1 Then Job answered and said,
2 Even to day my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! I might come to his seat!
4 I would order cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with great power? No; but he would put in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
8 Behold, I go forward, but he not ; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold : he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see :
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary .
13 But he in one , and who can turn him? and his soul desireth, even he doeth.
14 For he performeth appointed for me: and many such with him.
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, hath he covered the darkness from my face.