Job 23
New King James VersionBerean Study Bible
1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job answered:
2“Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.2“Even today my complaint is bitter. His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!3If only I knew where to find Him, so that I could go to His seat.
4I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.4I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.5I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say.
6Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.6Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take note of me.
7There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.7Then an upright man 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;8If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot find Him.
9When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.9When He is at work in the north, I cannot behold Him; when He turns to the south, I cannot see Him.
10But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.10Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.11My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept His way without turning aside.
12I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.12I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.
13“But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does.13But He is unchangeable, and who can oppose Him? He does what He desires.
14For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.14For He carries out His decree against me, and He has many such plans.
15Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.15Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider this, I fear Him.
16For God made my heart weak, And the Almighty terrifies me;16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
17Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.17Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.
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Job 22
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