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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