23 And Job proceeded to answer and say: 2 “Even today my state of concern+ is rebelliousness;My own hand is heavy on account of my sighing. 3 O that I really knew where I might find him!+I would come clear to his fixed place.+ 4 I would present before* him a case of justice,And my mouth I would fill with counterarguments; 5 I would know the words with which he answers me,And I would consider what he says to me.+ 6 Would he with an abundance of power contend with me?O no! Surely he himself would pay heed to me.+ 7 There the upright one himself will certainly set matters straight with him,And I would go safe forever from my judge.* 8 Look! To the east I go, and he is not there;And back again, and I cannot discern him;+ 9 To the left where he is working, but I cannot behold [him];He turns aside* to the right, but I do not see [him]. 10 For he well knows the way I take.+[After] he has tested me out, I shall come forth as gold itself.+ 11 Of his steps* my foot has laid hold;His way I have kept, and I do not deviate.+ 12 [From] the commandment of his lips I do not move away.+I have treasured up the sayings of his mouth+ more than what is prescribed for me. 13 And he is in one [mind], and who can resist him?+And his own soul has a desire, and he will do [it].+ 14 For he will carry out completely what is prescribed for me,+And things like these are many with him. 15 That is why I feel disturbed because of him;I show myself attentive and am in dread of him.+ 16 Even God* himself has made my heart timid,+And the Almighty himself has disturbed me.+ 17 For I have not been put to silence because of darkness,Nor because gloom has covered my own face.
^ Or, “from my opponent-at-law,” by a correction.
^ “I turn aside,” SyVg.
^ “Steps,” LXXSyVg; M, “step.”
^ “Even God.” Heb., weʼElʹ.