Job 23 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Eighth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz

1 Thena Job answered and said, 2 "Even today my complaint [is] bitter; my hand is heavy in addition to my groaning. 3 {O that}b I knew and [that] I might find him; [O that] I might come to his dwelling. 4 I would lay [my] case {before him},c and I would fill my mouth [with] arguments 5 I want to know [the] words [with which] he would answer me, and I want to understand what he would say to me. 6 Would he contend with me in [the] greatness of [his] strength? No, but he himselfd would give heed to me. 7 There an upright person could reason with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge. 8 "When I go forward, {he is not there},e orf backward, I cannot see him.g 9 {When he works}h [on the] left, {I cannot perceive}i [him]; he turns to [the] right, butj I cannot see [him]. 10 But he knows {the way that I take};k he tests me--I shall come out like gold. 11 My foot has held on to his steps; I have kept his way, and I have not turned aside. 12 [From] the commandment of his lips, indeedl I have not departed; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily food. 13 "Butm he [is] {alone},n and who can dissuade him? And {whatever he desires},o {indeed},p he does [it]. 14 For he will carry out {what he appoints for me},q and many [things] like these [are] with him 15 Therefore, I am horrified because of his presence; [when] I consider, I trembler because of him. 16 Indeed,s God has made my heart faint, and Shaddai has terrified me. 17 Indeed, I have not been silenced {because of darkness},t and because of me heu conceals thick darkness.
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