1Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”2This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.3The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad.4When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.5Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”6The apostles and elders met to consider this question.7After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.8God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.9He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.10Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?11No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”12The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.13When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me.14Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.15The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:16“ ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,17that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ —18things known from long ago.19“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.20Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.21For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
1After a long time had passed and the LORD had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man,2summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old.3You yourselves have seen everything the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the LORD your God who fought for you.4Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5The LORD your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the LORD your God promised you.6“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.7Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.8But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.9“The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.10One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised.11So be very careful to love the LORD your God.12“But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,13then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.14“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.15But just as all the good things the LORD your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the LORD your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.16If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”
1Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.2Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.3But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,4and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.5“ ‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.6When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea.7But they cried to the LORD for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.8“ ‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land.9When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you.10But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.11“ ‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands.12I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.13So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’14“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.15But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”16Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!17It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.18And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.”19Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.20If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”21But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the LORD.”22Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.” “Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied.23“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.”24And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.”25On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.26And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the LORD.27“See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.”28Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to their own inheritance.
29After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten.30And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.31Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the LORD had done for Israel.32And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.33And Eleazar son of Aaron died and was buried at Gibeah, which had been allotted to his son Phinehas in the hill country of Ephraim.
1So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.2But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.3He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.4Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.5But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.6So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: “I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.7I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’8But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.9It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.10“Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.11I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,12I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.13Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.’14But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.15“They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.16Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?17I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.18For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;19inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.20I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.21I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;22for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.