Job 23:1 ←
Then Job answered,
Job 23:2 ←
“Even today my complaint is rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
Job 23:3 ←
Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:4 ←
I would set my cause in order before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5 ←
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would tell me.
Job 23:6 ←
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.
Job 23:7 ←
There the upright might reason with him, so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
Job 23:8 ←
“If I go east, he is not there. If I go west, I can’t find him.
Job 23:9 ←
He works to the north, but I can’t see him. He turns south, but I can’t catch a glimpse of him.
Job 23:10 ←
But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I will come out like gold.
Job 23:11 ←
My foot has held fast to his steps. I have kept his way, and not turned away.
Job 23:12 ←
I haven’t gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Job 23:13 ←
But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? What his soul desires, even that he does.
Job 23:14 ←
For he performs that which is appointed for me. Many such things are with him.
Job 23:15 ←
Therefore I am terrified at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him.
Job 23:16 ←
For God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has terrified me.
Job 23:17 ←
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.