Then Job answered and said:
"Even today my a complaint is bitter;
My hand is listless because of my groaning.
b Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
I would present my case before Him,
And fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which He would answer me,
And understand what He would say to me.
c Would He contend with me in His great power?
No! But He would take note of me.
There the upright could reason with Him,
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
"Look, d I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
But e He knows the way that I take;
When f He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
g My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the h commandment of His lips;
i I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food.
"But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
And whatever j His soul desires, that He does.
For He performs what is k appointed for me,
And many such things are with Him.
Therefore I am terrified at His presence;
When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
For God l made my heart weak,
And the Almighty terrifies me;
Because I was not m cut off from the presence of darkness,
And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated.
Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!
Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my mark. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, That my Prosecutor had written a book!
For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.
If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him.
Although you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalms 139:1 - 3
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart walked after my eyes, Or if any spot adheres to my hands.
Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
Then I would still have comfort; Though in anguish I would exult, He will not spare; For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
Our heart has not turned back, Nor have our steps departed from Your way.
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
1 Thessalonians 3:2 - 4
And sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith.
I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.