17Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.18And when they came to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time-19serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews-20and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house.21I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22"And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there,23except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me.24But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace. 25"And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see my face again.26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone's blood,27for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.28Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.29I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.30And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.31Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32"And now I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.33I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.34You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs, and for those who were with me.
1Samson went down to Timnah and saw a young Philistine woman there.2He went back and told his father and his mother: "I have seen a young Philistine woman in Timnah. Now get her for me as a wife." 3But his father and mother said to him, "Can't you find a young woman among your relatives or among any of our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines for a wife?" But Samson told his father, "Get her for me, because I want her."4Now his father and mother did not know this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. At that time, the Philistines were ruling over Israel. 5Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,6the Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.7Then he went and spoke to the woman, because Samson wanted her. 8After some time, when he returned to get her, he left [the road] to see the lion's carcass, and there was a swarm of bees with honey in the carcass.9He scooped [some honey] into his hands and ate [it] as he went along. When he returned to his father and mother, he gave [some] to them and they ate [it]. But he did not tell them that he had scooped the honey from the lion's carcass. 10His father went [to visit] the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, as young men were accustomed to do.11When the Philistines saw him, they brought 30 men to accompany him. 12"Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can explain it to me during the seven days of the feast and figure it out, I will give you 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes.13But if you can't explain it to me, you must give me 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes." "Tell us your riddle," they replied. "Let's hear it." 14So he said to them: Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet. After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle.15On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, "Persuade your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father's household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?" 16So Samson's wife came to him, weeping, and said, "You hate me and don't love me! You told my people the riddle, but haven't explained it to me." "Look," he said, "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother, so [why] should I explain it to you?" 17She wept the whole seven days of the feast, and at last, on the seventh day, he explained it to her, because she had nagged him so much. Then she explained it to her people.18On the seventh day before sunset, the men of the city said to him: What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? So he said to them: If you hadn't plowed with my young cow, you wouldn't know my riddle now! 19The Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed 30 of their men. He stripped them and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. In a rage, Samson returned to his father's house,20and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.
1Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson [took] a young goat [as a gift] and visited his wife. "I want to go to my wife in her room," he said. But her father would not let him enter. 2"I was sure you hated her," her father said, "so I gave her to one of the men who accompanied you. Isn't her younger sister more beautiful than she is? Why not take her instead?" 3Samson said to them, "This time I won't be responsible when I harm the Philistines."4So he went out and caught 300 foxes. He took torches, turned the foxes tail-to-tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails.5Then he ignited the torches and released the foxes into the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the piles of grain and the standing grain as well as the vineyards and olive groves. 6Then the Philistines asked, "Who did this?" They were told, "[It was] Samson, the Timnite's son-in-law, because he has taken Samson's wife and given her to another man." So the Philistines went to her and her father and burned [them] to death. 7Then Samson told them, "Because you did this, I swear that I won't rest until I have taken vengeance on you."8He tore them limb from limb with a great slaughter, and he went down and stayed in the cave at the rock of Etam. 9The Philistines went up, camped in Judah, and raided Lehi.10So the men of Judah said, "Why have you attacked us?" They replied, "We have come to arrest Samson and pay him back for what he did to us." 11Then 3,000 men of Judah went to the cave at the rock of Etam, and they asked Samson, "Don't you realize that the Philistines rule over us? What have you done to us?" "I have done to them what they did to me," he answered. 12They said to him, "We've come to arrest you and hand you over to the Philistines." Then Samson told them, "Swear to me that you yourselves won't kill me." 13"No," they said, "we won't kill you, but we will tie you up securely and hand you over to them." So they tied him up with two new ropes and led him away from the rock. 14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came to meet him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like burnt flax and his bonds fell off his wrists.15He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand, took it, and killed 1,000 men with it.16Then Samson said: With the jawbone of a donkey I have piled them in a heap. With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed 1,000 men. 17When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone and named that place Ramath-lehi.18He became very thirsty and called out to the Lord: "You have accomplished this great victory through Your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"19So God split a hollow place [in the ground] at Lehi, and water came out of it. After Samson drank, his strength returned, and he revived. That is why he named it En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.20And he judged Israel 20 years in the days of the Philistines.
1Then Job replied to the Lord: 2I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted. 3[You asked,] "Who is this who conceals [My] counsel with ignorance?" Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4[You said,] "Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me." 5I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You. 6Therefore I take back [my words] and repent in dust and ashes. 7After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.8Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his [prayer] and not deal with you as your folly deserves. For you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has."9Then Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job's [prayer].
10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his [previous] possessions.11All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They offered him sympathy and comfort concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah, and a gold earring. 12So the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the earlier. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.13He also had seven sons and three daughters.14He named his first [daughter] Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch.15No women as beautiful as Job's daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. 16Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.17Then Job died, old and full of days.