23 Job said in reply: 2 “Even today I will complain stubbornly;*+My strength is exhausted because of my sighing. 3 If only I knew where to find God!+ I would go to his place of dwelling.+ 4 I would present my case before himAnd fill my mouth with arguments; 5 I would learn how he would answer meAnd take note of what he says to me. 6 Would he contend with me using his great power? No, surely he would give me a hearing.+ 7 There the upright one could set matters straight with him,And I would be acquitted once and for all by my Judge. 8 But if I go east, he is not there;And I return and I cannot find him. 9 When he is working on the left, I cannot look upon him;Then he turns to the right, but I still do not see him. 10 But he knows the path I have taken.+ After he has tested me, I will come out as pure gold.+ 11 My feet have closely followed his footsteps;I have kept to his way without deviating.+ 12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up his sayings+ even more than what was required of me.* 13 When he is determined, who can resist him?+ When he* wants to do something, he does it.+ 14 For he will carry out completely what has been determined* for me,And he has many such things in store. 15 That is why I am anxious because of him;When I think about him, my fear grows. 16 God has made me fainthearted,And the Almighty has made me afraid. 17 But I have not yet been silenced by the darknessNor by the gloom that has covered my face.
^ Or “my complaint is rebellious.”
^ Or “prescribed for me.”
^ Or “his soul.”
^ Or “prescribed.”