Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Then Iob answered, and said, Job 23:2 Euen to day [is] my complaint bitter: my stroke is heauier then my groning. Job 23:3 O that I knewe where I might find him! that I might come euen to his seate! Job 23:4 I would order [my] cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answere me, and vnderstand what he would say vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but hee would put [strength] in me. Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be deliuered for euer from my Iudge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Behold, I goe forward, but he [is] not [there], and backward, but I cannot perceiue him: Job 23:9 On the left [hand] where hee doeth worke, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himselfe 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 his steps, his way haue I kept, and not declined. Job 23:12 Neither haue I gone backe from the commaundement of his lippes, I haue esteemed the words of his mouth more then my necessary [food].
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 But hee is in one [minde], and who can turne him? and [what] his soule desireth, euen [that] he doeth. Job 23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for mee: and many such things [are] with him. Job 23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. Job 23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darknes, [neither] hath he couered the darknes from my face.