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Job 23 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments
God Knows Men’s Ways
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:2 - “Even today my complaint is bitter;
My[fn] hand is listless because of my groaning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:3 - Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
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 know the words which He would answer me,
And understand what He would say to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:6 - Would He contend with me in His great power?
No! But He would take note of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:7 - There the upright could reason with Him,
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:8 - “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:9 - When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:10 - But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:11 - My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and 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 necessary food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:13 - “But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
And whatever His soul desires, that He does.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:14 - For He performs what is appointed for me,
And many such things are with Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:15 - Therefore I am terrified at His presence;
When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:16 - For God made my heart weak,
And the Almighty terrifies me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:17 - Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness,
And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint and Syriac read His.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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