Job 5–7; Acts 8:1–25

Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?

To which of vthe holy ones will you turn?

Surely vexation kills the fool,

and jealousy slays the simple.

wI have seen the fool taking root,

but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.

His children are xfar from safety;

they are crushed in ythe gate,

and there is no one to deliver them.

The hungry eat his harvest,

and he takes it even out of thorns,1

and the thirsty pant2 after his3 wealth.

For affliction does not come from the dust,

nor does trouble sprout from the ground,

but man is zborn to trouble

as the sparks fly upward.

As for me, I would seek God,

and to God would I commit my cause,

who adoes great things and bunsearchable,

cmarvelous things without number:

10  he gives drain on the earth

and sends waters on the fields;

11  he esets on high those who are lowly,

and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

12  He ffrustrates the devices of the crafty,

so that their hands achieve no success.

13  He gcatches the wise in their own craftiness,

and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.

14  They meet with darkness in the daytime

and hgrope at noonday as in the night.

15  But he isaves the needy from the sword of their mouth

and from the hand of the mighty.

16  So the poor have hope,

and jinjustice shuts her mouth.

17  Behold, kblessed is the one whom God reproves;

therefore ldespise not the discipline of the mAlmighty.

18  For he wounds, but he nbinds up;

he oshatters, but his hands heal.

19  He will pdeliver you from six troubles;

in seven no qevil4 shall touch you.

20  rIn famine he will redeem you from death,

and in war from the power of the sword.

21  You shall be shidden from the lash of the tongue,

and shall not fear destruction when it comes.

22  At destruction and famine you shall laugh,

and shall not fear tthe beasts of the earth.

23  For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,

and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.

24  You shall know that your utent is at peace,

and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.

25  You shall know also that your voffspring shall be many,

and your descendants as wthe grass of the earth.

26  You shall come to your grave in xripe old age,

like a sheaf gathered up in its season.

27  Behold, this we have ysearched out; it is true.

Hear, and know it for your good.5

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

Then Job answered and said:

Oh that my vexation were weighed,

and all my calamity laid in the balances!

For then it would be heavier than zthe sand of the sea;

therefore my words have been rash.

For athe arrows of the Almighty are in me;

my spirit drinks their poison;

the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,

or the ox low over his fodder?

Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,

or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?6

My appetite refuses to touch them;

they are as food that is loathsome to me.7

Oh that I might have my request,

and that God would fulfill my hope,

that it would bplease God to crush me,

that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

10  This would be my comfort;

I would even exult8 in pain cunsparing,

for I have not denied the words of dthe Holy One.

11  What is my strength, that I should wait?

And what is my end, that I should be patient?

12  Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?

13  Have I any help in me,

when resource is driven from me?

14  He who ewithholds9 kindness from a ffriend

forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

15  My gbrothers are htreacherous as a torrent-bed,

as torrential istreams that pass away,

16  which are dark with ice,

and where the snow hides itself.

17  When they melt, they disappear;

when it is hot, they vanish from their place.

18  The caravans turn aside from their course;

they go up into jthe waste and perish.

19  The caravans of kTema look,

the travelers of lSheba hope.

20  They are mashamed because they were confident;

they come there and are mdisappointed.

21  For you have now become nothing;

you see my calamity and are afraid.

22  Have I said, Make me a gift?

Or, From your wealth offer a bribe for me?

23  Or, Deliver me from the adversary's hand?

Or, Redeem me from the hand of nthe ruthless?

24  Teach me, and I will be silent;

make me understand how I have gone astray.

25  How forceful are upright words!

But what does reproof from you reprove?

26  Do you think that you can reprove words,

when the speech of a despairing man is owind?

27  You would even pcast lots over the fatherless,

and bargain over your friend.

28  But now, be pleased to look at me,

for I will not lie to your face.

29  qPlease turn; let no injustice be done.

Turn now; my vindication is at stake.

30  Is there any injustice on my tongue?

Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

Has not man ra hard service on earth,

and are not his sdays like the days of a hired hand?

Like a slave who longs for tthe shadow,

and like ua hired hand who looks for his vwages,

so I am allotted months of wemptiness,

xand nights of misery are apportioned to me.

yWhen I lie down I say, When shall I arise?

But the night is long,

and I am full of tossing till the dawn.

My flesh is clothed with zworms and adirt;

my skin hardens, then bbreaks out afresh.

My days are cswifter than da weaver's shuttle

and come to their end without hope.

Remember that my life is a ebreath;

my eye will never again see good.

fThe eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;

while your eyes are on me, gI shall be gone.

As hthe cloud fades and vanishes,

so he who igoes down to Sheol does not come up;

10  he jreturns no more to his house,

nor does his kplace know him anymore.

11  Therefore I will not lrestrain my mouth;

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;

I will mcomplain in nthe bitterness of my soul.

12  Am I the sea, or oa sea monster,

that you set a guard over me?

13  pWhen I say, My bed will comfort me,

my couch will ease my complaint,

14  then you scare me with dreams

and terrify me with visions,

15  so that I would choose strangling

and death rather than my qbones.

16  I rloathe my life; I would not live forever.

sLeave me alone, for my days are ta breath.

17  uWhat is man, that you make so much of him,

and that you set your heart on him,

18  vvisit him every morning

and wtest him every moment?

19  How long will you not xlook away from me,

nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?

20  If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?

Why have you made me yyour mark?

Why have I become a burden to you?

21  Why do you not pardon my transgression

and take away my iniquity?

For now I shall lie in zthe earth;

you will aseek me, bbut I shall not be.


Saul Ravages the Church

And bSaul capproved of his execution.

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and dthey were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But eSaul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he fdragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria

Now gthose who were scattered went about preaching the word. hPhilip went down to the city1 of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. iAnd the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him jand saw the signs that he did. For kunclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So lthere was much joy in that city.

Simon the Magician Believes

But there was a man named Simon, mwho had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, nsaying that he himself was somebody great. 10 They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, oThis man is the power of God that is called pGreat. 11 And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had qamazed them with his magic. 12 But when rthey believed Philip as he preached good news sabout the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, rthey were baptized, both men and women. 13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And tseeing signs and ugreat miracles2 performed, vhe was amazed.

14 Now when wthe apostles at Jerusalem heard that xSamaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them ythat they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for zhe had not yet afallen on any of them, but bthey had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then cthey laid their hands on them and dthey received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit. 20 But Peter said to him, eMay your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God fwith money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for gyour heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, hif possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in ithe gall3 of bitterness and in jthe bond of iniquity. 24 And Simon answered, kPray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.

25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, lpreaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.