Job Replies: Where Is God?

23 Then Job answered and said:

“Today also my (A)complaint is bitter;[a]
    my (B)hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Oh, (C)that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his (D)seat!
I would (E)lay my case before him
    and fill my mouth with arguments.

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Footnotes

  1. Job 23:2 Or defiant

The Lord Answers Job

38 Then the Lord (A)answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

“Who is this that (B)darkens counsel by words (C)without knowledge?
(D)Dress for action[a] like a man;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.

“Where were you when I (E)laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.

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Footnotes

  1. Job 38:3 Hebrew Gird up your loins

40 And the Lord (A)said to Job:

“Shall a faultfinder (B)contend with the Almighty?
    He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job Promises Silence

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“Behold, I am (C)of small account; what shall I answer you?
    (D)I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken (E)once, and I will not answer;
    (F)twice, but I will proceed no further.”

The Lord Challenges Job

Then the Lord (G)answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

(H)“Dress for action[a] like a man;
    (I)I will question you, and you make it known to me.
Will you even put me in the wrong?
    Will you condemn me that (J)you may be in the right?

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Footnotes

  1. Job 40:7 Hebrew Gird up your loins

Job's Confession and Repentance

42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“I know that you can (A)do all things,
    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
(B)‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
    things (C)too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
    (D)I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
    but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
    and repent[a] in (E)dust and ashes.”

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Footnotes

  1. Job 42:6 Or and am comforted

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