Then Job answered:
Today also my complaint is bitter.a Hisb hand is heavy despite my groaning.c3
If only I knew how to find Him, so that I could go to His throne.
I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would learn howd He would answer me; and understand what He would say to me.
Would He prosecute me forcefully? No, He will certainly pay attention to me.e7
There an upright man could reason with Him, and I would escape from my Judgef forever.
If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him.g9
When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him; when He turns south, I cannot find Him.
Yet He knows the way I have taken;h when He has tested me,i I will emerge as pure gold.
My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept to His way and not turned aside.j12
I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasuredk the words of His mouth more than my daily food.l13
But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him? He does what He desires.m14
He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me, and He has many more things like these in mind.no15
Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider [this], I am afraid of Him.
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
Yet I am not destroyedp by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.q