Job 23
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1Then Job replied:1Then Job answered and said,
2"Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.2Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!3Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.4I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me.5I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.6Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.7There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
8"But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.9On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.10But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.11My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.12Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13"But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases.13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store.14For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
15That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him.15Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.16For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
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