Job 23
American Standard Version
Job Responds: He Longs for God

1Then Job answered and said,

2Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

3Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!

4I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments.

5I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

7There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;

9On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

10But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside.

12I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13But he is in one mind , and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

14For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him.

15Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.

16For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;

17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. Job longs to appear before God
6. in confidence of his mercy
8. God, who is invisible, observes our ways
11. Job's innocence
13. God's decree is immutable
Job 1: Job's Character and Wealth

Job 2: Job Loses his Health

Job 3: Job Laments his Birth

Job 4: Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper

Job 5: Eliphaz Continues

Job 6: Job Replies: My Complaint is Just

Job 7: Job Continues: Life Seems Futile

Job 8: Bildad: Job Should Repent

Job 9: Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man

Job 10: Job's Plea to God

Job 11: Zophar Rebukes Job

Job 12: Job's Response to Zophar

Job 13: Job Reproves his Friends

Job 14: Job Acknowledges the Finality of Death

Job 15: Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God

Job 16: Job: Poor Comforters Are You

Job 17: Job Appeals From Men to God

Job 18: Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked

Job 19: Job: My Redeemer Lives

Job 20: Zophar: Triumph of the Wicked is Short

Job 21: Job: God Will Deal with the Wicked

Job 22: Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job

Job 23: Job Responds: He Longs for God

Job 24: Job: Why Are the Wicked Unpunished

Job 25: Bildad: Man Cannot Be Righteous

Job 26: Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty

Job 27: Job Affirms his Integrity

Job 28: The Earth's Treasures

Job 29: Job's Former Blessings

Job 30: Job's Honor is Turned Into Contempt

Job 31: Job's Final Appeal

Job 32: Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends

Job 33: Elihu Rebukes Job

Job 34: Elihu Confirms God's Justice

Job 35: Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice

Job 36: Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power

Job 37: Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty

Job 38: God Challenges Job

Job 39: God Speaks of His Creation

Job 40: Job Humbles Himself Before God

Job 41: God's Power Shown in Creatures

Job 42: Job Submits Himself to God

Job 22
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