New International Version
13 “My eyes have seen all this,(A)
my ears have heard and understood it.
2 What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.(B)
3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty(C)
and to argue my case with God.(D)
4 You, however, smear me with lies;(E)
you are worthless physicians,(F) all of you!(G)
5 If only you would be altogether silent!(H)
For you, that would be wisdom.(I)
6 Hear now my argument;
listen to the pleas of my lips.(J)
7 Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf?
Will you speak deceitfully for him?(K)
8 Will you show him partiality?(L)
Will you argue the case for God?
9 Would it turn out well if he examined you?(M)
Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal?(N)
10 He would surely call you to account
if you secretly showed partiality.(O)
11 Would not his splendor(P) terrify you?
Would not the dread of him fall on you?(Q)
12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes;
your defenses are defenses of clay.(R)
13 “Keep silent(S) and let me speak;(T)
then let come to me what may.(U)
14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy
and take my life in my hands?(V)
15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope(W) in him;(X)
I will surely[a] defend my ways to his face.(Y)
16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,(Z)
for no godless(AA) person would dare come before him!(AB)
17 Listen carefully to what I say;(AC)
let my words ring in your ears.
18 Now that I have prepared my case,(AD)
I know I will be vindicated.(AE)
19 Can anyone bring charges against me?(AF)
If so, I will be silent(AG) and die.(AH)
20 “Only grant me these two things, God,
and then I will not hide from you:
21 Withdraw your hand(AI) far from me,
and stop frightening me with your terrors.(AJ)
22 Then summon me and I will answer,(AK)
or let me speak, and you reply to me.(AL)
23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed?(AM)
Show me my offense and my sin.(AN)
24 Why do you hide your face(AO)
and consider me your enemy?(AP)
25 Will you torment(AQ) a windblown leaf?(AR)
Will you chase(AS) after dry chaff?(AT)
26 For you write down bitter things against me
and make me reap the sins of my youth.(AU)
27 You fasten my feet in shackles;(AV)
you keep close watch on all my paths(AW)
by putting marks on the soles of my feet.
14 “Mortals, born of woman,(AZ)
are of few days(BA) and full of trouble.(BB)
2 They spring up like flowers(BC) and wither away;(BD)
like fleeting shadows,(BE) they do not endure.(BF)
3 Do you fix your eye on them?(BG)
Will you bring them[b] before you for judgment?(BH)
4 Who can bring what is pure(BI) from the impure?(BJ)
5 A person’s days are determined;(BL)
you have decreed the number of his months(BM)
and have set limits he cannot exceed.(BN)
6 So look away from him and let him alone,(BO)
till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.(BP)
7 “At least there is hope for a tree:(BQ)
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots(BR) will not fail.(BS)
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump(BT) die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water(BU) it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.(BV)
10 But a man dies and is laid low;(BW)
he breathes his last and is no more.(BX)
11 As the water of a lake dries up
or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,(BY)
12 so he lies down and does not rise;(BZ)
till the heavens are no more,(CA) people will not awake
or be roused from their sleep.(CB)
13 “If only you would hide me in the grave(CC)
and conceal me till your anger has passed!(CD)
If only you would set me a time
and then remember(CE) me!(CF)
14 If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service(CG)
I will wait for my renewal[c](CH) to come.
15 You will call and I will answer you;(CI)
you will long for the creature your hands have made.(CJ)
16 Surely then you will count my steps(CK)
but not keep track of my sin.(CL)
17 My offenses will be sealed(CM) up in a bag;(CN)
you will cover over my sin.(CO)
18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles(CP)
and as a rock is moved from its place,(CQ)
19 as water wears away stones
and torrents(CR) wash away the soil,(CS)
so you destroy a person’s hope.(CT)
20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;(CU)
you change their countenance and send them away.(CV)
21 If their children are honored, they do not know it;
if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.(CW)
22 They feel but the pain of their own bodies(CX)
and mourn only for themselves.(CY)”
New International Version
17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,(A) where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue,(B) and on three Sabbath(C) days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,(D) 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer(E) and rise from the dead.(F) “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”(G) he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,(H) as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.(I) They rushed to Jason’s(J) house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged(K) Jason and some other believers(L) before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world(M) have now come here,(N) 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”(O) 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason(P) and the others post bond and let them go.
10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas(Q) away to Berea.(R) On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.(S) 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica,(T) for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures(U) every day to see if what Paul said was true.(V) 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.(W)
13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,(X) some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers(Y) immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas(Z) and Timothy(AA) stayed at Berea. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens(AB) and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.(AC)
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue(AD) with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news(AE) about Jesus and the resurrection.(AF) 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,(AG) where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching(AH) is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 21 (All the Athenians(AI) and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus(AJ) and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.(AK) 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship(AL)—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it(AM) is the Lord of heaven and earth(AN) and does not live in temples built by human hands.(AO) 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.(AP) 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.(AQ) 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.(AR) 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b](AS) As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.(AT) 30 In the past God overlooked(AU) such ignorance,(AV) but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.(AW) 31 For he has set a day when he will judge(AX) the world with justice(AY) by the man he has appointed.(AZ) He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”(BA)
32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead,(BB) some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus,(BC) also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
18 After this, Paul left Athens(BD) and went to Corinth.(BE) 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla,(BF) because Claudius(BG) had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.(BH) 4 Every Sabbath(BI) he reasoned in the synagogue,(BJ) trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
5 When Silas(BK) and Timothy(BL) came from Macedonia,(BM) Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.(BN) 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive,(BO) he shook out his clothes in protest(BP) and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!(BQ) I am innocent of it.(BR) From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”(BS)
7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.(BT) 8 Crispus,(BU) the synagogue leader,(BV) and his entire household(BW) believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision:(BX) “Do not be afraid;(BY) keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you,(BZ) and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.(CA)
12 While Gallio was proconsul(CB) of Achaia,(CC) the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. 13 “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”
14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law(CD)—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16 So he drove them off. 17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes(CE) the synagogue leader(CF) and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters(CG) and sailed for Syria,(CH) accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila.(CI) Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae(CJ) because of a vow he had taken.(CK) 19 They arrived at Ephesus,(CL) where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.”(CM) Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea,(CN) he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.(CO)
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos,(CS) a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus.(CT) He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[d](CU) and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.(CV) 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila(CW) heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia,(CX) the brothers and sisters(CY) encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures(CZ) that Jesus was the Messiah.(DA)