Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Then Job answered, and said: Job 23:2 Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge is more grievous than my mourning. Job 23:3 Who will grant me that I might know and find him, and come even to his throne? Job 23:4 I would set judgment before him, and would fill my mouth with complaints. Job 23:5 That I might know the words that he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 I would not that he should contend with me with much strength, nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness. Job 23:7 Let him propose equity against me, and let my judgment come to victory.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 But if I go to the east, he appeareth not; if to the west, I shall not understand him. Job 23:9 If to the left hand, what shall I do? I shall not take hold on him: if I turn myself to the right hand, I shall not see him. Job 23:10 But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth through the fire:
Job 23:11 My foot hath followed his steps, I have kept his way, and have not declined from it. Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 For he is alone, and no man can turn away his thought: and whatsoever his soul hath desired, that hath he done. Job 23:14 And when he shall have fulfilled his will in me, many other like things are also at hand with him. Job 23:15 And therefore I am troubled at his presence, and when I consider him I am made pensive with fear. Job 23:16 God hath softened my heart, and the Almighty hath troubled me. Job 23:17 For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over me, neither hath the mist covered my face.