Job Replies: Where Is God?

Job 23

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.

Job 24

1 "Since a times are not hidden from the Almighty,
Why do those who know Him see not His b days?
2 " Some remove c landmarks;
They seize flocks violently and feed on them;
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
They d take the widow's ox as a pledge.
4 They push the needy off the road;
All the e poor of the land are forced to hide.
5 Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert,
They go out to their work, searching for food.
The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
6 They gather their fodder in the field
And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7 They f spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
And g huddle around the rock for want of shelter.
9 " Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
And take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause the poor to go naked, without h clothing;
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11 They press out oil within their walls,
And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The dying groan in the city,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not charge them with wrong.

13 "There are those who rebel against the light;
They do not know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
14 i The murderer rises with the light;
He kills the poor and needy;
And in the night he is like a thief.
15 j The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
k Saying, 'No eye will see me';
And he 4 disguises his face.
16 In the dark they break into houses
Which they marked for themselves in the daytime;
l They do not know the light.
17 For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death;
If someone recognizes them,
They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18 "They should be swift on the face of the waters,
Their portion should be cursed in the earth,
So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards.
19 As drought and heat 5 consume the snow waters,
So 6 the grave consumes those who have sinned.
20 The womb should forget him,
The worm should feed sweetly on him;
m He should be remembered no more,
And wickedness should be broken like a tree.

21 For he 7 preys on the barren who do not bear,
And does no good for the widow.
22 "But God draws the mighty away with His power;
He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
23 He gives them security, and they rely on it;
Yet n His eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while,
Then they are gone.
They are brought low;
They are 8 taken out of the way like all others;
They dry out like the heads of grain.
25 "Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar,
And make my speech worth nothing?"

  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.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 1:7
    And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:12
    For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up - And it shall be brought low -
    Jeremiah 46:10
    For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, A day of vengeance, That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries. The sword shall devour; It shall be satiated and made drunk with their blood; For the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice In the north country by the River Euphrates.
    Zephaniah 1:7
    Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.
  16. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 19:14
    You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
    Deuteronomy 27:17
    'Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor's landmark.' "And all the people shall say, 'Amen!'
    Proverbs 22:28
    Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.
    Proverbs 23:10
    Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless.
    Hosea 5:10
    The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark; I will pour out My wrath on them like water.
  17. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 24:6
    No man shall take the lower or the upper millst...
    Deuteronomy 24:10
    When you lend your brother anything, you shall ...
    Deuteronomy 24:12
    And if the man is poor, you shall not keep his ...
    Deuteronomy 24:17
    You shall not pervert justice due the stranger ...
    Job 22:6
    For you have taken pledges from your brother fo...
    Job 22:9
    You have sent widows away empty, And the streng...
  18. Cross References
    Job 29:16
    I was a father to the poor, And I searched out the case that I did not know.
    Proverbs 28:28
    When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.
  19. Cross References
    Exodus 22:26
    If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a p...
    Exodus 22:27
    For that is his only covering, it is his garmen...
    Deuteronomy 24:12
    And if the man is poor, you shall not keep his ...
    Deuteronomy 24:13
    You shall in any case return the pledge to him ...
    Job 22:6
    For you have taken pledges from your brother fo...
    James 2:15
    If a brother or sister is naked and destitute o...
    James 2:16
    And one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, ...
  20. Cross References
    Lamentations 4:5
    Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those who were brought up in scarlet Embrace ash heaps.
  21. Cross References
    Job 31:19
    If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without covering.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 10:8
    He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
  23. Cross References
    Proverbs 7:7 - 10
    And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 10:11
    He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.
  25. Cross References
    John 3:20
    For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
  26. Cross References
    Job 18:17
    The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned.
    Psalms 34:16
    The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
    Proverbs 10:7
    The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 11:4
    The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
    Proverbs 15:3
    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
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