23:1 Then Job answered and said,


23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.


23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!   Defenders Notes >>


23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.


23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.


23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.


23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.


23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:


23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:


23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.   Defenders Notes >>


23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.


23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.   Defenders Notes >>


23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.


23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.


23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.


23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:


23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.



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