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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXIII
 
 
[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: 1
My stroke is heavier than my groaning.
[3]  Oh that I knew where I might find him!
That I might come even to his seat!
[4]  I would set my cause in order before him,
And fill my mouth with arguments.
[5]  I would know the words which he would answer me,
And understand what he would say unto me.
[6]  Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
Nay; but 2 he would give heed unto me.
[7]  There the upright might reason with him;
So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
[8]  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
And backward, but I cannot perceive him;
[9]  On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him;
He hideth 3 himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
 
[10]    But 4 he knoweth the 5 way that I take;
When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
[11]  My foot hath held fast to his steps;
His way have I kept, and turned not aside.
[12]  I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more 6 than my necessary 7 food.
[13]  But he 8 is in one mind, and who can turn him?
And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
[14]  For he performeth that which is appointed for me:
And many such things are with him.
[15]  Therefore am I terrified at his presence;
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
[16]  For God hath made my heart faint,
And the Almighty hath terrified me;
[17]  Because 9 I was not cut off before the darkness,
Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.
 
Note 1. Or, bitter.Or, accounted rebellion. [back]
Note 2. Or, he would only give heed. [back]
Note 3. Or, turneth himself to … him, but. [back]
Note 4. Or, For. [back]
Note 5. Heb. the way that is with me. [back]
Note 6. Or, more than my own law. [back]
Note 7. Or, portion. See Prov. 30. 8. [back]
Note 8. Or, he is one. [back]
Note 9. Or, For I am not dismayed because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covereth my face. [back]
 

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