Job 23:8
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New Living Translation
I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him.

King James Bible
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I do not perceive him;

World English Bible
"If I go east, he is not there; if west, I can't find him;

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, forward I go -- and He is not, And backward -- and I perceive him not.

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

23:8 Is not - As a judge to hear and determine my causes, otherwise he knew God was essentially present in all places.

Job 23:8 Parallel Commentaries

February 25 Evening
Oh that I knew where I might find him!--JOB 23:3. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.--Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Truly our
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Order and Argument in Prayer
It is further observable that though a good man hastens to God in his trouble, and runs with all the more speed because of the unkindness of his fellow men, yet sometimes the gracious soul is left without the comfortable presence of God. This is the worst of all griefs; the text is one of Job's deep groans, far deeper than any which came from him on account of the loss of his children and his property: "Oh that I knew where I might find HIM!" The worst of all losses is to lose the smile of my God.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 12: 1866

The Question of Fear and the Answer of Faith
It is one of the sure marks of a lost and ruined state when we are careless and indifferent concerning God. One of the peculiar marks of those who are dead in sin is this: they are the wicked who forget God. God is not in all their thoughts; "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." The sinful man is ever anxious to keep out of his mind the very thought of the being, the existence, or the character of God; and so long as man is unregenerate, there will be nothing more abhorrent to his taste,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Whither Goest Thou?
Job could not understand the way of God with him; he was greatly perplexed. He could not find the Lord, with whom aforetime he constantly abode. He cries, "Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him." But if Job knew not the way of the Lord, the Lord knew Job's way. It is a great comfort that when we cannot see the Lord, He sees us, and
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 35: 1889

Cross References
Job 9:11
"Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see him go.

Job 23:9
I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed.

Job 35:14
You say you can't see him, but he will bring justice if you will only wait.

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