1 And Job answered and said,
2 Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

References for Job 23:2

    • a 23:2 - Perhaps 'violent.'
      3 Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come to his seat!

      References for Job 23:3

        • b 23:3 - Or 'I would come.'
          4 I would order the cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments
          5 I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
          6 Would he plead against me with [his] great power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.
          7 There would an upright man reason with him; and I should be delivered for ever from my judge.
          8 Lo, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I do not perceive him;

          References for Job 23:8

            • c 23:8 - Or, for verses 8 and 9, 'to the east ... to the west ... to the north ... to the south.'
              9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I behold [him] not; he hideth himself on the right hand, and I see [him] not.

              References for Job 23:9

                • d 23:9 - See Note m at ver. 8.
                  10 But he knoweth the way that I take; he trieth me, I shall come forth as gold.
                  11 My foot hath held to his steps; his way have I kept, and not turned aside.
                  12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.

                  References for Job 23:12

                    • e 23:12 - Or 'than mine appointed portion.'
                      13 But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, that will he do.
                      14 For he will perform [what] is appointed for me; and many such things are with him
                      15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence; I consider, and I am afraid of him.
                      16 For God hath made my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me;
                      17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he hidden the gloom from me.