Job 23
Job’s Eighth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz
1Then#Hebrew “And” Job answered and said,
2“Even today my complaint is bitter;
my hand is heavy in addition to my groaning.
3O that#Literally “Who shall give” I knew and that I might find him;
O that I might come to his dwelling.
4I would lay my case before him,#Literally “to his face”
and I would fill my mouth with arguments.
5I want to know the words with which he would answer me,
and I want to understand what he would say to me.
6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his strength?
No, but he himself#Emphatic personal pronoun would give heed to me.
7There an upright person could reason with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8“When I go forward, he is not there,#Literally “and there is not he,” or “and he is not”
or#Hebrew “and” backward, I cannot see him.#Hebrew “and I cannot see him”
9When he works#Literally “At his working” on the left, I cannot perceive#Literally “and I cannot see” him;
he turns to the right, but#Hebrew “and” I cannot see him.
10But he knows the way that I take;#Literally “way with me”
he tests me—I shall come out like gold.
11My foot has held on to his steps;
I have kept his way, and I have not turned aside.
12From the commandment of his lips, indeed#Hebrew “and” I have not departed;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily food.
13“But#Hebrew “And” he is alone,#Literally “as one” and who can dissuade him?
And whatever he desires,#Literally “his inner self desires,” or “his soul desires” indeed,#Hebrew “and” he does it.
14For he will carry out what he appoints for me,#Literally “my portion,” or “my allotment”
and many things like these are with him.
15Therefore, I am horrified because of his presence;
when I consider, I tremble#Hebrew “and I tremble,” or “then I tremble” because of him.
16Indeed,#Hebrew “And” God has made my heart faint,
and Shaddai has terrified me.
17Indeed, I have not been silenced because of darkness,#Literally “from the face of darkness”
and because of me he#Or “it” conceals thick darkness.
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