I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
Would he 1contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.
There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
"Behold, 2I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;
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.
But he 3knows 4the way that I 5take; when he has 6tried me, I shall come out as gold.
My foot 7has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have 8not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have 9treasured the words of his mouth more than my 10portion of food.
But he is unchangeable,a and 11who can turn him back? What he 12desires, that he does.
For he will complete what he 13appoints for me, and many such things are 14in his mind.
Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.