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Job 23 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: Where Is God?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:2 - “Today also my complaint is bitter;[fn]
my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:3 - Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:4 - I would lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:5 - I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:6 - Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:7 - There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:8 - “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:9 - on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:10 - But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:11 - My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:12 - I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:13 - But he is unchangeable,[fn] and who can turn him back?
What he desires, that he does.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:14 - For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:15 - Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:16 - God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:17 - yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
nor because thick darkness covers my face.
ESV Footnotes
Or defiant
Or one

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