Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Then responded Job, and said: Job 23:2 Even today, is my complaint rebellion? His hand, is heavier than my groaning. Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! I would come even unto his dwelling-place; Job 23:4 I would set out, before him, a plea, and, my mouth, would I fill with arguments; Job 23:5 I would note the words wherewith he would respond to me, and would mark what he would say to me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Would he, with fulness of might, contend with me? Nay, surely, he, would give heed to me! Job 23:7 There an upright man, might reason with him, so should I deliver myself completely from my judge.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 Behold! eastward, I go, but he is not there, and, westward, but I perceive him not; Job 23:9 On the north, where he worketh, but I get no vision, He hideth himself on the south that I cannot see him. Job 23:10 But, he, knoweth the way that I choose, Having tried me, as gold, I shall come forth.
Job 23:11 Of his steps, my foot taketh hold, His way, have I kept, and not swerved; Job 23:12 The command of his lips, and would not go back, and, in my bosom, have I treasured the words of his lips.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 But, he, is one, and who can turn him? What his soul desired, he hath done. Job 23:14 Surely he will accomplish what is decreed for me, and, many such things, hath he in store. Job 23:15 For this cause, from his presence, am I driven in fear, I diligently consider and am kept back from him in dread: Job 23:16 Yea, GOD, hath made timid my heart, and, the Almighty, hath put me in terror. Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, nor, before my face, did the gloom form a shroud.