23

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 Today I will also speak with bitterness; my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him! [That] I might come [even] to his seat!

4 I would order judgment 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 unto me.

6 Will he plead against me with [his] great power? No, but rather he would put it in me.

7 There the righteous might dispute with him; and should I escape for ever from the one who condemns me.

8 Behold, I shall go to the east and not find him; and to the west, but I cannot perceive him;

9 if he is working to the north, I shall not see him; to the south, he hides himself, that I shall not see [him].

10 But he has known the way that I take; he has tried me, and I have come forth as gold.

11 My feet have held to his steps, I have kept his way, and have not departed.

12 Neither have I separated myself from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].

13 But if he determines something, who can turn him? His soul desired [it], and he did [it].

14 Therefore, he will finish that which is necessary for me; and [there are] many such things in him.

15 Therefore, I shall fear before his face; I shall consider, and I shall fear him.

16 For God has made my heart tender, and the Almighty has frightened me.

17 Why was I not cut off before the darkness, [neither] has he covered my face with the darkness.: