Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Bvt Iob answered and sayd, Job 23:2 Though my talke be this day in bitternes, and my plague greater then my groning, Job 23:3 Would God yet I knew how to finde him, I would enter vnto his place. Job 23:4 I would pleade the cause before him, & fill my mouth with arguments. Job 23:5 I would knowe the wordes, that he would answere me, & would vnderstand what he would say vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Would he plead against me with his great power? No, but he would put strength in me. Job 23:7 There the righteous might reason with him, so I shoulde be deliuered for euer from my Iudge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Behold, if I go to the East, he is not there: if to the West, yet I can not perceiue him: Job 23:9 If to the North where he worketh, yet I cannot see him: he wil hide himselfe in the South, and I cannot beholde him. Job 23:10 But he knoweth my way, & trieth mee, and I shal come forth like the gold.
Job 23:11 My foote hath followed his steps: his way haue I kept, and haue not declined. Job 23:12 Neyther haue I departed from the commandement of his lippes, and I haue esteemed the words of his mouth more then mine appointed foode.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 Yet he is in one minde, & who can turne him? yea, he doeth what his minde desireth. Job 23:14 For he will performe that, which is decreed of me, and many such things are with him. Job 23:15 Therefore I am troubled at his presence, & in considering it, I am afraid of him. Job 23:16 For God hath softened mine heart, & the Almightie hath troubled me. Job 23:17 For I am not cut off in darknesse, but he hath hid the darkenesse from my face.