Job 23 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "Today also my complaint is bitter, his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. 2 "Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! 3 If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!
4 I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.#cr
5 I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. 5 I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would give heed to me. 6 Would he oppose me with great power? No, he would not press charges against me.
7 There an upright man could reason with him, and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge. 7 There an upright man could present his case before him, and I would be delivered forever from my judge.
8 "Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him; 8 "But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.
9 on the left hand I seek him, but I cannot behold him; I turn to the right hand, but I cannot see 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.
10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11 My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. 11 My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured in my bosom the words of his mouth. 12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
13 But he is unchangeable and who can turn him? What he desires, that he does. 13 "But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases.
14 For he will complete what he appoints for me; and many such things are in his mind 14 He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store.
15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him. 15 That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him.
16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; 16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
17 for I am hemmed in by darkness, and thick darkness covers my face. 17 Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.