1 Respondens autem Iob ait:
23:2" Nunc quoque in amaritu tudine est querela mea, et manus eius aggravata est super gemitum meum.
3 Quis mihi tribuat, ut cognoscam et inveniam illum et veniam usque ad solium eius?
4 Ponam coram eo iudicium et os meum replebo increpationibus,
5 ut sciam verba, quae mihi respondeat, et intellegam quid loquatur mihi.
6 Num multa fortitudine contendet mecum? Non! Ipse tantum audiat!
7 Tunc iustus disceptabit cum illo, et ego evaderem in perpetuo a iudice meo.
8 Si ad orientem iero, non apparet; si ad occidentem, non intellegam eum.
9 Si ad sinistram pergam, non apprehendam eum; si me vertam ad dexteram, non videbo illum.
10 Ipse vero scit viam meam, et, si probaverit me, quasi aurum egrediar.
11 Vestigia eius secutus est pes meus, viam eius custodivi et non declinavi ex ea.
12 A mandatis labiorum eius non recessi et in sinu meo abscondi verba oris eius.
13 Ipse enim solus est, et quis repellet eum? Et anima eius, quodcumque voluit, hoc fecit.
14 Cum expleverit in me voluntatem suam, et alia multa similia praesto sunt ei;
15 et idcirco a facie eius turbatus sum et considerans eum timore sollicitor.
16 Deus mollivit cor meum, et Omnipotens conturbavit me.
17 Non enim perii propter imminentes tenebras, nec faciem meam operuit caligo.
King James Version
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength 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 is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
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:
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when 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 food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are 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, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.