1At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.2But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.3So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.4The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.5There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.6But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,7where they continued to preach the gospel.
8In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked.9He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed10and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.11When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”12Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:15“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.16In the past, he let all nations go their own way.17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”18Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.19Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.20But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
21They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.23Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.24After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,25and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.26From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.27On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.28And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.
1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh2and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded.3For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you.4Now that the LORD your God has given them rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan.5But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”6Then Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their homes.7(To the half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given land in Bashan, and to the other half of the tribe Joshua gave land on the west side of the Jordan along with their fellow Israelites.) When Joshua sent them home, he blessed them,8saying, “Return to your homes with your great wealth—with large herds of livestock, with silver, gold, bronze and iron, and a great quantity of clothing—and divide the plunder from your enemies with your fellow Israelites.”9So the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites at Shiloh in Canaan to return to Gilead, their own land, which they had acquired in accordance with the command of the LORD through Moses.10When they came to Geliloth near the Jordan in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an imposing altar there by the Jordan.11And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side,12the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.13So the Israelites sent Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, to the land of Gilead—to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh.14With him they sent ten of the chief men, one from each of the tribes of Israel, each the head of a family division among the Israelite clans.15When they went to Gilead—to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh—they said to them:16“The whole assembly of the LORD says: ‘How could you break faith with the God of Israel like this? How could you turn away from the LORD and build yourselves an altar in rebellion against him now?17Was not the sin of Peor enough for us? Up to this very day we have not cleansed ourselves from that sin, even though a plague fell on the community of the LORD!18And are you now turning away from the LORD? “ ‘If you rebel against the LORD today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel.19If the land you possess is defiled, come over to the LORD’s land, where the LORD’s tabernacle stands, and share the land with us. But do not rebel against the LORD or against us by building an altar for yourselves, other than the altar of the LORD our God.20When Achan son of Zerah was unfaithful in regard to the devoted things, did not wrath come on the whole community of Israel? He was not the only one who died for his sin.’ ”21Then Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh replied to the heads of the clans of Israel:22“The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows! And let Israel know! If this has been in rebellion or disobedience to the LORD, do not spare us this day.23If we have built our own altar to turn away from the LORD and to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, or to sacrifice fellowship offerings on it, may the LORD himself call us to account.24“No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the LORD, the God of Israel?25The LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you—you Reubenites and Gadites! You have no share in the LORD.’ So your descendants might cause ours to stop fearing the LORD.26“That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’27On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the LORD at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings, sacrifices and fellowship offerings. Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the LORD.’28“And we said, ‘If they ever say this to us, or to our descendants, we will answer: Look at the replica of the LORD’s altar, which our ancestors built, not for burnt offerings and sacrifices, but as a witness between us and you.’29“Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle.”30When Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the community—the heads of the clans of the Israelites—heard what Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had to say, they were pleased.31And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not been unfaithful to the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.”32Then Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, and the leaders returned to Canaan from their meeting with the Reubenites and Gadites in Gilead and reported to the Israelites.33They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war against them to devastate the country where the Reubenites and the Gadites lived.34And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us—that the LORD is God.
1“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.2For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?3Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?4Does he not see my ways and count my every step?5“If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit—6let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless—7if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,8then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.9“If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,10then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.11For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.12It is a fire that burns to Destruction ; it would have uprooted my harvest.13“If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,14what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?15Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?16“If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,17if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless—18but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow—19if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or the needy without garments,20and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,21if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,22then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.23For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.24“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’25if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,26if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,27so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,28then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.29“If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him—30I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life—31if those of my household have never said, ‘Who has not been filled with Job’s meat?’—32but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler—33if I have concealed my sin as people do,by hiding my guilt in my heart34because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside—35(“Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.36Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.37I would give him an account of my every step; I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—38“if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,39if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,40then let briers come up instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.