Job 23
Job's Reply to Eliphaz
Today I Complain Bitterly
1Job said:
2Today I complain bitterly,
because God has been cruel
and made me suffer.
3If I knew where to find God,
I would go there
4and argue my case.
5Then I would discover
what he wanted to say.
6Would he overwhelm me
with his greatness?
No! He would listen
7because I am innocent,
and he would say,
“I now set you free!”
8I cannot find God anywhere—
in front or back of me,
9to my left or my right.
God is always at work,
though I never see him.
10But he knows what I am doing,
and when he tests me,
I will be pure as gold.
* 11I have never refused to follow
any of his commands,
12and I have always treasured
his teachings.#23.12 treasured his teachings: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
13But he alone is God,
and who can oppose him?
God does as he pleases,
14and he will do exactly
what he intends with me.
* 15Merely the thought
of God All-Powerful
16makes me tremble with fear.
17God has covered me
with darkness,
but I refuse to be silent.#23.17 silent: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 17.

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