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Job 23 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Job’s Reply to Eliphaz
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Then Job answered:

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Today also my complaint is bitter.[fn]

His[fn] hand is heavy despite my groaning.

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If only I knew how to find him,

so that I could go to his throne.

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I would plead my case before him

and fill my mouth with arguments.

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I would learn how[fn] he would answer me;

and understand what he would say to me.

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Would he prosecute me forcefully?

No, he would certainly pay attention to me.

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Then an upright man could reason with him,

and I would escape from my Judge[fn] forever.

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If I go east, he is not there,

and if I go west, I cannot perceive him.

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When he is at work to the north, I cannot see him;

when he turns south, I cannot find him.

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Yet he knows the way I have taken;[fn]

when he has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.

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My feet have followed in his tracks;

I have kept to his way and not turned aside.

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I have not departed from the commands from his lips;

I have treasured[fn] the words from his mouth

more than my daily food.

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But he is unchangeable; who can oppose him?

He does what he desires.

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He will certainly accomplish what he has decreed for me,

and he has many more things like these in mind.[fn]

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Therefore I am terrified in his presence;

when I consider this, I am afraid of him.

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God has made my heart faint;

the Almighty has terrified me.

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Yet I am not destroyed[fn] by the darkness,

by the thick darkness that covers my face.

CSB Footnotes
Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion
LXX, Syr; MT reads My
Lit the words
Or judgment
Lit way with me
LXX, Vg read treasured in my bosom
Lit these with him
Or silenced

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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