1 Then Job answered and said:
"Even today my a complaint is bitter;
1 My hand is listless because of my groaning. 3 b Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat! 4 I would present my case before Him,
And fill my mouth with arguments. 5 I would know the words which He would answer me,
And understand what He would say to me. 6 c Would He contend with me in His great power?
No! But He would take note of me. 7 There the upright could reason with Him,
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
"Look, d I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. 10 But e He knows the way that I take;
When f He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. 11 g My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside. 12 I have not departed from the h commandment of His lips;
i I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my 2 necessary food. 13 "But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
And whatever j His soul desires, that He does. 14 For He performs what is k appointed for me,
And many such things are with Him. 15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence;
When I consider this, I am afraid of Him. 16 For God l made my heart weak,
And the Almighty terrifies me; 17 Because I was not m cut off 3 from the presence of darkness,
And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.