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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Job 23:1-17

23  And Job proceeded to answer and say:   “Even today my state of concern+ is rebelliousness; My own hand is heavy on account of my sighing.   O that I really knew where I might find him!+ I would come clear to his fixed place.+   I would present before* him a case of justice, And my mouth I would fill with counterarguments;   I would know the words with which he answers me, And I would consider what he says to me.+   Would he with an abundance of power contend with me? O no! Surely he himself would pay heed to me.+   There the upright one himself will certainly set matters straight with him, And I would go safe forever from my judge.*   Look! To the east I go, and he is not there; And back again, and I cannot discern him;+   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.

Footnotes

Or, “against.” Compare Ge 10:9 ftn, “Opposition to.”
Or, “from my opponent-at-law,” by a correction.
“I turn aside,” SyVg.
“Steps,” LXXSyVg; M, “step.”
“Even God.” Heb., weʼEl′.