Job 23:1-12

23:1 Then Job answered:

2 “Even today my complaint is still bitter;

his hand is heavy despite my groaning.

3 O that I knew where I might find him,

that I could come to his place of residence!

4 I would lay out my case before him

and fill my mouth with arguments.

5 I would know with what words he would answer me

and understand what he would say to me.

6 Would he contend with me with great power?

No, he would only pay attention to me.

7 There an upright person

could present his case before him,

and I would be delivered forever from my judge.

8 “If I go to the east, he is not there,

and to the west, yet I do not perceive him.

9 In the north when he is at work,

I do not see him;

when he turns to the south,

I see no trace of him.

10 But he knows the pathway that I take;

if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.

11 My feet have followed his steps closely;

I have kept to his way and have not turned aside.

12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;

I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my allotted portion.