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Job 22

The Book of Job

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Chapter 23

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  Then Job answered and said,  

 

 


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  Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.  

 

 


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  Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!  

 

 


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  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.  

 

 


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  Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.  

 

 


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  There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.  

 

 


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  Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;  

 

 


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  On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.  

 

 


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  But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  

 

 


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  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 than my necessary food.  

 

 


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  But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.  

 

 


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  For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him.  

 

 


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  Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.  

 

 


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  For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;  

 

 


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  Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.  

 

 


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