1 Then Job answered:
2 "Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning.
References for Job 23:2
    • a 23:2 - Syr Vg Tg: Heb [rebellious]
    • b 23:2 - Gk Syr: Heb [my]
      3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling!
      4 I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments
      5 I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
      6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me.
      7 There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.
      8 "If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him;
      9 on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.
      References for Job 23:9
        • c 23:9 - Syr Vg: Heb [he turns]
          10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold.
          11 My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
          12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured in my bosom the words of his mouth.
          References for Job 23:12
            • d 23:12 - Gk Vg: Heb [from]
              13 But he stands alone and who can dissuade him? What he desires, that he does.
              14 For he will complete what he appoints for me; and many such things are in his mind
              15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
              16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;
              References for Job 23:16
                • e 23:16 - Traditional rendering of Heb [Shaddai]
                  17 If only I could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my face!
                  References for Job 23:17
                    • f 23:17 - Or [But I am not destroyed by the darkness; he has concealed the thick darkness from me]