Bildad Denies That Man Can Be Justified with God
25 1 And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2 Dominion and fear are with him; he maketh peace in his high places. 3 Is there any number of his troops? and upon whom doth not his light arise? 4 And how should man be just with God? Or how should he be clean that is born of a woman? 5 Lo, even the moon is not bright; and the stars are not pure in his sight: 6 How much less man, a worm, and the son of man, a worm!
Job Declares God's Sovereignty
26 1 And Job answered and said, 2 How hast thou helped the powerless; how saved the arm that is without strength! 3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, and abundantly declared the thing as it is! 4 For whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
5 The shades tremble beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof; 6 Sheol is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. 7 He stretcheth out the north over empty space, he 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 covereth the face of his throne, he spreadeth his cloud upon it. 10 He hath traced a fixed circle over the waters, unto the confines of light and darkness. 11 The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astonished at his rebuke. 12 He stirreth up the sea by his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab. 13 By his Spirit the heavens are adorned; his hand hath formed the fleeing serpent. 14 Lo, these are the borders of his ways; but what a whisper of a word do we hear of him! And the thunder of his power, who can understand?
Job Describes the Portion of the Wicked
27 1 And Job continued his parable and said, 2 [As] God liveth, who hath taken away my right, and the Almighty, who hath embittered my soul, 3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of +God is in my nostrils, 4 My lips shall not speak unrighteousness, nor my tongue utter deceit! 5 Be it far from me that I should justify you; till I die I will not remove my blamelessness from me. 6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart reproacheth [me] not one of my days.
7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. 8 For what is the hope of the ungodly, when [God] cutteth him off, when +God taketh away his soul? 9 Will God hear his cry when distress cometh upon him? 10 Doth he delight himself in the Almighty? will he at all times call upon +God?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty will I not conceal. 12 Behold, ye yourselves have all seen [it]; and why are ye thus altogether vain? 13 This is the portion of the wicked man with God, and the heritage of the violent, 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 by death, and his widows shall not weep. 16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing 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 that a keeper maketh. 19 He lieth down rich, but will do so no more; he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors overtake him like waters; a whirlwind stealeth him away in the night. 21 The east wind carrieth him away and he is gone; and as a storm it hurleth him out of his place. 22 And [God] shall cast upon 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 At that time Herod the king laid his hands on some of those of the assembly to do them hurt, 2 and slew James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3 And seeing that it was pleasing to the Jews, he went on to take Peter also: (and they were the days of unleavened bread:) 4 whom having seized he put in prison, having delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep, purposing after the passover to bring him out to the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in the prison; but unceasing prayer was made by the assembly to God concerning him.
Peter Delivered from Prison
6 And when Herod was going to bring him forth, that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards before the door kept the prison. 7 And lo, an angel of [the] Lord came there, and a light shone in the prison: and having smitten the side of Peter, he roused him up, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he says to him, Cast thine upper garment about thee and follow me. 9 And going forth he followed [him] and did not know that what was happening by means of the angel was real, but supposed he saw a vision. 10 And having passed through a first and second guard, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city, which opened to them of itself; and going forth they went down one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 And Peter, being come to himself, said, Now I know certainly that [the] Lord has sent forth his angel and has taken me out of the hand of Herod and all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And having become clearly conscious [in himself], he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark, where were many gathered together and praying. 13 And when he had knocked at the door of the entry, a maid came to listen, by name Rhoda; 14 and having recognised the voice of Peter, through joy did not open the entry, but running in, reported that Peter was standing before the entry. 15 And they said to her, Thou art mad. But she maintained that it was so. And they said, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and having opened, they saw him and were astonished. 17 And having made a sign to them with his hand to be silent, he related [to them] how the Lord had brought him out of prison; and he said, Report these things to James and to the brethren. And he went out and went to another place. 18 And when it was day there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, what then was become of Peter. 19 And Herod having sought him and not found him, having examined the guards, commanded [them] to be executed. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea and stayed [there].
The Death of Herod
20 And he was in bitter hostility with [the] Tyrians and Sidonians; but they came to him with one accord, and, having gained Blastus the king's chamberlain, sought peace, because their country was nourished by the king's. 21 And on a set day, clothed in royal apparel and sitting on the elevated seat [of honour], Herod made a public oration to them. 22 And the people cried out, A god's voice and not a man's. 23 And immediately an angel of [the] Lord smote him, because he did not give the glory to God, and he expired, eaten of worms. 24 But the word of God grew and spread itself. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled the service [entrusted to them], taking also with them John, surnamed Mark.