1 And Job answereth and saith: -- 2 Also -- to-day is my complaint bitter, My hand hath been heavy because of my sighing. 3 O that I had known -- and I find Him, I come in unto His seat, 4 I arrange before Him the cause, And my mouth fill with arguments. 5 I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me. 6 In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth it in me. 7 There the upright doth reason with Him, And I escape for ever from my judge.
8 Lo, forward I go -- and He is not, And backward -- and I perceive him not. 9 To the left in His working -- and I see not, He is covered on the right, and I behold not. 10 For He hath known the way with me, He hath tried me -- as gold I go forth. 11 On His step hath my foot laid hold, His way I have kept, and turn not aside, 12 The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
13 And He is in one mind, And who doth turn Him back? And His soul hath desired -- and He doth it. 14 For He doth complete my portion, And many such things are with Him. 15 Therefore, from His presence I am troubled, I consider, and am afraid of Him. 16 And God hath made my heart soft, And the Mighty hath troubled me. 17 For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.