Job - Chapter 23 | American Standard Version

  • 1. Then Job answered and said,
  • 2. Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.
  • 3. Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!
  • 4. I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
  • 5. I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.
  • 6. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.
  • 7. There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
  • 8. Behold, I go forward, but he is not {cf15i there}; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;
  • 9. On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
  • 10. But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
  • 11. My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside.
  • 12. I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
  • 13. But he is in one {cf15i mind}, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
  • 14. For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him.
  • 15. Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.
  • 16. For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;
  • 17. Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.