1Then Job replied,
2"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
4"I would present [my] case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
5"I would learn the words [which] He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
6"Would He contend with me by the greatness of [His] power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.
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.
10"But He knows the way I take; [When] He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
13"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And [what] His soul desires, that He does.
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,
17But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom [which] covers me.