Job 23 CSB

Job's Reply to Eliphaz

1 Then Job answered:

References for Job 23:1

      2 Today also my complaint is bitter.a Hisb hand is heavy despite my groaning.c

      References for Job 23:2

        • a 23:2 - Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion
        • b 23:2 - LXX, Syr; MT reads My
        • c 23:2 - Jb 7:11; 10:1; Ps 32:4
          3 If only I knew how to find Him, so that I could go to His throne.
          4 I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
          5 I would learn howd He would answer me; and understand what He would say to me.

          References for Job 23:5

            • d 23:5 - Lit the words
              6 Would He prosecute me forcefully? No, He will certainly pay attention to me.e

              References for Job 23:6

                • e 23:6 - Jb 4:18; 10:2
                  7 There an upright man could reason with Him, and I would escape from my Judgef forever.

                  References for Job 23:7

                    • f 23:7 - Gn 18:25; Isa 33:22; Jr 11:20
                      8 If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him.g

                      References for Job 23:8

                        • g 23:8 - Ps 139:7-10
                          9 When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him; when He turns south, I cannot find Him.
                          10 Yet He knows the way I have taken;h when He has tested me,i I will emerge as pure gold.

                          References for Job 23:10

                            • h 23:10 - Lit way with me
                            • i 23:10 - Ps 1:6; 7:9; 11:5
                              11 My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept to His way and not turned aside.j

                              References for Job 23:11

                                • j 23:11 - Jb 17:9; Ps 17:5; 37:31
                                  12 I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasuredk the words of His mouth more than my daily food.l

                                  References for Job 23:12

                                    • k 23:12 - LXX, Vg read treasured in my bosom
                                    • l 23:12 - Jb 10:13; 17:4; Ps 119:11
                                      13 But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him? He does what He desires.m

                                      References for Job 23:13

                                        • m 23:13 - Ps 33:11; Isa 14:27; Dn 4:35
                                          14 He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me, and He has many more things like these in mind.no

                                          References for Job 23:14

                                              15 Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider [this], I am afraid of Him.
                                              16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
                                              17 Yet I am not destroyedp by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.q

                                              References for Job 23:17