King James Bible

Youngs Literal Translation

23:1 Then Job answered and said, And Job answereth and saith: --
23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Also -- to-day `is' my complaint bitter, My hand hath been heavy because of my sighing.
23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! O that I had known -- and I find Him, I come in unto His seat,
23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I arrange before Him the cause, And my mouth fill `with' arguments.
23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me.
23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth `it' in me.
23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. There the upright doth reason with Him, And I escape for ever from my judge.
23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: Lo, forward I go -- and He is not, And backward -- and I perceive him not.
23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: `To' the left in His working -- and I see not, He is covered `on' the right, and I behold not.
23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. For He hath known the way with me, He hath tried me -- as gold I go forth.
23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. On His step hath my foot laid hold, His way I have kept, and turn not aside,
23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. And He `is' in one `mind', And who doth turn Him back? And His soul hath desired -- and He doth `it'.
23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. For He doth complete my portion, And many such things `are' with Him.
23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. Therefore, from His presence I am troubled, I consider, and am afraid of Him.
23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: And God hath made my heart soft, And the Mighty hath troubled me.
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.