Job - Chapter 23 | English Standard Version

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