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1 Bvt Iob answered and sayd,

2 Even to day [is] my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

3 Would God yet I knew how to finde him, I would enter vnto his place.

4 I would pleade the cause before him, & fill my mouth with arguments.

5 I would knowe the wordes, that he would answere me, & would vnderstand what he would say vnto me.

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

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

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

9 If to the North where he worketh, yet I cannot see him: he wil hide himselfe in the South, and I cannot beholde him.

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

11 My foote hath followed his steps: his way haue I kept, and haue 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 necessary [food].

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

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

15 Therefore I am troubled at his presence, & in considering it, I am afraid of him.

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

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