Job 23 (The Message)

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1 Job replied: 2 "I'm not letting up - I'm standing my ground. My complaint is legitimate. God has no right to treat me like this - it isn't fair! 3 If I knew where on earth to find him, I'd go straight to him. 4 I'd lay my case before him face-to-face, give him all my arguments firsthand 5 I'd find out exactly what he's thinking, discover what's going on in his head. 6 Do you think he'd dismiss me or bully me? No, he'd take me seriously. 7 He'd see a straight-living man standing before him; my Judge would acquit me for good of all charges. 8 "I travel East looking for him - I find no one; then West, but not a trace; 9 I go North, but he's hidden his tracks; then South, but not even a glimpse. 10 "But he knows where I am and what I've done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I'll pass the test with honors. 11 I've followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. 12 I've obeyed every word he's spoken, and not just obeyed his advice - I've treasured it. 13 "But he is singular and sovereign. Who can argue with him? He does what he wants, when he wants to. 14 He'll complete in detail what he's decided about me, and whatever else he determines to do 15 Is it any wonder that I dread meeting him? Whenever I think about it, I get scared all over again. 16 God makes my heart sink! God Almighty gives me the shudders! 17 I'm completely in the dark, I can't see my hand in front of my face.
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