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Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

Today I Complain Bitterly

23 Job said:

Today I complain bitterly,
because God has been cruel
    and made me suffer.
If I knew where to find God,
I would go there
    and argue my case.
Then I would discover
    what he wanted to say.
Would he overwhelm me
    with his greatness?
No! He would listen
    because I am innocent,
and he would say,
    “I now set you free!”

I cannot find God anywhere—
in front or back of me,
    to my left or my right.
God is always at work,
    though I never see him.
10 But he knows what I am doing,
and when he tests me,
    I will be pure as gold.
11 I have never refused to follow
    any of his commands,
12 and I have always treasured
    his teachings.[a]
13 But he alone is God,
    and who can oppose him?
God does as he pleases,
14 and he will do exactly
    what he intends with me.
15 Merely the thought
of God All-Powerful
16     makes me tremble with fear.
17 God has covered me
    with darkness,
    but I refuse to be silent.[b]


  1. 23.12 treasured his teachings: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 23.17 silent: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 17.