Job

Job 23 ©

1Job longeth to appear before God, 6in confidence of being heard with mercy, and acquitted. 8God, though invisible, observeth our ways. 11Job asserteth his own integrity; 13but the immutable counsel of God troubleth him.

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THEN Job answered and said,

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Even ato day is my complaint bbitter: my 1stroke is heavier than my groaning.

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cOh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

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I dwould order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

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I ewould know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

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fWill he plead against me gwith his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

g ch. 9.34.
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hThere the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

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Behold, iI go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

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On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:

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But jhe knoweth 2the way that I take: when he khath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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My lfoot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not *declined.

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Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; m3I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than 4my nnecessary food.

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But he is in one mind, and owho can turn him? and what phis soul desireth, even that he doeth.

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For he performeth the thing that is qappointed for me: and rmany such things are with him.

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Therefore sam I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

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For God tmaketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

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Because I was not cut off ubefore the vdarkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

u Is. 57.1. ch. 22.11.