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Job 23:1-9 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.

Footnotes:

  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
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 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 23:16-17 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

16 God has made my heart faint;
    the Almighty has terrified me;
17 for I am[a] hemmed in by darkness,
    and thick darkness covers my face.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Job 23:17 With one Ms: Heb am not
  2. Job 23:17 Vg: Heb from my face
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 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.

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