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Daily Bible Reading

May 10th Reading

Your reading for today is:
Job 41-42
Acts 16:22-40

Job 41
 "Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhookor tie down his tongue with a rope? 2 Can you put a cord through his noseor pierce his jaw with a hook? 3 Will he keep begging you for mercy?Will he speak to you with gentle words? 4 Will he make an agreement with youfor you to take him as your slave for life? 5 Can you make a pet of him like a birdor put him on a leash for your girls? 6 Will traders barter for him?Will they divide him up among the merchants? 7 Can you fill his hide with harpoonsor his head with fishing spears? 8 If you lay a hand on him,you will remember the struggle and never do it again! 9 Any hope of subduing him is false;the mere sight of him is overpowering. 10 No one is fierce enough to rouse him.Who then is able to stand against me? 11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?Everything under heaven belongs to me.

12 "I will not fail to speak of his limbs,his strength and his graceful form. 13 Who can strip off his outer coat?Who would approach him with a bridle? 14 Who dares open the doors of his mouth,ringed about with his fearsome teeth? 15 His back has rows of shieldstightly sealed together; 16 each is so close to the nextthat no air can pass between. 17 They are joined fast to one another;they cling together and cannot be parted. 18 His snorting throws out flashes of light;his eyes are like the rays of dawn. 19 Firebrands stream from his mouth;sparks of fire shoot out. 20 Smoke pours from his nostrilsas from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. 21 His breath sets coals ablaze,and flames dart from his mouth. 22 Strength resides in his neck;dismay goes before him. 23 The folds of his flesh are tightly joined;they are firm and immovable. 24 His chest is hard as rock,hard as a lower millstone. 25 When he rises up, the mighty are terrified;they retreat before his thrashing. 26 The sword that reaches him has no effect,nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. 27 Iron he treats like strawand bronze like rotten wood. 28 Arrows do not make him flee;slingstones are like chaff to him. 29 A club seems to him but a piece of straw;he laughs at the rattling of the lance. 30 His undersides are jagged potsherds,leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. 31 He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldronand stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. 32 Behind him he leaves a glistening wake;one would think the deep had white hair. 33 Nothing on earth is his equal - a creature without fear. 34 He looks down on all that are haughty;he is king over all that are proud."


Job 42
 Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 "I know that you can do all things;no plan of yours can be thwarted. 3 [You asked,] 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?'Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,things too wonderful for me to know.

4 ["You said,] 'Listen now, and I will speak;I will question you,and you shall answer me.' 5 My ears had heard of youbut now my eyes have seen you. 6 Therefore I despise myselfand repent in dust and ashes."


7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job's prayer.


10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.


12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.


16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so he died, old and full of years.
(NIV)


Acts 16:22-40
 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"


29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God - he and his whole family.

35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men." 36 The jailer told Paul, "The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace."


37 But Paul said to the officers: "They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out."


38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.   39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left. 
(NIV)

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