Job’s Reply to Eliphaz
1Then Job answered:
2Today also my complaint is bitter. # Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion #Jb 7:11|NoBook| 10:1|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 13:18|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 33:13Is 45:9 me forcefully?
No, He will certainly pay attention to me.
7Then an upright man could reason #Jb 13:3|NoBook| 15:3 with Him,
and I would escape from my Judge #Gn 18:25Is 33:22Jr 11:20 forever.
8If I go east, He is not there,
and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him. #Jb 9:11|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 66:101Pt 1:7 I will emerge as pure gold.
11My feet have followed in His tracks;
I have kept to His way #Jb 17:9Ps 17:5|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 22:22Ps 119:102-3 of His mouth
more than my daily food.
13But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him?
He does what He desires. #Ps 115:3Is 14:27Dn 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|NoBook| 22:10|NoBook| 23:15 in His presence;
when I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16God has made my heart faint; #Dt 20:3Is 7:4Jr 51:46
the Almighty has terrified me.
17Yet I am not destroyed # Or silenced by the darkness, #Jb 19:8|NoBook| 29:3|NoBook| 30:26
by the thick darkness that covers my face.
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11My feet have followed in His tracks;I have kept to His way #Jb 17:9Ps 17:5|NoBook| 44:18 and not turned aside.