The Book of Job

Job, Chapter 23

Then Job answered and said,

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Even to day [is] my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Oh that I knew where I might find him! [that] I might come [even] to his seat!

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I would order [my] cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

I would know the words [which] he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

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Will he plead against me with [his] great power? No; but he would put [strength] in me.

There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

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Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold [him]: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see [him]:

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But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].

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But he [is] in one [mind], and who can turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.

For he performeth [the thing that is] appointed for me: and many such [things are] with him.

Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.

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