23:2 Even to day [is] my complaint a bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
23:6 Will he b plead against me with [his] great power? No; but he would c put [strength] in me.
(a) He shows the just cause of his complaining and concerning that Eliphaz had exhorted him to return to God, ( Job 22:21 ) he declares that he desires nothing more, but it seems that God would not be found of him.
(b) Using his absolute power and saying because I am God, I may do what I will. 23:7 d There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
(c) Of his mercy he would give me power to answer him.
(d) When he of his mercy has given strength to maintain their cause. 23:8 e Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
(e) Meaning, that if he considers Gods justice, he is not able to comprehend his judgments on what side or whatever part he turns himself. 23:10 But he knoweth the f way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
(f) God has this preeminence about me, that he knows my way: that is, that I am not able to judge his work, he shows also his confidence, that God uses him for his profit. 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have g esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
(g) His word is more precious to me than the meat with which the body is sustained. 23:13 But he [is] in one [mind], and who can h turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.
(h) Job confesses that at the present he did not feel Gods favour and yet was assured that God had appointed him to a good end. 23:14 For he performeth [the thing that is] appointed for me: and i many such [things are] with him.
(i) In many points man is not able to attain to Gods judgments. 23:16 For k God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
(k) That I should not be without fear. 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the l darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.
(l) He shows the cause for his fear, which is, that he being in trouble sees no end, nor yet knows the cause.