Job 23
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Where Is God?

1Then Job answered and said,

2“Even today my musing is rebellion;

[†]His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

3Oh that I knew where I might find Him,

That I might come to His seat!

4I would arrange my case for justice before Him

And fill my mouth with arguments.

5I would know the words which He would [†]answer,

And discern what He would say to me.

6Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?

No, surely He would pay attention to me.

7There the upright would argue with Him;

And I [†]would have escaped forever from my Judge.

8“Behold, I go forward but He is not there,

And backward, but I cannot discern Him;

9When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;

He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.

10But He knows the [†]way I take;

When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

11My foot has held fast to His path;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

12I have not departed from the command of His lips;

I have treasured the words of His mouth [†]more than my [†]portion of food.

13But He is unique and who can turn Him?

And what His soul desires, that He does.

14For He performs what is apportioned for me,

And many such decrees are with Him.

15Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence;

I carefully consider, and I am in dread of Him.

16It is God who has made my heart faint,

And the Almighty who has dismayed me,

17But I am not silenced by the darkness,

Nor thick darkness which covers me.

2 As in Gr and Syr; M.T. My
5 Lit answer me
7 Or bring forth my justice forever
10 Lit way with me
12 Some versions in my breast
12 Lit statute

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