Chapter 23

Job 23:1

Then Job answered and said,

Job 23:2

Even to day [is] my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Job 23:3

Oh that I knew where I might find him! [that] I might come [even] to his seat!

Job 23:4

I would order [my] cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:5

I would know the words [which] he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Job 23:6

Will he plead against me with [his] great power? No; but he would put [strength] in me.

Job 23:7

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

Job 23:8

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

Job 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]:

Job 23:10

But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23:11

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

Job 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].

Job 23:13

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

Job 23:14

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

Job 23:15

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

Job 23:16

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

Job 23:17

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.