Bildad Denies That Man Can Be Justified with God
25 1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2 Dominion and fear are with him; He maketh peace in his high places. 3 Is there any number of his armies? And upon whom doth not his light arise? 4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 5 Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight: 6 How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm!
Job Declares God's Sovereignty
26 1 Then Job answered and said, 2 How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength! 3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge! 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee?
5 They that are deceased tremble Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof. 6 Sheol is naked before [God], And Abaddon hath no covering. 7 He stretcheth out the north over empty space, And hangeth the earth upon nothing. 8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them. 9 He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it. 10 He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters, Unto the confines of light and darkness. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke. 12 He stirreth up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab. 13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; His hand hath pierced the swift serpent. 14 Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: And how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?
Job Describes the Portion of the Wicked
27 1 And Job again took up his parable, and said, 2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul: 3 (For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); 4 Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit. 5 Far be it from me that I should justify you: Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me. 6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I live.
7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, And let him that riseth up against me be as the unrighteous. 8 For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God taketh away his soul? 9 Will God hear his cry, When trouble cometh upon him? 10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty, And call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God; That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. 12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become altogether vain? 13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty: 14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death, And his widows shall make no lamentation. 16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay; 17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver. 18 He buildeth his house as the moth, And as a booth which the keeper maketh. 19 He lieth down rich, but he shall not be gathered [to his fathers]; He openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest stealeth him away in the night. 21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth; And it sweepeth him out of his place. 22 For [God] shall hurl at him, and not spare: He would fain flee out of his hand. 23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.
James Killed and Peter Imprisoned
12 1 Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And [those] were the days of unleavened bread. 4 And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.
Peter Delivered from Prison
6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the cell: and he smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed; and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision. 10 And when they were past the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth into the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and straightway the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that the Lord hath sent forth his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And when he had considered [the thing], he came to the house of Mary the mother of John whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran in, and told that Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him forth out of the prison. And he said, Tell these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to another place. 18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and tarried there.
The Death of Herod
20 Now he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: and they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was fed from the king's country. 21 And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people shouted, [saying], The voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministration, taking with them John whose surname was Mark.