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

King James Bible
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

American Standard Version
Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant me that I might know and find him, and come even to his throne?

English Revised Version
Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Job 23:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 For then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty,

And lift up they countenance to Eloah;

27 If thou prayest to Him, He will hear thee,

And thou shalt pay thy vows.

28 And thou devisest a plan, and it shall be established to thee,

And light shineth upon thy ways.

29 If they are cast down, thou sayest, "Arise!"

And him that hath low eyes He saveth.

30 He shall rescue him who is not guiltless,

And he is rescued by the purity of thy hands.

כּי־אז might also be translated "then indeed" (vid., on Job 11:15), as an emphatic resumption of the promissory והיה (tum erit), Job 22:25; but what follows is really the confirmation of the promise that God will be to him a rich recompense for the earthly treasures that he resigns; therefore: for then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty (vid., the primary passage, Psalm 37:4, and the dependent one, Isaiah 58:14; comp. infra, Job 27:10), i.e., He will become a source of highest, heartfelt joy to thee (על as interchanging with בּ by שׂמח). Then shall he be able to raise his countenance, which was previously depressed (נפלוּ, Genesis 4:6.), in the consciousness of his estrangement from God by dearly cherished sin and unexpiated guilt, free and open, confident and joyous, to God. If he prays to Him (תּעתּיר may be thus regarded as the antecedent of a conditional clause, like יברח, Job 20:24), He will hear him; and what he has vowed in prayer he will now, after that which he supplicated is granted, thankfully perform; the Hiph. העתּיר (according to its etymon: to offer the incense of prayer) occurs only in Exodus 8-10 beside this passage, whereas גּזר (to cut in pieces, cut off) occurs here for the first time in the signification, to decide, resolve, which is the usual meaning of the word in the later period of the language. On ותגזר (with Pathach, according to another reading with Kametz-chatuph), vid., Ges. 47, rem. 2. Moreover, the paratactic clauses of Job 22:28 are to be arranged as we have translated them; קוּם signifies to come to pass, as freq. (e.g., Isaiah 7:7, in connection with היה, to come into being). That which he designs (אמר) is successful, and is realized, and light shines upon his ways, so that he cannot stumble and does not miss his aim, - light like moonlight or morning light; for, as the author of the introductory Proverbs, to which we have already so often referred as being borrowed from the book of Job (comp. Job 21:24 with Proverbs 3:8), ingeniously says, ch. Job 4:18 : "The path of the righteous is as the morning light (כּאור נגהּ, comp. Daniel 6:20), which shineth brighter and brighter into the height of day (i.e., noonday brightness)."

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Oh that

Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

Job 40:1-5 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said...

Isaiah 26:8 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name...

Jeremiah 14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do you it for your name's sake: for our backslidings are many...

where

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near...

2 Corinthians 5:19,20 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them...

Hebrews 4:6 Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

that I might

Job 31:35-37 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book...

Cross References
Job 23:2
"Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.

Job 23:4
I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

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