American Standard Version

Job 23

Job longeth to appear before God,

Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 23:2 Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning. Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! Job 23:4 I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments. Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

in confidence of his mercy.

Job 23:6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me. Job 23:7 There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.

Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot perceive him; Job 23:9 On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him. Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Job's innocency.

Job 23:11 My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside. Job 23:12 I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

God's decree is immutable.

Job 23:13 But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. Job 23:14 For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him. Job 23:15 Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him. Job 23:16 For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me; Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

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