Job 23 ESV

Job Replies: Where Is God?

1 Then Job answered and said:

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      2 "Today also my 1complaint is bitter;a my 2hand is heavy on account of my groaning.

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        • ’ 23:2 - Or defiant
          3 Oh, 3that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his 4seat!

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          4 I would 5lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

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          5 I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
          6 Would he 6contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.

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          7 There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
          8 "Behold, 7I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;

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          9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
          10 But he 8knows 9the way that I 10take; when he has 11tried me, I shall come out as gold.

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          11 My foot 12has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have 13not turned aside.

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          12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have 14treasured the words of his mouth more than my 15portion of food.

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          13 But he is unchangeable,b and 16who can turn him back? What he 17desires, that he does.

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          14 For he will complete what he 18appoints for me, and many such things are 19in his mind.

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          15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
          16 God has made my 20heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;

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          17 yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.