7 “Though I cry, ‘Violence!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice. 8 He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness. 9 He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head. 10 He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree. 11 His anger burns against me; he counts me among his enemies. 12 His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
23 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, 24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on[a] lead, or engraved in rock forever! 25 I know that my redeemer[b] lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.[c] 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet[d] in[e] my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
2 “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand[a] is heavy in spite of[b] my groaning. 3 If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5 I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me. 6 Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me. 7 There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.
8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. 10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
Job 23:2Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew / the hand on me
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