Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Iob answered, & sayd: Job 23:2 My sayinge is yet this day in bitternes & my hande heauy among my groninges. Job 23:3 O that I might se him, and fynde hym. O that I myght come before his seat, Job 23:4 to pleat my cause before him, & to fill my mouth wt argumentes. Job 23:5 That I might know, what answer he would geue me: & that I might vnderstand, what he woulde saye vnto me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Wyl he pleate against me with his greate power & strength, or will he leane him selfe vtterly vpon me? Job 23:7 Oh no, let him not do so with me. But let him geue me lyke power to go to the lawe, then am I sure to winne 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 can get no knowledge of him: Job 23:9 Yf I go on þe left side to pondre his worckes, I can not atteine vnto them. Agayn, yf I go on the right syde, he hydeth him self, that I can not se him. Job 23:10 But as for my way, he knoweth it: & tryeth me as the goulde in the fyre.
Job 23:11 Neuertheles my fete kepe his path, his hie strete haue I holden, and not gone oute of it. Job 23:12 I haue not forsaken the commaundemente of hys lippes, but loke what he charged me wt his mouth, that haue I shut vp in my herte.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 It is he him selfe alone, who wyll turne hym back? He doth as him listeth, and bryngeth to passe what he will. Job 23:14 He rewardeth me into my bosome, and many other thinges mo doth he, as he maye by hys power. Job 23:15 Thys is the cause, that I shrincke at hys presence, so that when I consydre him, I am afrayed of hym. Job 23:16 For in so muche as he is God, he maketh my herte soft: and seynge that he is Almightye, he putteth me in feare. Job 23:17 Thus can not I get out of darcknesse, the cloude hath so couered my face.