Job 23
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1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job answered and said:
2“Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.2“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
4I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.4I would lay 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 know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
6Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.
7There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.7There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8“Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;8“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot 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.
10But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.11My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned 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 commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
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 turn him back? What he desires, that he does.
14For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.14For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.
15Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.15Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of 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 because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.
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