Job longeth to appear before God,
Job 23:1 Sotheli Joob answeride, and seide, Job 23:2 Now also my word is in bitternesse, and the hond of my wounde is agreggid on my weilyng. Job 23:3 Who yyueth to me, that Y knowe, and fynde hym, and come til to his trone? Job 23:4 Y schal sette doom bifor hym, and Y schal fille my mouth with blamyngis; Job 23:5 that Y kunne the wordis, whiche he schal answere to me, and that Y vnderstonde, what he schal speke to me.
in confidence of his mercy.
Job 23:6 Y nyle, that he stryue with me bi greet strengthe, nether oppresse me with the heuynesse of his greetnesse. Job 23:7 Sette he forth equite ayens me, and my doom come perfitli to victorie.
God, who is invisible, observeth our ways.
Job 23:8 If Y go to the eest, God apperith not; if Y go to the west, Y schal not vndurstonde hym; if Y go to the left side, Job 23:9 what schal Y do? Y schal not take hym; if Y turne me to the riyt side, Y schal not se hym. Job 23:10 But he knowith my weie, and he schal preue me as gold, that passith thorouy fier.
Job 23:11 My foot suede hise steppis; Y kepte his weie, and Y bowide not awey fro it. Job 23:12 Y yede not awei fro the comaundementis of hise lippis; and Y hidde in my bosum the wordis of his mouth.
God's decree is immutable.
Job 23:13 For he is aloone, and no man may turne awei hise thouytis; and what euer thing he wolde, his wille dide this thing. Job 23:14 Whanne he hath fillid his wille in me, also many othere lijk thingis ben redi to hym. Job 23:15 And therfor Y am disturblid of his face, and Y biholdynge hym am anguyschid for drede. Job 23:16 God hath maad neische myn herte, and Almyyti God hath disturblid me. Job 23:17 For Y perischide not for derknessis neiyynge; nethir myist hilide my face.