Job Responds: He Longs for God
1Then Job answered, and said:
2Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge is more grievous than my mourning.
3Who will grant me that I might know and find him, and come even to his throne?
4I would set judgment before him, and would fill my mouth with complaints.
5That I might know the words that he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
6I would not that he should contend with me with much strength, nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness.
7Let him propose equity against me, and let my judgment come to victory.
8But if I go to the east, he appeareth not; if to the west, I shall not understand him.
9If to the left hand, what shall I do? I shall not take hold on him: if I turn myself to the right hand, I shall not see him.
10But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth through the fire:
11My foot hath followed his steps, I have kept his way, and have not declined from it.
12I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.
13For he is alone, and no man can turn away his thought: and whatsoever is soul hath desired, that hath he done.
14And when he shall have fulfilled his will in me, many other like things are also at hand with him.
15And therefore I am troubled at his presence, and when I consider him I am made pensive with fear.
16God hath softened my heart, and the Almighty hath troubled me.
17For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over me, neither hath the mist covered my face.