Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 And Job answered and said, Job 23:2 Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come to his seat! Job 23:4 I would order the cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments; Job 23:5 I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Would he plead against me with [his] great power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me. Job 23:7 There would an upright man reason with him; and I should be delivered for ever from my judge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Lo, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I do not perceive him; Job 23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I behold [him] not; he hideth himself on the right hand, and I see [him] not. Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take; he trieth me, I shall come forth as gold.
Job 23:11 My foot hath held to his steps; his way have I kept, and not turned aside. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, that will he do. Job 23:14 For he will perform [what] is appointed for me; and many such things are with him. Job 23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence; I consider, and I am afraid of him. Job 23:16 For *God hath made my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me; Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he hidden the gloom from me.