1And Iyoḇ answered and said,
2“Even today my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3If only I knew where to find Him, I would come to His dwelling-place!
4I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with proofs.
5I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.
6Would He contend with me in great power? No! But He would pay attention to me.
7There the upright might reason with Him, and I would go safe forever from my Judge.
8See, I go forward, but He is not; and backward, but I do not perceive Him;
9to the left where He is working, but I do not see; He turns to the right, but I do not see.
10For He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me, I would come forth as gold.
11My foot has held fast to His steps. I have guarded His way, and did not turn aside.
12I have not strayed from the command of His lips. I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my own law.
13But He is One, and who does turn Him? And He does whatever His being has desired.
14For He makes complete my law, and many like these are with Him.
15Therefore I am troubled at His presence; I consider, and I am afraid of Him.
16For Ěl has made me faint-hearted, and the Almighty has alarmed me;
17because I was not cut off before darkness, and from my face He has covered the thick darkness.