Job 23:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.

New Living Translation
I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him.

English Standard Version
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

King James Bible
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him.

International Standard Version
"Look! If I go east, he isn't there! If I go to the west, I don't perceive him.

NET Bible
"If I go to the east, he is not there, and to the west, yet I do not perceive him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, if I go east, he isn't there. If I go west, I can't find him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I go forward but He is not there,
            And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I shall go to the east and not find him; and to the west, but I cannot perceive him;

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

American King James Version
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

American Standard Version
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if I go to the east, he appeareth not; if to the west, I shall not understand him.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I do not perceive him;

English Revised Version
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

World English Bible
"If I go east, he is not there; if west, I can't find him;

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, forward I go -- and He is not, And backward -- and I perceive him not.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:8-12 Job knew that the Lord was every where present; but his mind was in such confusion, that he could get no fixed view of God's merciful presence, so as to find comfort by spreading his case before him. His views were all gloomy. God seemed to stand at a distance, and frown upon him. Yet Job expressed his assurance that he should be brought forth, tried, and approved, for he had obeyed the precepts of God. He had relished and delighted in the truths and commandments of God. Here we should notice that Job justified himself rather than God, or in opposition to him, ch. 32:2. Job might feel that he was clear from the charges of his friends, but boldly to assert that, though visited by the hand of God, it was not a chastisement of sin, was his error. And he is guilty of a second, when he denies that there are dealings of Providence with men in this present life, wherein the injured find redress, and the evil are visited for their sins.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
7"There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge. 8"Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.…
Cross References
Job 9:11
"Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

Job 23:9
When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.

Job 35:14
"How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

Job 9:11 See, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive …

Psalm 10:1 Why stand you afar off, O LORD? why hide you yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 13:1-3 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Isaiah 45:15 Truly you are a God that hide yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

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