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Job Chapter 23 (Index)

001  Then Job answered and said,

002  Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

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

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

005  I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

006  Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

007  There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

008  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

009  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:

010  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

011  My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

012  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

013  But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

014  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

015  Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

016  For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

017  Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.