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Job 23


Job Says He Longs for God

Job 23:1   Then Job replied,
Job 23:2   "Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
Job 23:3   "Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
Job 23:4   "I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5   "I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
Job 23:6   "Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.
Job 23:7   "There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
Job 23:8   "Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
Job 23:9   When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
Job 23:10   "But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Job 23:11   "My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
Job 23:12   "I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
Job 23:13   "But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.
Job 23:14   "For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
Job 23:15   "Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him.
Job 23:16   "It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,
Job 23:17   But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.
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