Job 23 NIV

Job

1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “Even today my complaint is bitter; his handa is heavy in spite ofb my groaning.

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

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

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

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          6 Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.

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          7 There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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; when I think of all this, I fear him.

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          16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.

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

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