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Job Responds to Eliphaz

23 Job’s response was to say:

“I’m still complaining bitterly today;
    my hand is heavy because of groaning.
If only I knew where to find him,
    I would visit him where he has taken his seat.
I would lay out my case before him;
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
I know how he would answer me;
    I understand what he’ll tell me.

“Would he use his great power to fight me?
    No, he’ll pay attention to me.
In that place, the upright can reason with him;
    and I’ll be acquitted once and for all by my judge.”

Job Justifies His Innocence

“Look! If I go east,[a] he isn’t there!
    If I go to the west,[b] I don’t perceive him.
If he’s working in the north,[c] I can’t observe him;[d]
    If he turns south,[e] I can’t see him.[f]
10 Because he knows the road on which I travel,
    when he had tested me, I’ll come out like gold.
11 My feet stay where his footsteps lead;
    I kept on his pathway and haven’t turned aside.
12 I haven’t wandered away from the commands that he has spoken;[g]
    I’ve treasured what he has said[h] more than my own meals.”

Job Stands Petrified Before God

13 “But he is One—who can change him?
    He does whatever he wants to do.
14 He’ll complete what he has planned for me;
    he has many things in mind for me!
15 That’s why I’m terrified at his presence!
    When I think about it, I’m afraid of him.
16 God has caused me to faint;[i]
    the Almighty makes me terrified!
17 Nevertheless, I haven’t been silenced because of the darkness,
    even when thick darkness obscures my vision.”[j]


  1. Job 23:8 Or forward
  2. Job 23:8 Or back
  3. Job 23:9 Or left
  4. Job 23:9 The Heb. lacks him
  5. Job 23:9 Or right
  6. Job 23:9 The Heb. lacks him
  7. Job 23:12 Lit. commands of his lips
  8. Job 23:12 Lit. treasured the words of his mouth
  9. Job 23:16 Or tender hearted
  10. Job 23:17 Lit. face

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