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THEN Job answered and said,
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Even today is my complaint bitter;
God’s hand is heavier and increases my groaning.
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Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
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I would lay my cause in order before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
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I would know what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
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Would he contend with me with his great power?
If he would not, then he will put his fear into me.
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There I might contend justly with him;
and I might be justified and acquitted.
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Behold, if he goes before me, I know not;
or behind, I cannot perceive him.
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I seek him on my left hand, but I cannot behold him;
then I turn to my right hand, but I cannot see him.
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But it is he who knows my way and my existence, and has tried me like gold, and I came forth pure.
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My feet have held firm to his steps, and I have kept his ways.
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I have not despised the commandments of his lips;
neither have I departed from his will, and have kept the words of his mouth.
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¶ But in return for one of these, what has he granted me?
What his soul desires, even that he does.
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But he performs his covenant;
and many such things are with him.
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Therefore I am fearful at his presence;
when I consider, I am afraid of him.
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For God has troubled my heart, and my mind is confused:
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Because I was not silenced before the darkness, and before the covering of the blackness.