Job 1; Job 2; Acts 7:22-43

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Job 1

1 A man named Job lived in Uz. He was a man of integrity: He was decent, he feared God, and he stayed away from evil.
2 He had seven sons and three daughters.
3 He owned 7,000 sheep and goats, 3,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large number of servants. He was the most influential person in the Middle East.
4 His sons used to go to each other's homes, where they would have parties. (Each brother took his turn having a party.) They would send someone to invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5 When they finished having their parties, Job would send for them in order to cleanse them from sin. He would get up early in the morning and sacrifice burnt offerings for each of them. Job thought, "My children may have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Job offered sacrifices for them all the time.
6 One day when the sons of God came to stand in front of the LORD, Satan the Accuser came along with them.
7 The LORD asked Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From wandering all over the earth."
8 The LORD asked Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? No one in the world is like him! He is a man of integrity: He is decent, he fears God, and he stays away from evil."
9 Satan answered the LORD, "Haven't you given Job a reason to fear God?
10 Haven't you put a protective fence around him, his home, and everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His cattle have spread out over the land.
11 But now stretch out your hand, and strike everything he has. I bet he'll curse you to your face."
12 The LORD told Satan, "Everything he has is in your power, but you must not lay a hand on him!" Then Satan left the LORD's presence.
13 One day when Job's sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's home,
14 a messenger came to Job. He said, "While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,
15 men from Sheba attacked. They took the livestock and massacred the servants. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you."
16 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] came and said, "A fire from God fell from heaven and completely burned your flocks and servants. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you."
17 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three companies and made a raid on the camels. They took the camels and massacred the servants. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you."
18 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] came and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine at their oldest brother's home
19 when suddenly a great storm swept across the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It fell on the young people, and they died. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you."
20 Job stood up, tore his robe in grief, and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped.
21 He said, "Naked I came from my mother, and naked I will return. The LORD has given, and the LORD has taken away! May the name of the LORD be praised."
22 Through all this Job did not sin or blame God for doing anything wrong.

Job 2

1 One day when the sons of God came to stand in front of the LORD, Satan the Accuser came along with them.
2 The LORD asked Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From wandering all over the earth."
3 The LORD asked Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? No one in the world is like him! He is a man of integrity: He is decent, he fears God, and he stays away from evil. And he still holds on to his principles. You're trying to provoke me into ruining him for no reason."
4 Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! Certainly, a man will give everything he has for his life.
5 But stretch out your hand, and strike his flesh and bones. I bet he'll curse you to your face."
6 The LORD told Satan, "He is in your power, but you must spare his life!"
7 Satan left the LORD's presence and struck Job with painful boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
8 Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself as he sat in the ashes.
9 His wife asked him, "Are you still holding on to your principles? Curse God and die!"
10 He said to her, "You're talking like a godless fool. We accept the good that God gives us. Shouldn't we also accept the bad?" Through all this Job's lips did not utter one sinful word.
11 When Job's three friends heard about all the terrible things that had happened to him, each of them came from his home--Eliphaz of Teman, Bildad of Shuah, Zophar of Naama. They had agreed they would go together to sympathize with Job and comfort him.
12 When they saw him from a distance, they didn't even recognize him. They cried out loud and wept, and each of them tore his own clothes in grief. They threw dust on their heads.
13 Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him because they saw that he was in such great pain.

Acts 7:22-43

22 So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in what he said and did.
23 When he was 40 years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.
24 When he saw an Israelite man being treated unfairly by an Egyptian, he defended the Israelite. He took revenge by killing the Egyptian.
25 Moses thought his own people would understand that God was going to use him to give them freedom. But they didn't understand.
26 The next day Moses saw two Israelites fighting, and he tried to make peace between them. He said to them, 'Men, you are brothers. Why are you treating each other unfairly?'
27 "But one of the men pushed Moses aside. He asked Moses, 'Who made you our ruler and judge?
28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 After he said that, Moses quickly left Egypt and lived in Midian as a foreigner. In Midian he fathered two sons.
30 "Forty years later, a messenger appeared to him in the flames of a burning bush in the desert of Mount Sinai.
31 Moses was surprised when he saw this. As he went closer to look at the bush, the voice of the Lord said to him,
32 'I am the God of your ancestors--the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and didn't dare to look at the bush.
33 The Lord told him, 'Take off your sandals. The place where you're standing is holy ground.
34 I've seen how my people are mistreated in Egypt. I've heard their groaning and have come to rescue them. So now I'm sending you to Egypt.'
35 "This is the Moses whom the Israelites rejected by saying, 'Who made you our ruler and judge?' This is the one God sent to free them and to rule them with the help of the messenger who appeared to him in the bush.
36 This is the man who led our ancestors out of Egypt. He is the person who did amazing things and worked miracles in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the desert for 40 years.
37 This is the same Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet, an Israelite like me.'
38 This is the Moses who was in the assembly in the desert. Our ancestors and the messenger who spoke to him on Mount Sinai were there with him. Moses received life-giving messages to give to us,
39 but our ancestors were not willing to obey him. Instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt.
40 They told Aaron, 'We don't know what has happened to this Moses, who led us out of Egypt. So make gods who will lead us.'
41 That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they had made.
42 "So God turned away from them and let them worship the sun, moon, and stars. This is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you bring me sacrifices and grain offerings in the desert for 40 years, nation of Israel?
43 You carried along the shrine of Moloch, the star of the god Rephan, and the statues you made for yourselves to worship. I will send you into exile beyond the city of Babylon.'