Job 23:15
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New International Version
That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him.

New Living Translation
No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me.

English Standard Version
Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him.

King James Bible
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider this, I am afraid of Him.

International Standard Version
That's why I'm terrified at his presence! When I think about it, I'm afraid of him.

NET Bible
That is why I am terrified in his presence; when I consider, I am afraid because of him.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore I am terrified at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why I'm terrified of him. When I think of it, I'm afraid of him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore am I affrighted at His presence; When I consider, I am afraid of Him.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence;
            When I consider, I am terrified of Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I shall fear before his face; I shall consider, and I shall fear him.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

American King James Version
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

American Standard Version
Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore I am troubled at his presence, and when I consider him I am made pensive with fear.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore am I troubled at his presence; I consider, and I am afraid of him.

English Revised Version
Therefore am I troubled at his presence; when I consider, I am afraid of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

World English Bible
Therefore I am terrified at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, from His presence I am troubled, I consider, and am afraid of Him.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
14"For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him. 15"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him. 16"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,…
Cross References
Job 23:14
"For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.

Job 23:16
"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Job 10:15 If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not …

Job 31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his …

Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was …

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness …

(15) Therefore am I troubled at his presence.--i.e., invisible though it be, and undiscoverable as He is on every hand (Job 23:8-9), Job is in a strait betwixt two (Philippians 1:23). The victim of an ever present paradox and dilemma; afraid of God, yet longing to see Him; conscious of His presence, yet unable to find Him; assured of His absolute justice, and yet convinced of his own suffering innocence. His history, in fact, to the Old World was what the Gospel is to the New: the exhibition of a perfectly righteous man, yet made perfect through suffering. It was therefore an effort, at the solution of the problem of the reconciliation of the inequality of life with the justice of God.

Verse 15. - Therefore am I troubled at his presence. The thought of these further afflictions troubles me, and makes me shrink from his unseen presence. I know not how soon he may lay a fresh burden upon me. When I consider, I am afraid of him. When I reflect on the many forms of suffering which I may still have to undergo, my fears increase, I tremble at the future. Therefore am I troubled at his presence,.... Not at his gracious presence, which he wanted, and every good man desires; but at his appearance as an enemy, as he apprehended him, laying and continuing his afflictive hand upon him, and indeed at his appearance as a Judge to try his cause; for though he had most earnestly desired it, yet when he thought of the sovereignty of God, and the immutability of his counsels, and of his perfect knowledge of all things; and he not knowing what he had with him, and to bring out against him, when he came to the point, might be troubled and shrink back, see Psalm 77:3;

when I consider, I am afraid of him: when he considered his terrible majesty, his sovereign will, his unalterable purposes, his infinite wisdom, and almighty power, his strict justice, and spotless purity; he was afraid to appear before him, or afraid that since many such things were with him he had already experienced, there were more to be brought forth, which might be greater and heavier still. 15. God's decrees, impossible to be resisted, and leaving us in the dark as to what may come next, are calculated to fill the mind with holy awe [Barnes].23:13-17 As Job does not once question but that his trials are from the hand of God, and that there is no such thing as chance, how does he account for them? The principle on which he views them is, that the hope and reward of the faithful servants of God are only laid up in another life; and he maintains that it is plain to all, that the wicked are not treated according to their deserts in this life, but often directly the reverse. But though the obtaining of mercy, the first-fruits of the Spirit of grace, pledges a God, who will certainly finish the work which he has began; yet the afflicted believer is not to conclude that all prayer and entreaty will be in vain, and that he should sink into despair, and faint when he is reproved of Him. He cannot tell but the intention of God in afflicting him may be to produce penitence and prayer in his heart. May we learn to obey and trust the Lord, even in tribulation; to live or die as he pleases: we know not for what good ends our lives may be shortened or prolonged.
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