The Sorrow of the Heart - Job 23

Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said, 

Job 23:2 Even today  is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my  groaning. 

Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him!  that I might come even to his seat! 

Job 23:4 I would order  my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.  

Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer  me, and understand what he would say unto me. 

Job 23:6  Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he  would put strength in me. 


Job 23:7 There the righteous  might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever  from my judge. 

Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not  there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 

Job 23:9  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold  him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see  him: 

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when  he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 

Job 23:11 My  foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not  declined. 

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the  commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his  mouth more than my necessary food. 

Job 23:13 But he is  in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul  desireth, even that he doeth.

Job 23:14 For he performeth  the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things  are with him. 

Job 23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his  presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. 

Job 23:16 For  God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:  

Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness,  neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. KJV