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1 JOB REPLIED:

2 »Even today my complaint is bitter rebellion. God’s hand is heavy despite my groaning.

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

4 »I would present my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

5 »I would learn what he would answer and perceive what he would say to me.

6 »Would He contend with me using his great power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

7 »There the upright would reason with him. 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 »He acts on the left and I cannot behold. He turns on the right and I cannot see him.

10 »But He knows the way I walk. He has tried me. I shall come forth as gold.

11 »My foot has held fast to his path. I have kept his way and not turned aside.

12 »I have not departed from the command of his lips. I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13 »But he is unchangeable and who can turn him? He does what he wants to do.

14 »He performs what is appointed for me. He is mindful of many such matters.

15 »Therefore, I would be dismayed at his presence. I stand in awe of him.

16 »God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has dismayed shocked me.

17 »But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom that covers me.