Job Chapter 23
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Iob longeth to appeare before God, 6 in confidence of his mercie. 8 God who is inuisible, obserueth our wayes. 11 Iobs innocencie. 13 Gods decree is immutable.
Then Iob answered, and said,
Euen to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heauier then my groning.2
O that I knewe where I might find him! that I might come euen to his seate!
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which he would answere me, and vnderstand what he would say vnto me.
Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but hee would put strength in me.
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be deliuered for euer from my Iudge.
Behold, I goe forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceiue him:
On the left hand where hee doeth worke, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himselfe on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.10
My foot hath held his steps, his way haue I kept, and not declined.
The oppression of the wicked.
Neither haue I gone backe from the commaundement of his lippes, I haue esteemed the words of his mouth more then my necessary food.12
But hee is in one minde, and who can turne him? and what his soule desireth, euen that he doeth.13
For he performeth the thing that is appointed for mee: and many such things are with him.
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
Because I was not cut off before the darknes, neither hath he couered the darknes from my face.
Job Chapter 23 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Hebr. my hand.
10 Heb. the way that is with me.
12 Hebr. I haue hid, or layd vp. , Or, my appointed portion.
13 Psal.115. 3.
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