Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Iob answered, and sayde: Job 23:2 My sayinge is yet this daye in bytternes, and my hande heuy because of my gronynge. Job 23:3 O that I myght se him, and fynde hym: O that I myght 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 myght knowe, what answere he wolde geue me: and that I myght vnderstande, what he wolde saye vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Wyll he pleate agaynst me with his great power and strength? Job 23:7 No, but he wyll make me the stronger. He that is iust, shall entre disputacion with hym, and my iudge shall delyuer me for euer.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Beholde, though I go before, I fynde him: If I come behynde, I can get no knowledge of him: Job 23:9 Yf I go on the left syde where he doth hys worcke, I cannot atteyne vnto hym. A gayne, yf I go on the ryght syd, he hydeth hym selfe, that I cannot se him. Job 23:10 But as for my waye, he knoweth it: and tryeth me as the golde in the fyre.
Job 23:11 My fote doth kepe his path, his hye waye haue I holden, and will not go out of it. Job 23:12 I will not forsake the commaundement 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 He is styll at one poynt, and who wyll turne him back? He doth as him listeth, and bringeth to passe what he will. Job 23:14 He perfourmeth the thynge that is appoynted for me, & many soch thynges doth he. Job 23:15 This is þe cause that I shrincke at his presence, so that when I consydre hym, I am afrayed of him. Job 23:16 For in somoch as he is God, he maketh my herte soft: and seynge that he is Allmyghtie, he putteth me in feare. Job 23:17 Thus can not I gett out of darckenesse, nether hath he couered the cloude fro my face.