Job’s Reply to Eliphaz 23 1Then Job answered: 2Today also my complaint is bitter.[H] His[I] hand is heavy despite my groaning. 3If only I knew how to find Him, so that I could go to His throne. 4I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would learn how[J] He would answer me; and understand what He would say to me. 6Would He prosecute me forcefully? No, He will certainly pay attention to me. 7Then an upright man could reason with Him, and I would escape from my Judge forever. 8If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him. 9When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him; when He turns south, I cannot find Him. 10Yet He knows the way I have taken;[K] when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold. 11My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept to His way and not turned aside. 12I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured[L] the words of His mouth more than my daily food. 13But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him? He does what He desires. 14He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me, and He has many more things like these in mind.[M] 15Therefore I am terrified in His presence; when I consider this, I am afraid of Him. 16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. 17Yet I am not destroyed[N] by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.
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