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Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments

23 Then Job answered and said:

2 “Even today my acomplaint is bitter;

1My hand is listless because of my groaning.

3 bOh, that I knew where I might find Him,

That I might come to His seat!

4 I would present my case before Him,

And fill my mouth with arguments.

5 I would know the words which He would answer me,

And understand what He would say to me.

6 cWould He contend with me in His great power?

No! But He would take note of me.

7 There the upright could reason with Him,

And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

8 “Look, dI go forward, but He is not there,

And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;

When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.

10 But eHe knows the way that I take;

When fHe has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

11 gMy foot has held fast to His steps;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

12 I have not departed from the hcommandment of His lips;

iI have treasured the words of His mouth

More than my 2necessary food.

13 “But He is unique, and who can make Him change?

And whatever jHis soul desires, that He does.

14 For He performs what is kappointed for me,

And many such things are with Him.

15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence;

When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.

16 For God lmade my heart weak,

And the Almighty terrifies me;

17 Because I was not mcut off 3from the presence of darkness,

And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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