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And Iyob answered and said,
'Even today my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
If only I knew where to find Him, I would come to His dwelling-place!
I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with proofs.
I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.
Would He contend with me in great power? No! But He would pay attention to me.
There the upright might reason with Him, and I would go safe forever from my Judge.
See, I go forward, but He is not; and backward, but I do not perceive Him;
to the left where He is working, but I do not see; He turns to the right, but I do not see.
For He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me, I would come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His steps. I have guarded His way, and did not turn aside.
I have not strayed from the command of His lips. I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily portion.
But He is One, and who does turn Him? And He does whatever His being has desired.
For He completes my portion, and many like these are with Him.
Therefore I am troubled at His presence; I consider, and I am afraid of Him.
For El has made me faint-hearted, and the Almighty has alarmed me;
because I was not cut off before darkness, and from my face He has covered the thick darkness.