Job 23

1Then Job answered and said, 2Yes, I know that pleading is out of my reach; and His hand has been made heavy upon my groaning. 3Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, and come to an end of the matter! 4And I would plead my own cause, and He would fill my mouth with arguments. 5And I would know the remedies which He would speak to me, and I would perceive what He would tell me. 6Though He should come on me in His great strength, then He would not threaten me; 7for truth and reproof are from Him, and He would bring forth my judgment to an end. 8For if I shall go first, and exist no longer, still what do I know concerning the latter end? 9When He worked on the left hand, then I observed it not: His right hand shall encompass me but I shall not see it. 10For He already knows my way, and He has tried me as gold. 11And I will go forth according to His commandments, for I have kept His ways; and I shall not turn aside from His commandments, 12neither shall I transgress; but I have hid His words in my bosom. 13And if He too has thus judged, who is he that has contradicted, for He has both willed a thing and done it. 15(23:14) Therefore am I troubled at Him; and when I was reproved, I thought of Him. (23:15) Therefore let me take good heed before Him: I will consider, and be terrified of Him. 16But the Lord has softened my heart, and the Almighty has troubled me. 17For I knew not that darkness would come upon me, and thick darkness has covered me before my face.
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