Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Iob answered, and sayd: Job 23:2 My sayenge is yet this daye in bytternes, and my hande heuy amonge my groninges. Job 23:3 O that I might se him & fynde him: O that I might come before his seate, Job 23:4 to pleate my cause before him, and to fyll my mouth with argumentes: Job 23:5 That I might knowe, what answere he wolde geue me: & that I might vnderstonde, what he wolde saye vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Wil he pleate agaynst me with his greate power & strength, or wyll he leane him self vtterly vpon me? Job 23:7 Oh no, let him not do so with me. But let hym geue me like power to go to lawe, then am I sure to wynne my matter.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 For though I go before, I fynde him not: yf I come behynde, I ca get no knowlege of him: Job 23:9 Yf I go on the left syde to pondre his workes, I can not atteyne vnto them: Agayne, yf I go on the right syde, he hydeth himself, yt I can not se him. Job 23:10 But as for my waye, he knoweth it: & trieth me as ye golde in ye fyre.
Job 23:11 Neuertheles my fete kepe his path, his hye strete haue I holden, and not gone out of it. Job 23:12 I haue not forsaken the comaundemet of his lippes, but loke what he charged me with his mouth, that haue I shutt vp in my herte.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 It is he himself alone, who will turne him back? He doth as him listeth, and bryngeth to passe what he wil. Job 23:14 He rewardeth me into my bosome, & many other thinges mo doth he, as he maye by his power. Job 23:15 This is ye cause, that I shrenke at his presence, so that when I considre him, I am afrayed of him. Job 23:16 For in so moch as he is God, he maketh my herte soft: and seynge that he is Allmightie, he putteth me in feare. Job 23:17 Thus can not I get out of darcknesse, the cloude hath so couered my face.