21After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.”22He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
23About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.24A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.25He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.26And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.27There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”28When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”29Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together.30Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.31Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.32The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.33The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people.34But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”35The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?36Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash.37You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.38If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.39If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly.40As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.”41After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.
34When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.35When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”36“My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.37But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”38“You may go,” he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry.39After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin. From this comes the Israelite tradition40that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.
1The Ephraimite forces were called out, and they crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go to fight the Ammonites without calling us to go with you? We’re going to burn down your house over your head.”2Jephthah answered, “I and my people were engaged in a great struggle with the Ammonites, and although I called, you didn’t save me out of their hands.3When I saw that you wouldn’t help, I took my life in my hands and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave me the victory over them. Now why have you come up today to fight me?”4Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. The Gileadites struck them down because the Ephraimites had said, “You Gileadites are renegades from Ephraim and Manasseh.”5The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he replied, “No,”6they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’ ” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.7Jephthah led Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in a town in Gilead.
8After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem led Israel.9He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in thirty young women as wives from outside his clan. Ibzan led Israel seven years.10Then Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem.11After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years.12Then Elon died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.13After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel.14He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years.15Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
1The LORD said to Job:2“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”3Then Job answered the LORD:4“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.5I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”6Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:7“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.8“Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?9Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?10Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.11Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low,12look at all who are proud and humble them, crush the wicked where they stand.13Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave.14Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.15“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.16What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!17Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.18Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.19It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.20The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.21Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.22The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.23A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.24Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?