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Job 23 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Job’s Eighth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:1 - Then Job spoke again:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:2 - “My complaint today is still a bitter one,
and I try hard not to groan aloud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:3 - If only I knew where to find God,
I would go to his court.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:4 - I would lay out my case
and present my arguments.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:5 - Then I would listen to his reply
and understand what he says to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:6 - Would he use his great power to argue with me?
No, he would give me a fair hearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:7 - Honest people can reason with him,
so I would be forever acquitted by my judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:8 - I go east, but he is not there.
I go west, but I cannot find him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:9 - I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.
I look to the south, but he is concealed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:10 - “But he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:11 - For I have stayed on God’s paths;
I have followed his ways and not turned aside.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:12 - I have not departed from his commands,
but have treasured his words more than daily food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:13 - But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind?
Whatever he wants to do, he does.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:14 - So he will do to me whatever he has planned.
He controls my destiny.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:15 - No wonder I am so terrified in his presence.
When I think of it, terror grips me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:16 - God has made me sick at heart;
the Almighty has terrified me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:17 - Darkness is all around me;
thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.

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