Job 23
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1Job's response was to say:1Then Job answered and said:
2"I'm still complaining bitterly today; my hand is heavy because of groaning.2“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3If only I knew where to find him, I would visit him where he has taken his seat.3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
4I would lay out my case before him; and fill my mouth with arguments.4I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I know how he would answer me; I understand what he'll tell me.5I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
6"Would he use his great power to fight me? No, he'll pay attention to me.6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.
7In that place, the upright can reason with him; and I'll be acquitted once and for all by my judge."7There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8"Look! If I go east, he isn't there! If I go to the west, I don't perceive him.8“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9If he's working in the north, I can't observe him; If he turns south, I can't see him. 9on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
10Because he knows the road on which I travel, when he had tested me, I'll come out like gold.10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11My feet stay where his footsteps lead; I kept on his pathway and haven't turned aside.11My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12I haven't wandered away from the commands that he has spoken; I've treasured what he has said more than my own meals."12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
13"But he is One—who can change him? He does whatever he wants to do.13But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.
14He'll complete what he has planned for me; he has many things in mind for me!14For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.
15That's why I'm terrified at his presence! When I think about it, I'm afraid of him.15Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16God has caused me to faint; the Almighty makes me terrified!16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;
17Nevertheless, I haven't been silenced because of the darkness, even when thick darkness obscures my vision." 17yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.
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