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Job 23 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job Says He Longs for God

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:1 - Then Job responded,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:2 - “Even today my complaint is rebellion;
[fn]His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:3 - “Oh that I knew how to find Him,
That I might come to His home!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:4 - “I would present my case before Him
And fill my mouth with arguments.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:5 - “I would learn the words which He would [fn]answer,
And perceive what He would tell me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:6 - “Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?
No, surely He would pay attention to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:7 - “There the upright would argue with Him;
And I [fn]would be free of my Judge forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:8 - “Behold, I go forward but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:9 - When He acts on the left, I cannot see Him;
He turns to the right, but I cannot see Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:10 - “But He knows the [fn]way I take;
When He has put me to the test, I will come out as gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:11 - “My foot has held on to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:12 - “I have not [fn]failed the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth [fn]more than my [fn]necessary food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:13 - “But He is unique, and who can [fn]make Him turn?
Whatever His soul desires, He does it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:14 - “For He carries out what is destined for me,
And many such destinies are with Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:15 - “Therefore, I would be terrified at His presence;
When I consider this, I am frightened of Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:16 - It is God who has made my heart faint,
And the Almighty who has terrified me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:17 - But I am not destroyed by darkness,
Nor by deep gloom which covers me.
NASB20 Footnotes
As in LXX and Syriac; MT My
Lit answer me
Or bring forth my justice forever
Lit way with me
Lit ceased from
Or with some ancient versions, in my breast
Lit prescribed portion
Or deprive Him of anything

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