Then Job replied, (Job 23:1)

"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning. (Job 23:2)

"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat! (Job 23:3)

"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments. (Job 23:4)

"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me. (Job 23:5)

"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me. (Job 23:6)

"There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge. (Job 23:7)

"Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; (Job 23:8)

When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him. (Job 23:9)

"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)

"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. (Job 23:11)

"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. (Job 23:12)

"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does. (Job 23:13)

"For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him. (Job 23:14)

"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him. (Job 23:15)

"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me, (Job 23:16)

But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me. (Job 23:17)

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