Job 23
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1Then Job spoke again:1Then Job answered and said:
2“My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud.2“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court.3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
4I would lay out my case and present my arguments.4I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.5I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
6Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing.6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.
7Honest people can reason with him, so I would be forever acquitted by my judge.7There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him.8“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed.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.
10“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.11My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
13But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does.13But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.
14So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny.14For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.
15No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me.15Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16God has made me sick at heart; the Almighty has terrified me.16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;
17Darkness is all around me; thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.17yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.
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