job 23

23 Then Job replied:

2 “Even today my complaint is bitter;
his hand[a] is heavy in spite of[b] my groaning.
3 If only I knew where to find him;
if only I could go to his dwelling!
4 I would state my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would find out what he would answer me,
and consider what he would say to me.
6 Would he vigorously oppose me?
No, he would not press charges against me.
7 There the upright can establish their innocence before him,
and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.
8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there;
if I go to the west, I do not find him.
9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11 My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.
12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
13 “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
He does whatever he pleases.
14 He carries out his decree against me,
and many such plans he still has in store.
15 That is why I am terrified before him;
when I think of all this, I fear him.
16 God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me.
17 Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,
by the thick darkness that covers my face.

[I finally saw the exceptional beauty of this chapter when read by Justin Theroux s1e9 The Leftovers. I find it ridiculous for Job to be used in a context that suggests any person but Job is akin to Job, which may or may not have been its use in the show. The show used this version, from the NIV. This is the only chapter I have found the NIV preferrable to the KJV — what many would consider a paradox because (diametrically opposed to the spirit in which this was written) Biblical translation is presented as a matter of preserving the artistry or preserving the meaning. Of course this is a fallacy of false choice specifically false dichotomy.

But I will cease bitching because after this chapter it makes me seem so very petty and petulant and weak.


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