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Job longs to appear before God,
23:1 Then Job answered,23:2 ďEven today my complaint is rebellious.
His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him!
That I might come even to his seat!
23:4 I would set my cause in order before him,
and fill my mouth with arguments.
23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me,
and understand what he would tell me.
in confidence of his mercy.
23:6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No, but he would listen to me.
23:7 There the upright might reason with him,
so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
God, who is invisible, observes our ways.
23:8 ďIf I go east, he is not there;
if west, I canít find him;
23:9 He works to the north, but I canít see him.
He turns south, but I canít catch a glimpse of him.
23:10 But he knows the way that I take.
When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.
23:11 My foot has held fast to his steps.
I have kept his way, and not turned aside.
23:12 I havenít gone back from the commandment of his lips.
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
God's decree is immutable.
23:13 But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
What his soul desires, even that he does.
23:14 For he performs that which is appointed for me.
Many such things are with him.
23:15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence.
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
23:16 For God has made my heart faint.
The Almighty has terrified me.
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.