Then Job replied:

“If only my anguish could be weighed
    and all my misery be placed on the scales!(A)
It would surely outweigh the sand(B) of the seas—
    no wonder my words have been impetuous.(C)
The arrows(D) of the Almighty(E) are in me,(F)
    my spirit drinks(G) in their poison;(H)
    God’s terrors(I) are marshaled against me.(J)
Does a wild donkey(K) bray(L) when it has grass,
    or an ox bellow when it has fodder?(M)
Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
    or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow[a]?(N)
I refuse to touch it;
    such food makes me ill.(O)

“Oh, that I might have my request,
    that God would grant what I hope for,(P)
that God would be willing to crush(Q) me,
    to let loose his hand and cut off my life!(R)
10 Then I would still have this consolation(S)
    my joy in unrelenting pain(T)
    that I had not denied the words(U) of the Holy One.(V)

11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
    What prospects, that I should be patient?(W)
12 Do I have the strength of stone?
    Is my flesh bronze?(X)
13 Do I have any power to help myself,(Y)
    now that success has been driven from me?

14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend(Z)
    forsakes the fear of the Almighty.(AA)
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,(AB)
    as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice
    and swollen with melting snow,(AC)
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,
    and in the heat(AD) vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;
    they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema(AE) look for water,
    the traveling merchants of Sheba(AF) look in hope.
20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;
    they arrive there, only to be disappointed.(AG)
21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;
    you see something dreadful and are afraid.(AH)
22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,
    pay a ransom(AI) for me from your wealth,(AJ)
23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,
    rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?(AK)

24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;(AL)
    show me where I have been wrong.(AM)
25 How painful are honest words!(AN)
    But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you mean to correct what I say,
    and treat my desperate words as wind?(AO)
27 You would even cast lots(AP) for the fatherless(AQ)
    and barter away your friend.

28 “But now be so kind as to look at me.
    Would I lie to your face?(AR)
29 Relent, do not be unjust;(AS)
    reconsider, for my integrity(AT) is at stake.[b](AU)
30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?(AV)
    Can my mouth not discern(AW) malice?

“Do not mortals have hard service(AX) on earth?(AY)
    Are not their days like those of hired laborers?(AZ)
Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,(BA)
    or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,(BB)
so I have been allotted months of futility,
    and nights of misery have been assigned to me.(BC)
When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’(BD)
    The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.(BE)
My body is clothed with worms(BF) and scabs,
    my skin is broken and festering.(BG)

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,(BH)
    and they come to an end without hope.(BI)
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;(BJ)
    my eyes will never see happiness again.(BK)
The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;
    you will look for me, but I will be no more.(BL)
As a cloud vanishes(BM) and is gone,
    so one who goes down to the grave(BN) does not return.(BO)
10 He will never come to his house again;
    his place(BP) will know him no more.(BQ)

11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;(BR)
    I will speak out in the anguish(BS) of my spirit,
    I will complain(BT) in the bitterness of my soul.(BU)
12 Am I the sea,(BV) or the monster of the deep,(BW)
    that you put me under guard?(BX)
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
    and my couch will ease my complaint,(BY)
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
    and terrify(BZ) me with visions,(CA)
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,(CB)
    rather than this body of mine.(CC)
16 I despise my life;(CD) I would not live forever.(CE)
    Let me alone;(CF) my days have no meaning.(CG)

17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
    that you give them so much attention,(CH)
18 that you examine them every morning(CI)
    and test them(CJ) every moment?(CK)
19 Will you never look away from me,(CL)
    or let me alone even for an instant?(CM)
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,(CN)
    you who see everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?(CO)
    Have I become a burden to you?[c](CP)
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
    and forgive my sins?(CQ)
For I will soon lie down in the dust;(CR)
    you will search for me, but I will be no more.”(CS)


Then Bildad the Shuhite(CT) replied:

“How long will you say such things?(CU)
    Your words are a blustering wind.(CV)
Does God pervert justice?(CW)
    Does the Almighty pervert what is right?(CX)
When your children sinned against him,
    he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.(CY)
But if you will seek God earnestly
    and plead(CZ) with the Almighty,(DA)
if you are pure and upright,
    even now he will rouse himself on your behalf(DB)
    and restore you to your prosperous state.(DC)
Your beginnings will seem humble,
    so prosperous(DD) will your future be.(DE)

“Ask the former generation(DF)
    and find out what their ancestors learned,
for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,(DG)
    and our days on earth are but a shadow.(DH)
10 Will they not instruct(DI) you and tell you?
    Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?(DJ)
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?(DK)
    Can reeds(DL) thrive without water?
12 While still growing and uncut,
    they wither more quickly than grass.(DM)
13 Such is the destiny(DN) of all who forget God;(DO)
    so perishes the hope of the godless.(DP)
14 What they trust in is fragile[d];
    what they rely on is a spider’s web.(DQ)
15 They lean on the web,(DR) but it gives way;
    they cling to it, but it does not hold.(DS)
16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine,
    spreading its shoots(DT) over the garden;(DU)
17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks
    and looks for a place among the stones.
18 But when it is torn from its spot,
    that place disowns(DV) it and says, ‘I never saw you.’(DW)
19 Surely its life withers(DX) away,
    and[e] from the soil other plants grow.(DY)

20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless(DZ)
    or strengthen the hands of evildoers.(EA)
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter(EB)
    and your lips with shouts of joy.(EC)
22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,(ED)
    and the tents(EE) of the wicked will be no more.”(EF)


  1. Job 6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Job 6:29 Or my righteousness still stands
  3. Job 7:20 A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text I have become a burden to myself.
  4. Job 8:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  5. Job 8:19 Or Surely all the joy it has / is that

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

12 It was about this time that King Herod(A) arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John,(B) put to death with the sword.(C) When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews,(D) he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.(E) After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.(F)

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.(G)

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains,(H) and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel(I) of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.(J)

Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.(K) 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself,(L) and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himself(M) and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me(N) from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark,(O) where many people had gathered and were praying.(P) 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.(Q) 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed(R) she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”(S)

16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand(T) for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James(U) and the other brothers and sisters(V) about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.

18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.(W)

Herod’s Death

Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea(X) and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon;(Y) they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.(Z)

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel(AA) of the Lord struck him down,(AB) and he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God(AC) continued to spread and flourish.(AD)

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

25 When Barnabas(AE) and Saul had finished their mission,(AF) they returned from[a] Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.(AG)


  1. Acts 12:25 Some manuscripts to

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