Then Job answered and said:
"Today also my r complaint is bitter;
my s hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Oh, t that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his u seat!
I would v lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
Would he w contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
"Behold, x I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
But he y knows z the way that I a take;
when he has b tried me, I shall come out as gold.
My foot c has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have d not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have e treasured the words of his mouth more than my f portion of food.
But he is unchangeable, and g who can turn him back?
What he h desires, that he does.
For he will complete what he i appoints for me,
and many such things are j in his mind.
Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
God has made my k heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
nor because thick darkness covers my face.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.
That he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.
Psalms 9:7 - 8
But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice.
Isaiah 57:15 - 16
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand.
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.
Withdraw your hand far from me, and let not dread of you terrify me.
Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
How much less when you say that you do not see him, that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
Psalms 139:1 - 3
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.
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He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver...
1 Peter 1:7
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My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way.
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about.
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?
If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
1 Thessalonians 3:3
That no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.
I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
And shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them.
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast.