1Then he went on to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but his father was a Greek.2The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him.3Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek.4As they traveled through the towns, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem for them to observe.5So the churches were strengthened in the faith and were increased in number daily.
6They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia.7When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.8So, bypassing Mysia, they came down to Troas.9During the night a vision appeared to Paul: a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, "Cross over to Macedonia and help us!"10After he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to set out for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to evangelize them.
11Then, setting sail from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis,12and from there to Philippi, a Roman colony, which is a leading city of that district of Macedonia. We stayed in that city for a number of days.13On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate by the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women gathered there.14A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul.15After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.
1The Angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim and said, "I brought you out of Egypt and led you into the land I had promised to your fathers. I also said: I will never break My covenant with you.2You are not to make a covenant with the people who are living in this land, and you are to tear down their altars.But you have not obeyed Me. What is this you have done?3Therefore, I now say: I will not drive out these people before you. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a trap to you."4When the Angel of the Lord had spoken these words to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly.5So they named that place Bochim and offered sacrifices there to the Lord.
6Joshua sent the people away, and the Israelites went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.7The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua's lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived Joshua. They had seen all the Lord's great works He had done for Israel. 8Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110.9They buried him in the territory of his inheritance, in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.10That whole generation was also gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel. 11The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals12and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord,13for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold them to the enemies around them, so that they could no longer resist their enemies.15Whenever the Israelites went out, the Lord was against them and brought disaster [on them], just as He had promised and sworn to them. So they suffered greatly. 16The Lord raised up judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders,17but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord's commands. They did not do as their fathers did.18Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for the Israelites, the Lord was with him and saved the people from the power of their enemies while the judge was still alive. The Lord was moved to pity whenever they groaned because of those who were oppressing and afflicting them.19Whenever the judge died, the Israelites would act even more corruptly than their fathers, going after other gods to worship and bow down to them. They did not turn from their [evil] practices or their obstinate ways. 20The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He declared, "Because this nation has violated My covenant that I made with their fathers and disobeyed Me,21I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.22[I did this] to test Israel and to see whether they would keep the Lord's way by walking in it, as their fathers had."23The Lord left these nations and did not drive them out immediately. He did not hand them over to Joshua.
1These are the nations the Lord left in order to test Israel, since none of these Israelites had fought in any of the wars with Canaan.2This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites [how to fight in] battle, especially those who had not fought before.3[These nations included:] the five rulers of the Philistines and all of the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanese mountains from Mount Baal-hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.4The Lord left them to test Israel, to determine if they would keep the Lord's commands He had given their fathers through Moses.5But they settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.6The Israelites took their daughters as wives for themselves, gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.
7The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight; they forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs.8The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He sold them to Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram of the Two Rivers,and the Israelites served him eight years. 9The Israelites cried out to the Lord. So the Lord raised up Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's youngest brother as a deliverer to save the Israelites.10The Spirit of the Lord was on him, and he judged Israel. Othniel went out to battle, and the Lord handed over Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram to him, so that Othniel overpowered him.11Then the land was peaceful 40 years, and Othniel son of Kenaz died.
12The Israelites again did what was evil in the Lord's sight. He gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel, because they had done what was evil in the Lord's sight.13After Eglon convinced the Ammonites and the Amalekites to join forces with him, he attacked and defeated Israel and took possession of the City of Palms.14The Israelites served Eglon king of Moab 18 years. 15Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed Benjaminite, as a deliverer for them. The Israelites sent him to Eglon king of Moab with tribute [money]. 16Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes17and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an extremely fat man.18When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he dismissed the people who had carried it.19At the carved images near Gilgal he returned and said, "King [Eglon], I have a secret message for you." The king called for silence, and all his attendants left him.20Then Ehud approached him while he was sitting alone in his room upstairs [where it was] cool. Ehud said, "I have a word from God for you," and the king stood up from his throne.21Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon's belly.22Even the handle went in after the blade, and Eglon's fat closed in over it, so that Ehud did not withdraw the sword from his belly. And Eglon's insides came out.23Ehud escaped by way of the porch, closing and locking the doors of the upstairs room behind him. 24Ehud was gone when Eglon's servants came in. They looked and found the doors of the upstairs room locked and thought he was relieving himself in the cool room.25The servants waited until they became worried and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors-and there was their lord lying dead on the floor! 26Ehud escaped while the servants waited. He crossed over [the Jordan] near the carved images and reached Seirah.27After he arrived, he sounded the ram's horn throughout the hill country of Ephraim. The Israelites came down with him from the hill country, and he became their leader.28He told them, "Follow me, because the Lord has handed over your enemies, the Moabites, to you." So they followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.29At that time they struck down about 10,000 Moabites, all strong and able-bodied men. Not one of them escaped.30Moab became subject to Israel that day, and the land was peaceful 80 years.
1Then Elihu continued, saying: 2Hear my words, you wise men, and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones. 3Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food? 4Let us judge for ourselves what is right; let us decide together what is good. 5For Job has declared, "I am righteous, yet God has deprived me of justice. 6Would I lie about my case? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression." 7What man is like Job? He drinks derision like water. 8He keeps company with evildoers and walks with wicked men. 9For he has said, "A man gains nothing when he becomes God's friend." 10Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God [to do] wrong, and [for] the Almighty [to act] unjustly. 11For He repays a person [according to] his deeds, and He brings his ways on him. 12Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice. 13Who gave Him authority over the earth? Who put Him in charge of the entire world? 14If He put His mind to it and withdrew the spirit and breath He [gave], 15every living thing would perish together and mankind would return to the dust. 16If you [have] understanding, hear this; listen to what I have to say. 17Could one who hates justice govern [the world]? Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One, 18who says to a king, "Worthless man!" and to nobles, "Wicked men!"? 19God is not partial to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of His hands. 20They die suddenly in the middle of the night; people shudder, then pass away. Even the mighty are removed without effort. 21For His eyes [watch] over a man's ways, and He observes all his steps. 22There is no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves. 23God does not [need to] examine a person further, that one should approach Him in court. 24He shatters the mighty without an investigation and sets others in their place. 25Therefore, He recognizes their deeds and overthrows [them] by night, and they are crushed. 26In full view of the public, He strikes them for their wickedness, 27because they turned aside from following Him and did not understand any of His ways 28but caused the poor to cry out to Him, and He heard the outcry of the afflicted. 29But when God is silent, who can declare [Him] guilty? When He hides [His] face, who can see Him? Yet He [watches] over both individuals and nations, 30so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people. 31Suppose someone says to God, "I have endured [my punishment]; I will no [longer] act wickedly. 32Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I won't do it again." 33Should God repay [you] on your terms when you have rejected [His]? You must choose, not I! So declare what you know. 34Reasonable men will say to me, along with the wise men who hear me, 35"Job speaks without knowledge; his words are without insight." 36If only Job were tested to the limit, because [his] answers are [like] those of wicked men. 37For he adds rebellion to his sin; he [scornfully] claps in our presence, while multiplying his words against God.