Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 23:2 Even today is my complaint rebellious: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! 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 answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me. Job 23:7 There the upright might reason with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: Job 23:9 On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself 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 fast to his steps; his way have I kept, and turned not aside. Job 23:12 I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. Job 23:14 For he performeth that which is appointed for me: 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 hath made my heart faint, and the Almighty hath troubled me: Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.