Job 23

Job Replies: Where Is God?

1Then Job answered and said:

2Today also my acomplaint is bitter;
Or defiant

my chand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3Oh, dthat I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his eseat!
4I would flay 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 gcontend 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.
8Behold, hI 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 iknows jthe way that I ktake;
when he has ltried me, I shall come out as gold.
11My foot mhas held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have nnot turned aside.
12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have otreasured the words of his mouth more than my pportion of food.
13But he is unchangeable,
Or one
and rwho can turn him back?
What he sdesires, that he does.
14For he will complete what he tappoints for me,
and many such things are uin his mind.
15Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16God has made my vheart 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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