Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

1 Then Job answered:
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Today also my complaint is bitter.(a)(A)
His(b) hand is heavy despite my groaning.
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If only I knew how to find Him,
so that I could go to His throne.
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I would plead my case before Him(B)
and fill my mouth with arguments.
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I would learn how(c) He would answer me;
and understand what He would say to me.
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Would He prosecute(C) me forcefully?
No, He will certainly pay attention to me.
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Then an upright man could reason(D) with Him,
and I would escape from my Judge(E) forever.
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If I go east, He is not there,
and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him.(F)
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When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him;
when He turns south, I cannot find Him.
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Yet He knows the way I have taken;(d)
when He has tested me,(G) I will emerge as pure gold.
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My feet have followed in His tracks;
I have kept to His way(H) and not turned aside.
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I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured(e) the words(I) of His mouth
more than my daily food.
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But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him?
He does what He desires.(J)
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He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me,
and He has many more things like these in mind.(f)
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Therefore I am terrified(K) in His presence;
when I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
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God has made my heart faint;(L)
the Almighty has terrified me.
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Yet I am not destroyed(g) by the darkness,(M)
by the thick darkness that covers my face.

Footnotes:

a. Job 23:2: Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rebellion
b. Job 23:2: LXX, Syr; MT reads My
c. Job 23:5: Lit the words
d. Job 23:10: Lit way with me
e. Job 23:12: LXX, Vg read treasured in my bosom
f. Job 23:14: Lit these with Him
g. Job 23:17: Or silenced

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