23:1 Then Job answered and said,
23:1 Then Job answered and said,

23:2 Even to-day {is} my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
23:2 Even to day {is} my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! {that} I might come {even} to his seat!
23:3 O that I knew where I might find him! {that} I might come {even} to his seat!

23:4 I would order {my} cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
23:4 I would set {my} cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

23:5 I would know the words {which} he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
23:5 I would know the words {which} he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

23:6 Would he plead against me with {his} great power? No; but he would put {strength} in me.
23:6 Would he plead against me with {his} great power? No; but he would put {strength} in me.

23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he {is} not {there}; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he {is} not {there}; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

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}:
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}:

23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: {when} he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: {when} he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

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}.
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}.

23:13 But he {is} in one {mind}, and who can turn him? and {what} his soul desireth, even {that} he doeth.
23:13 But he {is} in one {mind}, and who can turn him? and {what} his soul desireth, even {that} he doeth.

23:14 For he performeth {the thing that is} appointed for me: and many such {things are} with him.
23:14 For he performeth {the thing that is} appointed for me: and many such {things are} with him.

23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, {neither} hath he covered the darkness from my face.
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, {neither} hath he covered the darkness from my face.