Job 5; Job 6; Job 7; Acts 8:1-25

1 Call now, if there be any that will answer thee, and turn to some of the saints. 2 Anger indeed killeth the foolish, and envy slayeth the little one. 3 I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately. 4 His children shall be far from safety, and shall be destroyed in the gate, and there shall be none to deliver them. 5 Whose harvest the hungry shall eat, and the armed man shall take him by violence, and the thirsty shall drink up his riches. 6 Nothing upon earth is done without a cause, and sorrow doth not spring out of the ground. 7 Man is born to labour, and the bird to fly. 8 Wherefore I will pray to the Lord, and address my speech to God: 9 Who doth great things, and unsearchable and wonderful things without number: 10 Who giveth rain upon the face of the earth, and watereth all things with waters: 11 Who setteth up the humble on high, and comforteth with health those that mourn. 12 Who bringeth to nought the designs of the malignant, so that their hands cannot accomplish what they had begun: 13 Who catcheth the wise in their craftiness, and disappointeth the counsel of the wicked: 14 They shall meet with darkness in the day, and grope at noonday as in the night. 15 But he shall save the needy from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the violent. 16 And to the needy there shall be hope, but iniquity shall draw in her mouth. 17 Blessed is the man whom God correcteth: refuse not, therefore, the chastising of the Lord. 18 For he woundeth, and cureth: he striketh, and his hands shall heal. 19 In six troubles he shall deliver thee, and in the seventh, evil shall not touch thee. 20 In famine he shall deliver thee from death; and in battle, from the hand of the sword. 21 Thou shalt be hidden from the scourge of the tongue: and thou shalt not fear calamity when it cometh. 22 In destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: and thou shalt not be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 23 But thou shalt have a covenant with the stones of the lands, and the beasts of the earth shall be at peace with thee. 24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle is in peace, and visiting thy beauty, thou shalt not sin. 25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be multiplied, and thy offspring like the grass of the earth. 26 Thou shalt enter into the grave in abundance, as a heap of wheat is brought in in its season. 27 Behold, this is even so, as we have searched out: which thou having heard, consider it thoroughly in thy mind.
1 But Job answered, and said: 2 O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance. 3 As the sand of the sea, this would appear heavier: therefore, my words are full of sorrow: 4 For the arrows of the Lord are in me, the rage whereof drinketh up my spirit, and the terrors of the Lord war against me. 5 Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger? 6 Or can an unsavoury thing be eaten, that is not seasoned with salt? or can a man taste that which, when tasted, bringeth death? 7 The things which before my soul would not touch, now, through anguish, are my meats. 8 Who will grant that my request may come: and that God may give me what I look for? 9 And that he that hath begun may destroy me, that he may let loose his hand, and cut me off? 10 And that this may be my comfort, that afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not, nor I contradict the words of the Holy one. 11 For what is my strength, that I can hold out? or what is my end, that I should keep patience? 12 My strength is not the strength of stones, nor is my flesh of brass. 13 Behold there is no help for me in myself, and my familiar friends also are departed from me. 14 He that taketh away mercy from his friend, forsaketh the fear of the Lord. 15 My brethren have passed by me, as the torrent that passeth swiftly in the valleys. 16 They that fear the hoary frost, the snow shall fall upon them. 17 At the time when they shall be scattered they shall perish: and after it groweth hot, they shall be melted out of their place. 18 The paths of their steps are entangled: they shall walk in vain, and shall perish. 19 Consider the paths of Thema, the ways of Saba, and wait a little while. 20 They arc confounded, because I have hoped: they are come also even unto me, and are covered with shame. 21 Now you are come: and now, seeing my affliction, you are afraid. 22 Did I say: Bring to me, and give me of your substance? 23 Or deliver me from the hand of the enemy, and rescue me out of the hand of the mighty? 24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace: and if I have been ignorant of any thing, instruct me. 25 Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me? 26 You dress up speeches only to rebuke, and you utter words to the wind. 27 You rush in upon the fatherless, and you endeavour to overthrow your friend. 28 However, finish what you have begun: give ear and see whether I lie. 29 Answer, I beseech you, without contention: and speaking that which is just, judge ye. 30 And you shall not find iniquity in my tongue, neither shall folly sound in my mouth.
1 The life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling. 2 As a servant longeth for the shade, as the hireling looketh for the end of his work; 3 So I also have had empty months, and have numbered to myself wearisome nights. 4 If I lie down to sleep, I shall say: When shall I rise? and again, I shall look for the evening, and shall be filled with sorrows even till darkness. 5 My flesh is clothed with rottenness and the filth of dust; my skin is withered and drawn together. 6 My days have passed more swiftly than the web is cut by the weaver, and are consumed without any hope. 7 Remember that my life is but wind, and my eye shall not return to see good things. 8 Nor shall the sight of man behold me: thy eyes are upon me, and I shall be no more. 9 As a cloud is consumed, and passeth away: so he that shall go down to hell shall not come up. 10 Nor shall he return any more into his house, neither shall his place know him any more 11 Wherefore, I will not spare my month, I will speak in the affliction of my spirit: I will talk with the bitterness of my soul. 12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou hast inclosed me in a prison? 13 If I say: My bed shall comfort me, and I shall be relieved, speaking with myself on my couch: 14 Thou wilt frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions. 15 So that my soul rather chooseth hanging, and my bones death. 16 I have done with hope, I shall now live no longer: spare me, for my days are nothing. 17 What is a man, that thou shouldst magnify him or why dost thou set thy heart upon him? 18 Thou visitest him early in the morning, and thou provest him suddenly. 19 How long wilt thou not spare me, nor suffer me to swallow down my spittle? 20 I have sinned: what shall I do to thee, O keeper of men? why hast thou set me opposite to thee. and am I become burdensome to myself? 21 Why dost thou not remove my sin, and why dost thou not take away my iniquity? Behold now I shall sleep in the dust: and if thou seek me in the morning, I shall not be.
1 And at that time, there was raised a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem. And they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea, and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men took order for Stephen’s funeral and made great mourning over him. 3 But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house: and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison. 4 They therefore that were dispersed went about preaching the word of God. 5 And Philip, going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out. 8 And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed. 9 There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one: 10 To whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: This man is the power of God, which is called great. 11 And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices. 12 But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Then Simon himself believed also and, being baptized, he adhered to Philip. And being astonished, wondered to see the signs and exceeding great miracles which were done. 14 Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. 15 Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. 16 For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost. 18 And when Simon saw that, by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said to him: 20 Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee: because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness: and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity. 24 Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me. 25 And they indeed, having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem: and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.
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