3 Finally, Job cursed the day of his birth 2 by saying to God: 3 Blot out the day of my birth and the night when my parents created a son. 4 Forget about that day, cover it with darkness, 5 and send thick, gloomy shadows to fill it with dread. 6 Erase that night from the calendar and conceal it with darkness. 7 Don’t let children be created or joyful shouts be heard ever again in that night. 8 Let those with magic powers[a] place a curse on that day. 9 Darken its morning stars and remove all hope of light, 10 because it let me be born into a world of trouble.
Why Didn’t I Die at Birth?
11 Why didn’t I die at birth? 12 Why was I accepted[b] and allowed to nurse at my mother’s breast? 13 Now I would be at peace in the silent world below 14 with kings and their advisors whose palaces lie in ruins, 15 and with rulers once rich with silver and gold. 16 I wish I had been born dead and then buried, never to see the light of day. 17 In the world of the dead, the wicked and the weary rest without a worry. 18 Everyone is there— 19 where captives and slaves are free at last.
Why Does God Let Me Live?
20 Why does God let me live when life is miserable and so bitter? 21 I keep longing for death more than I would seek a valuable treasure. 22 Nothing could make me happier than to be in the grave. 23 Why do I go on living when God has me surrounded, and I can’t see the road? 24 Moaning and groaning are my food and drink, 25 and my worst fears have all come true. 26 I have no peace or rest— only troubles and worries.
2 Please be patient and listen to what I have to say. 3 Remember how your words 4 have guided and encouraged many in need. 5 But now you feel discouraged when struck by trouble. 6 You respect God and live right, so don’t lose hope! 7 No truly innocent person has ever died young. 8 In my experience, only those who plant seeds of evil harvest trouble, 9 and then they are swept away by the angry breath of God. 10 They may roar and growl like powerful lions. But when God breaks their teeth, 11 they starve, and their children are scattered.
A Secret Was Told to Me
12 A secret was told to me in a faint whisper— 13 I was overcome by sleep, but disturbed by dreams; 14 I trembled with fear, 15 and my hair stood on end, as a wind blew past my face. 16 It stopped and stood still. Then a form appeared— a shapeless form. And from the silence, I heard a voice say, 17 “No humans are innocent in the eyes of God their Creator. 18 He finds fault with his servants and even with his angels. 19 Humans are formed from clay and are fragile as moths, so what chance do you have? 20 Born after daybreak, you die before nightfall and disappear forever. 21 Your tent pegs are pulled up, and you leave this life, having gained no wisdom.”
3.8those with magic powers: The Hebrew text has “those who can place a curse on the day and rouse up Leviathan,” which was some kind of sea monster. God’s victory over this monster sometimes stood for God’s power over all creation and sometimes for his defeat of his enemies (see Isaiah 27.1). In Job 41.1, Leviathan is either a sea monster or a crocodile with almost supernatural powers.
3.12Why was I accepted: The Hebrew text has “Why were there knees to receive me,” which may refer either to Job’s mother or to his father, who would have placed Job on his knees to show that he had accepted him as his child.
44 The tent where our ancestors worshiped God was with them in the desert. This was the same tent that God had commanded Moses to make. And it was made like the model that Moses had seen. 45 Later it was given to our ancestors, and they took it with them when they went with Joshua. They carried the tent along as they took over the land from those people that God had chased out for them. Our ancestors used this tent until the time of King David. 46 He pleased God and asked him if he could build a house of worship for the people[a] of Israel. 47 And it was finally King Solomon who built a house for God.[b]
48 But the Most High God doesn’t live in houses made by humans. It is just as the prophet said, when he spoke for the Lord,
49 “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? In what place will I rest? 50 I have made everything.”
51 You stubborn and hardheaded people! You are always fighting against the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did. 52 Is there one prophet that your ancestors didn’t mistreat? They killed the prophets who told about the coming of the One Who Obeys God.[c] And now you have turned against him and killed him. 53 Angels gave you God’s Law, but you still don’t obey it.
Stephen Is Stoned to Death
54 When the council members heard Stephen’s speech, they were angry and furious. 55 But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, where he saw our glorious God and Jesus standing at his right side.[d]56 Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!”
57 The council members shouted and covered their ears. At once they all attacked Stephen 58 and dragged him out of the city. Then they started throwing stones at him. The men who had brought charges against him put their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.[e]
59 As Stephen was being stoned to death, he called out, “Lord Jesus, please welcome me!” 60 He knelt down and shouted, “Lord, don’t blame them for what they have done.” Then he died.
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