Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Iob aunswered, & said: Job 23:2 Though my talke be this day in bitternesse, and my plague greater then my groning. Job 23:3 O that I might know him, and finde him, and that I might come before his seate: Job 23:4 I woulde pleade my cause before hym, and fill my mouth with argumentes: Job 23:5 I woulde knowe what aunswere he woulde geue me, and vnderstande what he woulde say vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Will he pleade against me with his great power? No, but he will make me the stronger. Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him, so shoulde I be deliuered for euer from my iudge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Behold, though I go forwarde I find him not: If I go backwarde, I can get no knowledge of hym: Job 23:9 If I go on the left side where he doth his worke, I can not attayne vnto him: Againe, if I go on the right side, he hydeth him selfe that I can not see hym. Job 23:10 But as for my way, he knoweth it, and tryeth me, that as the gold I may come foorth.
Job 23:11 My foote doth kepe his path, his hie way haue I holden, and will not go out of it. Job 23:12 I will not forsake the commaundement of his lippes, I haue esteemed the wordes of his mouth more then myne appoynted foode.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 He is still at one poynt, and who can turne him? he doth as him listeth, and bringeth to passe what he will. Job 23:14 He perfourmeth the thing that is appoynted for me, and many such thinges doth he. Job 23:15 This is the cause that I shrinke at his presence, so that when I consider him, I am afrayde of hym. Job 23:16 For God maketh my heart softe, and the almightie putteth me in feare. Job 23:17 Because I am not cut of before the darkenesse, neither hath he couered the cloude fro my face.