New International Version
9 Then Job replied:
2 “Indeed, I know that this is true.
But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?(A)
3 Though they wished to dispute with him,(B)
they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.(C)
4 His wisdom(D) is profound, his power is vast.(E)
Who has resisted(F) him and come out unscathed?(G)
5 He moves mountains(H) without their knowing it
and overturns them in his anger.(I)
6 He shakes the earth(J) from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.(K)
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;(L)
he seals off the light of the stars.(M)
8 He alone stretches out the heavens(N)
and treads on the waves of the sea.(O)
9 He is the Maker(P) of the Bear[a] and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.(Q)
10 He performs wonders(R) that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.(S)
11 When he passes me, I cannot see him;
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.(T)
12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?(U)
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’(V)
13 God does not restrain his anger;(W)
even the cohorts of Rahab(X) cowered at his feet.
14 “How then can I dispute with him?
How can I find words to argue with him?(Y)
15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;(Z)
I could only plead(AA) with my Judge(AB) for mercy.(AC)
16 Even if I summoned him and he responded,
I do not believe he would give me a hearing.(AD)
17 He would crush me(AE) with a storm(AF)
and multiply(AG) my wounds for no reason.(AH)
18 He would not let me catch my breath
but would overwhelm me with misery.(AI)
19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!(AJ)
And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him[b]?(AK)
20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me;
if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.(AL)
21 “Although I am blameless,(AM)
I have no concern for myself;(AN)
I despise my own life.(AO)
22 It is all the same; that is why I say,
‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’(AP)
23 When a scourge(AQ) brings sudden death,
he mocks the despair of the innocent.(AR)
24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,(AS)
he blindfolds its judges.(AT)
If it is not he, then who is it?(AU)
25 “My days are swifter than a runner;(AV)
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.(AW)
26 They skim past(AX) like boats of papyrus,(AY)
like eagles swooping down on their prey.(AZ)
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,(BA)
I will change my expression, and smile,’
28 I still dread(BB) all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.(BC)
29 Since I am already found guilty,
why should I struggle in vain?(BD)
30 Even if I washed myself with soap(BE)
and my hands(BF) with cleansing powder,(BG)
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit(BH)
so that even my clothes would detest me.(BI)
32 “He is not a mere mortal(BJ) like me that I might answer him,(BK)
that we might confront each other in court.(BL)
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,(BM)
someone to bring us together,(BN)
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,(BO)
so that his terror would frighten me no more.(BP)
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,(BQ)
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.(BR)
10 “I loathe my very life;(BS)
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.(BT)
2 I say to God:(BU) Do not declare me guilty,
but tell me what charges(BV) you have against me.(BW)
3 Does it please you to oppress me,(BX)
to spurn the work of your hands,(BY)
while you smile on the plans of the wicked?(BZ)
4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
Do you see as a mortal sees?(CA)
5 Are your days like those of a mortal
or your years like those of a strong man,(CB)
6 that you must search out my faults
and probe after my sin(CC)—
7 though you know that I am not guilty(CD)
and that no one can rescue me from your hand?(CE)
8 “Your hands shaped(CF) me and made me.
Will you now turn and destroy me?(CG)
9 Remember that you molded me like clay.(CH)
Will you now turn me to dust again?(CI)
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese,
11 clothe me with skin and flesh
and knit me together(CJ) with bones and sinews?
12 You gave me life(CK) and showed me kindness,(CL)
and in your providence(CM) watched over(CN) my spirit.
13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart,
and I know that this was in your mind:(CO)
14 If I sinned, you would be watching me(CP)
and would not let my offense go unpunished.(CQ)
15 If I am guilty(CR)—woe to me!(CS)
Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,(CT)
for I am full of shame
and drowned in[c] my affliction.(CU)
16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion(CV)
and again display your awesome power against me.(CW)
17 You bring new witnesses against me(CX)
and increase your anger toward me;(CY)
your forces come against me wave upon wave.(CZ)
18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?(DA)
I wish I had died before any eye saw me.(DB)
19 If only I had never come into being,
or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!(DC)
20 Are not my few days(DD) almost over?(DE)
Turn away from me(DF) so I can have a moment’s joy(DG)
21 before I go to the place of no return,(DH)
to the land of gloom and utter darkness,(DI)
22 to the land of deepest night,
of utter darkness(DJ) and disorder,
where even the light is like darkness.”(DK)
New International Version
13 1 Now in the church at Antioch(A) there were prophets(B) and teachers:(C) Barnabas,(D) Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,(E) Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod(F) the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,(G) “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work(H) to which I have called them.”(I) 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them(J) and sent them off.(K)
4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,(L) went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.(M) 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God(N) in the Jewish synagogues.(O) John(P) was with them as their helper.
