Job 23

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

1Then Job answered:

2 Today also my complaint is bitter.
Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion
LXX, Syr; MT reads My
hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3 If only I knew how to find Him,
so that I could go to His throne.
4 I would plead my case before Him d
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would learn how
Lit the words
He would answer me;
and understand what He would say to me.
6 Would He prosecute f me forcefully?
No, He will certainly pay attention to me.
7 Then an upright man could reason g with Him,
and I would escape from my Judge h forever.

8 If I go east, He is not there,
and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him. i
9 When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him;
when He turns south, I cannot find Him.
10 Yet He knows the way I have taken;
Lit way with me

when He has tested me, k I will emerge as pure gold.
11 My feet have followed in His tracks;
I have kept to His way l and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured
LXX, Vg read treasured in my bosom
the words n of His mouth
more than my daily food.

13 But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him?
He does what He desires. o
14 He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me,
and He has many more things like these in mind.
Lit these with Him

15 Therefore I am terrified q in His presence;
when I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16 God has made my heart faint; r
God Almighty: The Hebrew word is El Shaddai; El = "God," but the meaning of Shaddai is disputed; traditionally it is translated "Almighty".
Almighty has terrified me.
17 Yet I am not destroyed
Or silenced
by the darkness, u
by the thick darkness that covers my face.
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