Job

Book of Job. Chapter 23

   

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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