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Job 23 Good News Translation (GNT)

23 1-2 I still rebel and complain against God;
    I cannot keep from groaning.
How I wish I knew where to find him,
    and knew how to go where he is.
I would state my case before him
    and present all the arguments in my favor.
I want to know what he would say
    and how he would answer me.
Would God use all his strength against me?
    No, he would listen as I spoke.
I am honest; I could reason with God;
    he would declare me innocent[a] once and for all.

I have searched in the East, but God is not there;
    I have not found him when I searched in the West.
God has been at work in the North and the South,
    but still I have not seen him.
10 Yet God knows every step I take;
    if he tests me, he will find me pure.
11 I follow faithfully the road he chooses,
    and never wander to either side.
12 I always do what God commands;
    I follow his will, not my own desires.

13 He never changes. No one can oppose him
    or stop him from doing what he wants to do.
14 He will fulfill what he has planned for me;
    that plan is just one of the many he has;
15     I tremble with fear before him.
16-17 Almighty God has destroyed my courage.
It is God, not the dark, that makes me afraid—
    even though the darkness has made me blind.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 23:7 he would declare me innocent; or then my rights would be safe.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Job 23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Bitter

23 Then Job answered:

“Today also my complaint is bitter;[a]
    his[b] hand is heavy despite my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his dwelling!
I would lay my case before him,
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would learn what he would answer me,
    and understand what he would say to me.
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
    No; but he would give heed to me.
There an upright person could reason with him,
    and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.

“If I go forward, he is not there;
    or backward, I cannot perceive him;
on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him;
    I turn[c] to the right, but I cannot see him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold.
11 My foot has held fast to his steps;
    I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
    I have treasured in[d] my bosom the words of his mouth.
13 But he stands alone and who can dissuade him?
    What he desires, that he does.
14 For he will complete what he appoints for me;
    and many such things are in his mind.
15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
    when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16 God has made my heart faint;
    the Almighty[e] has terrified me;
17 If only I could vanish in darkness,
    and thick darkness would cover my face![f]

Footnotes:

  1. Job 23:2 Syr Vg Tg: Heb rebellious
  2. Job 23:2 Gk Syr: Heb my
  3. Job 23:9 Syr Vg: Heb he turns
  4. Job 23:12 Gk Vg: Heb from
  5. Job 23:16 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  6. Job 23:17 Or But I am not destroyed by the darkness; he has concealed the thick darkness from me
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Job 23 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

23 Then Iyov answered:

“Today too my complaint is bitter;
my hand is weighed down because of my groaning.
I wish I knew where I could find him;
then I would go to where he is.
I would state my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know his answering words
and grasp what he would tell me.
Would he browbeat me with his great power?
No, he would pay attention to me.
There an upright person could reason with him;
thus I might be forever acquitted by my judge.

“If I head east, he isn’t there;
if I head west, I don’t detect him,
if I turn north, I don’t spot him;
in the south he is veiled, and I still don’t see him.
10 Yet he knows the way I take;
when he has tested me, I will come out like gold.
11 My feet have stayed in his footsteps;
I keep to his way without turning aside.
12 I don’t withdraw from his lips’ command;
I treasure his words more than my daily food.

13 “But he has no equal, so who can change him?
What he desires, he does.
14 He will accomplish what is decreed for me,
and he has many plans like this.
15 This is why I am terrified of him;
the more I think about it, the more afraid I am —
16 God has undermined my courage;
Shaddai frightens me.
17 Yet I am not cut off by the darkness;
he has protected me from the deepest gloom.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Job 23 The Message (MSG)

Job’s Defense

I’m Completely in the Dark

23 1-7 Job replied:

“I’m not letting up—I’m standing my ground.
    My complaint is legitimate.
God has no right to treat me like this—
    it isn’t fair!
If I knew where on earth to find him,
    I’d go straight to him.
I’d lay my case before him face-to-face,
    give him all my arguments firsthand.
I’d find out exactly what he’s thinking,
    discover what’s going on in his head.
Do you think he’d dismiss me or bully me?
    No, he’d take me seriously.
He’d see a straight-living man standing before him;
    my Judge would acquit me for good of all charges.

8-9 “I travel East looking for him—I find no one;
    then West, but not a trace;
I go North, but he’s hidden his tracks;
    then South, but not even a glimpse.

10-12 “But he knows where I am and what I’ve done.
    He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test
        with honors.
I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints,
    not once swerving from his way.
I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken,
    and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it.

13-17 “But he is singular and sovereign. Who can argue with him?
    He does what he wants, when he wants to.
He’ll complete in detail what he’s decided about me,
    and whatever else he determines to do.
Is it any wonder that I dread meeting him?
    Whenever I think about it, I get scared all over again.
God makes my heart sink!
    God Almighty gives me the shudders!
I’m completely in the dark,
    I can’t see my hand in front of my face.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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