1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, [That] I might come to His seat!
4 I would present [my] case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words [which] He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.
6 Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take [note] of me.
7 There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
8 "Look, I go forward, but He is not [there,] And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold [Him;] When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see [Him.]
10 But He knows the way that I take; [When] He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary [food.]
13 "But He [is] unique, and who can make Him change? And [whatever] His soul desires, [that] He does.
14 For He performs [what is] appointed for me, And many such [things are] with Him.
15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider [this,] I am afraid of Him.
16 For God made my heart weak, And the Almighty terrifies me;
17 Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did [not] hide deep darkness from my face.
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