Job 23
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1Then Job answered: 1וַיַּ֥עַן אִיּ֗וֹב וַיֹּאמַֽר׃
2“Even today my complaint is bitter. His hand is heavy despite my groaning. 2גַּם־ הַ֭יּוֹם מְרִ֣י שִׂחִ֑י יָ֝דִ֗י כָּבְדָ֥ה עַל־ אַנְחָתִֽי׃
3If only I knew where to find Him, so that I could go to His seat. 3מִֽי־ יִתֵּ֣ן יָ֭דַעְתִּי וְאֶמְצָאֵ֑הוּ אָ֝ב֗וֹא עַד־ תְּכוּנָתֽוֹ׃
4I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. 4אֶעֶרְכָ֣ה לְפָנָ֣יו מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וּ֝פִ֗י אֲמַלֵּ֥א תוֹכָחֽוֹת׃
5I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say. 5אֵ֭דְעָה מִלִּ֣ים יַעֲנֵ֑נִי וְ֝אָבִ֗ינָה מַה־ יֹּ֥אמַר לִֽי׃
6Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take [note] of me. 6הַבְּרָב־ כֹּ֭חַ יָרִ֣יב עִמָּדִ֑י לֹ֥א אַךְ־ ה֝֗וּא יָשִׂ֥ם בִּֽי׃
7Then an upright man could reason with Him, and I would be delivered forever from my Judge. 7שָׁ֗ם יָ֭שָׁר נוֹכָ֣ח עִמּ֑וֹ וַאֲפַלְּטָ֥ה לָ֝נֶ֗צַח מִשֹּׁפְטִֽי׃
8If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot find Him. 8הֵ֤ן קֶ֣דֶם אֶהֱלֹ֣ךְ וְאֵינֶ֑נּוּ וְ֝אָח֗וֹר וְֽלֹא־ אָבִ֥ין לֽוֹ׃
9When He is at work in the north, I cannot behold [Him]; when He turns to the south, I cannot see [Him]. 9שְׂמֹ֣אול בַּעֲשֹׂת֣וֹ וְלֹא־ אָ֑חַז יַעְטֹ֥ף יָ֝מִ֗ין וְלֹ֣א אֶרְאֶֽה׃
10Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 10כִּֽי־ יָ֭דַע דֶּ֣רֶךְ עִמָּדִ֑י בְּ֝חָנַ֗נִי כַּזָּהָ֥ב אֵצֵֽא׃
11My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept His way without turning aside. 11בַּ֭אֲשֻׁרוֹ אָחֲזָ֣ה רַגְלִ֑י דַּרְכּ֖וֹ שָׁמַ֣רְתִּי וְלֹא־ אָֽט׃
12I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread. 12מִצְוַ֣ת שְׂ֭פָתָיו וְלֹ֣א אָמִ֑ישׁ מֵ֝חֻקִּ֗י צָפַ֥נְתִּי אִמְרֵי־ פִֽיו׃
13But He is unchangeable, and who can oppose Him? He does what He desires. 13וְה֣וּא בְ֭אֶחָד וּמִ֣י יְשִׁיבֶ֑נּוּ וְנַפְשׁ֖וֹ אִוְּתָ֣ה וַיָּֽעַשׂ׃
14For He carries out His decree against me, and He has many such plans. 14כִּ֭י יַשְׁלִ֣ים חֻקִּ֑י וְכָהֵ֖נָּה רַבּ֣וֹת עִמּֽוֹ׃
15Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider this, I fear Him. 15עַל־ כֵּ֭ן מִפָּנָ֣יו אֶבָּהֵ֑ל אֶ֝תְבּוֹנֵ֗ן וְאֶפְחַ֥ד מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃
16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. 16וְ֭אֵל הֵרַ֣ךְ לִבִּ֑י וְ֝שַׁדַּ֗י הִבְהִילָֽנִי׃
17Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face. 17כִּֽי־ לֹ֣א נִ֭צְמַתִּי מִפְּנֵי־ חֹ֑שֶׁךְ וּ֝מִפָּנַ֗י כִּסָּה־ אֹֽפֶל׃
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