Elihu Justifies His Right to Answer Job
32 1 And these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then was kindled the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his anger kindled, because he justified himself rather than God; 3 and against his three friends was his anger kindled, because they found no answer, and [yet] condemned Job. 4 But Elihu had waited till Job had finished speaking, because they were older than he. 5 And Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger was kindled.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are aged; wherefore I was timid, and feared to shew you what I know. 7 I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom. 8 But there is a spirit which is in man; and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment. 10 Therefore I say, Hearken to me; I also will shew what I know. 11 Lo, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasonings, until ye searched out what to say. 12 Yea, I gave you mine attention, and behold, there was none of you that confuted Job, that answered his words; 13 That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; God will make him yield, not man. 14 Now he hath not directed [his] words against me; and I will not answer him with your speeches. ...
15 They were amazed, they answered no more; words failed them. 16 And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;— 17 I will answer, I also in my turn, I also will shew what I know: 18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; like new flasks, it is ready to burst. 20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer. 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man. 22 For I know not how to flatter; my Maker would soon take me away.
Elihu Reproves Job
33 1 Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear mine utterances, and hearken to all my words. 2 Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaketh in my palate, 3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart, and my lips shall utter knowledge purely. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 5 If thou canst, answer me; array [thy words] before me: take thy stand. 6 Behold, before God I am as thou; I also am formed out of the clay. 7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, nor my burden be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words:— 9 I am clean without transgression; I am pure, and there is no iniquity in me; 10 Lo, he findeth occasions of hostility against me, he counteth me for his enemy; 11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. 12 Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right; for +God is greater than man. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
14 For God speaketh once, and twice,—[and man] perceiveth it not— 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth men's ears, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man [from his] work, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and with constant strife in his bones; 20 And his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food; 21 His flesh is consumed away from view, and his bones that were not seen stick out; 22 And his soul draweth near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his duty; 24 Then he will be gracious unto him, and say, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. 25 His flesh shall be fresher than in childhood; he shall return to the days of his youth. 26 He shall pray unto +God, and he will receive him with favour; and he shall see his face with shoutings, and he will render unto man his righteousness. 27 He will sing before men, and say, I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it hath not been requited to me; 28 He hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these [things] worketh God twice, thrice, with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living. 31 Mark well, Job, hearken unto me; be silent, and I will speak. 32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee. 33 If not, hearken thou unto me; be silent, and I will teach thee wisdom.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14 1 And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who did not believe stirred up the minds of [those of] the nations and made [them] evil-affected against the brethren. 3 They stayed therefore a good while, speaking boldly, [confiding] in the Lord, who gave witness to the word of his grace, giving signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5 And when an assault was making, both of [those of] the nations and [the] Jews with their rulers, to use [them] ill and stone them, 6 they, being aware of it, fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding country, 7 and there they were announcing the glad tidings.
Paul Stoned at Lystra
8 And a certain man in Lystra, impotent in his feet, sat, [being] lame from his mother's womb, who had never walked. 9 This [man] heard Paul speaking, who, fixing his eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, Rise up straight upon thy feet: and he sprang up and walked. 11 But the crowds, who saw what Paul had done, lifted up their voices in Lycaonian, saying, The gods, having made themselves like men, are come down to us. 12 And they called Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul Mercury, because he took the lead in speaking. 13 And the priest of Jupiter who was before the city, having brought bulls and garlands to the gates, would have done sacrifice along with the crowds. 14 But the apostles Barnabas and Paul, having heard [it], rent their garments, and rushed out to the crowd, crying 15 and saying, Men, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, preaching to you to turn from these vanities to the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all things in them; 16 who in the past generations suffered all the nations to go in their own ways, 17 though indeed he did not leave himself without witness, doing good, and giving to you from heaven rain and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18 And saying these things, they with difficulty kept the crowds from sacrificing to them.
19 But there came Jews from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds and stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing him to have died. 20 But while the disciples encircled him, he rose up and entered into the city. And on the morrow he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And having announced the glad tidings to that city, and having made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and Iconium, and Antioch, 22 establishing the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to abide in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. 23 And having chosen them elders in each assembly, having prayed with fastings, they committed them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.
The Return to Antioch in Syria
24 And having passed through Pisidia they came to Pamphylia, 25 and having spoken the word in Perga, they came down to Attalia; 26 and thence they sailed away to Antioch, whence they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. 27 And having arrived, and having brought together the assembly, they related to them all that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations. 28 And they stayed no little time with the disciples.