Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate
“Pay attention to this, Job! Stand still and consider the wonders God works.
I thought about the days of old, about ancient times.
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
‘Think carefully about the past:
Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what he has bent?
Here then is what the Lord who rules over all says: ‘Think carefully about what you are doing.
“Moreover, the Lord who rules over all says: ‘Pay close attention to these things also.
Watch my enemies, for they outnumber me; they hate me and want to harm me.
“Don’t remember these earlier events;
For I consider myself not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.”
That is why I am terrified in his presence; when I consider, I am afraid because of him.
For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared
And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,
For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments;
Whoever is wise, let him take note of these things! Let them consider the Lord’s acts of loyal love!
The wicked prepare to kill me,
See how I love your precepts! O Lord, revive me with your loyal love!