Job 23

Book of Job - Chapter 23

Job 23:1

Then Job answered,

Job 23:2

"Even today my complaint is rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of 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 set my cause in order 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 tell me.

Job 23:6

Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

Job 23:7

There the upright might reason with him, so I should be delivered forever from my judge.

Job 23:8

"If I go east, he is not there; if west, I can't find him;

Job 23:9

He works to the north, but I can't see him. He turns south, but I can't catch a glimpse of him.

Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.

Job 23:11

My foot has held fast to his steps. I have kept his way, and not turned aside.

Job 23:12

I haven't gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 23:13

But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? What his soul desires, even that he does.

Job 23:14

For he performs that which is appointed for me. Many such things are with him.

Job 23:15

Therefore I am terrified at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him.

Job 23:16

For God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has terrified me.

Job 23:17

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.