Job 23

Job Replies: Where Is God?

1 Then Job answered and said:

2 "Even today my a complaint is bitter;
1 My hand is listless because of my groaning.
3 b Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
4 I would present my case 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 to me.
6 c Would He contend with me in His great power?
No! But He would take note of me.
7 There the upright could reason with Him,
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

8 "Look, d I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
10 But e He knows the way that I take;
When f He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 g My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the h commandment of His lips;
i I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my 2 necessary food.
13 "But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
And whatever j His soul desires, that He does.
14 For He performs what is k appointed for me,
And many such things are with Him.
15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence;
When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16 For God l made my heart weak,
And the Almighty terrifies me;
17 Because I was not m cut off 3 from the presence of darkness,
And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.

  1. Cross References
    Job 7:11
    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.
  2. Cross References
    Job 13:3
    But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
    Job 13:18
    See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated.
    Job 16:21
    Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!
    Job 31:35
    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!
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:16
    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.
  4. Cross References
    Job 9:11
    If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him.
    Job 35:14
    Although you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 1:6
    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.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 17:3
    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.
    Psalms 66:10
    For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
    James 1:12
    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.
  7. Cross References
    Job 31:7
    If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart walked after my eyes, Or if any spot adheres to my hands.
    Psalms 17:5
    Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
  8. Cross References
    Job 6:10
    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.
    Job 22:22
    Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 44:18
    Our heart has not turned back, Nor have our steps departed from Your way.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 115:3
    But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
  11. Cross References
    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.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 22:14
    I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
  13. Cross References
    Job 10:18
    Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
    Job 10:19
    I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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