,
  saying, ‘He will answer none of man's [1] words’? [2]
For God speaks in one way,
  and in two, though man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
  when deep sleep falls on men,
  while they slumber on their beds,
then he opens the ears of men
  and terrifies them with warnings,
that he may turn man aside from his deed
  and conceal pride from a man;
he keeps back his soul from the pit,
  his life from perishing by the sword.

“Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed
  and with continual strife in his bones,
so that his life loathes bread,
  and his appetite the choicest food.
His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen,
  and his bones that were not seen stick out.
His soul draws near the pit,
  and his life to those who bring death.
If there be for him an angel,
  a mediator, one of the thousand,
  to declare to man what is right for him,
and he is merciful to him, and says,
  ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit;
  I have found a ransom;
let his flesh become fresh with youth;
  let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
then man [3] prays to God, and he accepts him;
  he sees his face with a shout of joy,
and he restores to man his righteousness.
  He sings before men and says:
‘I sinned and perverted what was right,
  and it was not repaid to me.
He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit,
  and my life shall look upon the light.’

“Behold, God does all these things,
  twice, three times, with a man,
to bring back his soul from the pit,
  that he may be lighted with the light of life.
Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
  be silent, and I will speak.
If you have any words, answer me;
  speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, listen to me;
  be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”

Elihu Asserts God's Justice

34:1 Then Elihu answered and said:

“Hear my words, you wise men,
  and give ear to me, you who know;
for the ear tests words
  as the palate tastes food.
Let us choose what is right;
  let us know among ourselves what is good.
For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,
  and God has taken away my right;
in spite of my right I am counted a liar;
  my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’
What man is like Job,
  who drinks up scoffing like water,
who travels in company with evildoers
  and walks with wicked men?
For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
  that he should take delight in God.’

“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding:
  far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
  and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
For according to the work of a man he will repay him,
  and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
Of a truth, God will not do wickedly,
  and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
Who gave him charge over the earth,
  and who laid on him [4] the whole world?
If he should set his heart to it
  and gather to himself his spirit and his breath,
all flesh would perish together,
  and man would return to dust.

“If you have understanding, hear this;
  listen to what I say.
Shall one who hates justice govern?
  Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,
who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’
  and to nobles, ‘Wicked man,’
who shows no partiality to princes,
  nor regards the rich more than the poor,
  for they are all the work of his hands?
In a moment they die;
  at midnight the people are shaken and pass away,
  and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.

“For his eyes are on the ways of a man,
  and he sees all his steps.
There is no gloom or deep darkness
  where evildoers may hide themselves.
For God [5] has no need to consider a man further,
  that he should go before God in judgment.
He shatters the mighty without investigation
  and sets others in their place.
Thus, knowing their works,
  he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
He strikes them for their wickedness
  in a place for all to see,
because they turned aside from following him
  and had no regard for any of his ways,
so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him,
  and he heard the cry of the afflicted—
When he is quiet, who can condemn?
  When he hides his face, who can behold him,
  whether it be a nation or a man?—
that a godless man should not reign,
  that he should not ensnare the people.

“For has anyone said to God,
  ‘I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more;
teach me what I do not see;
  if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?
Will he then make repayment to suit you,
  because you reject it?
For you must choose, and not I;
  therefore declare what you know. [6]
Men of understanding will say to me,
  and the wise man who hears me will say:
‘Job speaks without knowledge;
  his words are without insight.’
Would that Job were tried to the end,
  because he answers like wicked men.
For he adds rebellion to his sin;
  he claps his hands among us
  and multiplies his words against God.”

Acts 13:24-52 (Listen)

Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

“‘You are my Son,
  today I have begotten you.’

And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

Therefore he says also in another psalm,

“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed [7] from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

“‘Look, you scoffers,
  be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
  a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”

As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
  that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.


[1] 33:13 Hebrew his
[2] 33:13 Or He will not answer for any of his own words
[3] 33:26 Hebrew he
[4] 34:13 Hebrew lacks on him
[5] 34:23 Hebrew he
[6] 34:33 The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 29-33 is uncertain
[7] 13:39 Greek justified; twice in this verse



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