22Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.23With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.24We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.25So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul—26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.28It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:29You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. FAREWELL.30So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.31The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.32Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.33After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.35But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
36Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”37Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,38but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.39They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,40but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.41He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”2The LORD answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”3The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.4When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.5It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.6Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.7Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.8The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.9After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills.10They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.11From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).12And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.”13Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.14One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”15She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.16The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.17Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.18Judah also took Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron—each city with its territory.19The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.20As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak.21The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.22Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the LORD was with them.23When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),24the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.”25So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family.26He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.27But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.28When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.29Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them.30Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor.31Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob.32The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out.33Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them.34The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain.35And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor.36The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.
1“But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.2I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.3My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.4The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.5Answer me then, if you can; stand up and argue your case before me.6I am the same as you in God’s sight; I too am a piece of clay.7No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy on you.8“But you have said in my hearing— I heard the very words—9‘I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin.10Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.11He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.’12“But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.13Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words ?14For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it.15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,16he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,17to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,18to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.19“Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones,20so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.21Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.22They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.23Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright,24and he is gracious to that person and says to God, ‘Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them—25let their flesh be renewed like a child’s; let them be restored as in the days of their youth’—26then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.27And they will go to others and say, ‘I have sinned, I have perverted what is right, but I did not get what I deserved.28God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’29“God does all these things to a person— twice, even three times—30to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.31“Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.32If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you.33But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”