But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
Yea, whereto [should] the strength of their hands [profit] me, [men] in whom vigour hath perished?
Withered up through want and hunger, they flee into waste places long since desolate and desert:
They gather the salt-wort among the bushes, and the roots of the broom for their food.
They are driven forth from among [men] -- they cry after them as after a thief --
To dwell in gloomy gorges, in caves of the earth and the rocks:
They bray among the bushes; under the brambles they are gathered together:
Sons of fools, and sons of nameless sires, they are driven out of the land.
And now I am their song, yea, I am their byword.
They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, yea, they spare not to spit in my face.
For he hath loosed my cord and afflicted me; so they cast off the bridle before me.
At [my] right hand rise the young brood; they push away my feet, and raise up against me their pernicious ways;
They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, without any to help them;
They come in as through a wide breach: amid the confusion they roll themselves onward.
Terrors are turned against me; they pursue mine honour as the wind; and my welfare is passed away like a cloud.
And now my soul is poured out in me; days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
The night pierceth through my bones [and detacheth them] from me, and my gnawing pains take no rest:
By their great force they have become my raiment; they bind me about as the collar of my coat.
He hath cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
I cry unto thee, and thou answerest me not; I stand up, and thou lookest at me.
Thou art changed to a cruel one to me; with the strength of thy hand thou pursuest me.
Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to be borne away, and dissolvest my substance.
For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and into the house of assemblage for all living.
Indeed, no prayer [availeth] when he stretcheth out [his] hand: though they cry when he destroyeth.
Did not I weep for him whose days were hard? was not my soul grieved for the needy?
For I expected good, and there came evil; and I waited for light, but there came darkness.
My bowels well up, and rest not; days of affliction have confronted me.
I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up, I cry in the congregation.
I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches.
My skin is become black [and falleth] off me, and my bones are parched with heat.
My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.
I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid?
For what would have been [my] portion of God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity?
Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps?
If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit,
(Let me be weighed in an even balance, and God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;)
If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;
Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.
If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door,
Let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity [to be judged by] the judges:
For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me,
What then should I do when God riseth up? and if he visited, what should I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not One fashion us in the womb?
If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof,
(For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have guided the [widow] from my mother's womb;)
If I have seen any perishing for want of clothing, or any needy without covering;
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;
If I have lifted up my hand against an orphan, because I saw my help in the gate:
[Then] let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone!
For calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.
If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence!
If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
If I beheld the sun when it shone, or the moon walking in brightness,
And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand:
This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the God who is above.
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, and exulted when evil befell him;
(Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;)
If the men of my tent said not, Who shall find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat? --
The stranger did not lodge without; I opened my doors to the pathway.
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,
Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ...
Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation!
Would I not take it upon my shoulder? I would bind it on to me [as] a crown;
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him.
If my land cry out against me, and its furrows weep together;
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have tormented to death the souls of its owners:
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and tares instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
Brethren, sons of Abraham's race, and those who among you fear God, to you has the word of this salvation been sent:
for those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, not having known him, have fulfilled also the voices of the prophets which are read on every sabbath, [by] judging [him].
And having found no cause of death [in him], they begged of Pilate that he might be slain.
And when they had fulfilled all things written concerning him, they took him down from the cross and put him in a sepulchre;
but God raised him from among [the] dead,
who appeared for many days to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
And *we* declare unto you the glad tidings of the promise made to the fathers,
that God has fulfilled this to us their children, having raised up Jesus; as it is also written in the second psalm, *Thou* art my Son: this day have *I* begotten thee.
But that he raised him from among [the] dead, no more to return to corruption, he spoke thus: I will give to you the faithful mercies of David.
Wherefore also he says in another, Thou wilt not suffer thy gracious one to see corruption.
For David indeed, having in his own generation ministered to the will of God, fell asleep, and was added to his fathers and saw corruption.
But he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
Be it known unto you, therefore, brethren, that through this man remission of sins is preached to you,
and from all things from which ye could not be justified in the law of Moses, in him every one that believes is justified.
See therefore that that which is spoken in the prophets do not come upon [you],
Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and perish; for *I* work a work in your days, a work which ye will in no wise believe if one declare it to you.
And as they went out they begged that these words might be spoken to them the ensuing sabbath.
And the congregation of the synagogue having broken up, many of the Jews and of the worshipping proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
And on the coming sabbath almost all the city was gathered together to hear the word of God.
But the Jews, seeing the crowds, were filled with envy, and contradicted the things said by Paul, [contradicting and] speaking injuriously.
And Paul and Barnabas spoke boldly and said, It was necessary that the word of God should be first spoken to you; but, since ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the nations;
for thus has the Lord enjoined us: I have set thee for a light of the nations, that thou shouldest be for salvation to the end of the earth.
And [those of] the nations, hearing it, rejoiced, and glorified the word of the Lord, and believed, as many as were ordained to eternal life.
And the word of the Lord was carried through the whole country.
But the Jews excited the women of the upper classes who were worshippers, and the first people of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their coasts.
But they, having shaken off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium.
And the disciples were filled with joy and [the] Holy Spirit.