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Job: Chapter 23

Job longs to appear before God, 1-5, in confidence of his mercy, 6, 7. God, who is invisible, observes our ways, 8-10. Job's innocence, 11, 12. God's decree is immutable, 13-17.

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 "Even today my complaint is bitter. My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! Oh that I might come even to his seat!

4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

6 Would he plead against me with his great power? No, but he would put strength in me.

7 There the righteous might dispute with him, and I would be delivered forever from my judge.

8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there. I go backward, but I cannot perceive him.

9 I go on the left hand, where he works, but I cannot behold him. He hides himself on the right hand, so that I cannot see him.

10 But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11 My foot has held his steps. His way I have kept, and not declined,

12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my appointed food.

13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desires, even that he does.

14 For he performs the thing that is appointed for me. And many such things are with him.

15 Therefore, I am troubled at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him.

16 For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me.

17 For I am not cut off by the darkness, but he has hidden the darkness from my face."