Read the Bible | July 2nd
 “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his days?
 Some move landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
 They thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
 Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor go out to their toil, seeking game;
the wasteland yields food for their children.
 They gather their fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
 They lie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
 They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
 They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they carry the sheaves;
 among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
 From out of the city the dying groan,
and the soul of the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with wrong.
 “There are those who rebel against the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
 The murderer rises before it is light,
that he may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
 The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight,
saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
 In the dark they dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
 For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
 “You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does Sheol those who have sinned.
 The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are no longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like a tree.’
 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
 Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
 He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his eyes are upon their ways.
 They are exalted a little while, and then are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like the heads of grain.
 If it is not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?” (ESV)
Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous
 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
 “Dominion and fear are with God;
he makes peace in his high heaven.
 Is there any number to his armies?
Upon whom does his light not arise?
 How then can man be in the right before God?
How can he who is born of woman be pure?
 Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
 how much less man, who is a maggot,
and the son of man, who is a worm!” (ESV)
Peter Reports to the Church
 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying,  “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  But Peter began and explained it to them in order:  “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me.  Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air.  And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’  But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’  But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’  This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.  And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea.  And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.  And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter;  he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’  As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.  And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?”  When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
The Church in Antioch
 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews.  But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.  The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.  When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.  So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,  and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius).  So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.  And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul. (ESV)