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Job 23:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB)

Grant me a trial

23 Job answered:

Today my complaint is again bitter;[a]
    my strength is weighed down because of my groaning.
Oh, that I could know how to find him—
    come to his dwelling place;
    I would lay out my case before him,
        fill my mouth with arguments,
    know the words with which he would answer,
        understand what he would say to me.
Would he contend with me through brute force?
    No, he would surely listen to me.
There those who do the right thing can argue with him;
    I could escape from my judge forever.

God’s hiddenness

Look, I go east; he’s not there,
    west, and don’t discover him;
    north in his activity, and I don’t grasp him;
    he turns south, and I don’t see.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 23:2 Vulg, Syr, Tg; MT my complaint is rebellious.
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Job 23:16-17 Common English Bible (CEB)

16 God has weakened my mind;
    the Almighty has frightened me.
17 Still I’m not annihilated by darkness;
    he has hidden deep darkness from me.

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Psalm 22:1-15 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 22

For the music leader. According to the “Doe of Dawn.” A psalm of David.

22 My God! My God,
    why have you left me all alone?
    Why are you so far from saving me—
        so far from my anguished groans?
My God, I cry out during the day,
    but you don’t answer;
    even at nighttime I don’t stop.
You are the holy one, enthroned.
You are Israel’s praise.
Our ancestors trusted you—
    they trusted you and you rescued them;
    they cried out to you and they were saved;
    they trusted you and they weren’t ashamed.

But I’m just a worm, less than human;
    insulted by one person, despised by another.
All who see me make fun of me—
    they gape, shaking their heads:
    “He committed himself to the Lord,
        so let God rescue him;
        let God deliver him
        because God likes him so much.”
But you are the one who pulled me from the womb,
    placing me safely at my mother’s breasts.
10 I was thrown on you from birth;
    you’ve been my God
    since I was in my mother’s womb.
11 Please don’t be far from me,
    because trouble is near
        and there’s no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
    mighty bulls from Bashan encircle me.
13 They open their mouths at me
    like a lion ripping and roaring!
14 I’m poured out like water.
    All my bones have fallen apart.
        My heart is like wax;
        it melts inside me.
15 My strength is dried up
    like a piece of broken pottery.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you’ve set me down in the dirt of death.

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