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23 The reply of Job:

“My complaint today is still a bitter one, and my punishment far more severe than my fault deserves. Oh, that I knew where to find God—that I could go to his throne and talk with him there. 4-5 I would tell him all about my side of this argument, and listen to his reply, and understand what he wants. Would he merewer me with his greatness? No, he would listen with sympathy. Fair and honest men could reason with him and be acquitted by my Judge.

“But I search in vain. I seek him here, I seek him there and cannot find him. I seek him in his workshop in the north but cannot find him there; nor can I find him in the south; there, too, he hides himself. 10 But he knows every detail of what is happening to me; and when he has examined me, he will pronounce me completely innocent—as pure as solid gold!

11 “I have stayed in God’s paths, following his steps. I have not turned aside. 12 I have not refused his commandments but have enjoyed them more than my daily food. 13 Nevertheless, his mind concerning me remains unchanged, and who can turn him from his purposes? Whatever he wants to do, he does. 14 So he will do to me all he has planned, and there is more ahead.[a]

15 “No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me. 16-17 God has given me a fainting heart; he, the Almighty, has terrified me with darkness all around me, thick, impenetrable darkness everywhere.

Footnotes

  1. Job 23:14 and there is more ahead, literally, “and many such things are with him.”
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