- Then Job answered and said:
- Even to-day is my complaint bitter;
my hand is become heavy because of my groaning.
- Oh that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat!
- I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
- I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say unto me.
- Would He contend with me in His great power?
but He would give heed unto me.
- There the upright might reason with Him;
so should I be delivered for ever from my Judge.
- Behold, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
- On the left hand, when He doth work, but I cannot behold Him, He turneth Himself to the right hand, but I cannot see Him.
- For He knoweth the way that I take;
when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
- My foot hath held fast to His steps, His way have I kept, and turned not aside.
- 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.
- But He is at one with Himself, and who can turn Him?
And what His soul desireth, even that He doeth.
- For He will perform that which is appointed for me;
and many such things are with Him.
- Therefore am I affrighted at His presence;
when I consider, I am afraid of Him.
- Yea, God hath made my heart faint, and the Almighty hath affrighted me;
- Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did He cover the thick darkness from my face.