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.2Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than 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 order my cause 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 the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.6Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7There the upright could reason with Him, And 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“Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot 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, 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 shall come forth as gold.10But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.11My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.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 is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does.13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.14For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
15Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.15Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16For God made my heart weak, And the Almighty terrifies me;16For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
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