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Job 23:1 ←
And Job made answer and said,
Job 23:2 ←
Even today my outcry is bitter; his hand is hard on my sorrow.
Job 23:3 ←
If only I had knowledge of where he might be seen, so that I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:4 ←
I would put my cause in order before him, and my mouth would be full of arguments.
Job 23:5 ←
I would see what his answers would be, and have knowledge of what he would say to me.
Job 23:6 ←
Would he make use of his great power to overcome me? No, but he would give attention to me.
Job 23:7 ←
There an upright man might put his cause before him; and I would be free for ever from my judge.
Job 23:8 ←
See, I go forward, but he is not there; and back, but I do not see him;
Job 23:9 ←
I am looking for him on the left hand, but there is no sign of him; and turning to the right, I am not able to see him.
Job 23:10 ←
For he has knowledge of the way I take; after I have been tested I will come out like gold.
Job 23:11 ←
My feet have gone in his steps; I have kept in his way, without turning to one side or to the other.
Job 23:12 ←
I have never gone against the orders of his lips; the words of his mouth have been stored up in my heart.
Job 23:13 ←
But his purpose is fixed and there is no changing it; and he gives effect to the desire of his soul.
Job 23:14 ←
For what has been ordered for me by him will be gone through to the end: and his mind is full of such designs.
Job 23:15 ←
For this cause I am in fear before him, my thoughts of him overcome me.
Job 23:16 ←
For God has made my heart feeble, and my mind is troubled before the Ruler of all.
Job 23:17 ←
For I am overcome by the dark, and by the black night which is covering my face.