Job 23 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "Even today my complaint1 is bitter;2 his handa is heavy in spite ofb my groaning.3

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        • a 23:2 - Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew / "the hand on me"
        • b 23:2 - Or "heavy on me in"
          3 If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!4

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          4 I would state my case5 before him and fill my mouth with arguments.#cr

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          5 I would find out what he would answer me,6 and consider what he would say.

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          6 Would he oppose me with great power?7 No, he would not press charges against me.8

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          7 There an upright man9 could present his case before him,10 and I would be delivered forever from my judge.11

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          8 "But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.
          9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.12

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          10 But he knows the way that I take;13 when he has tested me,14 I will come forth as gold.15

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          11 My feet have closely followed his steps;16 I have kept to his way without turning aside.17

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          12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;18 I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.19

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          13 "But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?20 He does whatever he pleases.21

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          14 He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store.

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          15 That is why I am terrified before him;22 when I think of all this, I fear him.23

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          16 God has made my heart faint;24 the Almighty25 has terrified me.26

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          17 Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,27 by the thick darkness that covers my face.

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