Job 23
Job’s Reply to Eliphaz
1Then Job answered:
2Today also my complaint is bitter. # Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion # Jb 7:11; 10:1; 21:4
His # LXX, Syr; MT reads My hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3If only I knew how to find Him,
so that I could go to His throne.
4I would plead my case before Him # Jb 5:8; 13:18; 35:14
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would learn how # Lit the words He would answer me;
and understand what He would say to me.
6Would He prosecute # Jb 13:19; 33:13; Is 45:9 me forcefully?
No, He will certainly pay attention to me.
7Then an upright man could reason # Jb 13:3,15; 15:3 with Him,
and I would escape from my Judge # Gn 18:25; Is 33:22; Jr 11:20 forever.
8If I go east, He is not there,
and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him. # Jb 9:11; 35:14
9When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him;
when He turns south, I cannot find Him.
10Yet He knows the way I have taken; # Lit way with me
when He has tested me, # Ps 17:3; 66:10; 1Pt 1:7 I will emerge as pure gold.
11My feet have followed in His tracks;
I have kept to His way # Jb 17:9; Ps 17:5; 44:18 and not turned aside.
12I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured # LXX, Vg read treasured in my bosom the words # Jb 6:10; 22:22; Ps 119:102-3,111 of His mouth
more than my daily food.
13But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him?
He does what He desires. # Ps 115:3; Is 14:27; Dn 4:35
14He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me,
and He has many more things like these in mind. # Lit these with Him
15Therefore I am terrified # Jb 4:14; 22:10; 23:15 in His presence;
when I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16God has made my heart faint; # Dt 20:3; Is 7:4; Jr 51:46
the Almighty has terrified me.
17Yet I am not destroyed # Or silenced by the darkness, # Jb 19:8; 29:3; 30:26
by the thick darkness that covers my face.

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