Job 23

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

1Then Job answered:

2Today also my complaint is bitter.

His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

3If only I knew how to find him,

so that I could go to his throne.

4I would plead my case before him

and fill my mouth with arguments.

5I would learn how he would answer me;

and understand what he would say to me.

6Would he prosecute me forcefully?

No, he would certainly pay attention to me.

7Then an upright man could reason with him,

and I would escape from my Judge forever.

8If I go east, he is not there,

and if I go west, I cannot perceive him.

9When he is at work to the north, I cannot see him;

when he turns south, I cannot find him.

10Yet he knows the way I have taken;

when he has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.

11My feet have followed in his tracks;

I have kept to his way and not turned aside.

12I have not departed from the commands from his lips;

I have treasured the words from his mouth

more than my daily food.

13But he is unchangeable; who can oppose him?

He does what he desires.

14He will certainly accomplish what he has decreed for me,

and he has many more things like these in mind.

15Therefore I am terrified in his presence;

when I consider this, I am afraid of him.

16God has made my heart faint;

the Almighty has terrified me.

17Yet I am not destroyed by the darkness,

by the thick darkness that covers my face.