Job 23

Job Replies: Where Is God?

1Then Job answered and said:

2 Today also my a  complaint is bitter;
Or defiant

my c  hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3Oh d  that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his e  seat!
4I would f  lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
6Would he g  contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
7There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8 Behold, h  I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive 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 i  knows j  the way that I k  take;
when he has l  tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11My foot m  has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have n  not turned aside.
12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have o  treasured the words of his mouth more than my p  portion of food.
13But he is unchangeable
Or one
and r  who can turn him back?
What he s  desires, that he does.
14For he will complete what he t  appoints for me,
and many such things are u  in his mind.
15Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16God has made my v  heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
17yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
nor because thick darkness covers my face.
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