Job 20; Job 21; Acts 10:24-48

1 Then Sophar the Naamathite answered, and said: 2 Therefore various thoughts succeed one another in me, and my mind is hurried away to different things. 3 The doctrine with which thou reprovest me, I will hear, and the spirit of my understanding shall answer for me. 4 This I know from the beginning, since man was placed upon the earth, 5 That the praise of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment. 6 If his pride mount up even to heaven, and his head touch the clouds: 7 In the end he shall be destroyed like a dunghill, and they that had seen him, shall say: Where is he? 8 As a dream that fleeth away he shall not be found, he shall pass as a vision of the night: 9 The eyes that had seen him, shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more behold him. 10 His children shall be oppressed with want, and his hands shall render to him his sorrow. 11 His bones shall be filled with the vices of his youth, and they shall sleep with him in the dust. 12 For when evil shall be sweet in his mouth, he will hide it under his tongue. 13 He will spare it, and not leave it, and will hide it in his throat. 14 His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps within him, 15 The riches which he hath swallowed, he shall vomit up, and God shall draw them out of his belly. 16 He shall suck the head of asps, and the viper’s tongue shall kill him. 17 Let him not see the streams of the river, the brooks of honey and of butter. 18 He shall be punished for all that he did, and yet shall not be consumed: according to the multitude of his devices so also shall he suffer. 19 Because he broke in and stripped the poor: he hath violently taken away a house which he did not build. 20 And yet his belly was not filled: and when he hath the things he coveted, he shall not be able to possess them. 21 There was nothing left of his meat, and therefore nothing shall continue of his goods: 22 When he shall be filled, he shall be straitened, he shall burn, and every sorrow shall fall upon him. 23 May his belly be filled, that God may send forth the wrath of his indignation upon him, and rain down his war upon him. 24 He shall flee from weapons of iron, and shall fall upon a bow of brass. 25 The sword is drawn out, and cometh forth from its scabbard, and glittereth in his bitterness: the terrible ones shall go and come upon him. 26 All darkness is hid in his secret places: a fire that is not kindled shall devour him, he shall be afflicted when left in his tabernacle. 27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him. 28 The offspring of his house shall be exposed, he shall be pulled down in the day of God’s wrath. 29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the inheritance of his doings from the Lord.
1 Then Job answered, and said: 2 Hear, I beseech you, my words, and do penance. 3 Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at my words. 4 Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to be troubled? 5 Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your mouth. 6 As for me, when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh. 7 Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened with riches? 8 Their seed continueth before them, a multitude of kinsmen, and of children’s children in their sight. 9 Their houses are secure and peaceable, and the rod of God is not upon them. 10 Their cattle have conceived, and failed not: their cow has calved, and is not deprived of her fruit. 11 Their little ones go out like a flock, and their children dance and play. 12 They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment they go down to hell. 14 Who have said to God: Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what doth it profit us if we pray to him? 16 Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me. 17 How often shall the lamp of the wicked be put out, and a deluge come upon them, and he shall distribute the sorrows of his wrath? 18 They shall be as chaff before the face of the wind, and as ashes which the whirlwind scattereth. 19 God shall lay up the sorrow of the father for his children: and when he shall repay, then shall he know. 20 His eyes shall see his own destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21 For what is it to him what befalleth his house after him: and if the number of his months be diminished by one half? 22 Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high? 23 One man dieth strong, and hale, rich and happy. 24 His bowels are full of fat, and his bones are moistened with marrow. 25 But another dieth in bitterness of soul without any riches: 26 And yet they shall sleep together in the dust, and worms shall cover them. 27 Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against me. 28 For you say: Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? 29 Ask any one of them that go by the way, and you shall perceive that he knoweth these same things. 30 Because the wicked man is reserved to the day of destruction, and he shall be brought to the day of wrath. 31 Who shall reprove his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done? 32 He shall be brought to the graves, and shall watch in the heap of the dead. 33 He hath been acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus, and he shall draw every man after him, and there are innumerable before him. 34 How then do ye comfort me in vain, whereas your answer is shewn to be repugnant to truth?
24 And the morrow after, he entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having called together his kinsmen and special friends. 25 And it came to pass that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him and falling at his feet adored. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise: I myself also am a man. 27 And talking with him, he went in and found many that were come together. 28 And he said to them: you know how abominable it is for a man that is a Jew to keep company or to come unto one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common or unclean. 29 For which cause, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me? 30 And Cornelius said: Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in my house, at the ninth hour and behold a man stood before me in white apparel and said: 31 Cornelius, thy prayer is heard and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppe: and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee: and thou hast done well in coming. Now, therefore, all we are present in thy sight to hear all things whatsoever are commanded thee by the Lord. 34 And Peter opening his mouth, said: in very deed I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons. 35 But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh justice is acceptable to him. 36 God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all). 37 You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached. 38 Jesus of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things that he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem: whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree. 40 Him God raised up the third day and gave him to be made manifest, 41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him, after he arose again from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that it is he who was appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead. 43 To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him. 44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word. 45 And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. 47 Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.
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