Job 23 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 23


Job 23:1

Then Job answered and said,

Job 23:2

Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Job 23:3

Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!

Job 23:4

I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments

Job 23:5

I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

Job 23:6

Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

Job 23:7

There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

Job 23:8

Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;

Job 23:9

On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

Job 23:10

But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23:11

My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside.

Job 23:12

I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 23:13

But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

Job 23:14

For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him

Job 23:15

Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.

Job 23:16

For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;

Job 23:17

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

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