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Job 23:1-12 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Bitter

23 Then Job answered:

“Today also my complaint is bitter,[a]
    his[b] hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his seat!
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; he would give heed to me.
There an upright man could reason with him,
    and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.

“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
    and backward, but I cannot perceive him;
on the left hand I seek him,[c] but I cannot behold him;
    I[d] turn to the right hand, but I cannot see him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tried me, I shall come forth as 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[e] my bosom the words of his mouth.


  1. Job 23:2 Syr Vg Tg: Heb rebellious
  2. Job 23:2 Gk Syr: Heb my
  3. Job 23:9 Compare Syr: Heb on the left hand when he works
  4. Job 23:9 Syr Vg: Heb he
  5. Job 23:12 Gk Vg: Heb from
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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