1The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him3and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”4Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:5“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.6I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds.7Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’8“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’9“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’10This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.11“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.12The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.13He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.14He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’15“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.16Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized withwater, but you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.’17So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
1When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of Shimron and Akshaph,2and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabah south of Kinnereth, in the western foothills and in Naphoth Dor on the west;3to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below Hermon in the region of Mizpah.4They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.5All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel.6The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”7So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them,8and the LORD gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left.9Joshua did to them as the LORD had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.10At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword. (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.)11Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed, and he burned Hazor itself.12Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.13Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned.14The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed.15As the LORD commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.16So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills,17from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and put them to death.18Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time.19Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle.20For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses.21At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns.22No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.23So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
1These are the kings of the land whom the Israelites had defeated and whose territory they took over east of the Jordan, from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon, including all the eastern side of the Arabah:2Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon. He ruled from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge—from the middle of the gorge—to the Jabbok River, which is the border of the Ammonites. This included half of Gilead.3He also ruled over the eastern Arabah from the Sea of Galilee to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea), to Beth Jeshimoth, and then southward below the slopes of Pisgah.4And the territory of Og king of Bashan, one of the last of the Rephaites, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei.5He ruled over Mount Hermon, Salekah, all of Bashan to the border of the people of Geshur and Maakah, and half of Gilead to the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.6Moses, the servant of the LORD, and the Israelites conquered them. And Moses the servant of the LORD gave their land to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh to be their possession.7Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir. Joshua gave their lands as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel according to their tribal divisions.8The lands included the hill country, the western foothills, the Arabah, the mountain slopes, the wilderness and the Negev. These were the lands of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. These were the kings:9the king of Jericho: one; the king of Ai(near Bethel): one;10the king of Jerusalem: one; the king of Hebron: one;11the king of Jarmuth: one; the king of Lachish: one;12the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;13the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;14the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;15the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;16the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;17the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;18the king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;19the king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;20the king of Shimron Meron, one; the king of Akshaph, one;21the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;22the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one;23the king of Dor (in Naphoth Dor), one; the king of Goyim in Gilgal, one;24the king of Tirzah, one; thirty-one kings in all.
1Then Job replied:2“How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the arm that is feeble!3What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! And what great insight you have displayed!4Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?5“The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.6The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.7He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.8He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.9He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.10He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.11The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.12By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.13By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.14And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”