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1 Then Job answered and said,

2 Even to day {is} my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. {stroke: Heb. hand}

3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! {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 unto 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 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}:

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: {when} he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. {that...: Heb. that is with me}

11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I 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 necessary {food}. {esteemed: Heb. hid, or, laid up} {my...: or, my appointed portion}

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 am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, 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.

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