23:1 Then Job answered and said,
23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is
heavier than my groaning.
23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might
come even to his seat!
23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth
23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and
understand what he would say unto me.
23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but
he would put strength in me.
23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should
I be delivered for ever from my judge.
23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and
backward, but I cannot perceive him:
23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot
behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I
cannot see him:
23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath
tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and
23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his
lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my
23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what
his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me:
and many such things are with him.
23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I
consider, I am afraid of him.
23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.