2 “I have heard emany such things;
fmiserable comforters are you all.
3 Shall gwindy words have an end?
and hshake my head at you.
which is ja witness against me,
and my kleanness has risen up against me;
he has ngnashed his teeth at me;
10 Men have ogaped at me with their mouth;
they have pstruck me insolently on the cheek;
they qmass themselves together against me.
he set me up as his rtarget;
13 his sarchers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys tand does not spare;
he upours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with vbreach upon breach;
he wruns upon me like a warrior.
15 I have sewed xsackcloth upon my skin
and on my eyelids is adeep darkness,
17 although there is no bviolence in my hands,
18 “O earth, ccover not my blood,
and let my dcry find no resting place.
19 Even now, behold, my ewitness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is fon high.
20 My friends gscorn me;
21 that he would hargue the case of a man with God,
as2 a son of man does with his neighbor.
I shall go the way ifrom which I shall not return.
17 “My spirit is broken; my days are jextinct;
kthe graveyard is ready for me.
and my eye dwells on their lprovocation.
who is there who will put up msecurity for me?
the neyes of his children will fail.
6 “He has made me oa byword of the peoples,
7 My peye has grown dim from vexation,
and all my members are like qa shadow.
8 The upright are rappalled at this,
and he who has sclean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10 But you, tcome on again, all of you,
11 My udays are past; my plans are broken off,
12 They vmake night into day:
‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’3
16 Will it go down to the bars of wSheol?
18 Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you bhunt for words?
3 Why are we counted as ccattle?
4 You who dtear yourself in your anger,
or ethe rock be removed out of its place?
5 “Indeed, fthe light of the wicked is put out,
6 The light is gdark in his tent,
and his hown schemes throw him down.
9 iA trap seizes him by the heel;
11 jTerrors frighten him on every side,
and calamity is kready for his stumbling.
lthe firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
and is brought to mthe king of terrors.
nsulfur is scattered over his habitation.
16 His oroots dry up beneath,
and his branches pwither above.
17 His qmemory perishes from the earth,
18 rHe is thrust from light into darkness,
19 He has no sposterity or progeny among his people,
20 They of the west are appalled at his tday,
and uhorror seizes them of the east.
such is the place of him who vknows not God.”
9 But Saul, bstill cbreathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to dthe high priest 2 and asked him for letters eto the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to fthe Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 gNow as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting hme?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, hwhom you are persecuting. 6 But irise and enter the city, and you will be told jwhat you are to do.” 7 kThe men who were traveling with him stood speechless, lhearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, mhe saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named nAnanias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, o“Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man pof Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and qlay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, rhow much evil he has done to syour tsaints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from uthe chief priests to bind all who vcall on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for whe is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name xbefore the Gentiles and ykings and the children of Israel. 16 For zI will show him how much ahe must suffer bfor the sake of my name.” 17 So cAnanias departed and entered the house. And dlaying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and ebe filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and fhe regained his sight. Then ghe rose and was baptized; 19 and htaking food, he was strengthened.
For isome days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, j“He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who kmade havoc lin Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul mincreased all the more in strength, and nconfounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving othat Jesus was the Christ.