Bible: Job 23

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz 1 

23:1 Then Job answered:

23:2Even today my complaint is still bitter; 2 

his 3  hand is heavy despite 4  my groaning.

23:3 O that I knew 5  where I might find him, 6 

that I could come 7  to his place of residence! 8 

23:4 I would lay out my case 9  before him

and fill my mouth with arguments.

23:5 I would know with what words 10  he would answer me,

and understand what he would say to me.

23:6 Would he contend 11  with me with great power?

No, he would only pay attention to me. 12 

23:7 There 13  an upright person

could present his case 14  before him,

and I would be delivered forever from my judge.

The Inaccessibility and Power of God

23:8If I go to the east, he is not there,

and to the west, yet I do not perceive him.

23:9 In the north 15  when he is at work, 16 

I do not see him; 17 

when he turns 18  to the south,

I see no trace of him.

23:10 But he knows the pathway that I take; 19 

if he tested me, I would come forth like gold. 20 

23:11 My feet 21  have followed 22  his steps closely;

I have kept to his way and have not turned aside. 23 

23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;

I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my allotted portion. 24 

23:13 But he is unchangeable, 25  and who can change 26  him?

Whatever he 27  has desired, he does.

23:14 For he fulfills his decree against me, 28 

and many such things are his plans. 29 

23:15 That is why I am terrified in his presence;

when I consider, I am afraid because of him.

23:16 Indeed, God has made my heart faint; 30 

the Almighty has terrified me.

23:17 Yet I have not been silent because of the darkness,

because of the thick darkness

that covered my face. 31 

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