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Read the Bible | July 2nd

Job 24

[1] “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his days?
[2] Some move landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
[3] They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
[4] They thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
[5] Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor go out to their toil, seeking game;
the wasteland yields food for their children.
[6] They gather their fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
[7] They lie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
[8] They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
[9] (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
[10] They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they carry the sheaves;
[11] among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
[12] From out of the city the dying groan,
and the soul of the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with wrong.

[13] “There are those who rebel against the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
[14] The murderer rises before it is light,
that he may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
[15] The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight,
saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
[16] In the dark they dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
[17] For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.

[18] “You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
[19] Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does Sheol those who have sinned.
[20] The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are no longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like a tree.’

[21] “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
[22] Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
[23] He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his eyes are upon their ways.
[24] 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.
[25] If it is not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?” (ESV)

Job 25

Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

[1] Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

[2] “Dominion and fear are with God;
he makes peace in his high heaven.
[3] Is there any number to his armies?
Upon whom does his light not arise?
[4] How then can man be in the right before God?
How can he who is born of woman be pure?
[5] Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
[6] how much less man, who is a maggot,
and the son of man, who is a worm!” (ESV)


Acts 11

Peter Reports to the Church

[1] Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. [2] So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, [3] “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” [4] But Peter began and explained it to them in order: [5] “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. [6] Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. [7] And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ [8] But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ [9] But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ [10] This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. [11] And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. [12] 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. [13] 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; [14] he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ [15] As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. [16] And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ [17] 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?” [18] 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

[19] 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. [20] 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. [21] And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. [22] The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. [23] 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, [24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. [25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, [26] 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.

[27] Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. [28] 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). [29] So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. [30] And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul. (ESV)

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