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Job 23 (The Darby Translation)

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1 And Job answered and said, 2 Even to-day is my complaint bitter: a my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 3 Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come b to his seat! 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, c but I do not perceive him; 9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I behold [him] not; he hideth himself on the right hand, d and I see [him] not. 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. e 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.
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