6 They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer(Q) and false prophet(R) named Bar-Jesus, 7 who was an attendant of the proconsul,(S) Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer(T) (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul(U) from the faith.(V) 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,(W) looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil(X) and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?(Y) 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you.(Z) You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”(AA)
Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul(AB) saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
In Pisidian Antioch
13 From Paphos,(AC) Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,(AD) where John(AE) left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.(AF) On the Sabbath(AG) they entered the synagogue(AH) and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law(AI) and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”
16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand(AJ) and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;(AK) 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct[a](AL) in the wilderness;(AM) 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan,(AN) giving their land to his people(AO) as their inheritance.(AP) 20 All this took about 450 years.
“After this, God gave them judges(AQ) until the time of Samuel the prophet.(AR) 21 Then the people asked for a king,(AS) and he gave them Saul(AT) son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,(AU) who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul,(AV) he made David their king.(AW) God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;(AX) he will do everything I want him to do.’(AY)
23 “From this man’s descendants(AZ) God has brought to Israel the Savior(BA) Jesus,(BB) as he promised.(BC) 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.(BD) 25 As John was completing his work,(BE) he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for.(BF) But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’(BG)
26 “Fellow children of Abraham(BH) and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation(BI) has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,(BJ) yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets(BK) that are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.(BL) 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him,(BM) they took him down from the cross(BN) and laid him in a tomb.(BO) 30 But God raised him from the dead,(BP) 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.(BQ) They are now his witnesses(BR) to our people.
34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,
35 So it is also stated elsewhere:
36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep;(BY) he was buried with his ancestors(BZ) and his body decayed. 37 But the one whom God raised from the dead(CA) did not see decay.
38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.(CB) 39 Through him everyone who believes(CC) is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.(CD) 40 Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:
42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue,(CF) the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.(CG)
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying(CH) and heaped abuse(CI) on him.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first.(CJ) Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.(CK) 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord;(CN) and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
49 The word of the Lord(CO) spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.(CP) 51 So they shook the dust off their feet(CQ) as a warning to them and went to Iconium.(CR) 52 And the disciples(CS) were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.(CT)
14 At Iconium(CU) Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue.(CV) There they spoke so effectively that a great number(CW) of Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.(CX) 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly(CY) for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.(CZ) 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.(DA) 5 There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews,(DB) together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.(DC) 6 But they found out about it and fled(DD) to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, 7 where they continued to preach(DE) the gospel.(DF)
In Lystra and Derbe
8 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth(DG) and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed(DH) 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!”(DI) At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.(DJ)
11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”(DK) 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.(DL) 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes(DM) and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human,(DN) like you. We are bringing you good news,(DO) telling you to turn from these worthless things(DP) to the living God,(DQ) who made the heavens and the earth(DR) and the sea and everything in them.(DS) 16 In the past, he let(DT) all nations go their own way.(DU) 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony:(DV) He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons;(DW) he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”(DX) 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews(DY) came from Antioch and Iconium(DZ) and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul(EA) and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples(EB) had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
The Return to Antioch in Syria
21 They preached the gospel(EC) in that city and won a large number(ED) of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium(EE) and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.(EF) “We must go through many hardships(EG) to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders[i](EH) for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,(EI) committed them to the Lord,(EJ) in whom they had put their trust. 24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,(EK) 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch,(EL) where they had been committed to the grace of God(EM) for the work they had now completed.(EN) 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them(EO) and how he had opened a door(EP) of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.(EQ)
- Acts 13:18 Some manuscripts he cared for them
- Acts 13:33 Psalm 2:7
- Acts 13:34 Isaiah 55:3
- Acts 13:35 Psalm 16:10 (see Septuagint)
- Acts 13:41 Hab. 1:5
- Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
- Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
- Acts 13:47 Isaiah 49:6
- Acts 14:23 Or Barnabas ordained elders; or Barnabas had elders elected