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23 Revised Standard Version BHS Hebrew Text Reference
Then Job answered: וַיַּעַן אִיֹּוב וַיֹּאמַר׃ Job. Jb.23.1-24.17
"Today also my complaint is bitter,
his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
גַּם־הַיֹּום מְרִי שִׂחִי יָדִי כָּבְדָה עַל־אַנְחָתִי׃  
Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!
מִי־יִתֵּן יָדַעְתִּי וְאֶמְצָאֵהוּ אָבֹוא עַד־תְּכוּנָתֹו׃  
I would lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
אֶעֶרְכָה לְפָנָיו מִשְׁפָּט וּפִי אֲמַלֵּא תֹוכָחֹות׃  
I would learn what he would answer me,
and understand what he would say to me.
אֵדְעָה מִלִּים יַעֲנֵנִי וְאָבִינָה מַה־יֹּאמַר לִי׃  
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would give heed to me.
הַבְּרָב־כֹּחַ יָרִיב עִמָּדִי לֹא אַךְ־הוּא יָשִׂם בִּי׃  
There an upright man could reason with him,
and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.
שָׁם יָשָׁר נֹוכָח עִמֹּו וַאֲפַלְּטָה לָנֶצַח מִשֹּׁפְטִי׃  
"Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him;
הֵן קֶדֶם אֶהֱלֹךְ וְאֵינֶנּוּ וְאָחֹור וְלֹא־אָבִין לֹו׃  
on the left hand I seek him, but I cannot behold him;
I turn to the right hand, but I cannot see him.
שְׂמֹאול בַּעֲשֹׂתֹו וְלֹא־אָחַז יַעְטֹף יָמִין וְלֹא אֶרְאֶה׃  
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
כִּי־יָדַע דֶּרֶךְ עִמָּדִי בְּחָנַנִי כַּזָּהָב אֵצֵא׃  
My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
בַּאֲשֻׁרֹו אָחֲזָה רַגְלִי דַּרְכֹּו שָׁמַרְתִּי וְלֹא־אָט׃ 
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured in my bosom the words of his mouth.
מִצְוַת שְׂפָתָיו וְלֹא אָמִישׁ מֵחֻקִּי צָפַנְתִּי אִמְרֵי־פִיו׃  
But he is unchangeable and who can turn him?
What he desires, that he does.
וְהוּא בְאֶחָד וּמִי יְשִׁיבֶנּוּ וְנַפְשֹׁו אִוְּתָה וַיָּעַשׂ׃  
For he will complete what he appoints for me;
and many such things are in his mind.
כִּי יַשְׁלִים חֻקִּי וְכָהֵנָּה רַבֹּות עִמֹּו׃  
Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
עַל־כֵּן מִפָּנָיו אֶבָּהֵל אֶתְבֹּוןֵן וְאֶפְחַד מִמֶּנּוּ׃  
God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
וְאֵל הֵרַךְ לִבִּי וְשַׁדַּי הִבְהִילָנִי׃
for I am hemmed in by darkness,
and thick darkness covers my face.
כִּי־לֹא נִצְמַתִּי מִפְּנֵי־חֹשֶׁךְ וּמִפָּנַי כִּסָּה־אֹפֶל׃  
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Notes: Documentary sources have been extracted from (1) "An Introduction to the Old Testament " by Oesterley & Robinson (1955 ed.), & (2) "Who Wrote the Bible" © Richard Friedman, 1987, Jonathan Cape Ltd.
© Paul Ingram 2006.