The Book of Job (WEB)
23: 1Then Job answered,
23:2"Even today is my complaint rebellious.
His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
23:3Oh that I knew where I might find him!
That I might come even to his seat!
23:4I would set my cause in order before him,
And fill my mouth with arguments.
23:5I would know the words which he would answer me,
And understand what he would tell me.
23:6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No, but he would listen to me.
23:7There the upright might reason with him,
So I should be delivered forever from my judge.
23:8"If I go east, he is not there;
If west, I can't find him;
23:9He works to the north, but I can't see him;
He turns south, but I can't catch a glimpse of him.
23:10But he knows the way that I take.
When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.
23:11My foot has held fast to his steps.
His way have I kept, and not turned aside.
23:12I haven't gone back from the commandment of his lips.
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
23:13But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
What his soul desires, even that he does.
23:14For he performs that which is appointed for me.
Many such things are with him.
23:15Therefore I am terrified at his presence.
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
23:16For God has made my heart faint.
The Almighty has terrified me.
23:17Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.
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