Job 23
English Standard VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job replied,
2“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.2"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!3"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
4I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.4"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.5"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.6"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.
7There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.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 do not perceive him;8"Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see 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 that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.10"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.11"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.12"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
13But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.13"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.
14For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.14"For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
15Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.15"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him.
16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;16"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,
17yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.17But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.
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